PrithiSubatira
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Hi there

I am 18 years old and an international student doing A Levels, planning to pursue medicine as an undergraduate programme. I have a huge interest in medicine, aiming and working hard to apply to University City London (UCL), Imperial College London and Glasgow university. I will be completing my A Levels study at the age of 20.

A part of me is worried I will be starting medical school a little late. Was just wondering what is the majority age of students enrolling into medicine course ? Would I be the oldest student in first year ? What age do most students start medicine in the universities I have mentioned ? Would I be able to fit in despite my age ? Would my age affect my medical school application or my studies and university experience as well as graduating at the age of 25/26 affect my foundation programme and postgraduate studies ? Is the plan to do a 6-year medicine programme or 5-year programme at the age of 20 wiser ? Just quite anxious about this matter :")

Also, would really like advise on extra curriculars I should join. Any tips or suggestions of clubs or activities that could give me a boost for med school application ?

Thank you so much for the help and advise. Really do appreciate it.
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No one will care, or even realise unless you tell them. It will have absolutely no bearing on the rest of your career. People frequently go into medicine as a second career, take gap years, take time out, do extra degrees etc.

The best extra activities for medicine is volunteering or employment in a caring environment. It gives you an idea of the vocation and experiences you can talk about in your personal statement/interviews.
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(Original post by PrithiSubatira)
Hi there

I am 18 years old and an international student doing A Levels, planning to pursue medicine as an undergraduate programme. I have a huge interest in medicine, aiming and working hard to apply to University City London (UCL), Imperial College London and Glasgow university. I will be completing my A Levels study at the age of 20.

A part of me is worried I will be starting medical school a little late. Was just wondering what is the majority age of students enrolling into medicine course ? Would I be the oldest student in first year ? What age do most students start medicine in the universities I have mentioned ? Would I be able to fit in despite my age ? Would my age affect my medical school application or my studies and university experience as well as graduating at the age of 25/26 affect my foundation programme and postgraduate studies ? Is the plan to do a 6-year medicine programme or 5-year programme at the age of 20 wiser ? Just quite anxious about this matter :")

Also, would really like advise on extra curriculars I should join. Any tips or suggestions of clubs or activities that could give me a boost for med school application ?

Thank you so much for the help and advise. Really do appreciate it.
No u won't be the oldest :laugh:
Loads of applicants take gap years, apply as grads, 20 isn't the oldest age at all. The minimum age is 18 but not everyone gets in first time. U can do either 5/6 year. Foundation year courses are more competitive to get into but if ur eligible to apply and have got the grades, there's no harm in it.

As a med applicant u could try to do volunteering and maybe shadowing GP's. U can also try to do online work experience to build ur understanding of a medical career
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