The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Medical School in the UK

I’ve created some videos to help anyone who needs it get a better understanding of the process of applying for Medicine in the UK. From my experience, it was a really long process that needed a lot of research and preparation, so I thought it might be helpful to have a good chunk of it all in one place!

Hope it helps! (I’ve put it down in writing below in case that’s preferable to you.)

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Congratulations on choosing to do Medicine in the UK! Or at least for thinking about it.

So let’s get to it. I’m going to break down the incredibly long and drawn out process of applying and getting into Medical school in the UK. I’ll tell you about each stage of the process and give you some tips I’ve picked up along the way that will hopefully help.

Starting with step 1: Research and work experience (you)

Before I begin I’d like to say that it does need a lot of research and there’s not really one place where you can find all the information you’ll need so just keep looking at loads of different sources! But make sure they’re reliable of course.

So you would want to start by finding out which universities offer Medicine and what course structure each of them use to teach. Now there are three types of course structure – PBL, Integrated and Traditional.

PBL is Problem based learning and involves learning through case studies. You get split up into smaller groups and given a scenario from which you take the learning objectives and study them before discussing them with each other. There is a really good video that explains more about what it’s like studying using PBL and it’s linked at the end in a looong list.

Traditional learning consists of mainly tutorials and lectures for the first two years and then purely clinical learning for the next three years. So there is a very distinct divide between the pre-clinical and clinical years.

The Integrated course is basically a mix of the two. There is no pre-clinical and clinical divide so you get patient exposure from right at the start alongside learning.

This is of course a very brief overview of what each type of course structure entails so there’s a link below to an NHS webpage called ‘Choosing a medical school’ that tells you more about each course type in particular. (again, link is in the looong list below)

The next thing you need to know for this stage is the need for work experience. Once you decide you want to apply for Medicine, one of the most important things you want to do is start thinking about and organising work experience for yourself. In the holidays between your GCSEs and A levels, organise work experience. In the holidays between AS level and A2 levels, organise work experience. I can’t express enough how important it is to do at least one form of voluntary work or social work and some type of work experience in a healthcare setting. The reason why work experience is so important is because observing the way people work in healthcare shows that you are well-prepared to start Medicine and you know what you’re getting into. You’ve seen the long hours, how demanding being a doctor (or any other type of healthcare professional) is emotionally and physically and intellectually. And the reason why it’s important to do some sort of social work or voluntary work experience is to show you possess some of the skills essential for a doctor like empathy, good communication skills, etc. For example, you could spend an hour every week volunteering at an old-age home interacting with the people there. Or you could volunteer at a children’s summer camp for a week or more. The list of things you could do is never-ending because it’s all about how you can show you are developing the skills needed to become a doctor. Clinical work experience could be shadowing a doctor, nurse, GP or anything else you could think of that allows you to observe the way healthcare professionals behave in a work environment. The most important thing is to be able to learn from the experience. It could be for as short as a few days or for as long as a few weeks but what the admissions tutors are interested in is how much you took away from the experience – how much you really learned from it.

I highly suggest you join The Student Room, a forum where students from all around the world can connect with each other. By reading the posts on the Medicine forum you will get an idea of the kind of work experience people usually do and the grades other applicants have achieved. It’s a great place to discuss any queries you have with other applicants or current medical students and also do some research.

You’ll notice that most applicants do well academically and also have interests outside of studying like sport, music, etc. It would help to have extra-curricular activities that show you know how to manage time well and that you don’t just study all the time! It’s important for medical students and doctors to have interests outside Medicine to cope with the stress of the job. The key word here is ‘work-life balance’.

The last thing you need to know is the deadline for your application. You will have to apply through UCAS, the online application system for most UK universities by 15th October the year before you start university. For example, I finished my A level exams (A2 exams) in June 2015, and I was applying for September 2015 entry. So I had to submit my application before 15th October 2014.

Step 2: UKCAT and BMAT

Now different universities have different requirements in terms of these exams, so the first thing you should do is find out which universities need the UKCAT, which need the BMAT and which need none. This is likely to change yearly so be sure to check an updated, reliable source such as the university website!

