Five percent rise in applicants acceptances

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As of midnight on Tuesday, 30,350 applicants have been accepted into a Scottish university or college, a five percent increase compared to SQA results day last year.

Some 24,480 Scottish applicants have won a place in UK higher education, an increase of 1,050 (four percent) compared to the same stage last year. The majority (23,780) have been placed at a Scottish institution.

By the end of the application cycle last year, 31,495 Scottish applicants were accepted by universities and colleges through UCAS, 29,850 at institutions in Scotland.

All the information students need is on the UCAS website and expert advisers are also on hand to answer questions on 0371 468 0 468.

Fatuma Mahad, UCAS director of operations said: “Congratulations to everyone who has secured a place at their chosen university or college in Scotland.

“Staying positive will put you on the front foot if you’re looking for a place in Clearing. Remember that the best way to succeed is to prepare thoroughly then call universities and colleges for an intelligent discussion about the courses you’re interested in. You’ll find all the information you need on the UCAS website.”

Students also have the option of applying again for entry next year and courses beginning in 2015 are now available to view on the UCAS website.

In 2013, 1,550 Scottish students found a place through Clearing, and 1,335 of those went to institutions in Scotland.

If you have not got the exam results you expected and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on 0808 100 8000.