1.2 What are the steps in making an application?

Once you’ve decided firmly that medicine is the right field for you, you can begin to form your application on UCAS.

Timeline

Oliver – Plymouth University
“I started my preparation for medical school application all the way back when I was sitting my GCSEs and choosing science heavy subjects. This was reinforced when I volunteered for two weeks at a summer school for disabled children between GCSE and AS years. Though I didn’t start doing anything specific for medical school until after my AS exams, I think by having done the work experience so early on, it reduced some pressure for me to have done as much work experience before I applied for medicine.”

Andrea – University of Aberdeen
“My choice of science-heavy subjects for my A-levels were driven by my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I volunteered to teach English to child refugees during my AS year and followed it up with work experience on a busy labour ward during the summer holidays between AS and A2. By participating in various extra-curricular activities during my AS year, it allowed me to guarantee a high academic calibre during my A2 year.”

Richard – Oxford University
“I started my preparation for medical school application all the way back when I was sitting my GCSEs and choosing science heavy subjects. This was reinforced when I volunteered for 2 weeks at a summer school for disabled children after my GCSE exams. Though I didn’t start doing anything else specific for medical school until after my AS exams, the UCAS deadlines including the personal statement and reference deadlines forced me to focus on doing more relevant work experience in hospitals. "

What is UCAS?

UCAS or the University College Admissions System, is the national service for application into higher education in the UK. Last year UCAS processed around 3 million applications from UK and EU students. No matter what course you are interested in applying for, you will need to go through UCAS, so it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the application process and their website. To apply for a course at a higher education establishment, you first need to register. You can do so anytime over the summer, right up until early October. Once you’re registered you can begin to follow the seven steps to completing your application.

  1. Meet academic requirements
  2. Sit Admissions tests
  3. Gain and reflect upon work experiences
  4. Write personal statement
  5. Obtain school reference
  6. Applying through UCAS
  7. Attend an interview
  8. Achieving the requirements of the conditional offer
  9. Complete medical enrolment forms

Everyone, regardless of whether they are a school-leaver or a graduate, needs to follow the same steps in order to apply to study medicine. Also, every applicant is limited to applying to four medical schools, and one non-medicine related course.

Satheesh – University of Birmingham
“With the October UCAS deadline looming close, I had to manage my time effectively because it seemed like there was so much going on! Writing my personal statement, arranging work experience and keeping abreast of developments in the medicine for my interview was overwhelming at times but by prioritising tasks and not rushing into anything, I managed to ensure that I didn’t get buried under all the work. "

Bethan – Hull York Medical School
“Applying to medical school isn’t a stress-free process – it is difficult to know where is best to apply, whether you are good enough and what to expect at interview. Try to keep calm and remain confident by equipping yourself with as much information as possible and by planning well ahead of deadlines. It can be a nerve-wracking time but thousands of students like you succeed in the process every year.”

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