A career in medicine for international students

17 October 2017
Two students in a laboratory at school

Reasons to study Medicine

Medicine is a degree that combines the practical with the theoretical. As well as preparing students to become doctors, scientists, psychiatrists and more, studying Medicine will teach you many other transferable skills.

Getting a place in medical school is a hugely competitive process. Each year over 80,000 students apply for only 7,424 places.

Requirements to study Medicine in the UK

To study Medicine at a UK university, you will usually need to achieve A grades in each of your A Levels. Some popular subjects for medical students include:

You can also choose to study a Science Foundation, where you study different science related modules rather than separate subject classes.

As well as academic skills, to study Medicine in the UK you will also need to have:

  • An overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 (although some universities will only accept 7.5)
  • Work or volunteering experience in hospitals, care homes and hospices
  • Taken either the BMAT or the UKCAT exams

The UKCAT does not contain any science questions and is focussed on testing your attitude and mental ability. You can take the test between 1 July and 5 October in the year you apply to medical school. The BMAT is the more subject specific of the two tests. Every student will take this test on the same day, in the first week of November.

At Bellerbys, you will be entered in both of these exams. This ensures you have the most preparation possible and have the option to apply to the medical school of your choice.

Medical school preparation with Bellerbys

As medical schools look for a lot more than grades when accepting students, it is important to continue learning outside of the classroom. Our Brighton college is home to our Elite Medics programme, where you get first-hand experience at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. This medical preparation involves a wide range of specialist enrichment activities alongside your A Level programme. These activities allow you to gain practical knowledge building on what you learn in class. As well as enrichment activities, Elite Medics get the unique experience of attending medical school classes, helping you to prepare for your future.

It is also possible to attend medical school after studying a Foundation programme. Our Brighton College also offers the Science and Pharmacy Foundation.

How long is medical school in the UK?

Studying Medicine in the UK can involve more than ten years of training. You should expect:

  • Two years of Science-related A Levels or one year of a Science and Pharmacy Foundation programme
  • 5 years of undergraduate study
  • 2 years of a postgraduate foundation course
  • 3-8 years of specialist training in your chosen area

Where to study Medicine

Our students go on to study Medicine in some of the best universities in the UK and Ireland, including:

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Imperial College London
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Manchester
  • Plymouth University
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 

Study at Bellerbys to begin your career in medicine. Find out more about studying in Brighton today.