University applications reach ‘highest recorded’


The first statistical release for the 2018 UCAS admissions cycle has revealed a robust start, with the highest number of applicants to October-deadline courses recorded since reporting at this deadline began.

The total number of applicants to 15 October deadline courses is 61,440 – an increase of 7% (+ 4,250 people) on figures released at this point last year. 15 October is the deadline for applications for most medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine/science courses, and for all courses at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS, said: “These degree programmes and universities are always popular, and at a time of uncertainty, it’s encouraging that UK higher education remains so attractive, not only to UK students but also those from EU countries, and internationally. However, we’ll need to wait until after the 15 January 2018 deadline to understand what the overall demand for UK higher education looks like.”

The number of applicants from the UK to this deadline has risen by 6% (+2,530 people) to 41,970, the highest number recorded since 2010. This increase is driven by a rise in applications from 18-year-olds in England (+8%), and Wales (+7%), with 2,190 more of these young people submitting applications, despite a fall in the UK 18-year-old population of around 3% this year.  Applicants from the EU and outside the EU have also both increased.

First time applicants to this deadline are up 8% to 56,020, while the number of students reapplying from the UK has fallen by 1%, to 4,220.

The number of applicants to medicine courses has risen significantly, by 8% to 20,730 (+1,520 people), ending the three-year trend of decreases, which followed the 2014 peak of 22,740 applicants. 

The number of 18-year-old English applicants to medicine has increased by 16% to 7,770 (+1,080 people), supported by a stable number of 19-year-old first time applicants to medicine. This increase in demand may reflect the 500 additional medical school places available for 2018.


Monday, 30 October 2017

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University applications reach ‘highest recorded’
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