Getting into Medical or Dental School
Securing a place at an UK medical school is tough as there are c10 applicants for each place and you therefore need to do more than simply obtain good A level grades.
Which 4 Medical Schools?
You are allowed to choose 4 medical schools on your UCAS form. When deciding, take a look at the ratio of applicants to offers for each as this varys widely. Consider including one or two that have a low ratio, to potentially increase your chances of an offer.
- Medical schools with a ratio of less than 4 applicants to 1 offer: Birmingham, St Andrews, Durham, Hull York, Glasgow
- Medical schools with a ratio of between 4-6 applicants to 1 offer: East Anglia, Manchester, Leicester, Kings, Lancaster, St Georges, Plymouth, Nottingham, UCL, Cardiff, Imperial College
- Medical Schools with a ratio between 6-8 applicants to 1 offer: Quen Mary, Aberdeen, Dundee, Keele, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield
- Medical Schools with a ratio above 8 applicants to 1 offer: Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Southampton, Brighton & Sussex, Exeter
Also consider putting in a separate application to Queens, Belfast which has a ratio of only 2.65 applicants to 1 offer.
Entrance Exams for Medicine & Dentistry
All Universities (with the exception of Bristol) require candidates to sit an entrance exam in addition to their normal A level or equivalent exams. These are the UKCAT, BMAT and the GAMSAT ( for graduates):
UKCAT (UK Aptitude Test): This is the most widely used test for both medical and dental degrees and is required by 25 of the 32 medical schools (listed below). Registration opens in May and testing commences in July. Registration deadline is 21st September.
Ensure you practice the UKCAT as much as possible before you sit the real one - it will greatly increase your mark. Practice UKCAT test papers HERE