Record Number of Women Take University Courses in the UK

Oct 2, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

At the end of August, one-third more teenage women than men had secured degree places in the UK. 

Ucas reports that this is the largest difference at this stage in the admissions cycle: 133.280 18-year old women in the UK had secured a university place, compared to just 103,800 men. 

The gap continues with predictions for the year, too.  Across the UK, 27.3 percent of men and 37.1 percent of women are expected to attend university this year.

One factor contributing to the divide?  Nursing.  There’s a 9 percent increase in the UK among 18-year olds in nursing programs. Women outnumber men in the nursing field, in the UK, 28-to-1.

In an article on, Dr. Mark Corver, Ucas’s director of analysis and research said, “More UK 18-year olds will be starting university this autumn than ever before but large differences in who goes remain.

Our research has shown that the difference between 18-year old men and women entering university is now similar to that between the richest and poorest halves of the population.

“The statistics today show the difference between men and women slowly growing wider.”



Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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