First, let’s talk about the UKCAT. The UKCAT is an online test that can happen anytime between June 1st and October 4th (you choose your own date). From my experience, I’d say it does need a lot of preparation. It doesn’t test scientific knowledge, only aptitude. Time management is key in the UKCAT. There are 5 sections – Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Decision Analysis and Situational Judgement. I know they all sounds very vague and quite scary but once you’ve done enough questions they do become slightly less scary.

The best way to prepare for the UKCAT is to start off with the books. There is one book that everyone swears by, which is the ISC Publications’ book ‘Get Into Medical School: 600 UKCAT Practice Questions’. I used this one along with another book called ‘How to Master the UKCAT: 600+ Practice Questions’ published by Kogan Page. These books did not have any Situational Judgement questions in them though so you may find a lot of newer books coming out that do have SJT questions so they may be more relevant.

My advice would be to solve all of the questions of whichever book you are using to get an understanding of the type of questions that come in the exam. Then, when you are a little more confident with the questions from the book, and as your exam approaches, you should do online practice. I used a site called Medify which has a great volume of questions for a reasonable price. The reason I suggest online practice is because it gets you familiar with the format of the exam (as you will have to give it on a computer) and also the questions on these websites are often more relevant to the year in which you are giving your exam as compared to the books. Another popular course is the Kaplan course, which is a lot more expensive than Medify but is again a very useful tool that has helped a lot of people. In my opinion, if you use a combination of good books and Medify and use those resources well it can be enough to get you to where you want to go.

Do note that it takes a lot of hours of practice so if you know your exam is in the first week of August, don’t leave it til the end of July to start preparing! Maybe start doing a few questions from each subtest every week after your AS exams end, then do a certain number of questions everyday to finish all of the questions in the book before a particular date. Then ensure you have at least 3 weeks of online practice and mock exam practice before your test.

Ok that was a lot of information! And that’s just one exam! Moving on to the BMAT.

The BMAT is the entrance exam used for some universities, including but not limited to: Brighton and Sussex, Imperial, Lancaster, UCL, Leeds and of course, Oxford and Cambridge.

Now, I didn’t give the BMAT but basically how it differs from the UKCAT is that it is not an online test, it is a written, pen-and-paper exam that happens after you submit your application. It happens around November 4th and results aren’t immediate (as in the UKCAT), they are released at the end of November.

So why would anyone want to give an exam that is essentially a risk because you don’t know how you are going to do until after you’ve submitted your application?

I think a big reason for that is in the sections of the BMAT. There are 3 sections – the first is an aptitude test (similar to the UKCAT) but the other two sections are quite different. Section 2 is called ‘Scientific knowledge and application’ and claims to test GCSE level Science and Maths. The last section is an essay writing task that includes ‘brief questions based on topics of general, medical, veterinary or scientific interest’.

As I didn’t give the BMAT I don’t have any advice for anyone who does want to give it but I’ve put together some links you might find helpful down below.

Lastly, you should know that some universities do not use either of the two entrance exams and assess you based purely on your grades and personal statement. It is therefore wise to assume that such universities may have slightly higher grade requirements than those that do assess based on the entrance test as well, but then again, all grade requirements for Medicine are high!

Step three: Personal Statement

Let’s talk about the personal statement. Medicine personal statements require you to do three things:

  1. Show that you know what qualities are required of a doctor
  2. Talk about what activities you do that reflect these qualities/ how you reflect these qualities
  3. Therefore impress upon them why you are right for the course

So you’re not simply telling them that you will make a good doctor, you’re showing them that you have all of the necessary qualities in you to be a good doctor. For example, you can say that you developed your ability to work in a team by being a part of a school sports team. Or that your weekly visits to an old age home, where you spent time with the elderly, helped you to discover your passion for interacting with people of all ages and helped you build on your communication skills.

So this is where the work experience comes in handy. It’s basically a tool for you to show off your personality and show that you have the traits that doctors should ideally possess. Clinical work experience also should be referenced to show that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

I’ve spoken more about the types of work experience you can do and why work experience is important in my first video of the series.

