Health educators have responded to data showing an increase in confirmed nursing places on A level results day

10 August 2021

Data from the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) on the number of confirmed places on nursing undergraduate courses in the UK, shows a 8 per cent increase in the number of placed applicants overall and a 11 per cent increase in England.

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

“We have continued to see an increased interest in university healthcare courses. These programmes offer great opportunities to progress in valuable and rewarding careers for students of any age, and this year we have seen a 22 per cent increase in the number of 18 year old applicants being placed.

Universities are making huge efforts to offer as many applicants a place as possible in the midst of ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic. The increase in student numbers is welcomed but other factors such as placement capacity, staffing, resources and student experience have to be taken into account alongside any growth in admissions. The UCAS figures today give a sense of the increase in student numbers but these figures may change over the next few weeks if universities can accept students onto healthcare courses through Clearing. We 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 2021
  2. UCAS statistical releases

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