23.3% of all 18 year olds in Scotland will be starting university this year

23.3% of all 18 year olds in Scotland will be starting university this year


So far, 29,830 Scottish students have had their UK higher education places confirmed. This is a 4 per cent increase compared to Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results day 2017, and comes alongside a 3.1% fall in the total number of 18 year olds in the overall population of Scotland.  

Of those Scottish students accepted, 28,970 will be studying at university in Scotland.

The proportion of all 18 year olds in Scotland entering higher education (the entry rate) has increased to 23.3% (the highest level recorded in recent years).

3,310 EU students have been accepted to study in Scotland (a decrease of 2 per cent on SQA results day 2017), alongside 2,140 students from outside the EU (an increase of 5 per cent).

The full suite of reports on today’s acceptance statistics can be found in the data and analysis section of the UCAS website.

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, said: "Congratulations to everyone who has had their place confirmed – today marks the next step of your life journey.  

"The record proportion of young people accepted, and in particular 18 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, is great news for Scottish higher education."

Responding to today’s SQA results and UCAS university placings, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said:“Hearty congratulations are in order to Scots the length and breadth of the country on their Highers results and for the next stage in their life, whatever that may entail.

“We have seen a 5% increase in placed applicants from Scotland which is great news, especially given the changing demographic.

“A big success story for us, which shouldn’t be ignored is the rising number of students from the most deprived backgrounds attending universities: this has more than doubled since 2009.”

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

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