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Prospective students 'more excited by studying than nightlife', poll says


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Prospective students appear to be more excited by the idea of studying at university than the nightlife, a poll by Leeds Beckett reveals.

Only 9.1% of students surveyed said they were most looking forward to hitting the bars when heading to university, with 29% saying they're excited about studying a subject they're passionate about. A further 19.6% say they're excited to progress along their career path. 

It's suggested that due to the sharp rise in tuition fees (with students paying £9,250 per year from this September) students are now much more focused on reaping the benefits of higher education and getting value for their money.

The poll also questioned students on their biggest worries. Almost a fifth (19.7%) say they're most worried about money and budgeting, while 18.9% are anxious about making new friends. Over one-third of students say they will not be able to sleep the night before A-Level results day.

Director of university recruitment at Leeds Beckett, Chris Watts, said: "We have seen this trend develop in recent years where students have very different priorities to those from years gone by; they are highly career driven, arriving on campus with a clear attitude of wanting to study hard to land their dream job.

"It's important to strike a balance, however, and we often see that the most successful graduates have successfully combined a commitment to their studies with work experience and extra-curricular activities."

This news comes just weeks before results day, where 48.5% of sixth-formers questioned believe their results will be the same as their predicted grades, 22.8% believe they'll do better and 18.8% think they'll perform worse.

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