UCAS reports 3.5% increase in applications to higher education

Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:39
Posted by Scott Buckler

Today UCAS publishes statistics on applicants for full-time undergraduate higher education in the 2013 application cycle

They include all applications considered 'on time' for the 15 January deadline and give the first reliable indication of demand for higher education in the UK this year.These figures show a 3.5% headline increase in the number of applicants to institutions across the UK compared to the same point last year.

Application rates, which take population changes into account, show that the proportion of English 18 year olds applying in 2013 has increased by one percentage point. The application rates of 18 year olds across the UK are at, or near, their highest recorded levels.

Application rates from disadvantaged 18 year olds are also at, or close to, record levels. International applications are up, as are those from mature groups.

Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive of UCAS said: "This is an encouraging report, with no double-dip for applications and continuing improvements for disadvantaged groups. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 80% more likely to apply than a decade ago.

"However, there remains a stubborn gap between application rates for young men and young women. This is most pronounced for disadvantaged groups where young women are 50% more likely to apply than young men.

"The 2% rise in the number of 18 year old applicants, and the 10.5% increase in 19 year olds, is against a headwind of demographic change that has left the 18 year old group some 60,000 smaller than in 2009.

"The significant increase in 19 year olds applying may be indicating that some young people delayed their decisions about higher education after leaving school last year."

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