Perhaps surprisingly, Law – a subject that is perceived as extremely competitive due to the prestige associated with it – ranks quite high for offer rates, as 73% of those who apply receive an offer. This indicates that an option that may have been out of reach for students in the past is now a more realistic prospect.
Our data also indicates that Law is one of the least variable subject areas on offer at British universities. Only one Law course was added last year, which is significantly less than the changes made to other popular subjects, such as Engineering and Medicine. Over 5% of Engineering courses and 7% of Medicine-related courses are brand new, which means that there is no historical data on acceptance rates or information that university advisors and career counsellors can use to guide their students.
We spend a lot of time thinking about how university options are changing at BridgeU, because it’s a core part of our mission – giving schools and students up-to-date information and guidance on universities is one of the most important things that we do. Our software processes over a million data points every day: to put that in context, the entire seven books of the Harry Potter series contained a total of just over a million words.
Changes in higher education are inevitable, and what’s more, they’re desirable. It’s important that universities strive to keep innovating and that educators should match that. What we can do is make navigating those changes easier and more productive, for schools and students alike. We’ll be writing about more changes to UCAS and other university systems in the coming months, and we’d love to hear what you think – drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @BridgeU to join the conversation.
The course data in this article was supplied by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.