Medical, Veterinary and Dental Tuition

Every year we see a small number of students who want to go to college or university to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry. We are proud to say that such students rarely, if ever fail to get the A-level grades required. Nonetheless, we do urge students to contact us as early on in the A-level course as possible. Often, enough damage is done in the very first term, so that after that the student is always trying to catch up to get a reasonable grade.

We are not sure to what extent GCSE results are also taken into account in applications to study the subjects but we suspect that if one candidate has good GCSE results and another poor, they would be given preference. It seems absolutely clear that the highest possible A-level grades are needed to study these subjects. However, some vocational experience is probably just as important. We do not know the exact figures but possibly one in one hundred applicants are admitted. Science is of course essential and in particular Chemistry. Surprisingly less emphasis is placed on Biology than Chemistry.

Mathematics is now expected by some colleges and universities. However, when we remember that medicine uses drugs, their chemical basis needs to be clearly understood and dosages must be calculated accurately. Mathematics is very important in Physiology.

Dr. Dawe has firsthand experience of studying medicine at University College London. Dental students take part of the same preclinical course. Because the odds of being offered a place are quite low it's worth having an alternative plan, such as becoming a Pharmacist or studying Medical Science. Most colleges and universities take a quota of graduate students. Even if a student is unable to obtain a place directly after A-level, they may have a second chance a few years later.

 




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