Health educators welcome increase in confirmed nursing places on A level results day 2020

13 August 2020

Health educators have responded to data showing an increase in the number of confirmed applicant places for nursing courses across the UK.

Data from the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) on the number of confirmed places on nursing undergraduate courses in the UK, shows a 13 per cent increase in the number of placed applicants overall and a 14 per cent increase in England.

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

“Interest in healthcare careers has increased markedly this year as the importance of these professions has become more visible than ever. These are rewarding careers, which offer a great opportunity to work in a variety of roles: from the NHS, social care and public health to education, charity and policy. Despite the significant challenges posed by the pandemic, universities are working really hard to offer as many students as possible places on healthcare courses. Universities in England have offered to accept over 5,000 more students on nursing, midwifery and allied health programmes this year.

The UCAS figures today give a sense of the increase in student numbers but these figures will change over the next few weeks as universities continue to accept students through Clearing. We welcome the additional effort being made nationally to support students through this process and look forward to welcoming our new students in September”.


  1. Council of Deans of Health briefing on nursing undergraduate courses on A level results day 2020
  2. UCAS statistical releases


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