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There was a small increase in students joining nursing courses this year, but we are still not recruiting enough
There has been a slight increase in the number of nursing students Picture: iStock

There was a small increase in students joining nursing courses this year, but we are still not recruiting enough

The latest data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows a small increase in the number of new nursing students accepted onto courses compared to last year.

Interim data from mid-August shows that the number of applicants placed on nursing degree courses at UK universities was 21,870 this year, around 4% higher than at the same point in 2018.

Failing to reach the required numbers

The number of confirmed applicants from England was up by about 3% on last year - from 15,490 to 16,010 –

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