It’s really important to tailor your personal statement according to the university you apply to. There is a great book that has loads of sample personal statements to go through so you can see the types of personal statements that are successful at different universities. It’s called ‘Get Into Medical School: Write the perfect Personal Statement’ published by ISC Publications. (Trust me, that’s not the last time you’ll be hearing that name in this series.)

So the next sensible thing is to choose universities based on your strengths. You would be taking into account teaching style, GCSE grades, AS grades or predicted grades, work experience, extra curriculars, UKCAT score, desire to give the BMAT… there’s a lot. So what do you do? Hop on to the internet and do some research about which university would be a good option for you.

Of course you’ll be looking at other factors like the location of the university, whether it’s a campus or city university and also the cost of living in that area. But remember that you only get four choices instead of the usual five. The fifth choice, if you choose to use it, cannot be Medicine or Dentistry. Usually people choose Biomedical Sciences as their fifth choice, mostly because many courses would not accept a personal statement that talks about how much you want to be a doctor.

It’s important to start writing your personal statement in advance and to start thinking about which universities are right for you as you build your profile. You will very likely end up with a completely different personal statement by the end of the process as compared to your first draft. It’s also really hard to finish writing your first draft, and really hard to fit all of the matter in less than 4000 characters (including spaces)!

There is a really helpful video about how to write a personal statement that is linked below that is guaranteed to help you! It’s a little long but it’s definitely worth it.

Wow! We’ve reached the end of the first phase of your application and it’s time to send it off via UCAS! See you on the other side of October and congratulations!

Stage four: Interviews and Offers

Congratulations! You’ve sent in your application to medical school and now you can breathe for a bit. PHEW!

Ok now back to work. Interviews.

Don’t wait until you receive an interview call to start preparing! You should use your time to find out about which type of interview is held at your university. There are two main types: MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) and Panel interviews.

Panel interviews usually consist of a few interviewers asking you questions about your work experience, reasons for choosing Medicine, hobbies, etc. They could ask you ethical questions or ask you about certain parts of your personal statement.

Multiple Mini Interviews are set up quite differently. There can be any number of stations that test different skills and qualities. For example, one could be a mini panel interview style station where an interviewer is asking you about your personal statement, while the next is a role play to demonstate your empathy and maybe the next, an ethical dilemma. There’s a great video on a medical school website that shows you what to expect in a typical MMI. It’s linked below.

The structure of both types of interview can vary greatly depending on the medical school in terms of the number of stations and the types of questions asked. So it’s important to find out about the interview style of the medical schools you applied to. Usually there will be some information on their websites.

There is a book by ISC Publications (shocker!) called ‘Medical School Interviews’ which is really helpful for learning how to structure answers and has lots of sample questions and answers. Their website, which I’ve linked below, also has a long, long list of questions but there are no sample answers on there. But it’s still a good idea to go through the questions to begin with to get an idea of the types of questions that could come up.

Reading the GMC’s Guide to Good Medical Practice and a document called Tomorrow’s Doctors can help you get a better understanding of what is expected of a doctor and can help you answer ethical questions and situational judgement questions. The GMC website has a section called Good Medical Practice in Action which is a fun way of learning about appropriate behaviour in different difficult situations (it’s much more fun that reading long documents!). The link is below.

Now, interviews can happen anytime between November and April so it’s a good idea to start preparing after you submit your application, even though you wouldn’t have received an interview call yet. It’s quite a stressful time waiting for interviews especially when other unviersities start handing out interviews and you have no clue what’s going on with your choices! I found it helped to keep checking the threads on The Student Room to see when interviews start getting handed out for the universities I applied to. (It just lets me be more prepared so my heart doesn’t stop each time I get a notification on my phone.)

It really helps to practice questions with an adult, sort of like a mock interview. It’s quite scary, but the more mocks you do, the less daunting the actual interview should be! Just remember to be truthful and be yourself, because if you’ve made it far enough to get an interview, there must be something about you that makes them think you could be a good medical student. Show them your passion for doing Medicine!

