An UCAS analysis of applications for full-time undergraduate programmes has revealed that UK university enrolments have soared by more than 2,500 compared with the same period last year.
This sees the first growth in the three years since the Brexit vote and is thought to be a result of many overseas students wanting to gain a place at a UK university before Britain finally leaves the EU.
Although this is good news for UK universities who rely on the funding provided by international students, the outlook isn’t so sunny for those hoping to gain a place at university as the competition for a limited number of spaces is now even fiercer than ever before.
A total of 561,420 students have applied to start their course this year, with 63,690 non-EU applicants seeking to study here in the UK. The number of EU applications has also risen by 1 percent despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
This heaps even more pressure on students living in the UK looking to secure a place at their university of choice as there are no guarantees that an application will be successful based on country of origin alone.
Instead, universities are seeking students who are able to demonstrate a commitment to their subject of choice and the ability to keep up with the demands of academic study. For those keen to pursue a career in the medical profession, the fact that more and more international students are chasing the same degree courses here in the UK means that they are having to work harder than ever to impress at application and interview places.
UniMed runs several personal statement workshops and doctor for a day courses to help students from all over the globe get the best chance of application success.
Hosted by a dedicated team of university admissions experts, doctors and medical students, the personal statement workshop gives students access to the tips and techniques needed to create a winning personal statement based on the course leaders knowledge of exactly what the universities are looking for.
Our doctor for the day workshop also gives would-be medical students the opportunity to get hands-on and gain real work experience, something that is difficult to access with little or no prior experience. Click here to find out more or to book a place on our upcoming workshops.