Grade requirements for Medicine are high, due to the fact that Medicine is a highly competitive course, with some universities receiving 10 applicants for every place. Most candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, and usually a range of top grades. Therefore, excellent grades are required in order to make you a competitive candidate for a medical application.
All universities except Buckingham University require As and A*s at A-level, so you should expect to receive grades of three As in your A-levels at a minimum. Buckingham University is a private university which requires AAB at A-level, but this is an exception to the norm. Good A-level grades will not be enough to win a place by themselves, but they are an essential step in making you eligible to become a medical student.
The subjects you take at A-level will also be an important factor in determining your eligibility to study Medicine. While many applicants may consider Biology to be the most important subject to take in anticipation of a career as a doctor, it is actually Chemistry that is most often required as a compulsory subject at A-level.
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A medical degree can last five to six years, so picking the right university for you is absolutely crucial to the success of your academic career and medical career going forward.
There are thirty-two medical schools in the UK, all offering very different experiences, environments, and courses. Having a strong sense of what your chosen Medical School will offer you during your degree is vital to the success of your university career.
With a real range of Medical Schools to choose from in the UK, and even more options overseas, it is one of the most difficult early decisions you will need to make.