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27,000 university courses listed on clearing ahead of results day

Last year almost 65,000 people found places through clearing Credit: PA

Thousands of university places could still be available for students looking to secure a place in university through clearing.

Students across Wales, England and Northern Ireland will find out tomorrow if they have achieved the grades to secure a university place.

For those who don't, there are more than 27,000 courses listed on the UCAS clearing website, as of this morning, according to a Press Association survey.

The survey is based on 148 UK universities and colleges.

132
universities advertising at least one course on UCAS clearing website.
27,715
courses listed that potentially have availability.
4,820
Courses available through clearing at Russell Group Universities - considered the best in the UK.

Clearing is the annual process that matches students without places, for example those that did not meet their required grades, with available courses.

Last year, almost 65,000 applicants found places through clearing, while almost 900 were placed through "adjustment", a scheme that allows applicants that do better than expected in their A-levels to trade up to another course or institution.

Universities have been entering clearing to attract and recruit qualified candidates as the number of applicants to UK universities continues to drop.

UCAS figures show a decrease of around 4% (down 25,190) compared with the same time last year.