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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made for places in higher education institutions in each of the past three years; and what is the forecast number for 2009–10. [HL4800]

The total number of applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 are shown in the table. Estimates for the final number of applicants in 2009 are not held centrally. On 9 July, UCAS will publish figures showing the number of applicants who had applied by 30 June, which is the closing date for applications to UCAS’s main application scheme.

Applicants to full-time undergraduate courses at UK institutions UK and overseas applicants

Year of entry








Source: UCAS

In 2008 the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions System (NMAS) was subsumed into the UCAS application system and part of the increase from 2007 to 2008 can be attributed to this factor. In 2008 there were 13,487 applicants who applied via UCAS to ex-NMAS courses only, the majority of whom were English domiciled (and NMAS was only for English institutions).