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Medicine is very competitive, you will need to show strong academic performance and demonstrable people skills; empathy, decision-making and more.

Understanding and reflecting on the role of a health care professional is vital. You will show this through your personal statement and interviews, and you will need good insights- especially those gained via work experience. This needs to be gained before the final year of college, so you can write about it in your
UCAS Personal Statement


​Each university will have it's own perspective and policies. You should research extensively on the university's website who you are applying to, to find out their own tailored advice for applying. 

UK Medical Schools list A-Z

Guidance on Applications, Work Experience and Personal Statements

Virtual Work Experience

Observe a GP


Admissions Tests




Check additional Admissions Test requirements

University of Cambridge Admissions process

Key criteria for medical admissions University of Cambridge guidelines for assessing applicants at interview 

University of Leicester Medical School Admissions process

Applying for medicine starting points

The Medic Portal

Medicine Answered

Top Universities

Which? University​​

International Medical Graduates

When you apply for registration with a licence to practise, the GMC (General Medical Council) need to be satisfied you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in the UK.

GMC information and guidance (including IELTS and OET certification information)

Additional help at college

Staff can support you with working towards making a strong application, but ultimately you are responsible for your own application. Here are some of the ways in which the college can help:

  • Keep in regular contact with your Personal Tutor, especially regarding the UCAS reference they will need to add to your application. Your tutor can also talk with you throughout the year about your progress at college, to help keep you on track towards your academic and personal development targets.

  • Contact the Careers & Employability Service to find out what activities and events you can get involved with that support students with your interests and higher education goals. You can also get application support from a Careers Adviser in this team who will give you feedback on your Personal Statement, and run through mock university interviews with you. If you want to talk about whether this pathway is right for you, you can also book a Careers Guidance appointment, see our contact details below.

  • Join a student club relating to your career or university interests, contact These clubs can expand your network of support and access to additional opportunities.

If you would like to discuss Medicine, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team. 

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