Health educators welcome increase in applicants to nursing courses

11 July 2019

Health educators have responded to the release of data showing an increase in applications to undergraduate nursing courses for entry in 2019/20.

The data published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows a 6% increase across the UK in applicants to undergraduate nursing courses and a 5% increase in England. The data also shows increases in applicants in the 26-34 age bracket (3% across the UK) and among those aged above 35 (7% across the UK). The number of male applicants increased by 7% and female applicants by 5%.

Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:

“The increase in applicants to undergraduate nursing courses across the UK is very positive and reflects the hard work undertaken by universities to support recruitment. We also welcome the increases in male applicants and applicants from the over-26 age group. These figures highlight that nursing is regarded as a valuable and rewarding career. However, despite the positive news there remain areas of vulnerability, in particular around recruitment to learning disability, mental health and adult nursing courses, where some areas experience difficulties in attracting good applicants. We continue to advocate for the introduction of a maintenance grant for healthcare students to support recruitment to these courses and remove barriers to participation”.


Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
  2. CoDH briefing UCAS figures June 2019 deadline
  3. UCAS 2019 cycle applicant figures data 30 June deadline
  4. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.

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