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HEE welcomes increase in numbers applying for places at medical schools

26 October 2017

Figures released by UCAS today show that there has been a surge in the number of people wanting to study medicine. Around a third of this year’s "early deadline" applicants have applied for courses in medicine. The 20,730 applications in this category amount to the largest number since 2014 and an 8 per cent increase on last year.

Professor Wendy Reid, Executive Director of Education and Quality and Medical Director, Health Education England said:

Health Education England welcomes these figures which underline that medicine remains a highly popular career of choice for students and confirms the UK’s world class reputation for medical education and training.  

It is very encouraging that we are seeing such record levels of interest following the announcement from Government of 1500 more medical student training places in England - the biggest ever increase.

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