‘Record number of University acceptances from Scotland, but decreases from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales’


According to the latest UCAS 2017 figures, only Scotland saw an increase in the number of its students accepted for entry to UK universities. The figures are:

England           -0.7%

N Ireland         -2.9%

Scotland          +2.4%

Wales              -0.2%

Thought this increase only brings Scotland’s share of UCAS acceptances up to 8% (36 500) of the total and the same as our share of the population, UCAS notes point out:

‘In Scotland, there is a substantial section of higher education provision not included in UCAS’ figures. This is mostly full-time higher education provided in further education colleges, which represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland, and this proportion varies by geography and background within Scotland. Accordingly, figures on entry rates or total recruitment in Scotland reflect only the part of full-time undergraduate study that uses UCAS.’


This, unique to Scotland, arrangement of FE/HE articulation whereby students can begin, at lower living and/or travel costs, in their local FE college for the first and/or second year of a degree before transferring directly into second or third year of a partner university considerably increases the access opportunities to student from deprived areas. This system also, commonly, has the advantage of allowing these students to leave after year one with HNC or after year 2 with HND, qualifications which are recognised by employers. This may be a factor in the significantly lower youth unemployment in Scotland than in rUK. See:

Scottish Government meets its youth employment target four years early to place Scotland as among the most successful in Europe

Given that around 33% of entrants to HE in Scotland start out this way, this suggests that entry to HE from Scotland, is higher per capita than the rUK figure at around 12% of the total from, only 8% of the population.

9 thoughts on “‘Record number of University acceptances from Scotland, but decreases from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales’

  1. macgilleleabhar November 27, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    The HNC /HND partner university system is very practical in many ways. We must all do whatever we can to ensure there is a vibrant economy to absorb and retain all these talented people.

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    • Clydebuilt November 27, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Well said MACGILLELEABHAR . . . . . Think Scotland’s doing pretty well on that score (currently)

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  2. Clydebuilt November 27, 2017 / 1:37 pm


    Lenny the Liar has started as he means to continue . . . According to Him Scottish Water needs to be taken back into public ownership.
    As broadcast on BBC Shortbread 1pm news

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    • Alasdair Macdonald November 27, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      I noticed that, too. I put it down, not to mendacity, but to his England-is-Britain mindset. Water has been privatised in England for around three decades, therefore it must be in private hands everywhere in the United Kingdom, because, as his boss, says, “Scotland is a part of England. You cannot have different legal systems in the one country.”

      Has he been asked about this by any journalist? Silly me!!!

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    • gavin November 27, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Yes, and his boss is on a rare day trip to the Branch Office, no doubt decrying to Lenny the ludicrous wish of Scots for their own legal system. No room on one wee island for two legal systems, or water boards or even………………………..parliaments!

      And in Ruthies heart of hearts, you know she agrees with him!

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      • Alasdair Macdonald. November 27, 2017 / 10:15 pm

        I remember when Jackie Baillie – another privately educated Labour Parliamentarian – had a ministerial post with the then Scottish Execitive, run by Labour and the LibDems. She had a responsibility for Scottish education and used to talk about children taking their GCSEs!


    • gavin November 27, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Perhaps Lenny wants Corbyn to nationalise water FROM Scottish control and run it from London.
      The way nationalised industry used to be run.
      In the “good old days” they would find a decrepit politician on the verge of retirement, and give him/her an industry to run. Then they wondered why the State industries didn’t do well. Broonie knows nothing about water—perhaps he would be available. Or Spud Murphy. In fact there are dozens of old Labour warhorses out to grass—any of them would be as bad as the other.


  3. Alasdair Macdonald November 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Perhaps we should send some journalists on courses about interpreting statistics objectively.

    A committee of the Scottish Parliament reported that there appeared to have a stasis physical activity levels of people in Scotland over the period between 2012 and 2015. The 2012 figure was 64% and the 2013 figure 63%. However, this has been reported as “Scots are less active” and the phone in devoted an hour to looking at the reasons. The underlying message is: ‘too wee and no very good, deep fried food, fags, booze and drugs’.

    I do not know the sample size, but, assuming the usual ‘+ or – 4%’, The 2012 figure is somewhere between 60/68% and the 2015 figure is 59/67%. So, there could have been an INCREASE from 60 to 67% on the one hand to a DECREASE from 68 to 59% on the other.

    Given the level of investment, the committee is right to seek reasons for this seeming stasis, which might, in fact, be a significant increase. The data might indicate substantial differences amongst age cohorts, or geographical area, or amongst income groups, etc.

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