Medicine is an incredibly popular career choice for many people, and competition is fierce across the country. For many people, becoming a doctor is something they’ve always wanted to do; for others, it’s something they might consider later in their education. There are so many career options within medicine, with the choice to specialise in many different areas once you qualify. However, there are a few steps to be taken before you reach that stage! Pastest offer just a few pieces of advice to help you along the way.

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Studying Medicine

If you want to be a practising doctor in the UK, your first step is to study medicine at university. This is the only route to practice medicine legally! It’s important to remember that only university courses named ‘Medicine’ will allow you to go on to be a doctor; Biomedical Science or other similar courses are a science degree and not an entryway to working in a GP office or hospital.

Different courses may take different lengths of time to complete, some may be 4 years while others could last 6 years. It all depends on what specific course you choose to study!

Required Qualifications

Again, the qualifications you need to go on to study medicine can carry depending on the course. If you are applying as a school leaver, you will more than likely need A-level qualifications of at least ABB, however this can change year on year.

If you are a mature student looking to study medicine, but don’t have a degree, the entry requirements to study medicine are very similar. However, some universities may need you to provide evidence of recent study!
If you are applying to study medicine as a graduate, you will probably need at least a 2.1. It is best to check with individual universities on their entry requirements.


Applying to Medical School

All applications when choosing a university are handled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You are only able to apply to 4 medicine courses at any one time, and there is an admissions process that you must go through before being accepted.

Often, medical schools will ask you to sit an exam and attend an interview throughout the application process. While the school are looking for competence in knowledge of the medical industry, they are also looking at your personality for qualities such as empathy, politeness and compassion.


Competitiveness

Getting into medical school is a very competitive process. There are often more applicants than there are places, so it’s important that you do everything you can to help your chances of being accepted. There are many different things you can do to maximise your chance.

It’s crucial to work hard on your UCAS application and your application process; use it as your time to shine and make yourself stand out as much as you can. Likewise, you might want to consider taking on work experience. Gaining work experience in the medical field can be essential, whether it’s shadowing a doctor or volunteering in a care home. Not only will this help you to stand out, it might also help you make a decision about the type of medicine you might like to work with.

One of the best things you can do when it comes to applying for medical school, or studying medicine, is to practice. With so many different types of assessments, both theoretical and practical, you should have access to trusty resources to help you on your way to becoming a doctor!