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Written by: Kyle Raffo
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Figures released this week by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) have revealed that nearly a third of prospective students will miss out on university places.

With tuition fees set to rise to £9,000 in 2012, for many this year is their last chance to apply.

According to UCAS universities have received 647,008 application forms so far, an increase of 9,235 on the previous year. Ifcurrent demand is maintained 707,000 students will submit applications for just 479,000 places, leaving 31 per cent of students without a university.

Aaron Porter, of the National Union of Students, told Metro: “Last year hundreds of thousands of qualified and ambitious people missed out on a deserved degree place.

“Any decision to reduce the number of places in order to cover the huge black hole in funding left by the government’s rushed and incoherent policy-making would spell disaster for young people, universities and the economy.”

Interestingly whilst applications for British students have risen by 0.8 per cent, those from European countries have escalated to 5.8 per cent and by 4.9 per cent for non-EU nations.

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities, believes that students should start looking for alternatives to a degree program and invest in an apprenticeship.

He told Metro: “We understand how frustrating it is for young people who wish to go to university and are unable to find a place.

“Our reforms will make part-time university study more accessible and at least 250,000 more apprenticeships will be available over the next four years.”


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