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Great A-level results see record numbers off to university

Published: Friday, 14 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Record numbers of students will begin university courses this autumn, with fantastic A-level results confirming places for hundreds of thousands of teenagers.

The UCAS admissions service revealed a 3% increase in the number of students accepted into university this summer when compared to last.

Some 409,000 places are already confirmed while there is also speculation that institutions could attempt to attract students at the last minute as the cap on university places was lifted this year.

The Head of UCAS, Mary Curnock Cook, described the latest figures as an “impressive outcome”, as people look to boost their chances of landing their dream careers by entering into further study.

A 5% increase was noted among 18 year olds applying for university, while the older age groups showcased a stable level of demand.

Around 27,000 more women than men were due to start courses too, while numbers of EU students and international students have also risen.

Some universities have even tried to take advantage of the build up to results day by altering offers to unconditional ones – hoping to secure some of the best talent as early as possible.

Without a limit on the number of places that can be offered, it is expected that some universities will have a certain level of scope for movement too.

Of particular interest to businesses and the government will be a rise in candidates choosing to study more traditional subjects such as maths and English.

It should mean that skilled individuals will graduate from university in the future with more of the skills needed for the world of work.

The link has also been linked to selective universities encouraging prospective students to avoid subjects which are seen as being easier.

That relates back to 2011 when the Russell Group of research-intensive universities published a list of “facilitating” A-level subjects which were deemed as being of particular benefit for time spent at university.

For students that wish to get even further ahead of the competition, Grad Plus has a number of jobs for students that can help them to hone their skills

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