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Hi I am from srilanka, and i am planning to study medicine in UK and I wanna know of i get A*AA in my alevels can I directly apply to med school and become a doctore in 5-6 years? And then residency. Or is it compulsory to have an 3 year undergraduate degree before applying to med school?
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Hi I am from srilanka, and i am planning to study medicine in UK and I wanna know of i get A*AA in my alevels can I directly apply to med school and become a doctore in 5-6 years?
You may need to satisfy other requirements e.g. GCSEs / IB or equivalent.

You will need to take the UCAT / BMAT depending on med school.

Here are the entry requirements for all med schools: https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf

And then residency. Or is it compulsory to have an 3 year undergraduate degree before applying to med school?
No need, undergrad medicine in the UK is just that - for undergraduates. Post graduate medicine is a thing for the US students.
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Is GCSE results important? 😭 that's too unfair we weren't ready for medicine at the age of 15.
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Is GCSE results important? 😭 that's too unfair we weren't ready for medicine at the age of 15.
Read the entry requirements I posted above - some medical schools e.g. Cambridge have absolutely no requirements; on the other hand some medical schools e.g. Oxford will expect very good, possibly perfect GCSE results (Oxford medical applicants have an average of 10.4 A*s!).

You can always retake GCSEs, it is less problem to retake GCSEs than A-Levels (not that retaking A-Levels is much of a problem these days, up to 20 medical schools don't mind A-Level retake students).
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Read the entry requirements I posted above - some medical schools e.g. Cambridge have absolutely no requirements; on the other hand some medical schools e.g. Oxford will expect very good, possibly perfect GCSE results (Oxford medical applicants have an average of 10.4 A*s!).

You can always retake GCSEs, it is less problem to retake GCSEs than A-Levels (not that retaking A-Levels is much of a problem these days, up to 20 medical schools don't mind A-Level retake students)
I went through the PDF it was really helpful and today i have selected the universities which i can apply for with my achievements, and thank you for the reply!!
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I went through the PDF it was really helpful and today i have selected the universities which i can apply for with my achievements, and thank you for the reply!!
You were looking at the international fees too I take it?

Medicine in the UK as an international is very competitive - average >20 applicants per place, so with only 4 choices a chance of getting in anywhere of <20%.
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You were looking at the international fees too I take it?

Medicine in the UK as an international is very competitive - average >20 applicants per place, so with only 4 choices a chance of getting in anywhere of <20%.
Yes I did! Greenwich and Sunderland was affordable and will get some scholarships and discounts to srilankan students too and part time work will help me to arrange atleast half of money for 2and and 3rd year, and student loan it is to complete it. And in greenwich there is 70% acceptance rate. Btw I am doing graduate entry medicine
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Yes I did! Greenwich and Sunderland was affordable and will get some scholarships and discounts to srilankan students too and part time work will help me to arrange atleast half of money for 2and and 3rd year, and student loan it is to complete it. And in greenwich there is 70% acceptance rate. Btw I am doing graduate entry medicine
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Greenwich?
Yes I am going to do my undergraduate degree and then apply to med school
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Yes I am going to do my undergraduate degree and then apply to med school
Oh I see. So you've picked Greenwich specifically for the possible scholarship you mean? Just you will be able to find plenty of courses with a much higher acceptance rate than 70% if we're not talking about medicine!

How likely are you to be accepted for the scholarships/discounts? And remember that the fees may be cheaper (maybe) but it is London - that will add to your expenses a lot.
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Oh I see. So you've picked Greenwich specifically for the possible scholarship you mean? Just you will be able to find plenty of courses with a much higher acceptance rate than 70% if we're not talking about medicine!

