Healthcare educators celebrate record rise in placed nursing applicants

24 September 2020

UCAS data 28 days after A-level results day shows a 22% rise in placed nursing applicants compared to 2019. A record number of 34,190 applicants have been placed at UK universities. There was an increase in placed nursing applicants from all domiciles and all age groups. The number of male applicants placed on nursing courses also increased sharply by 30%. Universities in England placed 5,000 (23%) more applicants than in 2019.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:

“I would like to congratulate my colleagues for achieving this extraordinary increase in nursing students. Never before have so many people started a career in nursing at UK universities. In a year of unprecedented challenges, healthcare educators have worked incredibly hard and hand in hand with their health and social care colleagues to meet the Government’s growth target for nursing students. We now have to ensure that this increase in student numbers is matched by investment in universities’ infrastructure and staff.

“More 18-year-olds than ever before – 23% more than last year – are placed on a nursing undergraduate course. The rise in mature students has been even steeper showing that a career in nursing attracts a wide range of individuals at various stages of their lives.

“To all those who are starting their nursing course at a UK university this year, I want to extend a warm welcome to this incredibly rewarding, varied and growing profession”.

Read our briefing: UCAS statistics on placed applicants 28 days after A-level results day 

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