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University clearing 2020 - live: Record numbers expected to get degree places as gap year plans disrupted by coronavirus

Follow the latest developments

Jane Dalton
Tuesday 18 August 2020 10:55
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Universities face their busiest ever period of clearing with record numbers of pupils due to take up degree places this year through the system, the head of the admissions service has predicted.

School-leavers who have had their gap year plans disrupted by Covid-19 will be among those choosing to bypass the main application scheme in favour of searching for a course through clearing, Ucas said.

With less than a week to go until pupils receive their A-level results, Clare Marchant, Ucas’s chief executive, said 80,000 applicants could find a place via clearing, up from 73,325 last year, despite fears about the impact of Covid-19 on the student experience.


Welcome to our live coverage of the universities clearing process.

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 13:12

University undergraduate places: all you need to know

How are grades being decided? What are the concerns about the system? And how can you appeal? Qais Hussain has the answers:

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 13:17

It's not all about exam results, pupils told

Would-be students are being advised that universities judge applicants on more than just exam results.

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 13:27

Three in four top universities have places

Nearly three in four of the UK's top institutions have vacancies available through clearing ahead of A-level results day in England.

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 13:32

Ucas advice: Be aware of similar courses and ask questions

Ucas has some handy hints for anyone applying for a place through clearing. Courses with similar content may have different names at different places, for instance. It's an opportunity to ask course leaders questions.

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 14:00

DJ congratulates graduates

Melvin Odoom said: "You guys are the future, we need people like yourselves to move this country forward and make this world a better place. No pressure."

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 14:32

Ucas promotes online degrees

Ucas has a tie-up with the Open University.

Jane Dalton10 August 2020 14:40

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson who has resisted calls to resign over his handling of A-level and GCSE grades in England, but has apologised to thousands of students for the distress caused.

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