Huge increase in Magee College applications as A Level results are published

More than 12,000 pupils across Northern Ireland have been receiving their A level results today, with competition for university places expected to be tougher than ever this year.

All universities and colleges are reporting increassed applications, with the University of Ulster's Magee College in Derry reporting over 6,100 applications for just 951 available places, representing a rise of 22% from 2009.

Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson says this makes the expansion application all the more important, and she's already been in touch with the education minister.......

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The shortage of university places means that inevitably, some students will not get the course they wanted, and may have to change their plans.

Brenda Barr is a careers advisor with the Department of Education and Learning. She says there is help and advice available for people in that situation........

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