This week UCAS have published statistics from the October 2019 applications deadline. This shows that a record 23,710 people have applied to study medicine at university next September, up 6 per cent on last year. The increase is reflected across all geographic areas, with UK applications up 5%, EU applications up 1% and non-EU (international) applications up 10%.
The growth in applications coincides with the growing number of medical school places available in the UK which has increased again this year for the third consecutive year. It is also reflected in the record number of UCAT candidates this year, with 29,473 people sitting the test in 2019, an increase of 7% over last year (already up 10% from 2017).
The full UCAS article is available here, along with a link to their new interactive dashboard which allows deeper analysis of the applications data: