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Total number of students starting at UK universities falls

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Ucas 28-day update shows record numbers of young students but declining numbers of mature students

The total number of students placed at UK universities has fallen year on year, according to the latest data from the admissions body Ucas.

The statistics—which show the number of students who had been accepted onto courses as of 28 days after A-level results day—reveal that around 502,700 higher education applicants of all ages and from all domiciles have been placed at UK institutions at this point. At the same point in last year’s cycle, about 507,600 had been placed.

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