That’s the interview stage! You give your interview and then you’ve got another wait on your hands until you get an offer. Offers to medical school are usually conditional, unless you have achieved A level grades and are usually higher than AAA. If you receive more than one conditional offer, you can choose a firm choice and an insurance choice. For example, if you have two offers, one for A*AA and one for AAA, you could choose to firm the A*AA one and insure the AAA one. So if you miss your A*AA offer by any chance and achieve only AAA, you will still have a place at available.

Just a note for international students that your condition may also include an IELTS score, which is basically an English proficiency test that you don’t have to give before you submit your application, but if it is mentioned as a condition, of course you will have to give it before your results. It’s not a very difficult exam or anything but it’s a good idea to book your test in advance and get it done with when you have the time!

And that’s it! You have your exams and then results day and then you’re off to med school before you know it.

If you missed any of the videos in this series on Applying to Medical School in the UK, click here to watch them. Hope to see you as a medical student in the UK soon, good luck! Feel free to leave me a comment below about any queries you may have.

 

LINKS:

 

General:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=17583-five-things-I-wish-I-had-known-before-applying-to-medical-school

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_school_in_the_United_Kingdom

 

Research and Work Experience:

Video explaining PBL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzX5dQvI_sw

NHS ‘Choosing a medical school’: https://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/considering_medicine/choosing_a_medical_school.aspx

More about the teaching styles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_school_in_the_United_Kingdom#Teaching_methods

Applicant profiles: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=865511

UCAS: https://www.ucas.com/

 

UKCAT and BMAT:

Official UKCAT website: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/

Official BMAT website: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/

ISC Publications’ UKCAT book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/into-Medical-School-comprehensive-explanations/dp/1905812094

Kogan Page UKCAT book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Master-The-UKCAT-Questions/dp/0749468211

Medify: https://www.medify.co.uk/

Kaplan course: http://www.kaptest.co.uk/ukcat/course

Explaining the BMAT: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/about-bmat/

BMAT specifications: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/images/47829-bmat-test-specification.pdf

 

Personal Statement:

UCAS guide to writing a personal statement: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-personal-statement

ISC Publications’ Personal Statement book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-into-Medical-School-statement/dp/1905812108

EXTREMELY HELPFUL VIDEO about writing any personal statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jQ3MJgdkJY

 

Interviews and Offers:

BEST summary of how to prepare for a medical school interview: http://www.oncourse2ncl.co.uk/5-tips-med-school-interview-success/
Explaining the types of interview:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_school_in_the_United_Kingdom#The_Interview
https://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/considering_medicine/interviews.aspx

Understanding the stucture of an MMI:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/medicine/Prospectivestudents/MultipleMiniInterviews/AdviceonpreparationforMMIs/
http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/medicine/Prospectivestudents/MultipleMiniInterviews/
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/smd/medicine/interview.php

Tips for MMI (not specific to the UK): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-ffaAmasg&list=UUnxeHByQKs8NhOJG-ZgF-Rw

ISC Publications’ book about Medical School Interviews: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interviews-Questions-Analysed-Includes-Multiple-Mini-Interviews/dp/1905812051

ISC Medical website: http://www.medical-interviews.co.uk/interview-questions-medical-school-interviews.aspx

GMC’s Guide to Good Medical Practice: http://www.gmc-uk.org/Good_medical_practice___English_0914.pdf_51527435.pdf

GMC’s GMP in action: http://www.gmc-uk.org/gmpinaction/characters/index.asp (very useful!)

Understanding the structure of the NHS: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-65/alternative-guide-new-nhs-england

Tomorrow’s Doctors: http://www.gmc-uk.org/Tomorrow_s_Doctors_1214.pdf_48905759.pdf

Understanding offers: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/track-your-application/types-offer

IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/

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57 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Medical School in the UK

  1. Hey.. So I stay in Mumbai and will be sitting the UKCAT in the first week of October. I have the relevant work experience but I haven’t been able to get any opportunity to voluntary somewhere. Do you think you could help me with this?

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    • Hey, even I’m from Mumbai, I’m 16 and I wish to apply to UK universities for Medicine. Which board did you do in the 11th and 12th grade to apply? Thanks.

