What you need to think about when choosing which medical school to apply to
Maximise your chances of getting an offer by applying to the right medical school for you
- By: Laura Glenny
The United Kingdom has 33 medical schools, and narrowing them down to four choices on your Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form can be daunting.1 In this article I provide a guide to help you choose the medical schools you have the best chance of getting into and those which match your personal preferences.
The first question you need to answer is whether you meet the minimum entrance requirements. It can take hours to sift through the entrance requirements of every medical school because each one places a slightly different emphasis on what grades and subjects they are looking for.
Generally speaking, most medical schools require an A level in biology or chemistry or both, plus one other subject, with grades ranging from AAA to A*A*A. At some medical schools the third subject you offer must be science based (biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics), whereas other medical schools allow