Places on hundreds of degree courses at the UK's leading universities are still available, but most will be closed off to students who did not get top grades in their A-levels.
Latest Ucas figures suggest there are around 1,500 courses at Russell Group universities still available, although some places listed are not open to students.
Newcastle is one of three English universities which still has spaces open on a number of courses.
This year there is no limit on the number of students with ABB at A-level that universities can recruit, effectively leaving them competing to attract the best candidates.
Newcastle University confirmed it had places on 134 courses, and was staying open for ABB students only.