A level results day: UK students see rise in confirmed university places this year with more accepted onto first choice course
In total, 358,860 people from across the UK have had places confirmed, up 2.9% on the same point last year, according to data published by the university admissions service.
The figures show that 34,310 international students from outside the European Union have been accepted (up 2%). Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on January 31 2020 acceptances from students within the EU have fallen by 15.2%, to 22,430.
A total of 415,600 students have a confirmed place on an undergraduate course in the UK. This is a 1.6% increase on results day last year.
Students have received a calculated grade for each subject after the Covid-19 outbreak led to exam cancellations.
Ucas figures also show that 316,730 of applicants from the UK have been accepted on to their first choice of course – up 2.7% on the same point in 2019.
The number of UK 18-year-olds taking up places has risen to 30.2%. This comes despite a 1.5% drop in the population of this age group in the UK.
So far, 4% of placed UK students are currently planning to defer starting their course, which is the same proportion as at this point last year.