Last year a record number of people applied to study Medicine.
Here are the top-line numbers:
Increase In Reapplications
There was also an increase in people reapplying to Medicine. 15% of all applications were people re-applying to Medicine, compared with 13% in the previous couple of years. A total of 4,700 people reapplied last year, compared with 3,050 the year before – that’s an extra 1,650 people!
To put it simply, a compelling UCAS application isn’t enough to get you shortlisted for an interview.
Last year, A* grades were at a record high. Specifically, the proportion of students who got A* for key subjects was 29% for chemistry, 36% for physics, and 47% for maths, which far exceeds 2019 performance. Furthermore, there were 300,000 more 7+ GCSE grades last year, compared to in 2019.
If you combine this context with the application data above, it’s easy to see that Medicine is even more competitive than before.
We’ve heard from students who are predicted to do really well in their A-Levels, and got really strong aptitude scores – but didn’t get shortlisted for interviews this year. This all points to the aptitude tests becoming more important – and the need for an even higher score than usual if you’re applying for 2022 entry and beyond.
Your A-Levels are important, and although there’s some uncertainty around the teacher based assessments that will happen this summer, you need to keep studying!
The trick is to learn strategies for each exam, so you’re able to tackle any question that could come up. You can learn these through our UCAT online course now – or book ahead for our live UCAT courses in the summer. We’re working on updating our BMAT courses for later in the year.
If you want to really push your performance and score in the top decile, our UCAT Tutoring and BMAT Tutoring is the best way to prepare. You’ll get one-to-one tuition from an expert tutor, who’s been trained by a Doctor and knows how to ace the test. Plus, you’ll get a progress report so you can see just how well your scores are improving.
Once you know how to tackle the tests, you can then practice the questions. Our UCAT Question Bank emulates the real UCAT environment, so you can get realistic practice and tackle some mocks. We also have a BMAT Question Bank that does the same.
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