So You Want to Study Medicine… Where to Start?

Choosing to study medicine is not an easy decision. It certainly requires a lot of thought and consideration. Dedicating four to six years of your life to learn the art of treating patients and understanding how the human body works is a decision that should not be taken lightly. However, once you have made that decision, it is a great feeling. You finally feel as though you are working towards something worthwhile.

This blog post is targeted mainly towards students in Year 12. It will summarise the steps you need to take to get into medical school and what you need to be focusing on now. However, Year 11s, graduate students and gap year students may also find this post useful. The aim of this post is to inform you of the necessary steps required for a successful application to medical school. During this time, a lot will be happening and it can become overwhelming. For example, whilst you are trying to achieve the required predicted grades, you might be participating in some work experience and also juggling UCAT prep at the same time. It’s a lot, yes, but definitely doable.

It’s important to note that medicine is one of the most competitive degrees in the country. To put this into perspective, according to UCAS, over 23,000 students applied to medicine in 2019 but only 7,500 places were available. These figures may seem daunting, but it genuinely isn’t impossible, so far you take the necessary steps to prepare.