UCAS has received 48,830 applications to nursing courses in England, up from 35,960 at the same point last year.
Health and care ministers have welcomed the latest figures out today showing the number of applications to undergraduate nursing courses this year is a third higher than last year.
UCAS has received 48,830 applications to nursing courses in England, up from 35,960 at the same point last year, representing a 34% increase.
Last year, the number of people accepting a place on a nursing course increased by 27% compared to 2019. Health Education England is working with health and education sector partners to make sure there are enough places for all suitable applicants who will go on to take up vital jobs in the NHS or social care sector.
The figures for England also show:
- an increase in applications of more than 50% among 25 to 34 year olds and 43% among 35-and-overs
- a 41% rise in male applicants
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said:
Last year, the government introduced a new training grant for eligible nursing, midwifery and allied health profession (including paramedic) students of at least £5,000 a year, which does not need to be paid back.
Nursing students will also benefit from additional financial support for childcare and for those who study specialisms which typically have fewer applicants such as mental health or learning disability nursing. Eligibility for this is in line with existing criteria for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company.
UK-wide figures show total applications for nursing courses have risen by almost a third (32%) to reach 60,130.