A record percentage of young people are off to university

A record percentage of young people are off to university


In England, a record 27.9 per cent of the 18 year old population have been accepted through UCAS. In Wales 26.3 per cent of young people will be starting an undergraduate course, also a record. In Northern Ireland, the entry rate is 28.1 per cent. Scottish students received their exam results last week, and 25.9 per cent of all 18 year olds have now been accepted.

In total, more than 353,960 people from across the UK have been accepted so far this year – a 2 per cent decrease compared to A level results day 2017.

A total of 411,860 have been placed on an undergraduate course, so far. This is a 1 per cent decrease on A level results day last year, although comes alongside a 2.5% drop in the number of 18 year olds in the UK population. Of those accepted, 88% will be studying their first choice course.

A record 16.1% of people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds have been accepted, a rise of 0.4 percentage points on 2017. However, the gap between the most and least advantaged groups remains the same as last year.

26,400 EU students have been accepted to study in the UK (an increase of 1 per cent on A level results day 2017), alongside a record 31,510 students from outside the EU (an increase of 4 per cent).

A full set of statistical reports is now available in the data and analysis section of the UCAS website, alongside interactive data explorers which allow users to visualise and tailor the reporting. Updates will be published each working day, until Friday 31 August.

Last year, 66,865 people were accepted through Clearing, with 16,950 of those applying with their results and submitting their applications directly into Clearing.

Clare Marchant, UCAS Chief Executive, said: "Congratulations to everyone celebrating today. It’s time to look forward to the next few years, a journey that’ll be full of rewarding study, independence, and new friends. 

"The increase we’re seeing in the proportion of young people placed from disadvantaged backgrounds is excellent news.

"However, the continuing gap between the most and least advantaged is frustrating, and we’ll keep on working with universities to help them evaluate their outreach activities to impact the most disadvantaged students."‘The encouraging growth in international students choosing to study in the UK is testament to the welcome of our world class universities."

Photo: Katie Percival

Thursday, 16 August 2018

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