Record numbers of UK 18-year-olds have secured a place at university or college after the first exams since the pandemic, but an education leaders’ group warned that “huge numbers” of students are also missing out.

Newly-released figures showed 275,390 students had been accepted onto a course some 28 days after students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A-level results.

That figure is up 1% on last year and a 15% rise from 239,460 in 2019, which was the last time results were based on exams rather than teacher assessment.

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