16 July 2010 Last updated at 01:43
University ‘denied to thousands’
By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporterCompetition for a degree place is likely to be tougher than ever
Tens of thousands of people are set to miss out on a university place in the UK this year after record numbers applied.
Some 660,953 applied to start full-time undergraduate courses this autumn, up 11.6% on the same point last year.
And if last year’s pattern is repeated, tens of thousands more will apply before the September deadline.
Lecturers union, the UCU, fears up to 170,000 people could be disappointed, as a cap on places is enforced.
But this is an estimate based on the number of places allocated in UK universities last year, with some additions for extra places in England.