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Record numbers for Higher Education

Record numbers for Higher Education

20 Sep 2018

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has published its final report for the Confirmation and Clearing period, following the publication of A level results.

In Scotland, a record 26.2% of all 18 year olds have now been accepted into university.

UCAS figures also show the proportion of placed SIMD20 applicants increased from 14.7% in 2017 to 15.0% in 2018, and proportion of placed 18 years SIMD20 applicants increased from 9.7% to 10.1%, equivalent to a 3% and 4% increase, respectively.

John Kemp, SFC’s Interim Chief Executive said:

“We are pleased to see these results, confirming that progress continues to be made in widening access to higher education. 

Not only is it great to see a record number of 18-year olds attending university, but if we add to this the fact that there is a high proportion of HE entrants at colleges in Scotland – accounting for 37% of Scotland’s total HE undergraduate population in 2016-17 – the picture in Scotland is even more encouraging than these statistics suggest.”