Nearly 45000 last-minute places are available ahead of A Level results day

Nearly 45000 last-minute places are available ahead of A Level results day

To add to this academic success I am thrilled that each student has a confirmed place at her chosen university, which is a fantastic outcome. And, actually, are there even more options to look at while you are in this state of indecision that might be even more suitable.

Courses with places still available are listed on the UCAS website and students can apply to individual universities for one of these places.

The fall, coupled with reforms which mean universities are no longer restricted by a cap on student numbers, means many institutions which still want to fill places are entering clearing in a bid to attract and recruit qualified candidates.

Top universities are dropping the grades required for highly coveted courses "more than ever" this year in a scramble for students.

Churchill students collecting their A-Levels previous year.

Students can also access real-time advice and information from the university's Clearing Live programme which is being broadcast and streamed throughout the day via Facebook.

Simply contact any of the universities you are interested in to ask if there are places on their courses.

2 - Didn't get the grades you wanted?

"We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our Year 13 students today".

Make sure you check your confirmation letter carefully - it will say if there's anything else you need to do, or if your university or college will be in touch with further instructions; maybe to provide proof of your qualifications or medical requirements for example. Everything students need to navigate Clearing and make the right choices about their next steps is on the UCAS website - - and our advisers are ready to help on Twitter - @ucas_online.

Led by presenters based on the university campus, the broadcast includes interviews from current students about campus life as well as lecturers talking about their respective subjects and courses. You may be disappointed that you have missed your offers, but there are already thousands of great courses out there to choose from.

What happens if I get the results I want?

Students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland got their A-level results on Thursday (17 August) and figures released by UCAS, the university admissions body, said the number of confirmed places stood at 416,000, 2% lower than previous year.

It remains open until September, allowing you to contact unis directly if they still have spaces on a course which takes your fancy. If there's a specific university or college you really want to go to, check out what other courses they're offering.