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Studying Medicine

Securing an offer to study medicine is an extremely competitive process so prospective applicants will need to start their preparation early. Current details of specific entry requirements for each UK university offering medicine can be found on the Medical Schools Council website and students are advised to check this carefully to ensure they choose the correct combination of A level subjects. 

Work Experience

Applicants will also need to undertake a period of relevant work experience to demonstrate their commitment to and understanding of the field of medicine. This should be both clinical and non-clinical in nature. Specific requirements can be found on the Medical Schools Council website and links to a range of virtual opportunities are below.

Virtual Work Experience


Medic Mentor 

Observe GP

Pre-Admission Tests

All UK Medical Schools require applicants to take a pre-admission test, either the BMAT or UCAT. Students can choose to to sit one or both of these and care should be taken to research which pre-admission test is required by the universities you are considering applying to. Bishopshalt is a registered centre for BMAT so it can be taken in school (speak to the Exams Officer for more details) whereas the UCAT is taken at an external Test Centre and more details can be found on the website.

University Outreach

King's College London Outreach for Medicine & Dentistry Sign up for the newsletter here

Kings College Bench to Bedside A guide to careers in medicine, healthcare & sciences

Introducing Imperial College Medicine Degree

KCL Extended Medical Degree Programme information

Other Resources

There are a vast number of additional resources which prospective applicants may find useful, see below for a selection of these and consider following on Instagram: and @wearemedics

Studying Healthcare

The British Medical Journal


The Medic Portal

Medical School Comparison Tool  

Medical Mavericks

Scrubbed Up

We Are Medics