Grades for medical school

Above all else, you need to have the minimum grade requirements set by the medical school admissions teams. They expect you to be able to understand complex theoretical concepts when you are at Medical School so by doing this at high school, you are proving to the admissions team that you would be capable of doing the same on your own!
You’ll have to work hard at school but try to still enjoy it. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the things that interest you (at least once you get to 5th and 6th year). The workload seems like a lot at the moment, but remember it’ll only get harder in the future. Different universities differ in their entrance requirements but overall medicine’s are higher than other courses.

What are the grade requirements?

The grade requirements will change from year to year and so you should always check the most up-to-date sources – either UCAS or the website of wherever you’re applying. We’ve got some information for the Scottish Medical Schools under Where You Can Study.

UCAS Course Search
The UCAS website offers a tool called the Course Search. You can search for ‘medicine’ and then find the grade requirements at different universities across the UK.

Should I take extra subjects?

Some schools encourage their students to take extra subjects (like six Highers in 5th year).  When applying to medicine having an extra Higher will not give you an advantage over those taking the usual number of courses for that year.  If an applicant has gained 6 Highers in one sitting, only the best 5 grades will be taken into account during the application process.

Alongside your school work you’ll have to prepare for the Universities Clinical Aptitude test, which is usually sat in the summer between 5th and 6th year. Click next for our guide!

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