Any would be students in the region hoping to apply for university have until six o'clock this evening to submit their forms on the UCAS website.
Several sixth form colleges in the region are reporting an increase in applications, in some cases entries are up by as much as six per cent. Applications fell two years ago following the trebling of tuition fees. Final figures will be released at the end of this month.
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