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      • Thanks! Congratulations BTW. As of right now, I’m not sure. There’s the age barrier which restricts my options. Plus, it also depends on the UKCAT that I’m yet to give. King’s College London and Newcastle University are two of my options at the moment. Also, I wanted to know how interviews are conducted for international applicants? How did you do on the UKCAT? I have a couple of books and will be going on the Kaplan course in the last week of august and then medify for a month. Although I’m quite good at math if I do say so myself, I saw the quantitative reasoning in the 600q book and I’m quite nervous about that part.

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      • Thank you! Sounds good. You would have to fly down to the UK for the interview. If you get two spread far apart you can request to change the date of one of them so you can fit them in one trip (as long as the university has slots free for you then). I got 2910 in the UKCAT. You seem to have a good solid plan for your UKCAT! I really hope it works out well for you. That book is tougher than the test, especially as compared to last year’s QR! As long as you’re doing what you’ve mentioned above, I have no doubt you’ll excel 🙂

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    • Hi Tanishka! For voluntary work experience you can contact an NGO like Isha Vidya or Aseema to ask about what you could do to help them for a week or so. I raised money for the National Liver Foundation by running the dream run at the Mumbai Marathon and also volunteered in a children’s summer camp for a week. I also helped out in a camp in rural India over a few days. See what activities are available maybe in your building or school that you could volunteer to help out with. Usually big NGOs require a commitment of a few months of solid work so it can be difficult to gain experience there. If there is a church nearby, you can ask them how you can help out. I’ve heard of people volunteering in St. Catherine’s orphanage (I think it’s in Bandra but I’m not too sure) and in the School for the Blind in South Mumbai. Hope you find something you enjoy 🙂 good luck!

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      • Hey.. Thanks for the reply! I’ll look into it. Please let me know if you find something relevant though. Also, where did you get in?

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      • I will keep an eye out! I got into the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and Newcastle University. I got rejected from University of Birmingham probably because of low GCSEs. I have firmed UoN. Where are you looking to apply? 🙂

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      • Hey.. Thanks for the reply! I’ll look into it. Please let me know if you kind something else though. Also, where did you get in?

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      • Hey, I have received an interview from Newcastle and I have emailed you talking about the same. If there is any way you could help me with the interview ( since you had one from Newcastle too) that’d be great. I don’t mind discussing this on facebook /WhatsApp. 🙂

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      • Hey, I have received an interview from Newcastle and I have emailed you talking about the same. If there is any way you could help me with the interview (since you had one from Newcastle too) that’d be great. I don’t mind discussing this on facebook /WhatsApp. 🙂

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    • I’m sorry if I’m being too overbearing. It’s just that I don’t really know anyone who’s applying to study medicine outside of India so I’m nervous. I have been on the student room for two years now but most of the applicants there are from the UK itself.

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    • I hope so. Thank you so much for this though. 🙂
      If it it’s too much trouble, once kindI’m done with my personal statement, do you think you could give it a read? Say mid-september?

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  2. Hi, I’m from Mumbai, and I’ve just started my 11th grade, but in HSC board, I did ICSE in the 10th grade. Is it possible to get admission even though I’m in this board and I just give the UKCAT and the BMAT? Which board did you do? It would be really helpful if you could reply to this. I will not research further if I can’t get through this board. Thanks.

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    • Hi Devina! ISC and CBSE are the two Indian boards that are accepted all over but HSC differs from state to state so it’s a good idea to bring up this query with a specialised counsellor. You could also email the specific universities youre looking at to see if they’ll accept it but they may not be able to give you the best answer. Check their websites to see what information you can find and email/call to find out more. I don’t think it’s not accepted at all but maybe some universities may have an issue with it so it’s best to check the facts! I did IGCSE and A levels. Good luck, hope it works out for you!

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      • Hi! Thank you for the reply. I have been going through the websites, but they mainly talk about A-levels. I will be emailing them soon. Thanks for the info though, it will be really helpful for me.

