This page lists our top tips for teachers to support your students throughout the Medical School application process – from learning the medical school application timeline to supporting students to choose the right medical school for them.
Learn the Medical School application timeline
In summary, the Medical School application timeline looks like this:
Students may ask for your support or advice on the requirements for studying Medicine in the UK. You may find it useful to point students to our page on ‘What A-Levels do you need to become a doctor?‘ when advising them on their A-Level subject choices, for example.
You could also help them to strengthen their application by starting or improving your school’s medical society. Read our Teachers’ Guide: Medical Societies for more information on how this can help students develop skills for their Personal Statements and their Medicine interviews.
Learn the UCAS application process
You’ll need to know the UCAS process back to front, including all the deadlines. You can learn more about UCAS on the dedicated section of the Application Guide. This includes details for international students and disabled students.
In addition, we have provided information on the financial side of going to Medical School. It is an expensive undertaking so it is important that you make your students aware of loans, grants and bursaries available to them.
Help them choose the right Medical School
Medical school choices are key to a successful application, so you should spend time discussing that with your students. As well as thinking about the type of course (traditional, PBL and so on), you should encourage them to consider entry requirements, location, relative competitiveness and any potential scholarships available.
There are 34 different Medical Schools in the UK. You should know a bit about each one. To get a bite-sized overview and the thoughts of students who go there, read our School-by-School guide.
Students may be better matched to some medical schools than others (depending upon GCSE grades or UCAT score) so it’s important to encourage them to research different universities to find the one that best suits them. They could create their own spreadsheet to help them identify a shortlist of open days they would like to attend.