UK University Clearing: 185,000 students chase 29,000 places
It should be a time of great excitement but tens of thousands of students are left feeling angry and frustrated as the government Ucas website crashes under four times the load of last year, whilst users who have got through are having trouble logging on to the clearing pages to get their clearing number, some cannot see their university offers - leading to potential problems with accommodation, as teenagers face an intense battle for fewer university places.
The good news is;
• The A-level pass rate (A-E) has risen again, for the 29th year running, to 97.8%.
• Although there was a rise in the number of entries awarded A*, the numbers awarded A or A* remained static for the first time since 1997.
• Boys closed the gap with girls in A*s awarded, and narrowed the gap in maths and science.
• More people are doing science and maths, and fewer doing modern languages.
• Northern Irish students outperformed those in England and Wales, as usual.
• A-level results and clearing – live blog • Pass rate and A* rate rise, A/A* rate flatlines
• Boys close A* gap with girls; science and maths up again
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