A record number of students have accepted university places, with over 400,000 taking up degree offers.
UCAS, the organisation which handles university admissions, says that awarded places are up three per cent on last year.
Those students who did not receive the grade they were expecting are still likely to be accepted onto their chosen courses, with up to 30,000 new places created nationally.
The competition between universities has been fierce, with institutions offering applicants reduced accommodation, cash incentives and even free iPads and laptops.
Julie Pink, head of school and colleges liaison, said: “Students are probably in a better place this year to get a university place through clearing than in previous years.
“Popular courses such as nursing and physiotherapy are incredibly competitive, and because they are funded ny the NHS there are no extra places on these courses.
“Those are the courses where people are going to be disappointed.”
But she advised students to not rush into choosing a university place out of panic.
“If they’ve got a significant shortfall in their results, students might want to consider taking a year out to weigh-up options rather than make any rash decisions - it’s a very expensive mistake to make.”