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Nursing top five subject choice for university applicants

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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.’

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  • 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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