If you did not get the required grades and
have heard that you have not got into medical school this time and
your heart is still set on a career in medicine, you could take a
year out to re-sit your exams. Most universities accept re-takes
but it is strongly advised that you check this as some
may increase their standard offer.
It is also worth reflecting on why you were unsuccessful. You
could also consider other strategies such as undertaking a science
degree at university which will be less competitive to get
onto. On completion of a good science degree it is possible to
enter the Graduate Entry Programme to
medicine and many people do go down this route. By adopting this
approach you are keeping you options open and you may find that you
enjoy your science degree and then progress down a very rewarding
career path using that.
Advice for those re-sitting exams and
- You could combine re-sitting your exams with working in a
part-time job within the healthcare sector, which would help you
improve your work experience in your personal statement for next
- You should reappraise your UCAS application form, especially
your personal statement. The medical school are going to want to
know what you have done in the gap year to make you a stronger,
more attractive candidate.