Students with a keen interest in science, and a good understanding of its main fields, would be well suited to studying a course in Medicine at degree level. Entry level Medicine Degrees are available at almost 40 universities in the UK, and are hugely sought after.
Entry requirements to a Medicine Degree can vary depending on the university that you are applying to, and you are advised to check with the university you are applying to for a full list of entry requirements. Some of the top universities for medicine will have significantly higher entry requirements and these include the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University College London, University of Dundee and Keele University.
At these universities the entry requirements from A Levels range between A*A*A – AAA with Biology being a specific A Level requirement. Some universities will also only accept students with A Level qualifications in other sciences and mathematics.
Additional entry requirements to Medicine Degrees also apply such as entrance interviews or exams. The most common entry exams include the BMAT test and the UKCAT test, where the applicants are tested on their generic problem solving, mathematics and science knowledge.
After students have graduated from their medicine degree, they then have to apply for a provisional registration with the General Medical Council to take part in the Foundation Year 1 programme which takes up to 12 months to complete. Once this has been completed, full registration is given to the graduate. Full registration is needed for those graduates wanting to work in a medical practice or the NHS.
Common job roles for medicine graduates include GP doctor, hospital doctor, specialist surgeon and physician, with 99% of graduates landing this job within just 6 months of leaving university. A medicine degree was noted as the most employable degree in 2016 based on the destination of leavers from higher education survey 2016. You can read more about the most employable degrees with our article: Top 10 Most Employable Degrees.