University journalism course acceptances up by 15.7 per cent

Journalism is among the British university undergraduate subjects with the highest increase of acceptances in 2009, UCAS reported today.

The UK higher education service today released its provisional final figures for this year’s student entry, following ‘a record-breaking processing year for applications’ it said.

Overall, UCAS has seen an increase in acceptances by 5.6 per cent from the same point last year, and journalism (undergraduate) has shown a 15.7 per cent rise to 2,675 places – faring better than courses ‘linked with linguistic skills’.

Science, technology, engineering, business and maths related subjects have shown improvements too, UCAS reported, with nursing acceptances up by 20 per cent.

The Guardian reports that universities ‘could face multimillion pound fines after breaking a government-imposed cap on student numbers’.

Update: This article was update to reflect UCAS confirmation that all the courses included in this figure are undergraduate courses.

2 thoughts on “University journalism course acceptances up by 15.7 per cent

  1. Heather Hughes

    What I would be interested in knowing is how many journalist courses have been affected (cancelled or delayed) as a result of changes in government funding.

    The figures reported in this article seem positive but I was one of those who applied and was accepted on to a Sept 2009 NCTJ course at HE only to find out the course was cancelled because of changes in funding.

    The course fees would have had to increase from £1,300 to £5,000 – and as a result they wisely decided to ‘suspend’ the course until this could be addressed as obviously no-one at short notice could find that additional £3,700.

    Are there any statistics on how many journalist courses have been cancelled, and how are these courses affected by the significant reduction in local press considering that work placement is a key factor?

    Interested to know, if anyone has information.

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