Why you Should Consider UCL Medical School
UCL Medical School is one of the top medical schools in the UK. With an exciting course and offering the opportunity to live in the UK’s most dynamic city. Here, you’ll get all the details you need about what this course has to offer!
What should I know about UCL Medical School?
UCL Medical School was founded in 1834. It is part of the School of Life and Medical Sciences, one of UCL’s four schools which preside over their many faculties and departments. In University rankings, it is ranked 10th internationally, according to the QS World University Rankings, and 8th in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. This indicates how strong its reputation is and the quality of its research.
Although remember to look into the quality of undergraduate teaching, student satisfaction, and other details to ensure that it performs well on the metrics which are important to you.
Like all universities offering Medicine, UCL Medical School has stringent academic requirements.
-For school-leaver entry, they require A*AA at A-Level (AAB contextual offer) or 39 points for the International Baccalaureate (36 contextual offer).
-Biology and Chemistry are compulsory for both A-Level and IB candidates; for the IB, they require a 6 in these subjects and no mark below a 5. All of these exams must have been sat in the same year, without resitting either year of sixth form.
-They also have particular GCSE requirements, most importantly a Grade B (or 6) in English Language and Mathematics, and a Grade C (or 5) in a Modern Foreign Language. If you do not have a language, you can still be accepted, but you have to sit an additional language course during your first year.
-The minimum grade accepted for graduate entry is a 2:1 in your first degree.
-Very few international qualifications are accepted for entry to Medicine. If you are applying internationally, the foreign language GCSE requirement is waived, but you will need to provide proof of competence in English if you are applying from a country where English is not generally the first language.
It is worth knowing that they do take extracurricular activities into account as part of your application, unlike some other universities you may be considering, such as Oxford and Cambridge. UCL is notorious for placing emphasis on this aspect of your application, so if you have some unusual or impressive extracurricular activities then this could help you stand out!
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In terms of the BMAT, UCL Medical School requires a strong performance, but they take a holistic approach to their applicants. They do not use a cut-off, and they decide who to interview based on the overall application. The BMAT is considered along with the GCSE scores, so a stronger performance in one can make up for a weaker performance in the other.
Similarly, the BMAT score is considered as a whole, rather than by section, so it will reward a good all-round performance as well as people who struggle in one section but shine in another.
Teaching and course structure
The course at UCL Medical School is six years: three years gaining your BSc, and the next three years obtaining your MBBS, which qualifies you to practice in the UK as a doctor. There are also a few places available to complete a Ph.D. later on in your studies. These places are highly competitive, and selection occurs during your fourth year. The course takes five years as a graduate student; if you already have a degree then you will skip year three.
This has a traditional course structure, with a lot of teaching being delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab work. The workload is heavy, and you will often have high teaching hours and long days with work distributed across three campuses. This is part of what makes the course so competitive and the doctors who complete it so highly sought-after!
If you want to study at a course offering some challenging but exciting and rigorous years of study, then UCL is a fantastic choice.
Lifestyle: The finances and London as a place to live
London is undoubtedly an exciting place to study, and UCL Medical School offers you the chance to study there for six years. If you’re looking for a fast-paced lifestyle and an endless variety of things to do, then London could be your calling. London is the city with the highest retention of graduates who moved there to study (76.9%), and this is down to one very good reason… for many people, once they get a taste of London, they just don’t want to leave!
However, remember that this comes at a cost; London is the most expensive place to live in the UK, even for students. Although student accommodation may be affordable, you will eventually need to brave the private rental market.
You are also likely to spend significantly more on transport than students at other universities where everything is accessible on foot or by bike. UCL has a bursary scheme for students whose household income is below around £42,000, and other financial options are offered but this support may not cover your expenses and you should consider the cost of living in London very seriously.
As a medic, you will not always have the holidays completely free to earn money, especially in later years of study, so you need to ensure that you have the financial resources necessary to live in London.
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