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Architecture bucks trend as more students accept university places

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The number of students accepted on architecture, building and planning university courses has increased by 6 per cent since last year, according to the latest figures 

Statistics released by UCAS show that, following A-Level results day on 17 August, 7,050 students won places to study architecture, building or planning – up from 6,670 in 2016. 

This increase goes against the of current total number of students placed full-time in UK higher education, which currently stands at 437,070, and is one per cent lower than the same time last year. The results coincide with major government reforms to A Levels in the UK. 

In addition more students, who did not meet the condition of their university offers, will be accepted on courses as they go through clearing. 

Alan Dunlop, chair in contemporary architecture practice at the University of Liverpool, said: ’Architecture, like medicine, has always attracted the brightest and best of our young people. It is a tough, rigorous and intellectually demanding field of study.

’Consequently, universities require the highest of A Level and higher grades for entry. It is no surprise to me that numbers have increased for it is also a rewarding field of study, despite the demands.

’Sadly this increase comes at at time when the profession has seldom been more marginalised or the unique skills of architects less respected.’ 

Subject group20132014201520162017
Architecture, Building & Planning 5,900 5,890 6,430 6,670 7,050
Business & Administrative Studies 43,700 44,740 47,330 50,680 48,470
Creative Arts & Design 42,330 44,010 45,300 45,650 44,110
Education 12,640 13,010 14,660 14,780 14,660
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