Your plan B for getting into medical school
What are your options if you don’t get in first time round?
- By: Roanna Craven, Fatima Nadeem, Matt Green, Gopal Mahadev
With an average of three applicants for every place in medical school, it is inevitable that more people will miss out on a place than gain one. Things can go wrong in several areas, but don’t be disheartened if you are still determined to pursue your dream of becoming a doctor because several options are open to you.
You might have the entry requirements to start an alternative degree. Think carefully about your fallback option when you plan your application. Popular fifth choice UCAS subjects for applicants to medicine include biomedical sciences, medical sciences, anatomy, and physiology. These share similar aspects to medicine, and a degree in one of these subjects will look strong in any future application to medical school.
Taking this option has several advantages. You will learn a great deal from completing another degree, not just about the subject matter but about yourself and your abilities