I want to work in Medicine

Find out how you can start a career in medicine via graduate entry. Here we list the main steps to becoming a doctor and some alternative careers in that sector.


This route gives graduates the chance to train and qualify as a medical doctor . You need to apply via UCAS. The deadline for applications is the 15 October ( this date was correct at the time of publishing.

The points below highlight the main steps, but the medic portal gives you much more in-depth information that will be needed to complete your application, get through the aptitude testing and past the interviews with the medical schools in order to be offered a place.

  • Currently there are over 40 medical schools that offer graduate entry medicine . You can only select 4 on the UCAS application
  • Each has a different requirement in terms of degree & A level/IB subjects that are required
  • All medical schools will require you to sit one of the following aptitude tests as part of your application; GAMSAT, UCAT or BMAT. You need to check which one is applicable for the schools that you are applying for, check registration dates and dates for taking the tests in line with the year you are interested in studying.
  • You will need to show evidence of work experience with in this field, there are many ways as well as hospital experience that will help demonstrate your understanding of the demands of profession, the values the NHS and show you have the skills and behaviours needed to succeed as a medical practitioner
  • It is important to research the schools and look at how they assess the competencies of potential candidates via the aptitude testing and make sure you do lots of practice tests before had
  • The interview stage
  • Gaining admission to the standard five-year undergraduate courses means you are entitled to receive student loans from Student Finance England for maintenance and tuition fees in the first four years. From year five onwards, tuition fees will be paid by the NHS Student Bursary Scheme and you will be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary to cover maintenance costs and a reduced maintenance loan from Student Finance England. Students will also have access to a non-means tested grant of £1,000 as part of their NHS Bursary award. The arrangements for graduate medical students on a five year course are different. Please use the following portal for information.

Please use the following portal for information - https://www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/graduate-entry-medicine/

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Alternative careers

Physician Associate

Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.

As a physician associate, you might work in a GP surgery or be based in a hospital, but wherever you work, you'll have direct contact with patients.

You’ll be a graduate who has undertaken postgraduate training and you'll work under the supervision of a doctor. You’ll be trained to perform a number of day-to-day tasks including:

  • taking medical histories from patients
  • performing physical examinations
  • diagnosing illnesses
  • seeing patients with long-term chronic conditions
  • performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • analysing test results
  • developing management plans
  • provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients.

Most physician associates currently work in general practice, acute (internal) medicine and emergency medicine.

Allied health professions

Roles in the allied health professions

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