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Getting into Medical School

There is a huge demand for places in UK Medical Schools, Dental Schools and Veterinary Colleges at university. AAA grades at A Levels (or equivalent in the IB or Pre-U) including Chemistry and Biology are almost mandatory just to get to the first university admissions screening stage, before consideration of the Personal Statement, References, Work Experience, Special Admissions Tests and an interview. Less than half of applicants succeed. It is therefore crucial for parents to choose private senior schools or sixth form colleges which will not only deliver the exam success but also thoroughly prepare the student in all the other requirements. Some schools have great success with medical career students and others may only send the odd student every few years. You must not leave this to chance – the right school will optimise the student’s chances of a medical degree offer.

How to select the best school or college for medicine

Every year we get numerous enquiries from parents, who wish their child to go to the right school to maximise their chances of entry to medicine or dentistry or veterinary science. As a starting point the school needs to have a very strong exam record in maths and sciences – more than 50% of students averaging A* or A at A Levels or Pre-U or IB equivalent. However, it is more than just exam success. Does the school succeed in getting more than 6 students into these university course each year. Does it have a medic programme? There is one sixth form college that achieved more than 50 medical school offers in 2016.

What are the other requirements apart from A grade exam scores?

It is such a complex group of issues that we decided to describe them in a comprehensive eGuide entitled Getting into University Medical or Dental School or Veterinary College. The comprehensive eGuide is given without charge to all clients who sign up to our advisory process on choice of private school / 6th form college or university.

Having stated that all students need AAA grades, there are actually other routes into medicine which can help candidates with lower grades down to BBB. These involve a Pre-Med Course or Foundation for one year, which then leads into Medical Schools in the UK and EU or other International Centres. Additionally after the first year of these courses, you can often be accepted into the second year of the Medical School degree.

Do you give advice on medical school university admissions?

We do not just give advice on school choice. While you are at school at age 15 to 18, we can advise you on the med school university admissions process including:

  • Choice of degree course
  • Target universities
  • Writing a personal statement
  • The type of work experience relevant to medical school
  • BMAT or UKCAT tests
  • Preparation for the interview

Phone us on +44 0)1622 813870 to discuss school or university choice or complete an enquiry form.

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