New figures reveal that demand for places at Oxbridge and medical schools has fallen for the first time in eight years. Ucas found that the number of aspiring students on specialist courses, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary, which along with all Oxbridge courses have an earlier application deadline than for other university degrees, has fallen by 3,720, or almost 5%, to 74,090. Ucas also found the number of Cambridge applicants has fallen by 5%, driven by a 7% decline in demand from British students. At Oxford, applications have declined by 2.6% to 23,173. However, its decline has been caused by a drop in overseas and EU applications, that were down 6.4% and 12.2% respectively, whereas applications from British students were up 0.4%. Clare Marchant, chief executive of Ucas, said that young people were considering their choices “against a backdrop of rising living costs”.
Source: The Daily Telegraph