UCAS reports highest records for October deadline of 2018 university admissions

Chrystel Pepi 27 October 2017

In a recent report concerning UK universities’ applications for 2018, UCAS statistical figures reveal a “robust” increase for those courses whose deadline was this past 15th October. Particularly those courses related to medicine and science, and all those offered at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Although these are only a primary examination of next year’s admission cycle, the statistical results are still highly indicative of the growing interest towards UK higher education.

Domestically, the general fall in application submissions that had been witnessed across 2015 and 2016 now appears reversed: the UK decline of -2% and -3% (2015 and 2016, respectively) contrasts with contemporary records of +6%.

England itself holds a 7% threshold, increasing from -2% and -3% in the past years. Wales holds 6%, increasing from a former 4% and 1%. Scotland holds a 2% threshold, reversing its consecutive decline of -1% in 2015-16.

UCAS also reveals how more 18-year olds from both England and Wales have submitted their applications this year. The remaining outlier, Northern Ireland, instead experiences a decline of -4%, shifting from its higher values of 8% held in 2015 and 4% held in 2016.

Internationally speaking, figures reveal an increase of 12%. Moreover, in contrast with the decreasing trends of 2017, contemporary records indicate a total rise of 6% in the number of applications from the European Union.

Statistical analysis, however, won’t be able to reveal with greater precision the number of total applicants until the 15th January 2018. Still, so far the records seem to suggest a growth of 7% in the numbers of applications, meaning approximately 4,250 applicants more than in the previous year.

At a time of confounding uncertainty as Brexit talks continue going on in the background, Chief Executive of UCAS, Clare Merchant, comments how “encouraging” it is for “UK higher education” to remain “so attractive, not only to UK students but also those from EU countries, and internationally.”