Teachers’ Guide to Medicine #1: Overview of the Medical Admissions Process

Admissions

2021-03-13

A useful summary of the admissions roadmap.

What are the pathways to medicine?

There are two main ways of getting into medical school in the UK - direct entry and graduate entry.

Requirements for direct entry medicine

In 2021, 28,690 students applied for undergraduate medical programmes in the UK, representing an increase of 21% compared to 2020. Only 9,500 of these applicants will be offered a place. It is difficult for a student to get into medical school without any guidance or help. 

Learn the different requirements to support your students and answer any queries they may have.

Medical school requirements - in a nutshell

A skills-based test that is used by the majority of medical and dental schools in the UK. It takes place in July-September each year. Try our free sample test so you can see what your students are facing.

A knowledge- and skills-based test that is used by some medical and dental schools in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge medical schools. Sat in September of November each year. Note: Due to COVID-19, the BMAT – September test session will not go ahead in 2021.

Traditional interview with panels, or multiple mini interviews that consist of shorter interviews (~8 minutes) at 6-8 stations.

In a service or caring role in healthcare or related field -  paid or voluntary.

GCSEs (English, maths and sciences at 6 or higher) and A-levels (typically AAA including chemistry/biology).

Need to demonstrate experiences and skills that make a student well-suited for medicine. A maximum of 47 lines of text or 4,000 characters. 

Information about student’s educational or social disadvantages, academic potential, and motivation, commitment and suitability for medicine. A maximum of 47 lines of text or 4,000 characters.

Timeline for Applying to Medicine

Medical school application timeline

Throughout the admissions process, teachers should also advise students to find out more about different medical schools through reading and attending open days.

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