- 10 August 2021
Record high numbers of students accepted into Scottish universities
By Lucy Ashton
The number of Scottish domiciled students being offered a place at Scottish universities is at a record high on SQA results day, up 10% to 31,070.
University application service UCAS data shows the number of acceptances from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland to UK universities increased by 7% to 4,700, also a record high.
This year’s statistics also currently highlight a 56% decrease, as at SQA results day, in the number of acceptances to Scottish universities from applicants based in EU countries.
Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training Jamie Hepburn, pictured left, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has secured a place at university after what has been an extremely challenging year. The increase in acceptances for Scottish students gaining a place at a Scottish university is very encouraging.
“The figures also show that the number of people from the most deprived areas being accepted to university is at a record high. We want every young person in Scotland to have an equal chance of success, no matter their background or circumstances, and I am pleased we continue to make steady progress here.
“We have seen a sharp drop in EU students being accepted to come study in Scotland, this was always going to be an inevitable consequence of Brexit. EU students enrich our campus life and I hope we can still welcome many of them to our world-leading institutions.
“University is however not the only option available with opportunities available for students to study a range of courses at college, or to participate in a Modern Apprenticeship. Statistics published today by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) show that in the first quarter of 2021-22, the number of Modern Apprenticeship starts compared to last year rose considerably, demonstrating the value that employers place on apprenticeships.
“For anyone disappointed with their results, the SQA’s appeals process is now open. The clearing process is also now live and places are still available for those who want to study in Scotland.”
A government spokesperson said: “All comparisons included above are to SQA results day last year. UCAS only publish SIMD statistics for UK providers, no Scottish provider breakdown is released.”