The number of would-be students applying for places at some of Lancashire’s top universities has rocketed – despite the fear of huge fees.
Latest figures provided by UCAS show a national rise in applications – based on the January deadline – of around two percent.
However, both Preston’s University of Central Lancashire and Lancaster University have seen much higher applications.
Full-time undergraduate applications to UCLan for courses starting in September are up by 9.3 per cent.
A spokesman for UCLan said: “Programme areas seeing significant growth include those within the fields of science, engineering and computing where new courses like aerospace engineering are proving to be particularly popular. “
He added: “NHS and health related courses are also performing well alongside other traditional subject areas such as chemistry, law, business and management.”
The university continues to receive over five applications for every place and fully expects to achieve its recruitment target for the 2015/16 academic year.
Lancaster University has seen applications shoot up by nearly 18 per cent.
The institution gets high rankings every year in each of the UK’s major university league tables and is among the top in 150 in the world rankings.
Lancaster has been rated as the best value for money university in England, and is located in one of the UK’s top 10 most vibrant cities and is one of the few collegiate universities in the UK,
A spokesman for the university said that Lancaster’s campus accommodation has won the ‘Best University Halls’ award in the National Student Housing Survey of 120 UK institutions for the last five years and is one of only five institutions to get an International Accommodation Quality Mark for high satisfaction among international students.