University Entry Levels Rise to 49%
Figures for 2011-2012 show that 49% of young people in England are likely to move onto higher education.
These figures also show that women are more likely to enter higher education than men – 55% compared to 45% respectively.
The figures were taken before the increase in tuition fees that was introduced last year. Many universities are set to increase their fees once again this year which will undoubtedly have a further effect on the number of university applications made throughout the UK.
Director of The Office for Fair Access, Les Ebdon has noted that levels of university applications following the rise in tuition fees will need to be closely monitored moving forward.
A recent BBC News article states that “an employment survey shows an important milestone in the UK’s labour market – with more jobs requiring degrees than there are jobs available for those without qualifications.” As a result, more school-leavers are choosing to move onto higher education in order to have any chance of building a decent career.
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