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UCAS applications for architecture plummet 16 per cent

The number of applications to study architecture and related subjects has fallen by more than 16 per cent ahead of triple-fee rises in the autumn

Figures from universities admissions service UCAS show a 16.3 per cent drop in interest to study architecture, build and plan courses compared to this time last year.

Just 35,825 applications were made to study the discipline at UK universities for 2012 entry in time for this year’s January 15 deadline.

The figure was down by almost 7,000 on last year and comes as higher education fees are set to rocket to up to £9,000 per year from this autumn.

Across all courses applications were down 7.4 per cent. Combined arts and creative arts and design courses were, like architecture, down by more than 16 per cent.

Subjects allied to medicine however witnessed a 2.1 per cent boom in applications.

UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘There has been a headline drop of 7.4 per cent in applicants with a slightly larger fall in England.

‘Our analysis shows that decreases in demand are slightly larger in more advantaged groups than in the disadvantaged groups. Widely expressed concerns about recent changes in [higher education (HE)] funding arrangements having a disproportionate effect on more disadvantaged groups are not borne out by these data.

‘However, I remain concerned about the wide and increasing gap between the application rate of men compared to women.

‘Although applications are down for mature applicants, this is in the context of some very substantial increases in recent cycles. Applications from mature groups are also set against a backdrop of increasingly higher HE participation rates at their school leaving age.

‘The indications are that demand for HE will continue to outstrip the number of places available in 2012. Applications are already 50,000 ahead of the number of acceptances in 2011 and last year UCAS received over 100,000 further applications between January and the close of the cycle.’

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  • Paul McGrath

    I would guess the drop in numbers is more than compensated by the increase in revenue. So the Schools of Architecture maybe better off financially!

    It's a great shame that social mobility via education is now in retreat and that higher education institutions are becoming more and more businesslike.

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