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Parents’ Guide: Reapplying To Medical School

If your child has been rejected from medical school, this is where they’ll most need your support and guidance. This page will detail the ways you can help them to consider their options and re-apply to medical school.

How can I help my child if they’ve been rejected from medical school?

Although there are a range of practical options you can help them with (such as registering to re-take their A-Levels, or seeking out further work experience), one of the most important things to remember is that results day will be incredibly difficult for them, so the best thing you can do is give them emotional support.


Give them your support

Receiving rejections from medical school will be very tough on your child, so they’ll need your support. Remind them that the Medicine application process is incredibly competitive and it doesn’t mean that they cannot become a doctor, or that they’re not skilled enough. Assure them that many aspiring medical students find themselves in this situation and they take a year out and re-apply successfully the following year. Remind them that a year out, while not what they originally hoped for, is a great chance to strengthen their application, to get better grades and gain a wider range of work experience.

Talk through their A-Level options

If your child didn’t achieve their predicted A-Level grades, there are several options. If the grade boundaries are very close, could the papers be remarked? Would they consider revising and re-sitting the exam the following year? Many aspiring medical students choose this option, spending their gap year revising for their exams. You could encourage your child to speak to their A-Level teachers of the relevant subjects to discuss what they feel would best suit them – they’ll be available at the school on results day and will be happy to help.

Help them ask for interview feedback

If they were called to interview, encourage your child to contact the medical schools to ask for interview feedback. This may be difficult at first, but will be incredibly helpful to make a list of feedback to pinpoint how they can strengthen their new application. For example, maybe they didn’t have enough high quality work experience, or perhaps they didn’t seem confident answering Ethics questions. If they’re looking to perform better at an interview, it may also be a good idea to consider Interview Courses or Interview Tutoring to help them work on their weakest areas to strengthen their new application.

Support them throughout the year

Their gap year will likely be quite difficult for them if they’re spending it revising or on different work placements (or both!). Make sure you’re there to help them in any way you can – whether that’s helping them with their exam revision throughout the year, helping them to search for work experience, or assisting them with their interview technique. For tips on how best to help with these, see our Parent’s Guide: Work Experience or Parent’s Guide: Medicine Interview. When it comes to re-applying through UCAS, you may find it useful to point them towards our page on Reapplying To Medical School, which includes a list of all the medical schools accepting re-applications, and how to re-apply.

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