45,550 people had their university and college places confirmed since 08:00 on A level results day.
Of the total, around 33,750 people have been accepted through Clearing at this point, a rise of 1% on the same stage last year.
The Clearing total is made up of 28,270 people placed after applying through the main UCAS scheme, as well as 5,480 who applied directly through Clearing after the 30 June deadline. An additional 8,440 people who applied directly to Clearing are yet to be placed.
The final date for applications this year is 20 September. Applicants can then add Clearing choices until 23 October, if they choose to.
Students who would like advice about the range of options available can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000.