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Record number of University places confirmed

A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.
The number of students with places at UK universities for this autumn now stands at 412,170, up 3% on the same point in 2013.
The figure could eventually top half a million, according to Ucas.
Some top institutions are this year taking part in the annual clearing process for students who are still looking for places.
So far, 360,500 students, around 70%, have places on their first choice course - a rise of 2% on this time last year.
Some 31,540 have had places confirmed on their second, or so-called insurance course, with a further 80,030 people still waiting to have offers confirmed.
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