Medical school application FAQs
Answers to common questions about applying to study medicine in the United Kingdom
- By: Laura Elliott
Choosing medicine is a big commitment, so you need to be sure that it is the right career for you. Attending a medical school open day can help you to decide. Talk to current students to get an idea of the nature of the course and how they find being a medical student day to day. Undertake work experience in healthcare settings and ask doctors and other healthcare staff about the highs, lows, and challenges of delivering good patient care.
Most UK medical schools require applicants to offer AAA at A level, but there is some variability across universities. Some medical schools require two A* grades, while others may accept AAB. For GCSE grades, there is even greater variability: some medical schools require eight A*s; others might ask for only two As (box 1).
In general, there are three styles of teaching offered by medical schools in the UK: traditional