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Workforce: What do the UCAS figures tell us about new entrants to nurse education? 

The end of year report from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service shows a crash in the number of mature entrants but suggests nurse education can help with social inclusion, says workforce expert James Buchan

The end of year report from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service shows a crash in the number of mature entrants but suggests nurse education can help with social inclusion, says workforce expert James Buchan

Is the glass half full or half empty? That depends on your post-festive perspective on the pattern of applications to nursing courses in 2017.

The end of year report from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) showed a 23% drop in applications in England, generating negative headlines.

However, many applicants will have applied for more than one undergraduate nursing course, meaning actual acceptances onto courses must also be assessed to gain a complete picture.

Acceptances fall slightly

In 2017, the number of UK acceptances to nurse education fell very slightly, by 0.8%, to 28,095. Given the controversy over the ending of bursaries

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