he variety of programs for college kids in clearing has dropped forward of A-level outcomes day, with one college blaming an “administrative blip” for exhibiting greater than 500 as obtainable when they need to not have been.
With lower than 24 hours to go till the examination outcomes are printed, the provision of programs for individuals who don’t get into their first selections was down on final week – most importantly on the College of Liverpool.
As of Wednesday morning, a PA information company snapshot of the UK’s largest greater schooling suppliers confirmed there have been 22,685 programs with vacancies for college kids dwelling in England, down from 23,280 on Friday.
The College of Liverpool had proven 529 programs as obtainable in clearing on the Ucas web site final week however it’s understood this could not have been the case and was an “administrative blip”.
A spokeswoman for the college mentioned: “The College of Liverpool can be in clearing for a small variety of high-quality candidates in a variety of topics, however we’re unable to be extra particular till outcomes day tomorrow, once we will know precisely which programs might need areas obtainable.
“The Ucas clearing pages have been stay for a time period for pre-qualified candidates, as is the case every year. We eliminated the pages whereas we decide which programs can be found upfront of outcomes day tomorrow, once we will promote any vacancies.”
The change noticed choices on the Russell Group universities – of which Liverpool College is a member – dwindle in comparison with final week, with 1,785 programs at 15 of the 24 elite establishments as of Wednesday morning, in contrast with 2,358 programs at 17 of them on Friday.
The College of Birmingham, which can be a member of the Russell Group, had proven on the Ucas web site 10 programs as being obtainable final week however has now suggested individuals to verify its personal web site on Thursday for any vacancies.
That is anticipated to be one of the aggressive years for college locations and admissions service Ucas has acknowledged universities have been extra cautious of their offer-making.
We’ve highlighted apprenticeship alternatives extra prominently to candidates in our communications this 12 months
The organisation’s chief govt, Clare Marchant, mentioned they’ve seen an increase in curiosity in apprenticeship content material on their web site this 12 months and that apprenticeships have due to this fact been highlighted “extra prominently” to college students.
She mentioned: “For college kids with out a proposal, Ucas emails them prompt matches through Clearing Plus and signposts Profession Finder, which incorporates apprenticeships, giving them visibility of their many choices.
“We’ve highlighted apprenticeship alternatives extra prominently to candidates in our communications this 12 months as a result of this summer season we’ve got seen a 43% enhance in distinctive web page views of our apprenticeship content material on ucas.com.”