Thursday 20 June 2019

How to Study Medicine at University

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The NHS has been a big part of our families lives. Caring for my sister and her premature twins, our fertility treatment and Mum's cancer treatments have all shaped and changed our family. Throw in fixing of breaks and sprains, hip and knee replacements, and our family has definitely had our share of NHS care and treatments!

Cuddly bear wearing a surgical mask and stethoscope

What if you or your child decide to study medicine?

Nowadays, medicine is quite a broad term, referring to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of different diseases. It’s a great subject to study at university because it opens up a variety of doors in terms of different career pathways. What’s more, medical students have the chance to experience hospital work first hand and learn a whole host of different transferrable skills. Many companies offer superb graduate schemes, including the NHS. Medicine, however, is one of the most competitive courses in the country so it’s important that students know what they’re getting themselves in for.

There are many students across the UK that would make fantastic doctors, but the lack the knowledge or encouragement when it comes to applying. Most medicine courses are five or six years long and there will most likely be some form of admissions test as part of their entry requirements. For mature students or those who do not have A Levels, there are access courses available to help you get onto the university course.

Different universities will require different grades, but more often than not students will be expected to have top marks for this particular course. Many colleges and sixth forms offer a medical programme and an A Level in Biology is usually crucial. It’s important for students and their parents to do their research before making such big decisions about education and future careers. In other words, if your son or daughter wants to study medicine at the University of East Anglia, which requires AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A Level, then those are the subjects that should be chosen.

Generally speaking, gaining a place at university to study medicine requires exhaustive groundwork, expert advice and supervision. With that said, students must be fully prepared when deciding this as their future and should talk to their tutors for more information.

As long as there's people, we will always need our medicine and our doctors, nurses, surgeons and midwives.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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