With many univeristy tuition fees looking to rise to £9,000 in 2012, this is the last chance many students will be have to apply, paying substantially less in annual fees, than if they decided to take a gap year.
According to UCAS, universities have so far received 647,008 applications - 9,235 more than the previous year. If this rapid increase in applications continues, there will be 707,000 students trying for just 479,000 places. That leaves 31% of students without a place at university at all.
Minister of State for Universities, David Willetts, thinks that school pupils should start looking for alternative higher education or training, and perhaps invest in an apprenticeship instead.
He told the Metro: 'We understand how frustrating it is for young people who wish to go to university and are unable to find a place.
“Our reforms will make part-time university study more accessible and at least 250,000 more apprenticeships will be available over the next four years.'