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Figures released today from UCAS show an exceptionally high level of demand for university places from Scottish school leavers. So far in the university admissions cycle for 2023-24 16,510 Scottish school leavers have been accepted for a place at university. The figure is 19% higher that it was at the same point in 2019 before the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More generally, overall demand from Scottish applicants has returned to pre-pandemic levels with 33,310 Scottish applicants being accepted onto a degree course at a Scottish university. In line with other parts of the UK, a higher proportion of applicants have been accepted through the Clearing process.

Today’s figures also show a slight increase of around a third of a percentage point on last year in the proportion of acceptances from applicants from the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland.

Clearing remains open until 17 October and the UCAS team is available to advise and guide students still exploring their options. More information is available on the UCAS website.