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UCAS report

UCAS has now processed all A level results and as of midnight (a record) 384,649 applicants were accepted into university or college, compared with 379,411 on results day last year.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive said: ‘Congratulations to the thousands of applicants whose places have been confirmed today. While this is another very competitive year for HE admissions, the majority of applicants whose places are results-dependent are likely to be successful.
‘Anyone who did not get the results required can consider applying through Clearing, which is accessible through Track on the UCAS website (www.ucas.com). Nearly 47,000 people secured a place this way last year.
‘UCAS advisors are here to support you over the next few days on 0871 468 0 468 and our social media team will be answering queries in real-time on Facebook and Twitter. To get instant access to these services visit UCAS Connect (www.ucasconnect.com), or download the free mobile phone app.
‘Those with a confirmed place can prepare for the university experience by joining our social network www.yougo.co.uk. Here you can meet people who will be studying at the same place, and swap advice and information with them.’
To find out more about the vacancies in Clearing and about other options such as reapplying and part-time study visit the UCAS website.
For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Lines are open from 08:00 - 20:00 on results day.

What should students do?

·         Read through the information at www.ucas.com/clearing to find out how Clearing works and for helpful advice.
·         Look on Track on the UCAS website to check the status of your application and to get your Clearing number, if you become eligible.
·         Make sure that you're available to speak to universities and colleges - treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself. Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.
·         Start contacting the universities and colleges about the courses that interest you as soon as you can. A university or college that is interested in you will ask for details such as your Clearing number and your Personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.
·         Vacancies are listed at ucas.com and also in The Telegraph from today (18 August). Make sure that the content of the course meets your needs, and check the entry requirements.
Visit UCAS Connect (www.ucasconnect.com) which brings you the digital side of UCAS. It's the place for all online advice and tips about applying to university. Talk to us, ask questions on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. You can download the free mobile phone app from Apple’s App Store, Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi store.
·         If you need help applying through Clearing or have a query about your application, you can contact the UCAS helpline on 0871 468 0 468. Lines are open from 07:00 - 19:00 from results day.