A 3rd extra teenage ladies than males have secured diploma locations to date, the college admissions service says.
As of Friday morning, 133,280 18-year-old ladies from the UK had secured a college place within the UK, in contrast with 103,800 males of this age.
The distinction is the biggest recorded by Ucas at this stage of the admissions cycle.
The figures come as knowledge exhibits about 6,600 fewer college students have diploma locations in contrast with this level final yr.
The hole of 36% between men and women is a rise from 35% the yr earlier than and 31% 5 years in the past.
Throughout the UK, 27.three% of all younger males are anticipated to go to school this yr in contrast with 37.1% of girls.
Ucas instructed one issue contributing to the hole is nursing – there’s a 9% improve in UK 18-year-olds positioned on nursing programs this yr.
Girls considerably outnumber males for these levels, with round 28 ladies recruited for each man.
Earlier figures have proven an total drop in nursing functions and acceptances this yr, however this has been pushed by falls in older college students quite than amongst 18-year-olds.
Dr Mark Corver, Ucas’s director of study and analysis, mentioned: “Extra UK 18-year-olds shall be beginning college this autumn than ever earlier than however giant variations in who goes stay.
“Our analysis has proven that the distinction between 18-year-old women and men coming into college is now much like that between the richest and poorest halves of the inhabitants.
“The statistics right this moment present the distinction between women and men slowly rising wider.”
As of Friday morning, 482,510 college students have secured a college place – down about 1.four% on the identical level final yr, however greater than every other yr at this level.
About 46,600 college students have discovered their locations by means of clearing, the biggest quantity ever positioned by means of the annual course of at this stage, Ucas mentioned.
Earlier this month top A-level grades increased for the first time in six years.
Some 26.6% of boys gained A* and A grades in contrast with 26.1% of women, reversing a zero.three% hole final yr.