Students face frantic search for places at universities, including Huddersfield
Aug 11 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
STUDENTS look set to face an anxious wait if they miss their expected grades this summer.
Many top universities have already warned they are full, with just over a week to go before the A level results are due to be published on Thursday, August 19.
Clearing, the process which matches students that have been turned down by their original choices due to lower grades to other courses, is expected to be short this year, with limited opportunities available.
The situation is mirrored at the University of Huddersfield.
A spokeswoman for the university said it had been a bumper year for applications but until the A level results had been published it would be unable to know how many places it had available.
“We have been very busy with applications, but until the actual results are known it will be difficult to say how many places we have left,” she said.
A survey conducted by the Press Association has found Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London do not use clearing, neither does Edinburgh University.
In addition, Birmingham University said it would not have any places available through clearing, and both Bristol University and Imperial College London said they were not expecting to enter the process.
Glasgow University said there would be no clearing places available, apart from a small number, expected to be less than 100, for liberal arts and teaching courses at its Dumfries campus.
And Cardiff University expects to have fewer than 200 clearing places available.
A spokesman for Manchester University said the institution would have fewer than 50 places available, a similar number to last year.
Sheffield University said it had “not yet finalised it’s clearing strategy”, but a spokeswoman added if the institution does enter clearing it will be for a “limited” number of places.
Universities Minister David Willetts has admitted that top A-level students face being turned away from this year amid mounting competition for degree courses.
He said the Government had made an extra 10,000 places available this year.
But he added: “It is going to be tough.”