UK universities receive record number of applications in lockdown

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"A record 40.5% of all 18-year-olds in the UK have applied to go to university, with numbers rising significantly during lockdown, according to the university admissions service Ucas.

It is the first time that more than four out of 10 students (40.5%) had applied by 30 June to go to university and the figures will offer some comfort to universities bracing themselves for the Covid-19 aftershock.

At the same point in the admissions cycle last year, the figure was 38.9%, and Ucas points out that between mid-March and the end of June, when the pandemic was at its height in the UK, applications rose by 17%."

You can read the full article here - https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...tions-lockdown
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"A record 40.5% of all 18-year-olds in the UK have applied to go to university, with numbers rising significantly during lockdown, according to the university admissions service Ucas.

It is the first time that more than four out of 10 students (40.5%) had applied by 30 June to go to university and the figures will offer some comfort to universities bracing themselves for the Covid-19 aftershock.

At the same point in the admissions cycle last year, the figure was 38.9%, and Ucas points out that between mid-March and the end of June, when the pandemic was at its height in the UK, applications rose by 17%."

You can read the full article here - https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...tions-lockdown
Interesting. Pure speculation but:
-Have businesses frozen apprenticeship hiring due to uncertainty of future work...
-Over the past 4 months they've finally realised a gap year or spending a year in a part-time job may be way harder then normal...

But what I think the main reason is:
-Now we can see the end of corona (first wave at least) people are looking at this now as an economic crisis not a public health one, in economic crises typically more people go into education
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Perhaps not having to take exams has created time that has meant some people who leave things to the last minute have not done so. Or are more confident about the grades they need.
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Interesting. Pure speculation but:
-Have businesses frozen apprenticeship hiring due to uncertainty of future work...
-Over the past 4 months they've finally realised a gap year or spending a year in a part-time job may be way harder then normal...

But what I think the main reason is:
-Now we can see the end of corona (first wave at least) people are looking at this now as an economic crisis not a public health one, in economic crises typically more people go into education
I believe this cohort of Y13s is the smallest in years which makes it even more interesting that university admissions are up (correct me if I've made this up ).
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I believe this cohort of Y13s is the smallest in years which makes it even more interesting that university admissions are up (correct me if I've made this up ).
Yes I think this is correct.
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It's very normal for university admissions to go up when unemployment is high or rising for all sorts of reasons.

It's also possible that people planning to take gap years have decided that next year won't be the best time to do that (understandable) and are maybe worried that it might be more difficult to get into uni next year.

It's interesting that applications for nursing have increased so much!
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And here I was hoping I had a better chance of getting in as everyone would be deferring this year due to covid 🙃😂
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(Original post by Oliviaperkss)
And here I was hoping I had a better chance of getting in as everyone would be deferring this year due to covid 🙃😂
lol sameee
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I believe this cohort of Y13s is the smallest in years which makes it even more interesting that university admissions are up (correct me if I've made this up ).
Yes, I've heard something like that too
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