The RIBA has claimed architecture courses have remained ‘generally over-subscribed’ despite the huge 16 per cent drop in applications
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Just 35,825 applications for 2012 entry to UK architecture courses were made in time for this year’s January 15 deadline, according to universities admissions service UCAS.
The figure marks a fall of almost 7,000 compared with this time last year and reflects growing anxiety over the new £9,000 a-year tuition fees that come into force this autumn.
RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘Although applications are down, architecture courses remain highly competitive – and generally over-subscribed.’
She suggested the prospect of fee hikes may have caused a ‘rush for places’ in previous years but their impact on higher education intake for 2012 could be responsible for students now deferring decisions to attend university.
She added: ‘Times are demanding for architecture students, but the RIBA and our members are doing more than ever to help them succeed in education and practice.’
Architecture schools 'over-subscribed' despite 16% application drop