Increase driven by rise in number of school leavers.
Entrants to higher education increased by 3.1 per cent to reach 532,300 in 2015, buoyed by a one-year spike in the UK 18 year old population.
Some 463,700 people from the UK entered higher education, representing a rise of 2.8 per cent. They were joined by 29,300 from the EU, an 11 per cent jump. For non-EU students, however, there was just a 1.9 per cent rise to 39,000. Most of the increase was seen in universities in England and Wales; there were falls in acceptances in Scotland and Northern Ireland.