Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

Number of students going to UK universities rises by 2.9%

The number of students accepted onto UK degree courses has so-far risen by 2.9% compared with results day last year.

Already today 358,860 students have been accepted into university courses, with the number expected to rise. Ofqual, the exam watchdog, has already announced a 2% rise in A* and A grades this year, which is close to record levels.

This year’s results day is unlike any other, with students collecting replacement grades after their exams were cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Their results have been based off the highest score out of their estimated grades, mocks or exams in the autumn, it was confirmed this week.

Students in England who find their calculated results are lower than their mock grades can then appeal the decision, the Education Secretary said this week.


Gavin Williamson also claimed that 97% of A-level students in England will be getting within one grade of what their teacher predicted as he sought to reassure them.

Figures also showed that 34,310 international students from outside the EU were accepted onto UK degree courses, signalling a rise of 2%, while acceptances from students within the EU fell by 15.2%, to 22,430.

A total of 415,600 students have a confirmed place on an undergraduate course in the UK. This is a 1.6% increase on results day last year.

Universities are expected to be more accepting of students this year, with admissions service UCAS stating that they are likely to be ‘super flexible’ towards those who missed their grades.

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