We are delighted to report that Y13 student Louisa Lee is in the enviable position of being able to choose between Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and Cardiff universities after receiving offers from all of her four chosen medical schools for September 2017. This is an outstanding achievement in the face of fierce competition for places from top students internationally.
We all know that getting into medical school is hard. Universities in Britain now typically receive more than 11 applications for every place to study medicine, meaning that the subject is officially the most in-demand discipline at degree level.
To give yourself the best possible chance of success – or at least a fighting chance of an interview – your application needs to fulfil the tough academic requirements - not just at A-level, but also at GCSE- .and have an “X factor” that will catch the eye of the admissions tutor, too. In reality most successful applicants will boast As and A*s in a wide range of subjects at GCSE and your predicted grades must be AAA at least.
Most medical schools will also ask candidates to complete an online test of their suitability for a medical career. The results can be crucial. But interviewers are looking for more than just high test scores and predicted A-level grades. Among the areas assessed at interview are communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge and understanding of the health service and evidence of a caring personality.
Congratulations Louisa! We know you will be a real asset to the profession.
To read more about Louisa’s story click here.