Applications edge towards last year's level

March 27, 1998

THE gap between applications for higher education places this year compared with last year has narrowed, with overall numbers now down by 2 per cent, and applications from under 21-year-olds up nearly 1 per cent. But the latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service still show a 12.3 per cent fall in applications from 21 to-24-year olds, and a 15.8 per cent drop in applicants aged 25 and over.

David Blunkett, secretary of state for education and employment, said: "I am particularly encouraged to hear that application levels appear to be being maintained across all social classes."

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