There are a few different reasons why a university’s decision about your application may be delayed, including:
First things first: look after yourself. Less than 16% of Medicine/dentistry applications result in an offer.
You have done your best, many applicants are experiencing the same thing as you and this isn’t the end of your medical career if you don’t want it to be!
If you have received a rejection, there are multiple possible pathways for you to consider:
You can study your 5th choice subject (or a different life science) and apply to Medicine as a graduate afterwards. This course is shorter but has extra financial considerations.
If you anticipate achieving AAA in your A Levels then you may choose to take a gap year and reapply to medical school in October. If you choose this option, it is important to focus on the elements of your application that need improving this time around.
Another option is to consider studying Medicine abroad. There are reputable medical schools in other countries that offer programs taught in English. However, it’s important to thoroughly research and ensure that the qualifications obtained from these schools are recognized in the UK if the intention is to practice Medicine here.
For some people, the idea of reapplying to Medicine at any stage isn’t appealing. You may choose to do a different healthcare course (e.g. physiotherapy, radiography, etc) or to change paths altogether. Many courses will accept applications through UCAS extra, so you may not have to wait until results day to obtain a place on a different course.
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