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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Outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds will affect southernmost parts of England and Wales today.
An earlier debate on the issue was suspended as an 'expression of support' following the Westminster terror attack.
Five people were killed and dozens more were injured after a car and knife attack in the capital on Wednesday afternoon.