One of the country's leading education unions is urging the government to provide more support for students who are left without a university place this year.
With record numbers of students scrambling to get a place on a course before fees rise next year, thousands of young people will be left out in the cold.
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, commented: "It will be shameful if mistakes made by bankers, politicians, exam boards or UCAS deny this year's students well-deserved university places or high quality, independent careers advice and guidance."
According to the BBC, almost 192,000 A-level students were eligible for clearing this year, representing a rise of 7,000 compared to last year.
The UCAA website crashed last week due to high demand from students hoping to secure a university place for September.
Universities minister David Willetts advised students to stay calm and apply again next year if they are unable to find a suitable course.
Posted by Katy Kearns