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    • Hey.. I’m completing my 12th under the HSC board too! And yes. There are quite a few universities that take the HSC board’s qualifications under consideration! But there are a select few that don’t so you can leave them an email about the same. Then there’s another thing that you should be 18 before the start of the course and they are quite adamant about this one and won’t bend the rules for anyone! So make sure you see the minimum age requirements on their official website.

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      • Hi! It’s good to know that even you’re doing the HSC board, because I haven’t heard of anyone who is trying for it from this board. I have been coming across a few with the age restriction of 18 before the course starts, and that might be a problem for me. All the best for the UKCAT though!

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      • Yeah! Finally someone in the same position as me. Which universities are you looking to apply to?
        The age restriction though.. 😦
        All the best to you too! 🙂

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      • I’ve just started 11th grade and my research work, so I haven’t really decided yet. Thanks though 🙂

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      • Hi tanishka.
        I am also in the hsc board but am really worried, if I would be getting in. I did cbse In the 10th and then hsc. I was confused about studying medicine in India or abroad. If you don’t mind me asking, why UK and not India?
        Also, I performed badly in the 11th due to the entrance exams but have done kinda well in 10th (93%)
        Is it possible for me to still get in?
        Also, when had you started preparing for the ukcat?
        As you had applied last year, you would have come to know the unis that accept hsc. Could you tell me more about that?
        Thanks.
        Gauri.

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  3. HI
    So I’m studying in India rn and I really want to do medicine in Cambridge and I need Your help. could you please explain me what level or board I need to do before I apply and what do I apply for. I’m really lost rn and I help some help I’m very worried. Thankyou

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    • Hi Natasha! Don’t be stressed, if you have an aim that’s already part of the way there and if you’re determined you’ll get where you’re supposed to go. You can do any board, it’s not necessary to do an international board. Universities accept ISC, CBSE, A-levels, IB and some accept HSC too, but you should read my reply to Devina on this post about HSC. the details for the application should be covered in the first video, Research and Work Experience, but basically you have to apply via UCAS, a website that handles all university applications to the UK. The course code for Medicine is A100. I’m here to help so don’t fret!

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      • Thank you so much, I found you through aalia and I’m so thankful but I have way too many questions like how many years of education is needed before you actually apply to Cambridge and all that compliacted stuff , is there anyways I can email you or something? Again, thank you so so much

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  4. Hiiii, I plan to sit the UKCAT last week of September this year. I’ve yet to block my slot but theres a problem in the payment. Ive got a Vijaya Bank debit card i tried several times to pay with it its VISA but somehow its not happening not even with my credit card

    i’ve constantly been trying to make my online payment but for some reason its just not happening idk what to do. Each time im entering my card detail it says its declined contact card company whatever. plz help am i the only one? And who else from India is sitting this year. Help sos

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    • Hi sashav! I’m sorry to hear that the payment isn’t working and unfortunately I don’t know how to help with that, but hopefully someone else who is applying this year too might know how to help. Good luck for your test! Maybe it’s worth calling the Pearson centre and asking them what to do/for an alternate mode of payment?

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      • Hi thanks just got lucky tried it one last time and it happened. I’ve to sit for my exam on the 29th of sept. I’m so nervous please help me out. I genuinely need help. I feel as tho I’m in the middle of a crisis. Tooooo much pressure. Specially with the QR section. Also plz help me with the other secs 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😭

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      • Hey don’t panic! If you’ve watched the video on the UKCAT you would know I recommend Medify for practice. You have 16 days – if you focus on the test you can definitely crack it! Just stay calm and keep at it. Do practice questions online and just do as much as you can. I know it’s really stressful and feels impossible but I promise if you keep practising smartly you’ll feel much better about it by the time your test comes! And just remember, the UKCAT is one component. It doesn’t mean if you don’t do well you can’t get into med school. Just keep doing questions to develop your technique. Figure out what works best for you for each subtest. Good luck!

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      • Hi also I had to ask like when I filled my UKCAT id etc I wrote my name as sasha sequeire (not like Sasha Sequeire) and they say it should match exactly so will this be a problem? Or it’s okay that it’s sasha sequeire? Plz reply ASAP 🙂

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      • Hi thaaanks i’ll try not to panic and practice. I ordered the ISC medical school book. Finished the vr and da. Should I still do the Medify or just stick to this book?

