What would an ideal application look like for a person applying to Oxbridge who wants to study medicine?

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Benjamin Langridge

University and medical school admissions specialist.

Winning an offer to study medicine at Oxford or Cambridge is extremely challenging due to the rigorous academic standards expected and number of students competing for a place at these prestigious institutions. The basic prerequisites are A*,A*,A at A-level, focusing on the hard sciences such as Chemistry, Physics and Maths. You will be expected to have done some work experience to show you know what a career in medicine is like, and you will need to perform well in the national Biomedical Admissions Test. These standards are subject to change year by year however, so you must take a careful look at the admissions prospectus for your year of application. Interestingly many students vastly exceed these standards but are rejected each year, whilst many others will not quite make the grade yet still recieve a place. The reasons for this are extremely nuanced but are predominantly due to the college applied to, interview performance, and features in your application that mark you out as uniquely talented.

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Yahya Abu Seido

UCL 5th Year Medical Student.

Straight A* (or equivalent) in GCSE, and A*A*A predicted I’d say minimum for A-Level. You’d need to have an amazing personal statement, and also a lot of work experience, 2 weeks in hospital and 6 months in a care setting. But all in all, they focus on your academics, your grades, and any extra-curriculars which tie in for your passion in medicine.

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