University applications, STEM, tablets and the Education Bill are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for July 2, 2015.

A growing number of undergraduate UCAS applicants are pursuing vocational qualifications, figures show. This year, there have been 42,130 young people applying for university through UCAS who are studying for BTEC qualifications – a 6,300 (18 per cent) increase from 2014. Most UK 18-year-olds applying through UCAS are studying for A level qualifications and the figures – as of March 2015 –  show that 173,420 applicants are studying for three or more A levels (63 per cent). The 42,130 applicants studying for a BTEC make up 15 per cent of the total, and include 11,520 who are also studying for A levels. Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher qualifications are being studied by 17,240 applicants and there are 2,530 applicants studying for the International Baccalaureate. There are 273,400 applications in total.

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