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      • I found Medify useful because it’s online so gives you an idea of the format of the exam. As every second in this test is precious, you don’t wanna be wasting time because you can’t find the calculator or something yknow? But it’s entirely up to you – if you feel prepared enough and confident in what you’ve done then that’s great too! There’s a free trial of the format of the test available online on the UKCAT official website. It lets you go through the format. Do check it out as familiarising yourself with the format will save time for sure. Good luck!

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  5. Hey, you mentioned the calculator in one of your posts. Did you use the number pad on the keyboard or the mouse to manually punch in the numbers? If you used keyboard shortcuts, could you please mention which ones? The thing is, there have been a few people on TSR who said that they weren’t able to use the number pad. And some weren’t allowed to. Did you have to face the same thing? I don’t want to be in for a surprise on that day. ( especially a bad one! ) Thanks. 🙂

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    • Hi Tanishka! I called my centre ahead of time to ask about whether the number pad works and they said it did. So I would recommend you call to ask them because it could depend on the centre. Then accordingly you’ll know how to develop your technique. There is a list of keyboard shortcuts on the official website I think, or maybe on The Student Room but unfortunately I can’t remember them right now. If you do a quick search I’m sure they will come up. I did use them though, they are very helpful! I think i used the one for flagging and next question the most. It was either control or alt and f/n. It’ll be on the website somewhere I’m sure 🙂

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      • Hey,so I sat my UKCAT and ended up with a 690 band 2. Is this good enough for Kings, Newcastle, Southampton, Birmingham, St.George’s, Leicester, Liverpool? Please reply ASAP as I’m very worried and love Newcastle. 😛

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      • Hey,so I sat my UKCAT and ended up with a 690 band 2. Is this good enough for Kings, Newcastle, Southampton, Birmingham, St.George’s, Leicester, Liverpool? Please reply ASAP as I’m very worried and love Newcastle. 😛
        Any help would be much appreciated!

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      • Hi Tanishka! You would have to check the preliminary deciles from the UKCAT site to see how you compare to the other people who gave the exam! Your UKCAT score could be 740 and not be good enough for some universities or it could be 640 and be good enough. It all depends on how everyone else did! That being said, 690 is a good score in general so as long as your other academics and your personal statement are up there it should be enough! Check the deciles. They should be out by now!
        I’m not very familiar with the admissions requirements for this year for each of these unis but it would be great if you could tell me more about them! Also, I’ll reply to your email asap I’m sorry x

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      • Hey, I’m in the 9th decile with 690. Also, Birmingham and Liverpool have started using UKCAT from this year. My 10th grade marks are quite good so I’ve put Birmingham as one safe choice. Then there’s St. George’s that’s my safe choice. I want to apply to Newcatske and Kings. Which decile was your score in the year you got into Newcastle? Do you think I stand a chance at these unis with 690? If not both, I’d at least like to apply to Newcastle. How good/bad of a chance do I stand there? If I don’t apply to Kings, do you know any uni that looks at UKCAT and academics and not much at subjective things like PS or the non academic form( like they do in Manchester) or the R&R form( like in Keele). I’ve narrowed down my options for the fourth uni to Leicester, Nottingham, Liverpool, St. Andrews, East Anglia, Southampton, Plymouth, Queen’s Belfast, Exeter and Kings. I’d like to apply to Kings but I want to maximise my chances of getting in. So where do I stand the best chance? How good of a chance do I stand at Newcastle? I really really like Newcastle but my score isn’t great. 😥
        Please reply asap. With the deadline creeping in, I’m freaking out. 😥

