A record number of medicine students were accepted onto courses in 2020, according to Ucas

Record number of students accepted onto medicine courses, Ucas data shows


Record number of students accepted onto medicine courses, Ucas data shows

Record number of students accepted onto medicine courses, Ucas data shows

A total of 10,625 people were accepted to study medicine at UK universities in 2020, Ucas data shows.

The number of students accepted onto medicine courses has risen by more than one third since 2017 – when 7,750 were accepted.  

The increase comes against the backdrop of an expansion of medical places over the past few years, the admissions body said.

Importing doctors from abroad would be “essential” over the next decade to meet rising demand from an ageing population, a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free-market think thank, said.

According to Ucas data, the demand for nursing places has shot back up to above 60,000 for the first time since the government scrapped bursaries in 2017, requiring nurses to pay full tuition fees. 

The number of yearly nursing applicants had dropped to under 55,000 between 2017 and 2019, having not dipped below 60,000 for years. 

A total of 62,920 applicants made a nursing choice in 2020. While this figure was around the same level as 2011, acceptances onto courses were 57 per cent higher, Ucas said. 

Clare Marchant, the chief executive of Ucas, said it was “pleasing” to see students “inspired by the work of the NHS”, with more “mature applications and 18-year-olds applying for nursing”.

In 2019, Boris Johnson said all nursing courses on students from September 2020 would receive a £5,000 a year grant, with additional payments of up to £3,000 are available for students in regions or specialisms struggling to recruit.


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