THE number of people accepted to study at Welsh universities and colleges after applying through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service has risen by more than a third since the turn of the millennium.

Figures published by Welsh Government show that last year there were 25,511 applicants accepted by Welsh institutions, a six per cent increase compared to 2012, and 38 per cent higher than in 2000.

There were 19,663 Welsh-domiciled applicants accepted to UK institutions, a two per cent increase on 2012, and 30 per cent higher than in 2000.

The number of Welsh-domiciled applicants accepted to English institutions increased by one per cent, the fifth consecutive year there had been an increase.

Almost half (48 per cent) of all applicants accepted by Welsh institutions were from Wales, one per cent lower than in 2012.

The number of accepted applicants from non-UK countries to Welsh institutions increased by six per cent, compared with the 2012 cycle.