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Architecture schools 'over-subscribed' despite 16% application drop

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The RIBA has claimed architecture courses have remained ‘generally over-subscribed’ despite the huge 16 per cent drop in applications

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.’

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  • Of course there is also the alternative route of Architectural Technology if students do not get their first choice place. Quite a number of our students go on to become qualified Architects having studied with us at Southampton Solent.

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