RECORD numbers of Scottish pupils have secured a place at university following the best ever exam results at Higher, sparking a scramble for the few remaining courses.
Figures published yesterday by Ucas, the higher education admissions service, show 22,292 pupils have been accepted into a Scottish university or college, compared to 21,630 at the same stage last year – an increase of more than 3%.
While the news is welcome for those who have a place, it will also mean pupils who narrowly missed out on their desired exam grades must act fast. Clearing – the system where prospective students are matched with free places – will be very competitive again this year.
Youth unemployment has been a growing concern in Scotland, with evidence some pupils are seeking to gain a higher education place at university or college because few jobs are available.
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