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UCAS research shows over 15,000 medical and health applicants are still without a confirmed university place

The University of Bedfordshire has announced it can still accept plenty of budding healthcare students for the upcoming September term. Statistics unveiled by UCAS this week show that over 15,000 medical and health applicants are still without a confirmed university place.

Over 9,000 of these unplaced applicants are hoping to study healthcare practise courses which are offered by the University. Its Clearing team is keen to hear from them to discuss the options that are available. Dr Louise Grant, executive dean of Health & Social Sciences, said:

“Because we have courses based across three different campuses, each with their own NHS Trust placements.

“We are proud to offer a variety of healthcare courses, and presently we’re still able to accept around 100 new Adult Nursing students for the 2020/21 term.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic we were delighted to open our new Mary Seacole Building and training facility at our Aylesbury campus, which proved an asset for staff and trainee nurses at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

“With brand new facilities like this and a cohort of passionate staff and peers, now is the perfect time for aspiring nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and occupational therapists and physiotherapists to reach out to us and discuss their study options with the University of Bedfordshire.”

Natasja Collins is an Adult Nursing student who is about to start her third year at the University. During lockdown she’s continued her placement with Luton & Dunstable University Hospital.

She has also signed up to the hospital’s deployment scheme, which meant she was offered paid shifts to allow her to continue learning on the job as part of her studies.

“I’m so happy with my choice to study at Beds – I’ve made some great friends in my chosen career path already, and I have learnt so much from my tutors and on placement.

“I’d highly recommend any students who are currently considering a healthcare career to give the University a call as one of their courses could push them in the right direction.”

The University of Bedfordshire’s Clearing line is still open 7 days a week. The Admissions team can be reached on 0300 3300 703 or via the online Live Chat function.

Prospective students can also apply by submitting an online application form. Further information can be found on the University’s dedicated Clearing page.

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