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UCAS Figures Point to Fall in Acceptances

Posted by Richard Ward in

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The latest figures from UCAS report that a record 27.9% of the 18-year-old population in England have been accepted through UCAS. Wales also set a record, with 26.3% of young people starting an undergraduate course. In Northern Ireland the figure was reported at 28.1%, while 25.9% of Scottish 18-year-old students have now been accepted.

So far this year, more than 353,960 people from across the UK have been accepted, a decline of 2% compared to A Level results day last year.

A total of 411,860 applicants have been placed on an undergraduate course so far, a decline of 1% compared to A Level results day in 2017. However, this drop coincides with a 2.5% decline in the number of 18-year olds in the UK population.

In total 26,400 EU students have been accepted to study in the UK, representing a 1% increase on last year, along with a record 31,510 students from outside the EU, which is 4% higher year-on-year.

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 has remained unchanged.

Commenting on the statistics, UCAS Chief Executive, Clare Marchant, said: "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."

"I'd advise anyone thinking about securing a place through Clearing to take some time to visit universities and colleges in the next few days. This weekend's open days are listed on the UCAS website. Seeing everything in person can help you make the right decision."