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A-Level Results: Record Intake of Students at UK Universities

The 2016/17 academic year will be home to the largest intake of students on record, says the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).

A Level Results 2016

The 2016/17 academic year will be home to the largest intake of students on record, says the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).

According to the university admissions service, there has been a 3% rise in the number of positions offered to students for the 2016/17 academic year, with 424,000 students receiving confirmed places this morning.


Some 201,000 UK 18-year-olds have been accepted to university – up 2% on 2015 despite the school-leaver population falling by 2.3%.


Despite fears about the Brexit putting EU students off coming to the UK, the number of EU students placed at a university has increased to 26,800 – up 11% to the highest number on record. The number of international students getting a place has stayed around the same level as 2015 at 29,300 – a 0.4% increase.


The news follows the confirmation from UCAS earlier this summer that the 2016/17 academic year had seen the highest ever number of applications for university places, with 674,890 students applying.


Last year, the government removed the cap on the number of students that a higher education institution is able to accept during each application cycle, leading to a 3% increase in the number of students accepted to university in 2015.


The number of students entering UK universities for the 2016/17 year demonstrates the continued demand for places within the UK higher education system and the need for accommodation for students entering the system.


Earlier this month, the student accommodation investment firm Unite Group, reiterated that 'the supply:demand outlook for student accommodation remains favourable', as the number of beds for students in the UK remains undersupplied. 

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