Friday, 09 August 2013
The University of Worcester has announced a 30% increase in applicants achieving entry grades and accepting unconditional offers a full week before the A-level results are available.
A significant rise in students earning their University Entrance through BTEC qualifications, whose results were published in early July, explains this dramatic jump.
Worcester’s position taken alongside recent national applications figures suggests that University admissions in England are set to recover from last year’s sharp drop.
Worcester saw applications rise faster than any other university in the country from 2004 to 2011, but last year, in line with the national trend, both applications and admissions dropped back. This year, growth in applications for places at Worcester has resumed, rising to record levels - with a 5% increase on 2011, when fees tripled for most courses in England.
Worcester’s admissions look set to go higher still as, by August 7, a week ahead of A-level results publication day, the University had already made a record-breaking 1263 firm, unconditional offers to full-time applicants, which had been accepted. This represents over one third of the University’s target places for the 2013 academic year and is a 30.75 % increase compared to the same day last year.
The University’s record number of applications is set to turn into a record number of students because Government policy now allows unlimited admission of students who earn Two Distinctions and a Merit or better at BTEC, which are the equivalent of an A and 2 Bs at A-level. Over 250 of the BTEC qualified students accepting a place at Worcester have earned these grades. This has created an extra 250 places at the University for students, including those waiting for their A-level results.
In common with the great majority of English universities, most applicants to Worcester come with A-levels, but Worcester, with its high graduate employment rates, also attracts a significant proportion of students who take BTEC qualifications in such areas as Business, Information Technology, Sports Science, Health and Social Care.
The University of Worcester’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, says: “We are delighted that we have already been able to make such a significant number of firm, unconditional offers which have then been accepted by students at such an early stage.
“It is now clear that the great majority of talented, well-qualified young people across the country realise that earning a university qualification is the best way forward for their future.
“In Worcester’s case, our record number of applications reflects the excellent employment rates for our graduates – with 19 out of 20 in work or further study within six months of graduation.
“Prospective students are well aware of the value of high quality, well-taught vocationally-focused courses offered in partnership with businesses, social enterprises, educational, health, charitable and other high achieving organisations.
Professor Green continues: “Universities all over the country have been developing new facilities, which are both highly attractive and functional. At Worcester, as well as building new laboratories, simulation suites, recording studios and study and guidance facilities we have created two major nationally significant, truly innovative University facilities.
“The Hive, Britain’s first University and Public Library has issued over a million books and had one million visits in its first year. It has already become an outstanding engine of learning, inclusion and increased aspiration.
“The newly opened University of Worcester Arena is the country’s first sports arena deliberately designed to include wheelchair sport. It will host the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships and is already attracting talented disabled student athletes from all over the country as well as those wishing to specialise in Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Disability Sport.”
The University of Worcester is already operating Clearing for students with BTEC qualifications. The University’s A-level Clearing hotline – 01905 855111 – will open at 9am on Thursday 15th August, as hundreds of thousands of students nationally collect their A-level results.