UCAS Reports Massive Surge In Nursing Students
A record number of students have been accepted on nursing and midwifery courses this year according to the latest statistics released by UCAS.
It is believed that increased emphasis on the health and social sector over the last 9 months, due to Covid-19, has led to a much greater number of students looking for a career in healthcare.
The statistics from UCAS show that there were 6,110 (or 26%) more accepted applications for students studying on nursing and midwifery courses than last year. A grand total of 29,740 students will be studying nursing and midwifery in 2021.
The data also shows a 43% increase in mature students, aged 35 and over who have been accepted on nursing and midwifery courses.
Minister for Care Helen Whately said:
It’s fantastic to see so many people choosing to pursue a career in nursing and midwifery, with over a quarter more students starting on courses. This year has shown just how much we depend on nurses. I have no doubt that their incredible work has inspired the next generation to pursue careers in the NHS and social care.
This year we’ve also introduced a new training grant for nursing students of at least £5,000 a year, helping to remove the barriers for anyone considering this brilliant career.
With over 14,800 more nurses working in our NHS compared to last year, we are on our way to delivering 50,000 more by the end of this Parliament to help us build back better.
If you are interested in a career in health care wrote an article covering the above mentioned nursing grant back in January.
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