Updated: Jun 11, 2020
We are lucky that in the UK, there are many medical schools - 34 to be exact! - to choose from, each with their own attributes and individual appeal. Choosing which medical schools to apply for is a big decision to make, both in terms of giving your medical application the best chance of success, and having a positive experience at university. Here’s a list of key things to consider when you apply:
1. GCSE and A Level requirements
This should be the first thing you check - make sure you meet all requirements and predicted grades before making an application, otherwise it will be wasted as this is the first criteria medical schools will tend to filter out.
2. UCAT/BMAT requirements
Different medical schools require different UCAT/BMAT scores so, again, apply only to those for whom you meet the requirements. If your UCAT score is not what you had hoped for, there are some universities who will accept lower scores so this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t apply - see our Universities Section for some good options if this is relevant to you.
Medical universities may be situated in a variety of environments - ranging from the city or town centre, to suburbs to more rural areas. Think carefully about what would suit you best. If you would prefer a wider variety of social and cultural activities then a city may be better for you. Alternatively, a more rural location is likely to provide less in the way of distractions and overall a quieter way of life. Also consider whether you are comfortable moving far away from home, or would prefer it to be more easily accessible?
4. Course structure
There are a variety of different ways in which a medical university may choose to structure its course, so think about which style of teaching is most likely to suit you. These include traditional courses, integrated courses, PBL (problem based learning) and CBL (case based learning).
5. Intercalated degrees
If intercalation is something you would like to have as an option as your university, then make your choices accordingly to allow this as not all medical schools will offer it.
6. Read between the lines
We strongly recommend that you read the detailed applications information for each medical school, and match it to your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you have a particularly strong academic record then apply to medical schools that value that most highly. If your extracurricular activities are exemplary, use that by applying to universities who are most likely to see it as valuable. Understanding the subtle differences between medical schools can go a very long way - these are all highlighted in our Universities Section.
7. The Interview
Each university has a vastly different interview procedure and format. Most are either panel or MMI interviews. Further, each type of interview has its own advantages and disadvantages. Try work out which one is best for you. Find out whether the university asks more role plays/scenarios/ethics and see if this is something that would benefit you - these are all highlighted in our Universities Section.
With our Full Complete Package, you will be assigned your very own personal Admission Specialist; this Specialist will sit with you to determine your perfect University choices based on all the above!
Written by the BecomeAMedic Team
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