Hello, I am a student studying in an international school in a European country.
I finished my IGCSE exams this June and am waiting for results. I have majoring in médicine in prestigeous university as a goal.
I am aware of the enormous importance of my A level result that I will get after 2 years in applying for universities. But I am still concerned about my ignorance about other extra factors that is supposed to be requisite or helpful e.g. some qualifications, demostrated experience, extra-curriculum activities, Awards
I would appreciate so much if somebody introduce & explain about these factors to let me prepare for them in advance...
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- 25-07-2017 18:18
- 25-07-2017 18:41
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Hi, I'm not a medic, but from what I've seen on friends who have applied for and received offers for medicine in UK universities, most universities want experience. This refers to having done volunteer work or work experience (for example) in a medicine-related field, especially if there is a particular area you are passionate about. For example, I have a friend who volunteered in a care home, and another who did 2 weeks work experience in a hospital.
There are also tests, like the UKCAT and the BMAT, the scores from which will determine, in the cases of some unis, whether they will even consider your application or not. I don't know if there are other tests outside of the UK or whether you'd sit these ones too.
Also, unlike a lot of other subjects, medicine tends to almost always require interviews with them after application, because they want to test more than just your academic ability, such as your suitability for a career in medicine (Eg. Are you empathetic to patients' needs).
Again, though, I am not a medic. I'm sure there will be other TSR users who can provide a better answer that I have, but I'd suggest you do some research into what you'd need to do, because it is a demanding and complicated process, and it may differ between institutions and between Home/EU/International students.
Hope this helps 😊