Commenting on the first wave of the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2017, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:
“It is fantastic to see that more 18 year-olds are experiencing the life-changing benefits of higher education than ever before. However, it is important to set this in the context of decreasing entry rates for older age groups.
“I am very concerned that fewer and fewer older students are applying to higher education. Everyone with the talent to succeed in higher education should have the opportunity to do so, whether straight from school or later in life, and I expect universities and colleges to do all they can to support talented students of all ages.
“We know that this decline is at least partially down to the significant reduction in applications to nursing courses. It will be crucial to assess the reasons for this decline and monitor whether these numbers start to recover in the coming years.”
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