A complete of 425,830 folks have had locations confirmed – down 2 per cent on the identical level final yr, in response to information revealed by the college admissions service.
In 2021, a file 435,430 folks, from the UK and abroad, had locations confirmed.
This yr’s determine is the second highest on file, and up 16,870 in contrast with 2019 when exams have been final held.
Ucas stated 19 per cent extra 18-year-olds within the UK achieved a spot at both their first or insurance coverage selection this yr, in contrast with 2019.
The variety of college students from essentially the most deprived backgrounds to realize locations on programs is 6,850 this yr, up by 3,770 in 2019.
The admissions service stated this interprets to a narrowing of the hole between essentially the most and least advantaged, with the ratio at 2.36 in 2019, 2.29 this yr, and a pair of.34 in 2021.