How likely are you to be accepted for the scholarships/discounts? And remember that the fees may be cheaper (maybe) but it is London - that will add to your expenses a lot.
I got my relatives there so I will have no living cost, and I will be doing part time jobs too. And only £1000 discount will be awarded since I am from a srilanka. And it was the cheapest for an international student. And I am planning to apply for biomedical sciences
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I got my relatives there so I will have no living cost, and I will be doing part time jobs too. And only £1000 discount will be awarded since I am from a srilanka. And it was the cheapest for an international student. And I am planning to apply for biomedical sciences
Why are you applying for biomedical science first? Why not just go straight to undergraduate medicine?
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Why are you applying for biomedical science first? Why not just go straight to undergraduate medicine?
I have no clear idea what is that but according what I found in internet, there was something called gateway entry to medicine and it wasn't available for international students
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I have no clear idea what is that but according what I found in internet, there was something called gateway entry to medicine and it wasn't available for international students
You don't need to do a gateway course if you have the right A-levels for Medicine - which you do have. Medicine in the UK is most commonly studied as an undergraduate course (unlike in the US, for example).

Doing a Biomed degree adds 3 years to your timescale, and isn't necessary.
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You don't need to do a gateway course if you have the right A-levels for Medicine - which you do have. Medicine in the UK is most commonly studied as an undergraduate course (unlike in the US, for example).

Doing a Biomed degree adds 3 years to your timescale, and isn't necessary.
I was planning to retake my alevels because I got BBB but since as u mentioned ealier my GCSE results will effect too so I thought doing an undergraduate degree and applying as a undergraduate medicine entry will be the only option
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I was planning to retake my alevels because I got BBB but since as u mentioned ealier my GCSE results will effect too so I thought doing an undergraduate degree and applying as a undergraduate medicine entry will be the only option
Ecolier has already directed you to the document which sets out all the UK medicine courses and the entry requirements.
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Here are the entry requirements for all med schools: https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf
Pages 12-50 are the "Standard Entry" courses you can start with A levels (5-6 years). but note that some will not accept re-sits, so you need to go through the websites carefully and see which ones you are eligible for. You can also contact Admissions at each med school with your stats to check that you are eligible for the courses.

Pages 52-66 are the "Graduate Entry" courses (4 years), so you can start them after various degrees, including Biomed degrees. They are very competitive - fewer places and a lot of applicants.

The general advice is that it is less difficult to get into a Standard Entry course, so lots of graduates end up doing a Standard Entry course as a graduate, taking 8 years in total. All medicine courses are highly competitive.

Read that document thoroughly if you want to understand the system. Then, if you decide to apply for medicine for 2021 entry, come back here when you have your Admissions Test score.

Note that if you wanted to start in 2020 you are already too late for medicine courses, but could get on a Biomedicine course - there is always availability in Clearing (August) for Biomed, even for top universities like Newcastle.
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I was planning to retake my alevels because I got BBB but since as u mentioned ealier my GCSE results will effect too so I thought doing an undergraduate degree and applying as a undergraduate medicine entry will be the only option
It would help if you'd said you were resitting at the outset... however many universities don't mind about resits for Medicine.
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I was planning to retake my alevels because I got BBB but since as u mentioned ealier my GCSE results will effect too so I thought doing an undergraduate degree and applying as a undergraduate medicine entry will be the only option
if u do biomedical science first u would then have to do graduate entry medicine, which will have different entry requirements
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if u do biomedical science first u would then have to do graduate entry medicine, which will have different entry requirements
That is not quite right. Loads of grads do undergrad medicine
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Ecolier has already directed you to the document which sets out all the UK medicine courses and the entry requirements.

Pages 12-50 are the "Standard Entry" courses you can start with A levels (5-6 years). but note that some will not accept re-sits, so you need to go through the websites carefully and see which ones you are eligible for. You can also contact Admissions at each med school with your stats to check that you are eligible for the courses.

Pages 52-66 are the "Graduate Entry" courses (4 years), so you can start them after various degrees, including Biomed degrees. They are very competitive - fewer places and a lot of applicants.

The general advice is that it is less difficult to get into a Standard Entry course, so lots of graduates end up doing a Standard Entry course as a graduate, taking 8 years in total. All medicine courses are highly competitive.

Read that document thoroughly if you want to understand the system. Then, if you decide to apply for medicine for 2021 entry, come back here when you have your Admissions Test score.

Note that if you wanted to start in 2020 you are already too late for medicine courses, but could get on a Biomedicine course - there is always availability in Clearing (August) for Biomed, even for top universities like Newcastle.
I did check the document again I dont have enough requirements for standard entry medicine in Alevel and GCSE both so graduate entry is the only option for me to available.
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