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The organisation's chief executive Mary Curnock Cook had argued that students from private schools were getting an unfair advantage because they were encouraged to apply long before the official deadline - which sometimes gave them more chance of being accepted on a course.
But following a review, Ucas claims it has discovered that there would be "insurmountable difficulties" in implementing the changes - with schools not having enough time to teach A-levels.
The review said: "It simply would not be feasible to shoe-horn a post-results model into the current academic year."
Instead Ucas is seeking to make improvements to the "clearing" system - whereby students left without a course are matched up with empty spaces.
It wants to make clearing a "fair, managed, online process", adding more structure and making it less of a "scramble for places".
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