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UCAS architecture applications fall by 17.2%

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University admission service UCAS has reported a 17.2 per cent drop in students wanting to study architecture and related courses compared with the same time last year

The latest figures show an overall 6.4 per cent drop in the number of students applying to further education and come months before planned fee hikes to £9,000 a year come into force.

Just 19,003 people have so far made applications to study ‘Architecture, Build & Plan’ courses compared to 22,943 this time last year (the period to December 2010 compared with Deember 2011). The final deadline for applications is 15 January and the full extent of the variation will be known later this year.

Last month it emerged that November’s UCAS architecture applications were down 20.1 per cent on last year. Previously, the figure was down 17.2 per cent following the October deadline to study architecture at Cambridge University.

At the time RCA architecture professor emeritus Nigel Coates described the fall as a ‘nose-dive’ while John McRae of ORMS warned architecture could become ‘elitist’.

UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said a late surge in applications was emerging as the final deadline approached.

‘Applicants are taking longer to research their choices but the applications flow has speeded up, as these statistics show. It remains too early to make predictions about the final year-on-year figures but we will be able to get a clearer picture after the deadline has passed,’ she added.

Overall applications to university by older students were down 14 per cent while male applications were also down 7.6 per cent. The application percentage for women was slightly better, showing a 5.6 drop.

Students below 17 years of age made 1.9 per cent more applications and non-EU students filed 13.3 per cent more requests to study at UK universities.

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