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    UCAS has just released their statistics on applications by the Oct 15th deadline, and compared to last year there is an increase of 1520 applications for medicine this year.

    Does anyone know how this compares to the increased number of places available this year?

    Here are the statistics particularly relating to medicine for those of you who are interested:
    https://www.ucas.com/file/130741/dow...token=g_2adVK0
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    (Original post by studyious)
    UCAS has just released their statistics on applications by the Oct 15th deadline, and compared to last year there is an increase of 1520 applications for medicine this year.

    Does anyone know how this compares to the increased number of places available this year?

    Here are the statistics particularly relating to medicine for those of you who are interested:
    https://www.ucas.com/file/130741/dow...token=g_2adVK0
    Extra 500 places, which is 25% more, so an increase in applicants of 10% still gives you an improved chance of being accepted.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40863448
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Extra 500 places, which is 25% more, so an increase in applicants of 10% still gives you an improved chance of being accepted.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40863448
    Aren't the percentages irrelevant as they refer to percentages of different initial numbers?
    Also with 500 extra places and 1500 extra places wouldn't that still mean that compared to last year the applicants to place ratio would increase?
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Extra 500 places, which is 25% more, so an increase in applicants of 10% still gives you an improved chance of being accepted.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40863448
    Heavily dependent on which uni you apply to; not every med school has been expanded
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    (Original post by studyious)
    Aren't the percentages irrelevant as they refer to percentages of different initial numbers?
    Also with 500 extra places and 1500 extra places wouldn't that still mean that compared to last year the applicants to place ratio would increase?
    Not as a rough measure.
    If you have a 25% increase in places, but only a 10% increase in applicants then you will have fewer applicants per place as the rate of increase in places is greater than the proportionate increase in applicants. that was my understanding.

    Have I missed something?

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    Bothering to read the article I linked facepalm.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Heavily dependent on which uni you apply to; not every med school has been expanded
    Never said otherwise but we are talking about the market as a whole.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Have I missed something?
    There are not 25% more med school places in a single year! There are ~6000 med school places currently. An increase of 500 is about 8%.
    BBC article's 25% figure refers to the total increase happening over a number of years.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    You've missed a lot of things actually!

    1) There are not 25% more med school places in a single year! That would be insane! There are ~6000 med school places currently. An increase of 500 is about 8%.
    BBC article's 25% figure refers to the total increase happening over a number of years.
    2) Applications =/= applicants. Applications =~ 4 x applicants. OP uses them interchangeably.
    3) Perhaps most importantly, OP's data is from 2014.

    Serves me right for not paying attention. Yes 500 for this year which is slightly less than the increase in applicants. the 7500 is for 2020. Thanks for pointing it out.

    The UCAS figures are based on applicants. It has data up to 2018. I'm taking applicants to mean individuals. Interesting to see c20,000 applicants for 6,500 places.
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    (Original post by studyious)
    UCAS has just released their statistics on applications by the Oct 15th deadline, and compared to last year there is an increase of 1520 applications for medicine this year.

    Does anyone know how this compares to the increased number of places available this year?

    Here are the statistics particularly relating to medicine for those of you who are interested:
    https://www.ucas.com/file/130741/dow...token=g_2adVK0
    wait, so if 20,000 people applied for medicine and 6500 places. why many unis at least 10:1 ratio. thought over 100,000 apply every year?
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    The UCAS figures are based on applicants. It has data up to 2018. I'm taking applicants to mean individuals. Interesting to see c20,000 applicants for 6,500 places.
    Oops the table is the opposite way around to what i would have expected!

    In that case the number of applicants has increased at about the same rate as the number of places. No increase in competition.
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    wait, so if 20,000 people applied for medicine and 6500 places. why many unis at least 10:1 ratio. thought over 100,000 apply every year?
    Because each applicant makes 4 applications. Think about it.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Because each applicant makes 4 applications. Think about it.
    oh i see.

    so about 35% get a place in medical school
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    (Original post by 00sevenmagic)
    oh i see.

    so about 35% get a place in medical school
    Yes.

    Still extremely low compared to other courses. There's a lot of self-selection as well, with people knowing its very competitive so not applying - arguably this year's application stats support this.

    [I'll also point out that applicant to place ratio is much less useful than the applicant to offer ratio, which at most unis will be substantially different].
 
 
 
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