Total students accepted to university down by 6.95 %

A total of 357,915 students have already been accepted onto university courses this year, down 6.95 percent on 2011.

The figuresalso show that around 79,000 UK applicants are still awaiting decisions, and that more than 10,000 people have applied for places through clearing.

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A-level A grades down

The proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years, official figures showed today.