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Thousands more students want jobs in nursing

More than 60,000 people have applied to study nursing this year - up a third on last year, according to Cheltenham-based university admissions service, UCAS.

This included more than 10,000 applications from over-35s.

Applications were also up for other 'safe' careers in the wake of the pandemic, including medicine, dentistry, teaching and engineering, as reported by The Times.

Demand is down for subjects like history, languages and philosophy, suggesting students have got their eye on a clear career path. While many careers are likely to be hit by recession in the coming months and years, the caring professions and teachers should continue to be in demand.

The pattern is reflected here in the county, with UCAS applications for 2021 entry to the University of Gloucestershire up by 10 per cent on the last year, in particular boosted by applications to courses in health and social care (including nursing), journalism and education.

Tom Kidd, head of UK recruitment and admissions, University of Gloucestershire said: "As expected, the trajectory of applications picked up significantly in January and it is great to see a 10 per cent increase in applications to the University of Gloucestershire. We are delighted by the quality of the applications received from across the UK and internationally.

"My colleagues and I are now planning for the confirmation of offers stage of the application process, and ensuring we are flexible and responsive to government announcements and understanding of the difficulties prospective students are facing this year.

"Applications are still welcome from prospective students of all ages."

Any potential full-time students who are still to apply can find out more about the courses on offer on the university website. 

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