So, it’s the day after students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland all picked up their A level results, so now the race is on to secure places on a university course. So today’s post, because I love statistics, is going to be a few facts and figures 🙂
By midnight on Thursday, 401,540 applicants had been accepted for undergraduate courses, 9% up on the same time in 2012. This is also higher than 2011, the year before the dreaded tuition fees trebled to £9,000.
The latest figures from Ucas show fewer have entered clearing than last year – 153,070, down almost 9,000 on 2012.
Many universities which do not always enter clearing have done so this year. A spokesman for the Russell Group, who represent 24 leading universities, said all but six had been in clearing. He added that it was not yet clear how much longer Russell Group universities would remain in clearing this year and that Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Bristol and LSE had not entered the process.
The University of Manchester I find quite fascinating. According to their spokesman, they had started with 300 places put forward to the clearing process. By today, approximately 100 places are still to be filled, mainly in modern languages, which may not come as much of a surprise considering there has been a decline in those taking MFL to A level lately. Despite this however, the University of Manchester are not going to give these places to those achieving less than BBB, although they do anticipate to be full by early next week.
So what can we take from all these facts and figures? Well it seems that the seemingly ridiculous increase in tuition fees hasn’t put off people applying for university as much as it was first thought, although these latest figures don’t show the numbers or percentage of those being accepted on university courses from lower income families, a statistic I sure would love to know, and I think the government would too, given the new focus points for Ofsted inspections. Less students entering clearing could mean that more students are getting into their first or second choices which is great, but it could also mean that people who haven’t got into uni may have elected to not go to uni until the following year and retake some of their A level exams to improve their grades.