More than 90% will pass the exam and try to get a place in the most sought-after studies related to healthcare, science, and combined degrees in physics and mathematics

Thousands of young people are sitting their university entrance exams these days. The immediate academic future of many students depends on this one dreaded examination. However, the truth is that 91% of those who sat the exam last June, passed. In addition to reviewing their notes, on top of the nerves and the bets on what topics will be covered in the exams, all the young people sitting the exams are asking themselves the same question: what shall I do now?

In Spain, the ranking of the most sought-after studies is still headed by Medical Studies; access to which also requires the highest marks throughout the country at several universities, followed by Biotechnology. The score needed for a combined degree in Physics and Mathematics, a type of course that has become very popular in the last six years, is also particularly high.

These cut-off marks serve to regulate the supply and demand, i.e. the fewer the vacancies, the harder it is to access these studies. This is why it must be borne in mind that the same studies, depending on the number of vacancies at each university and the number of students interested, may have very different cut-off marks. Consequently, it is advisable, when deciding where to study, to consider which university has the cut-off marks that best adapts to our possibilities and to have a plan B, C and even D, regarding universities and degrees, in case the first option fails to work out.

The five highest cut-off marks for university studies:
1.- Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid: 13.11
2.- Medicine at Valencia University: 12.88
3.- Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid: 12.871
4.- Medicine at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche: 12.82
5.- Medicine at Murcia University: 12.819

The five highest cut-off marks for combined degrees:
1.- Combined degree in Mathematics and Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid: 13.667
2.- Combined degree in Mathematics and Physics at Santiago de Compostela University: 13.356
3.- Combined degree in Mathematics and Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona: 13.352
4.- Combined degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at the Complutense University of Madrid: 13.264
5.- Combined degree in Mathematics and Physics at Zaragoza University: 13.54

What about the future?

We are mentioning the most popular studies that students are demanding today but, do these studies have the best job prospects? When speaking of occupations that will be required in the future, we have to refer to STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math), which in the coming years will generate more employment. In fact, according to a study by Randstad, the higher studies with the best professional outlook are those related to electronics, technology, health and sports. Not in vain, the employment rate in all of these fields stands at 90% and reaches 99% in the case of Medicine. According to this report, the studies with the lowest unemployment rates are:

1.- Electronic Engineering: the employment rate for those who have opted for industrial electronic engineering stands at over 96%.
2.- Computer science, aeronautics and telecommunications: specialized professionals in these branches have an unemployment rate below 7%.
3. Mathematics, Physics or Statistics: especially professional profiles that can perform comfortably in the world of Big Data.
4.- Higher studies in electricity or robotics: especially the senior technicians in Electrotechnical and Automatic Systems, Telecommunications, and Computer Science, in e-Maintenance, and in Industrial Automation and Robotics, where the rate of employability is above 90%.
5.- Doctors and Nurses: in this sector, the demand for professionals exceeds the offer.