How to win a place studying Medicine at a UK University

How to win a place studying Medicine at a UK University

Graham Morgan-Smith
April 18th 2019

It’s unsurprising that getting into medical school is extremely competitive. Medicine links scientific opportunities with human interaction. It also offers a genuine chance to make a difference to peoples’ lives. In order to gain a place at a top medical school, it’s necessary to demonstrate exceptional grades in science subjects (especially chemistry and biology), as well as showing evidence of commitment to the profession. This will mean gaining work experience or volunteering work, perhaps at a local healthcare centre, supporting the homeless or another type of care facility such as an elderly care home.  

There MUST be evidence that suggests that you are be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attributes required to be a successful medic.  These are:

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Understanding of the NHS

All of these skills/attributes will need to be highlighted in the student application via which will include the student’s Personal Statement.  Furthermore, if successful with your UCAS application you will be expected to demonstrate these again through the Interview process.

Studying medicine involves 5 years of study at university, followed by at least two more years of practical experiences and training, which will then kick-start your career.  It’s very important that you understand the realities of being a doctor as well as you can before committing to the course. So it’s important to make sure that medicine is right for you.  Like any big decision you need to consider ALL of the facts and make an informed judgement. 

  1. Type of career within healthcare you are interested in? 
  2. How do I want to be involved?  Is it through research, analysis or by providing diagnostics and treatment plans?
  3. Style of learning presented by each of the universities offering Medicine – check each university to see if the course content and teaching reflects your best way of learning and will continue to enhance your passions and interests.
  4. What are your best skills and will they be transferable to a career in medicine?
  5. How do you cope with stress?  Check out the day to day routine of a doctor and see if this is what you want and is it what you can cope with?
  6. How do you deal with failure?

Other things to do before making your final decision to study Medicine

  1. Produce a list of ALL available options and research them fully – qualifications; additional tests; expectations; clinical and scientific approach to the course.
  2. Produce a timeline of events and activities that would contribute to a final decision.  Discuss with trusted friends and family; talk to people within the industry
  3. Make a clear action plan
  4. Review your action plan

Other topics to follow:

  • What is the Medical Application Process
  • What are UCAT and BMAT examinations?
  • Writing a Personal Statement
  • Choosing the best University offering Medicine or Dentistry
  • The Interview
  • Graduate Entry Applications

About the Education Consultant

Graham Morgan-Smith has spent over 30 years  supporting students with their university goals and ambitions in state and independent schools in both UK and Spain.   Graham has spent most of his teaching career working with students aged 14 – 22 years of age on traditional GCSE/A Level courses as well as the International Baccalaureate, Vocational A Levels and IGCSE’s.  Graham now specialises in helping international students and their parents understand the intricate application process for both UK and US university systems.

William Clarence Education is the leading education advisory and consultancy service in the UK. With an unrivalled reach into the UK Schooling and University network, William Clarence offers unbiased advice to students and parents from around the world; at every stage of their academic journey.  From Independent School Application and Placement, full UCAS and University application consultancy, Oxbridge Applications  US College Admission and even Homeschooling programmes, William Clarence Education draws on a deep relationship driven network with schools, Universities and senior education figures within the industry.  By putting the student and family at the centre of the process, they ensure their clients reach their maximum potential and gain access to the very best of UK education.  

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