Missed out on medicine? Here are some options
An admissions tutor advises students on thinking about their plan B
- By: Sue Smith
Despite reality television programmes such as Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands showing junior doctors dropping with exhaustion and sinking under mounds of paperwork, medicine remains an oversubscribed degree programme. In 2014 about 21 000 students applied for the 8000 places available at UK medical schools—a ratio of under three to one.1 Medical schools make more offers than they have places to fill—because not everyone will accept their offer or achieve the necessary grades—so the actual applicant to offer ratio will probably be closer to two to one. Inevitably though, this still means that a lot of excellent students won’t get a place to study medicine at the first attempt.
If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on a place, you may feel in limbo when all your friends are getting their university places and planning their futures. However, don’t despair—there are lots of options available to you to