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      • Hey! Are you sure you’re in the 9th decile? I checked the document UKCAT uploaded with deciles and according to that you got 2760 which means you fall in the 8th decile 🙂 thats great though! You’re in the top 20% (or more) of all people who did the UKCAT.
        Your choices sound well thought out! I think you should definitely apply to Newcastle because you did well and also you love it so much! You stand a good chance don’t worry! 🙂
        You said your 10th standard grades were good so off that I would say Leicester and Nottingham are both good options! I don’t know anything about the others to be honest. I know that these two have very similar scoring systems and take into account 10th grade, 11th grade and UKCAT scores before going through the personal statement (Nottingham, i dont think Leics did that part).
        I’m so sorry I know the deadline is coming up so I set aside some time to reply to you guys! I hope I managed to help a little bit at least – all the best for your application! You seem dedicated, focused and driven so I have no doubts you will be very successful 🙂

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      • Yeah, you can give ILETS after submitting your application. A couple of unis also accept good 12th grade marks for English. These unis will let you know if they want you to give it. Also, may I ask how much you scored in the UKCAT?

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      • Thank god I was freaking out. I got 2340 and you? Also while submitting the ucas do we have to put our class 10th marks also or just 12th will do? Considering I’ve done my 12th

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      • Hey, thank you for doing that. I’m so sorry to have been bugging you since like forever. My 10th grade marks as well as my predicted grades are quite good. So I was thinking St. George’s, Birmingham, Kings, Newcastle and Exeter. I wish we could apply to five unis tbh. St. George’s is my safest bet and the place where I’m mostly guaranteed an interview but I was thinking that maybe I should go with Exeter, Kings, Newcastle and Birmingham because I just received my predicted grades and Kings takes the complete academics profile as well as the UKCAT in consideration. But will these options be too risky? I’m not sure if my UKCAT score’s good enough for kings.

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      • Oh okay and what if we don’t. That’ll directly put our app in the ‘no’ pile?
        Also idk I’m still thinking and discussing but definitely keele and Cardiff wbu?
        I’m so stressed about my PS like there’s literally no time

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      • I’m not sure but I think Cardiff puts emphasis on 10th grade marks. And doesn not accept the HSC qualification alone, if you are from the state board. Last I checked, they don’t accept any qualification from India alone, But U would suggest you give individual unis a call since quite of few place emphasis on 10th grade marks.

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      • Hey, I ended up applying to Newcastle, Exeter, Birmingham and St. George’s. Thank you for all the help. 🙂

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  6. Thank you so much, I found you through aalia and I’m so thankful but I have way too many questions like how many years of education is needed before you actually apply to Cambridge and all that compliacted stuff , is there anyways I can email you or something? Again, thank you so so much

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  7. Hiii. I need help choosing my personal satatement. Also i got 2340 in my ukcat this year where can i apply of these- Keele, Glasglow, Plymouth, St. George, Newcastle, Cardiff

    Please tell me asap genuine help needed. Also, i’m super stressed about my personal statement

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    • Hey! I’m sorry to hear you’re stressed – I honestly don’t know much about these universities except Newcastle. You should check the admissions criteria for this year because they can change greatly in a year depending on how well everyone else did in the UKCAT, etc. When I applied to Newcastle, they mainly looked at UKCAT when deciding who to invite to interview. I checked my score on the preliminary deciles off the UKCAT website and saw I was in the top decile so I knew it was a safe option. I advise you to go through the admissions criteria for each and check how your profile fits them. Unfortunately I can’t sit and do that for each of them right now! For your personal statement maybe you could read some samples. Go to the student room and read the Medicine personal statements they have on sample. Get your friends and family to read your PS and give you their feedback. The most important thing that should come through your PS is that you are very enthusiastic about doing Medicine and that you have what it takes to do it.

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  8. Hi Sharvari, firstly I’d just like to say: thank you so much for the taking the time to compile such an useful and comprehensive post. I’m in the 9th grade, I turned fourteen a few days ago, and I’m looking to apply to a top level university to study medicine in the UK. I know that most universities take into consideration a lot more than just our academics, like our extracurriculars, etc. Would you be able to tell me some of the extracurriculars that you had and what else you had included in your application to make it stand out? Many thanks, Nandini

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  9. Hi sharvari.
    I have. A few doubts about studying medicine in th UK and the life there. I will be applying this year and also I am from teh hsc. Could you please help me out? I started work experience and a research project this year.

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