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The route to a career in medicine is not a 'one size fits all' journey. There are many avenues and options to take in order to achieve the same goal. If you are in need of further information to help you make the right and fully informed choice that suits you, this guide is perfect for just that.

Taking a Gap Year

Twelve months to spend as you wish, doing whatever you want. Some people take gap years deliberately (a deferred entry) before applying and some are forced into a gap year to improve their application portfolio for a retry. Around 2–7% of applicants seek deferred entry every year, giving you a guaranteed medical school place if you are successful in your application...

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Graduate Entry

Graduates who wish to apply to study medicine have the option of applying to standard undergraduate medical degrees, which are typically 5 years long, or graduate entry medicine (GEM) courses, which are 4 years long...

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Widening Access

The Selecting for Excellence report in December 2014 highlighted the issue of widening access into the medical profession to include those from a wider variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds...

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Plan B (if things don't go right)

Applying to medical school is a competitive business, and this means that many candidates are unsuccessful. Indeed, many people who would otherwise have made excellent doctors are rejected every single year – some unfairly so...

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Studying Medicine Abroad

A few students who don’t get into medicine in the UK choose to study abroad. Then, once qualified, they sit entrance exams to allow them to practise in the UK. This is an unusual option but may be a feasible choice for some, especially those who have language skills or an open mind about living and training elsewhere...

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Foundation and Access Courses

Foundation courses (sometimes referred to as Year 0) are carried out prior to a medical degree and are aimed at different populations of students depending on the university. Some courses are for prospective students with non-science backgrounds whereas some are aimed at students who have completed the appropriate science A levels but have not achieved the grades necessary for entry into medical school...

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