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Last-minute places available on 1,200 courses at region's universities

Clearing teams will be busy at most of our universities today. Photo: PA

As sixth-form students receive their A-level results today, there will be thousands of last-minute degree places available at our region's universities.

The clearing process is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have available on their courses.

It can be particularly useful for students who have not got the grades required to meet an offer made by their first-choice institution, or whose grades exceeded expectations and would like to reassess their options.

On Wednesday evening, places on more than 1,200 undergraduate courses were listed on the UCAS clearing website at our region's universities:

  • Durham University - 0 courses
  • Newcastle University - 241 undergraduate courses
  • Northumbria University - 157 undergraduate courses
  • University of Sunderland - 185 undergraduate courses
  • Teesside University - 260 undergraduate courses
  • University of York - 199 undergraduate courses
  • York St John University - 233 undergraduate courses

Across the country, 67,000 students secured a place through clearing last year.

It's likely to be a buyers' market this summer, due to a drop in the number of 18-year-olds applying for university.

UCAS has published this video explaining how clearing works: