Fall In Dental Course Applications In Scotland

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Fewer Scottish students applied for dental courses this year, it has been revealed. The number of students applying for places on dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine courses fell this year.

According to recent statistics relating to UCAS applications, the number of applications for dentistry, vet and medicine courses fell from 1,540 in 2013 to 1,350 in 2014. The number of students applying to Oxford and Cambridge also fell.

UCAS figures also showed a decrease in applications for the three specialist courses in England and Wales; figures from Northern Ireland were similar to last year.

Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of UCAS, said that although the numbers seem small, the decrease does represent a significant decline in interest for places on specialist courses.

A spokesman for Universities Scotland said that although the number of applications has decreased, the demand for places still far outweighs the supply of course available.

Applications for dentistry, vet and medicine courses are handed in earlier than other university applications and it is unclear whether the total number of submissions for university places will increase or decrease.

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