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Rise in confirmed places for Scottish students entering higher education

While UCAS figures reveal a record tally of acceptances for students from Scotland’s most deprived areas, the number of undergraduates arriving from the EU is set to fall significantly

There has been a rise in Scottish students accepted into university or college via UCAS, according to figures released today (August 4) by the higher education admissions service*.

On the day that Scottish Qualifications Authority exam results were released, UCAS revealed that 28,970 students from Scotland had received a confirmed place, up 220 for the same stage last year.

The vast majority – 28,240 – will be studying in Scotland.

Acceptance numbers will rise in the coming weeks, as more students’ places are confirmed.

Closer analysis of today’s figures reveals that:

  • A record number of students from Scotland’s most deprived areas – 4,360 – have confirmed places in higher education
  • The gap between those students accepted from the most and least deprived parts of the country has narrowed to its lowest ever point, with a ratio of 1.89
  • A record 3,040 Scottish students have been accepted on nursing courses in Scotland, an 11.6% rise
  • Brexit has likely cast its shadow over admissions. While a record number of students from outside the EU – 2,360 – have been accepted into Scottish universities, the number of EU students accepted has fallen by 15% to 2,670

Students are advised that they can check the status of their application by signing into Track.

Should they need to use clearing, UCAS has launched a new service – Clearing Plus – to match them to one of 28,000 courses available to Scottish students.

“For anyone without a place, Clearing Plus is giving each student a personalised list of courses with vacancies that they can easily send an expression of interest to,” said UCAS chief executive, Clare Marchant.

“Every course with places available is also listed on ucas.com.”

Alternatively, UCAS advisers are available to guide applicants through the clearing process via Twitter and Facebook, as well as by calling 0371 468 0 468.

* Note that around a third of Scottish higher education provision is not included in UCAS’ figures, chiefly that portion offered by further education colleges


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