Decoding UCAS figures
James Buchan Professor, Faculty of health and social sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Year-end Universities and Colleges Admissions Service figures show a crash in the number of mature entrants
Is the glass half full or half empty? That depends on your post-festive perspective on the pattern of applications to nursing courses in 2017. The end of year report from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) showed a 23% drop in applications in England, generating negative headlines. However, many applicants will have applied for more than one undergraduate nursing course, meaning actual acceptances onto courses must also be assessed to gain a complete picture.
Nursing Standard. 32, 23, 30-30. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.23.30.s20