Fall in applications to medical schools

The number of applicants to medical schools has dropped for the first time since 2001.

The fall of just under 3 per cent coincides with graduate applicants having to find £3,000 a year upfront to pay their fees.

Graduates on traditional courses face having to find four years’ worth of fees and students on four-year, fast-track courses have to pay the fees for their first year.

Mature students make up more than a quarter of students at many medical schools and last year, even on undergraduate courses, 11 per cent of students already had a first degree.

The total number of applicants this year was 18,994, less than in any year since 2003.

More on this story in GP newspaper.

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