University of Worcester Sees 65% Increase in AAB Students

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The University of Worcester has seen a 65% increase in the number of students with AAB grades choosing to study at the institution this year.

It comes as some other universities have reported a big drop in top grade applicants.

The University of Worcester has been successful in admitting more AAB, or equivalent, students, particularly in teaching and in sports science and coaching.

Worcester is one of a handful of universities in the Country which is both rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for teacher training and outstanding for the subsequent employment in teaching of its graduates.

In sport, Worcester enjoys an excellent, international reputation for the quality of its sports coaching and has pioneered a truly inclusive approach with a very strong specialism in disability sport. Work placements help ensure that Worcester sports science and coaching graduates are some of the most employable in the country.

Other areas in which Worcester performs particularly strongly include the training of ante-natal teachers where Worcester has become the university partner for the National Childbirth Trust.

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that we are attracting more high achieving students to study at Worcester, against a very difficult and declining national backdrop.

“Applications to study at Worcester remained on a par this year with last year’s record levels, compared to a 7.5% drop nationally. Registrations for Open Events for entry next year are already up my more than a third on last year’s record breaking totals.”

This sustained increase in student choice combined with very high educational quality underpinned the University’s successful bid for additional student numbers to the Higher Education Funding Council in England.

Worcester has also been awarded additional places on courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status by the Teaching Agency. Because these extra places were awarded late in the year, a very small number of places remain for 2012 for well-motivated and highly qualified students. For information on all courses visit or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email