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.
“more qualified applicants will fail to secure places this year”
These extra 10,000 places in England are mainly in science and maths departments and there are no equivalent figures available for universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Representative body Universities UK said funding limits meant universities would not be able to meet demand by taking extra students.
Its chief executive Nicola Dandridge said: “Today’s figures show that demand for higher education in the UK remains very solid and that competition for places will be intense again this year.
“It is quite likely therefore that more qualified applicants will fail to secure places this year.”