Hundreds and thousands of UK A level students will be feeling under enormous pressure today as their results are published.
All Students will finally get the grades that decide whether or not they have gained a place at the university of their choice.
UCAS Clearing 2011 is set to be the most competitive to date, and unfortunatly thousands will be left disappointed with their bright futures in tatters as university places are so scarce this year with only 42,000 places available in 2011 with 325,000 applicants battling it out for each place.
The judgement day is today Thursday 18th August when clearing lines open and all will receive their A-level results, but students will have to be quick of the mark because UCAS predict all phone lines will be at full capacity within 15 mins of opening.
Most students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland anticipate their A-level grades will be available from 7am onwards. It is set to be a bumpy ride as thousands of dreams are on the line for the perfect university place.
UK universities have been offering advice and support due to the low number of spots availableÂ this year, many are frantically trying to get places secure as fees will rise to Â£9,000 in 2012 and living costs are set to sore the highest on record.
Ulster University spokesman said: “We estimate we will have up to around 50 clearing places, compared to 260 in 2010. Vacancies are available on only a few courses this year – mostly those which were introduced during the admissions cycle and which may not have been extensively publicised.”
It is sadly a very similar story across the whole of the United Kingdom. Places are scarce and people are getting agitated.
It has been announcedÂ that Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, ULC, Edinburgh, London School of Economics, Imperial College London and Birmingham universities will not be entering UCAS 2011 clearing this year.
Other top universities, Chester, Leeds Metropolitan, Surrey, Oxford Brookes and Reading are unsure whether or not they will be entering, but all seems very doubtful.
In 2010, 114,000 students from the UK did not manage to receive university places, but 47,000 of them found offers in UCAS clearing.
283,000 students will be left devastated this year.