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Nursing top five subject choice for university applicants


Nursing has entered the top five subject choices among degree students for the first time, according to latest figures on university entrance.

UCAS, the body that co-ordinates university applications, said that nursing has risen to number four in the subjects most popular with students applying to university.

The figures are from 15 January – the date by which applicants are recommended to have made their applications for the next intake in the autumn. Law remains the most popular subject followed by psychology and pre-clinical medicine.

This year saw 7,424 more applicants for the nursing degree programme, a rise of 15.8% on last year. Applications for nursing diploma courses also increased by 15.1% or 5,389 applicants.

The rises reflects nursing developing as a strong career choice, according to the Council of Deans of Health.

Council chair Sue Bernhauser said: ‘This is excellent news for not only students and higher education but for the health care system as a whole.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • I wander if the figures for the number's enrolled for a nursing degree feflects the number who actually complete the course

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  • With the current economic climate, and the UK being in the recession, nursing may be one of the few remaining areas where there are still some job opportunities.

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