By Claire West

Almost three in 10 hopeful students were denied a place at university this year, Data published by the universities admissions service Ucas has shown.

Commenting on information issued by UCAS, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:

"In a year of unprecedented demand for higher education funding we kept our commitment to fund an additional 10,000 student places. There were more first year places this year in English universities than ever before."

"Going to university has always been a competitive process so not all those who apply for a place are accepted. There are other routes into a successful career. The Government has invested in 50,000 additional apprenticeships, and we can help with getting a job or starting a business."