UCAS released figures showing a moderate increase in applicants for 15th of October deadline courses.

The total number of applications has reached 61,440, showing an increase of 7 percent from the same period in 2016.

The general admissions deadline to apply for a place at university is the 15th of January but the October date is for students attempting to gain a place at the universities of Oxford or Cambridge as well as those applying for Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary courses.

The number of applications for the October period of 2017 is the highest since 2010 with an increase in first time applications making up for a slight drop in the number of students re-applying.

One of the most significant changes was in the number of applications from students outside of the EU, rising to 12,680, an increase of 12 per cent.

The figures seem to show that higher education in the UK has remained in a positive state.

However, the Chief Executive of UCAS, Clare Marchant, stated “we’ll need to wait until after the 15 January 2018 deadline to understand what the overall demand for UK higher education looks like.”