ALL places for new students at the University of Huddersfield were snapped up in less than 24 hours.
And almost all of the university’s 200 clearing places were taken within a few hours of Thursday’s A-level results.
Just under 4,800 applicants achieved the grades needed for their courses leaving just over 200 places available in clearing. Huddersfield University had 300 places left for clearing last year.
The university’s call centre said it was busy from 8am, when the first results were released, until the end of the day when almost every clearing place had gone.
Lines were finally closed at 9am yesterday.
University deputy vice-chancellor Peter Slee said: “We pulled the lines this morning.
“We set up a call centre with 52 staff taking calls from potential applicants.
“It’s a very small percentage that went through clearing – it’s a bit lower this year.
“We’ve had a big increase in applications – a 13% increase this year. The demand for our programmes (courses) has increased this year.
“Since 8am on Wednesday morning it’s been really quite busy.”
From next year Huddersfield will charge £7,950 for its courses, compared to £3,290 for this year’s intake.
Speculators have said this may lead to a decrease in the number of applications.
Prof Slee said: “No one knows how students will behave. But we can be reasonably confident we can get a good number of applicants.
“You don’t pay the fees upfront. You pay them after you graduate.
“If you’re earning £25,000 a year – the average graduate starter salary – you will pay it off at a rate of £1 a per day. That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee.”
On Thursday Kirklees College had places left on nine of its courses including computer systems, animal management and fine art.
But yesterday all courses at the college, which has campuses in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, had gone.
Michael Bennett, Kirklees College’s head of marketing, said: “We’ve been very busy especially with the reduced amount of courses across the country.
“We had 30 full-time places available but now we’re full. We will still take people’s details in case of drop-outs.”
Nationally, figures published by the admissions service Ucas show that a record 195,415 people were eligible for clearing.
And by lunchtime yesterday, 3,692 students had already secured a place through the system.
Some of those were Scottish students who gained their place after their results were published earlier this month.