With A-level results out on Thursday, NUS Wales president Luke Young urged more help for those who do not land a course and become "disengaged" from education or employment.
Mr Young told BBC Radio Wales: "We're likely to see thousands of students without a place this September.
"Obviously, for those individuals that will be a personal setback, and they'll have to reassess their plans"
"But what we need to look at is the students who become disengaged with the entire process after not getting a place, and to ensure they do have opportunities to go into education, employment and training.
"So, those that are unfortunate enough not to get a place this September, aren't entirely put off and left to their own devices doing nothing."
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