There has been a huge rise in the number of unconditional offers being made to students for university places, admissions service Ucas says.
The total made to 18-year-olds from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales has risen by 65,930 over the past five years – from 2,985 in 2013 to 67,915 in 2018.
This means nearly a quarter (23%) of applicants received such an offer.
The government said the figures pointed to a “bums on seats” mentality.
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