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Draft deal could open medicine to vocational students

Ministers from Germany’s federal states have hammered out an agreement to let people without higher education entry qualifications apply to some medical degrees.

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The draft reforms published by the KMK would increase the proportion of places available to students with the best Abitur (A-level equivalent) marks from 20 to 30 per cent. However, it would also introduce a 10 per cent proportion that is entirely independent of Abitur results and based primarily on vocational qualifications. The amount of time a prospective student has been waiting for a place will be given consideration as well—which could benefit nurses and carers aiming to step up their career.  

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