Entry tests can be taken from summer Y12 – locate and register with a test centre.
September: Finalise choices (taking into account test results if taken) and personal statement for UCAS application for school/college to add reference and predicted grades for submission by 15th October. A maximum of 4 out of your 5 choices can be medicine.
November/December: Check UCAS Track for replies from HE providers and prepare for and attend interviews. Your school or college may provide mock interviews, so it might be worth asking about this.
Add back-up final choice (eg biomedical science) in UCAS Track, if you haven’t already, by 25 Jan deadline and research alternative roles in the NHS as a backup plan.
January – March: find out if offered a place for medicine.
If unsuccessful, research a backup plan – this could be a science degree + postgrad training, alternative healthcare/science career path via apprenticeship/degree apprenticeship or full-time degree, gap year and apply again. NHS Health Careers have some great advice onwhat to do if you don't get into medical school.
Accept firm and insurance offers by reply deadline which is shown in UCAS Track
Apply for student finance from Feb, preferably by end of May, and any scholarships or NHS Bursaries you may be eligible for. You should also check if your medical school or HE provider has any scholarships or bursaries that you can apply for
Research location, course materials, budgets, travel etc and apply for accommodation (usually around May).
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