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University clearing may be ‘much more competitive’ this year – Ucas boss

Education: Secondary / Sat 7th Aug 2021 at 07:14am

UNIVERSITY clearing may be more competitive for some students this year, the boss of the admissions service Ucas has said reports the BBC.

Clare Marchant suggested it would still be a “good year for clearing”, and predicted a record number of applicants would get places that way.

But she added: “Are there going to be hotspots potentially where it is much more competitive? Absolutely.”

Students will get their A-level, BTec and Scottish Higher results on Tuesday.

Exams were cancelled again this year because of the pandemic, and grades have been decided by teachers’ estimates.

Clearing is how universities fill spare places, and students apply for a course through clearing after they have their results. It is often used by students who either got different grades than they expected, or if they have changed their mind about a course.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58124095

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