1. Subjects allied to Medicine/Applications: 361,360. Embracing fields including biomedical sciences and physiotherapy, it was also the most popular degree course for university applications this year, with a four per cent increase on last year’s cycle.
  2. Business and Admin studies/Applications: 280,240. Develop a broad understanding of management and administrative functions in business, industry and not-for-profit organizations to help you prepare for advancement or career changes.
  3. Creative Arts and Design/Applications: 244,620. A banner encompassing many separate degrees and specialisms; including fine art, graphic design, illustration, textiles, interior design, fashion design, product design and animation, among others.
  4. Biological Sciences/Applications: 231,720. Biology degrees are extremely diverse – ‘biology’ or ‘biological sciences’ covers a wide array of specialist subjects. From anatomy to ecology and microbiology to zoology, the course options available for those interested in pursuing studies in biology are extremely wide-ranging.
  5. Social Studies/Applications: 202,510. Degrees in social studies encompass –anthropology, criminology, psychology and social work. The subject offers students the chance to gain deep insights into the way societies work and have worked.
  6. Engineering /Applications: 141,100. If you’ve studied engineering, chances are you’ve developed a range of practical skills which are highly valued by employers in many sectors – this includes logical thinking, numeracy and problem-solving. Engineering is a broad subject which splits into many different disciplines (chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering to name a few), so the careers open to engineering graduates are wide and varied, although you may wish to choose the career most relevant to your chosen engineering specialization and related skills. If you’d like to become a chartered engineer you will need to take a postgraduate course (MEng) and gain professional experience.
  7. Law/Applications: 108,130. Studying law at a graduate level has become an important step for future attorneys, especially given current market conditions. When most students leave their law faculties with a first degree in law, they leave with only a theoretical understanding. The application and practice of the law are two facets of the profession which are not focused on during the initial study.
  8. Physical Sciences/Applications: 104,410. Seeing a five per cent increase in applications, Physical Sciences is eighth in Ucas’ top ten most popular subjects for study at university. In November, David Willetts announced a £350m funding boost for new facilities at 24 universities for physical sciences and engineering. It’s an important area for economic growth in this country, and is also a popular choice for university applicants.
  9. Medicine and Dentistry/Applications: 98,910. With applications for aspiring doctors closing in October, rather than January, if you’re an A level student, now’s a good time to start thinking seriously about whether medicine is for you.
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  10. Computer Sciences/Applications: 97,110. Choose a computer science degree, and you could be working at the forefront of the next greatest technological innovations. The increasing scope of computer science means you have the choice to work in a wide variety of highly specialized areas. With computer technologies playing an ever growing role in all aspects of modern life, you’re likely to find your computer science skills in high demand across many different industries although, unsurprisingly, most graduates go into roles within the computer industry.

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