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    I've just finished my GCSEs and I'm planning to study medicine at uni. I was wondering if anyone currently studying medicine had any advice on what is essential/ beneficial in order to study medicine at a top uni (internationally), and what they wish they'd done before entering. Thanks
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    I've just finished my GCSEs and I'm planning to study medicine at uni. I was wondering if anyone currently studying medicine had any advice on what is essential/ beneficial in order to study medicine at a top uni (internationally), and what they wish they'd done before entering. Thanks
    Firstly, drop any notions you have about top unis and so on. It makes no difference at all in this particular profession.

    In terms of what you need, the ingredients that lead to getting an offer are:

    The right grades: GCSE and A level
    Work experience and volunteering placements
    A well written personal statement where you've reflected appropriately on the above placements
    Doing well in the UKCAT/BMAT if you're applying to med schools which want them
    Applying strategically
    Being able to perform well at interview

    There are lots of good resources here:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine

    I'd suggest taking some time to read through some of the links on the Wiki, and if you still have any questions or aren't sure about something, then feel free to ask us
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    (Original post by Thequietone__)
    I've just finished my GCSEs and I'm planning to study medicine at uni. I was wondering if anyone currently studying medicine had any advice on what is essential/ beneficial in order to study medicine at a top uni (internationally), and what they wish they'd done before entering. Thanks
    Hello Thequietone,

    Congratulations on deciding to pursue medicine. It's great that you're so interested in putting a competitive application to a top university. Medicine in the UK is fiercely competitive so we've written a guide to get you started at our blog here: "Applying for Medicine".

    You might also find it helpful to check out our info centre which has lots of advice on how to put together a winning application.

    Hope that helps!

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    (Original post by Thequietone__)
    I've just finished my GCSEs and I'm planning to study medicine at uni. I was wondering if anyone currently studying medicine had any advice on what is essential/ beneficial in order to study medicine at a top uni (internationally), and what they wish they'd done before entering. Thanks
    There really is no top uni for medicine in the UK, they all get you to the same place!

    In terms of what you need to get into medical school:

    GCSEs: the requirements vary at each medical school. Having A grades (or at least B grades) in science, maths and english language is often required, the more A* grades you have means you can apply to more universities (e.g. cardiff, oxford, birmingham, edinburgh) who value A*s heavily.

    A-levels: you must take biology and chemistry for most medical schools, if you would like to apply to cambridge then you will need to also take either maths or physics. for most medical schools you need at least AAA to gain entry, some require A*AA and cambridge want up to A*A*A.

    Work experience/voluntary work: most if not all medical schools in the UK like you to have some experience of the career before entry into the school. This means getting some voluntary work (ideally long term - more than 6 months) in a caring environment such as a hospital, care home, groups with disabled or vulnerable individuals, nurseries etc. It is also a good idea to seek out some shadowing experience at a hospital or GP surgery (although this is much less essential as it is harder to get and the medical schools are well aware of this).

    Personal statement: ensure you read up on how to write a personal statement, include why you want to study medicine, reflect on your work experience. include extra curriculars you have done and other things. On each universities admissions policiy they have a bullet pointed list of what they like to see from the personal statement so follow that for best success.

    Entrance exams: depending on which medical school you apply to you will have to sit entrance exams. The UKCAT is used by the majority of medical schools and is taken between july and october of the year you apply. it has 4 sections and gives you an average score, obviously the higher the better.
    some universities use the BMAT (a much more science based exam) which is sat after you have already applied in the november. It is used by Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, BSMS, UCL, Keele, Leeds and Lancaster to my knowledge.
    as the UKCAT is sat before applying and the BMAT is sat afterwards, the BMAT is much more risky as you do not know your score before applying, hence I would reccomend applying to only 2 BMAT schools at most (I applied to none).

    my best advice is get as much information as you can from here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/medicine
    and also make sure you contact every university personally via their website or email to ensure you meet their entry requirements. your best bet is to apply to schools where you are very likely to get an interview as medicine is so very competative in the UK.
 
 
 
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