Musical chairs: more candidates than ever miss out on a university education

Thousands of young people who were unable to secure a place at university last year have re-applied for degree courses for the coming academic year. The knock-on effect of the shortage of university places in 2010 is now going to have profound impact on the 2011 university application and admissions process as this article states.

In the run-up to Christmas, applications rose by 2.5% compared with the same time in 2009 – with a total of 335,795 candidates now chasing places for 2011 entry.

As statistics might suggest, competition for university places will be intense, as there will also be an additional 8,000 candidates chasing the same number of places as last year.

Just over 404,000 candidates were accepted for undergraduate study in autumn 2010. However, the latest rise in applicants ahead of the higher tuition fees in 2012 will mean that an increasing number of candidates will miss out on a university education.


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