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GCSE AND A LEVEL STUDENTS
Build a strong application for medicine and dentistry
Information and tips
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Applying to medicine and dentistry successfully may sound like a very daunting process, especially if you do not have much information about how exactly it works. We want to help you form the strongest application possible through the information below, our schemes and events!
It is never too early to consider doing things to strengthen your application. To do this, it is helpful to know what will be looked at when you apply. The basic framework for a medical/dental student's application consists of the following:
Most medical and dental schools do not have a minimum number of A*s (8s), As (7s) or Bs (6s) that must be achieved. However, many may require that you have a minimum grade in certain subject e.g. at least a B in maths and an A in Biology at GCSE, AAA at A Level with at least one in Chemistry or a 2:1 at undergraduate level. This information can usually be found on the website of the particular university in question.
You have 4,000 characters (including punctuation and spaces) to sell why you're interested in medicine/dentistry, how you have demonstrated this and why you're the more suitable candidate out of the 100s of others applying. This is a small amount of space to carry out a huge task but many have done it and so can you. We want to help you write the best personal statement and help you avoid making common mistakes such as detailing all your work experience without explaining what you learned from it. Contact us to see how we can help review your personal statement.
Work experience is vital as it helps confirm, to you and the universities, that you're interested in medicine or dentistry. We understand it can be very competitive to get experience in a hospital or GP. Non-medical jobs/placements can also help demonstrate your ability to be committed to a cause long term. Have you considered any of the following?
- Care home
- Society committee
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Extra curricular activities help show that you are a multi-faceted individual. This is important as there are many facets to healthcare but medicine and dentistry can be very tiring professions for which a relieving hobby is important.
CLINICAL APTITUDE TESTS
These are admissions tests sat in the summer/early autumn months of application. They are used to help assess a candidate's suitability. There are a few different types, but they generally test how one reasons in different situations and also how they apply their knowledge. These are sat independently from universities and the score will be sent directly to the universities you have applied to. Different schools will require different aptitude tests, so it is worth researching what medical schools you can apply to with which tests. Linked below are the different tests:
Provided your application has been met the basic requirements, you will be invited to interview. This is a chance to show your personality and persuade the medical/dental school that you are more than deserving of an offer. We hold an annual interview workshop but for interview tips outside of this, contact us using the yellow button at the bottom of this page.
For more detailed information on entry requirements for specific dental schools, please click here.
All applications are done through UCAS via early entry.
Components of the application