England: Student nursing applications still down in England

06 September 2019

Student nursing applications in England are still 29% lower than three years ago before the removal of the bursary, the latest figures show.

Applications in England have increased 4% from last year, but remain down by more than 15,000 since the bursary was axed.

Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service show 36,810 signed up for a nursing degree in England by the June 2019 deadline, up from 35,260 in 2018. However, this remains far lower than the 51,840 signing up in 2016, the last year before the bursary was removed. The removal hit mature students the hardest.

In Wales, the student nursing bursary has been extended until 2021, while it has remained in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Scotland was the only nation to see applications increase between 2016 and 2019, with a rise of 10%.

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