Medicine: Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st July 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people are studying medicine as a second degree; and what proportion of those students did not apply for study grants or financial support for their first degree.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students enrolled in higher education. HESA categorise subjects using the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS). More information on JACS codes can be found on the HESA website here:

Latest available data show that 6,680 full-person-equivalents[1] entered full-time first degrees in the subjects A1) Pre-Clinical Medicine and A3) Clinical Medicine at English Higher Education Institutions in the academic year 2017/18. Of these, 1,390 (21%) held a highest qualification on entry of first degree or higher.

The department does not hold information on the grants or financial support applied for by these students during their different study instances.

[1] Counts are based on full-person-equivalents; where a student is studying more than one subject they are apportioned between the subjects that make up their course.

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