Is university worth it?
Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-level results, but despite record success many face disappointment over university places. Is a university degree necessary?
Some 660,000 students have applied to university this year, a 12% increase on last year's applications. Universities have more places on offer than in 2009 but numbers are capped and fewer places are available through "clearing". In Scotland, half of universities say courses are full.
Students at English and Welsh universities accumulate an average annual debt of between £5,000 and £6,000. In Scotland, where students do not pay tuition fees, average annual debt is under £3,000. Graduate unemployment has risen and there are concerns it could hit record levels due to planned public spending cuts.
Is a university degree necessary for success in later life? Are the costs of university now outweighing the benefits? Has having or not having a degree made any difference to your life?
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