Clearing 2011: Ucas website crash leaves anxious A-level students waiting - Kids Homework Help | Online Math Worksheet
Tens of thousands of teenagers are unable to find out whether they have a place at university after the Ucas website crashed. Ucas, which manages applications to universities and colleges in the UK, confirmed at just before 10am that part of its site had been unavailable for one hour and 20 minutes. Students should have been able to log in to Ucas Track and check whether their preferred university had accepted them. Those that have missed their offers may enter clearing, where applicants are matched to vacant courses. Clearing is expected to be fraught with 185,000 candidates chasing just 29,000 unfilled places on degree courses. The number of applicants to UK universities has risen to 673,570, a record high, and a rise of 1.3% on last year. There were around 487,000 undergraduates accepted at UK universities last year, and there are a similar number of places this year.

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August 18, 2011