According to the figures from the Institutions and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), 77,810 students applied to the universities in the United Kingdom this year, an increase of over 1% was recorded from the previous year.
The UCAS released a statement which said that the identical deadline of October 15 has been established for all individuals who intend to start a program in autumn next year at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or to medical, dentistry, or veterinary courses at any other UK university.
“This deadline usually accounts for approximately 10% of the total number of applicants in a cycle. The equal consideration deadline for all other courses, universities, and colleges is 26 January 2022,” the statement reads.
The report findings include:
- There have been 29,710 applications for medicine courses, a 4% rise over the previous year.
- The number of overseas applications, including those from the EU, has decreased by 4% this year, from 22,730 in 2021 to 22,730 this year.
- The number of applicants from Ireland has increased by 15%. (850 from 740 in 2021).
- The number of 18-year-olds in the United Kingdom who applied by the October 15 deadline has grown by 3%. (39,920 vs 38,580).
- A growth of 8% can be seen from last year’s 2,800, with 17,570 from the most advantaged (POLAR4 quintile 5) applying this year.
- A total of 3,030 students from the most marginalized groups (POLAR4 quintile 1)
- There is a 5% increase in the number of Chinese candidates.
The Chief Executive of UCAS, Clare Marchant, shared her joy at the 8% increase in the number of students from the most disadvantaged families applying to the most competitive courses. “We know that increased demand and the continued rise in the number of 18-year-olds in the UK population will put a squeeze on available places, particularly those at the most competitive institutions and on the most competitive courses,” Marchant said.
Marchant also advised students to keep their dreams alive, but to be practical and to have a backup plan in place so that they can take advantage of all changes that come their way. “We know that many applicants, including those applying to the most selective universities and courses, are considering a higher or degree apprenticeship as well as a traditional undergraduate degree as part of the range of options available to them,” she said.
The Chief Executive of UCAS added that UCAS is prepared to assist students by giving them the essential guidance that will allow them to make an informed decision about their future.