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A record number of people apply to nursing courses

19 March 2021

Total applications to UK universities for nursing courses have risen by almost a third (32%), according to figures published by UCAS.

The data revealed that 60,130 people applied for nursing courses (to start this autumn), with increases seen in each age group.

Among UK 18-year-old school leavers, there were a record 16,560 applicants, which is up 27% on 2020. And, for the first time, UCAS reported that more than 10,000 mature students aged 35+ (a 39% rise) had applied.

Professor Mark Radford, chief nurse at Health Education England, said: ‘The tireless and outstanding commitment of all our nurses over the past year – from students and practising professionals to those who’ve returned to work to help with the pandemic response – is the best possible advert for the nursing profession.’

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