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Is it possible to apply to medicine and take a gap year? I got a low Ucat score and cannot apply to medicine sadly even though I studied for the Ucat for a good 3 months. I wanted to know if it would be ok if I don't apply to university this year take a Gap year reapply next year with retaking the ucat? Will I be at a disadvantage in my aplication?
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Original post by greenamy2
Is it possible to apply to medicine and take a gap year? I got a low Ucat score and cannot apply to medicine sadly even though I studied for the Ucat for a good 3 months. I wanted to know if it would be ok if I don't apply to university this year take a Gap year reapply next year with retaking the ucat? Will I be at a disadvantage in my aplication?


May I ask what you got on the UCAT? I say you should still try to apply to medical schools that dont look at the UCAT too much such as Cardiff or Kent & Medway. You will have nothing to lose but everything to gain. In the meantime find work experience to boost your application for next year and take the gap year if it doesnt work out. Good luck!
Original post by greenamy2
Is it possible to apply to medicine and take a gap year? I got a low Ucat score and cannot apply to medicine sadly even though I studied for the Ucat for a good 3 months. I wanted to know if it would be ok if I don't apply to university this year take a Gap year reapply next year with retaking the ucat? Will I be at a disadvantage in my aplication?

Hi there!

Sorry to hear you are not happy with your UCAT score but if you are thinking of still applying either this year or next year, I have looked at the entry requirements and you can compare your UCAT score with the minimum required together with every other qualification: you can find more information here https://kmms.ac.uk/entry-requirements-2023/

If you scroll towards the bottom of the page, you will find a section name "Extenuating circumstances", listing all particular circumstances the medical school will put in consideration so an applicant is not disadvantaged compared to others. But according to the whole article, you should be fine to reapply having retaken the UCAT exam and the gap year should not affect your application. You could also use the gap year to gather some work experience that will enhance your application!

If you want to contact the admissions office for more specific enquiries, you can reach them here: T: +44 (0)1227 768896; or you can use this communication portal: https://evision.kent.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_enq&code1=enq_gen&code2=&code4=ipr_ipp5=10.

I hope this helps and whatever you decide to do, best of luck :smile:

Tracy
UKC Rep

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