Admissions to UK universities hit record high

<img class="size-medium wp-image-907 alignright" src="×579-300×170.jpg" alt="a-level-results-1024×579" width="300" height="170" srcset="×579-300×170.jpg 300w, http://studentaccommodation generic viagra×579.jpg 1024w,×579-940×532.jpg 940w,×579-420×240.jpg 420w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has revealed acceptances are up 3 per cent year-on-year, with more applicants holding vocational qualifications, as enrolments at UK universities reaching a new high.

Students from overseas are also up 14% and Portergate Property Management, which operates the successful Riverside House in Salford and is building Friargate Court in Preston, believes the overseas students and apprentices are fuelling demand for high quality accommodation.

UCAS reports students holding vocational qualifications are driving a significant portion of the new growth.

The 2015-16 application cycle shows 511,730 students were accepted into UK higher education four weeks after A-level results day, up 12,610 (2.5 per cent) on the equivalent point last year.

This has already surpassed last year’s total intake of 507,680 and, seeing that acceptances at this stage of the process usually represent about 98 per cent of the ultimate enrolment, this year’s final figure is likely to surpass 520,000.

England, where student number controls were lifted this year, is responsible for almost all of the growth. So far, 435,270 students have been accepted to English higher education providers, up 13,250 (3.1 per cent).

The total number of European Union undergraduates who have been accepted by UK universities through UCAS has risen to 2,800 (14 per cent).

Across the UK, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of students entering higher education holding vocational BTEC qualifications, the analysis shows.

Portergate’s Riverside House is full with record numbers of students hoping to claim one of the 242 hotel-class room available.

Enquiries and bookings are now being taken for rooms that will become available from November 2015 and January 2016. Management reports that enquires are already being made for the September 2016 intake.

Karen Preece, managing director of Portergate Property Management, says: “We sold out at Riverside House in record time this September and it just proves what the UCAS numbers are saying – a UK education is the most desirable and popular in the world.

“Our research shows more and more students and their parents, from the UK and abroad, are only looking at purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

“In Salford and in Preston, where our 244-room luxury accommodation complex is under construction in the city’s University Quarter, we see the demand being fuelled international students and discerning UK families.

“Going forward, we agree with UCAS that students with vocational qualifications, apprentices and young key workers will continue to drive demand for a quality education and accommodation.”

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