The decision of what to do after leaving school education is one that thousands must make every year. Applying to University has historically been a popular option, but recent changes in the UK’s political and economic climate pose new challenges for those preparing to make their choice.

Figures by the data admissions service, UCAS this year showed that applications to UK universities had fallen by 4%, a decline of around 25’000 compared to those made in 2016.

University leaders have attributed the decline to a rise in fees, changes in funding and Brexit, so are students pursuing alternative options of further education, perhaps apprenticeships or internships?

With the UCAS application deadline looming in January, Truthfal was down at a Falmouth University Open Day to ask visiting school students about their concerns.