How Barts can help you towards a career in Medicine
If you are an aspiring medical student, Barts will support you in each step of your journey towards Medical School. From the moment you start at Barts, you will meet with your supervisor on a weekly basis, to discuss and progress with your UCAS application. Guidance will be provided on your personal statement, as well as your university choices and entry requirements. We have experience in supporting both first-time A level students and those applying to medical schools having re-sat one or more of their GCSEs and/or A levels.
Our history of success
We are proud to have an established reputation for giving the fullest assistance with applications to higher education. We have been particularly successful with our students’ applications to read medicine, for example, in which 28 of our last 33 candidates have secured places. The majority of these were re-take candidates who had made unsuccessful applications before joining us. We also have great success in supporting students towards places on veterinary medicine and dentistry courses.
Qualities of a Medical School applicant
Applying to study Medicine requires someone who has great tenacity, determination, commitment and self-motivation. In order to be successful in obtaining university offers, and then achieving the high grades needs to secure these offers, you would be expected to complete a vast amount of independent study. This would be in addition to the tuition, supervised study, monthly tests and mocks conducted at Barts.
Medical School entry requirements
A typical offer for Medical School is anywhere from AAA – A*A*A* at A level, depending on where you are applying. Typically, you will also be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-6 (A*-B) or equivalent, including Maths, English Language and two science subjects. Only a small number of Medical Schools accept re-take candidates and where they do so, they usually state that this must be for one re-take in one A level only.
Please note you will also be required to sit either the UCAT or BMAT Medical School admissions test, with 30 Medical Schools requiring the UCAT and seven the BMAT.
For more information on UK Medical School entry requirements please click on the link below, which will take you to a detailed guide written by the Medical Schools Council.
Alternative routes to Medicine
Should you be unsuccessful in obtaining the grades required for Medical School upon your re-takes, but still have a burning desire to pursue Medicine, all is not lost. Alternative routes include applying to Biomedical Sciences and either transferring to Medicine midway through the course, or upon completion. Please do check with the individual university to see if this is an option, before choosing them as one of your university choices. You might also consider applying to a Medical School overseas.
Your personal supervisor at Barts is always on hand to help guide you in making these important decisions. We recognise that any university application can be daunting, but that the demands of a Medical, Veterinary or Dentistry School application are particularly high. We will do everything we can to support you to achieve your ambition.