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High demand for health courses expected in Clearing

Published: 6 August 2021 at 12:00

Lord Ashcroft Building in Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University is ready to talk to new applicants on results day

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is anticipating a strong demand for health-related courses as young people pick up their A-Level and BTEC results on Tuesday (10 August).

Possibly inspired by the heroic work of our frontline workers such as nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic, ARU has seen a recent surge in applications for courses offered by the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.

The recent Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed ARU supplied more 2018/19 graduates to health and social work professions than any other higher education institution in the UK.

Courses such as Public Health, which has seen applications increase threefold since 2019, Pharmaceutical Science, and dual registration nursing courses, which allow students to study two elements in the same degree such as Adult, Child or Mental Health nursing, have seen significant interest since the start of the pandemic.

ARU is recruiting for a wide variety of courses across all its four faculties during Clearing, from Additive Manufacturing Engineering to Computer Science and from Crime and Investigative Studies to Finance with Economics.

Clearing runs until September, and is the last chance for people who wish to begin their studies at university in the autumn to apply. It is also a route popular with people who may have initially applied earlier in the year, but on receiving their A-Level or BTEC results, may have changed their mind about what they want to study, or who may have got better grades than expected and wish to explore other options.

Clearing centres are open in Cambridge and Chelmsford, manned by more than 100 staff, for people to call in and apply. The centres will remain open throughout August.

When the new academic year begins in September, ARU is committed to the wellbeing of its students and staff, and has brought in several measures during the pandemic to ensure its campuses are safe and enjoyable places to study.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said:

“The way people apply to university has changed significantly over the past few years, with more and more people of all ages and backgrounds using Clearing to find the best course for them.

“If you are receiving your results on Tuesday, the very best of luck. It is understandably a daunting time, but there are many options available, and at ARU our staff are on hand to guide people through the process.”


A full list of courses available through Clearing at ARU can be found at aru.ac.uk/clearing. ARU’s Clearing hotline is 01245 686868.