Record Applications For Oxbridge Courses
It is a move that goes against the general trend of declining university applications since the increase in tuition fees. University admissions service Ucas has just reported that by the 15th October deadline for Oxford and Cambridge, almost 57000 students had applied for the three most competitive subjects (dentistry, medicine and veterinary science) at the top two universities.
This number is over 2% higher than for the same courses last year, and while this may seem like a drop in the ocean, it is seen as encouraging by those at Ucas.
However, looking deeper into the figures reveals the following issues:
- The number of students from England applying is less than in 2011 and 2010.
- The increase is predominantly from students in other parts of the UK who get their tuition fees subsidised, and international students.
However, this does only speak for those highly competitive courses at Oxford and Cambridge, as the deadline for all other universities does not come around until January. It is likely that this is a reflection of students wanting to get ‘more for their money’, given the rise in fees and the increasingly competitive nature of degree courses, making degrees from the top universities even more sought after.
The focus now of course will turn to A-Levels, with all these applications needing to be backed up by good grades. If you or your child need some extra guidance when it comes to sitting those all important exams then feel free to take a look over our A-level tuition services.