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Medical Schools

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2003, Official Report, column 677-78W, on medical schools, how many of the medical students referred to attracted additional funding because their pre-entry qualifications are lower than the equivalent of three Cs at A level in each year since 1997; and how many mature entrants there were in each year since 1997. [125673]

Details of the number of entrants to higher education, broken down by subject of study, entry qualification and age are available in annexes to the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) publication "Performance Indicators in Higher Education".Of the 2,900 medical students who attract additional funding from the improving retention pot for full-time students, some 480 do so because they are under 21 years of age and their points score is less than the equivalent of 3 Cs at A level.