EU and international student numbers see strong growth in acceptances compared with last year's results day
UCAS has released its university acceptance figures today, as teenage students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their A-level results.
27.9% of 18-year olds have been accepted on undergraduate university courses through UCAS in England, a new record for the country, with Wales similarly reaching a new peak of 26.3%.
For Northern Ireland and Scotland, the university entry rate for 18-year olds is 28.1% and 25.9% respectively.
Across the UK as a whole, a total of 411,860 students have been placed on an undergraduate course so far, with acceptances for students from disadvantaged backgrounds reaching a record of 16.1%.
Despite this being a 1% drop on A-level results day last year, UCAS notes that this is likely due to a 2.5% decline in the UK’s 18-year old population.
On the other hand, EU student numbers have seen a 1% increase in acceptances on 2017’s results day, reaching 26,400. International student numbers have similarly increased by 4% to 31,510.
The Clearing process is still ongoing, but last year a total of 66,865 students were accepted through the system. Of this, 16,950 applied directly through Clearing.
Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS, commended the growth in international student numbers as a reflection of the quality of education in the UK:
“The encouraging growth in international students choosing to study in the UK is testament to the welcome of our world class universities.”
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