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‘Big squeeze’: UK university applicants facing stiffest competition in years

Deferrals and grade inflation in 2021 means fewer offers and tighter criteria for this year’s sixth-formers

Sixth-formers applying to university this year may face the toughest competition for a decade, particularly for courses such as medicine, with prestigious universities giving out fewer offers or requiring higher grades, admissions experts say.

As the deadline for applications for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry approaches on 15 October, admissions officers are urging applicants to be cautious and realistic with their applications and choice of “insurance” offers.

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