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Record numbers of students secure place at university

A record number of A-level students have achieved a place at university, the chief executive of Ucas has said.

Mary Curnock Cook said 424,000 students will be offered their first or second choice of degree course.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are now 7% more likely to go to university, following a drive in social mobility.

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It's 424,000 placed - the highest ever on A-level results day. It's up 3% on last year."

"It does mean that young people now are something like 4% more likely to be going to university because, although the population was down a bit this year we've actually seen a rise in the numbers, so that's really good news."

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