Careers Service

Choosing a Course

Choosing a Course

Find out the difference between accelerated/graduate entry and undergraduate degrees, and what to consider when choosing a course.

Applicants may list a maximum of four choices of medicine course (A100, A101, A102, A103, A104, A105 and A106). Applicants may use their one remaining choice to select a non-medicine programme, should they wish to do so. There is no order of preference. For more details see UCAS.

Accelerated/graduate entry and undergraduate entry

The accelerated/graduate entry course is, as the name implies, aimed at graduates and is more demanding. It is usually four years long with the equivalent of the first two years of a five-year undergraduate course compressed into one year. This means longer hours and shorter holidays.

Funding for the programmes varies, as there is more financial support for the accelerated/graduate entry course.

We usually recommend applying to at least one undergraduate course, as the accelerated/graduate entry course is so competitive. However, this really depends on your own requirements.

Learning styles

When you are choosing your course you should also consider learning styles (eg. problem-based learning, integrated, or traditional). You should also consider entry requirements and quality of life.

You’ll probably be living in or around the city for at least four years. Weigh up your options carefully. Our careers consultants can discuss your options with you.

Advice from the Careers Service

Applying to medical school is a lengthy and complicated process. It's likely you'll have a few questions along the way.

If you need help deciding if medicine is for you, or if you would like feedback on your application, talk to us

Further information

For more information on choosing a course, check the NHS Health Careers site for Medical school courses. 

For further information about the graduate/accelerated entry medical degree, read the TARGETjobs's page 'No medical degree – no problem'.

Studying medicine abroad

There are many medical schools around the world that specialise in teaching international students. Many of these universities' graduates are working in the UK healthcare sector although often they may have considerable experience abroad in addition to their studies.

There are a lot of factors to consider if you are thinking of studying medicine overseas, including the cost of study, entry requirements, languages you speak, and whether your medical degree will be recognised in the UK. (This is a highly important consideration when choosing to study medicine abroad if you want to work in the UK afterwards).

We advise you to check with General Medical Council about the recognition of any non-UK university’s medicine qualifications. Their website also has information on overseas qualifications that they will accept.

Study abroad advice

You can use the Study Abroad resources on our website to look for courses overseas and find out more general information about studying abroad. Some of these sites focus on postgraduate study but most cover undergraduate courses too.

More information

If you’re thinking of studying medicine abroad, you can book a guidance appointment via MyCareer, or come to King’s Gate during our drop-in hours. Our careers consultants can help you with exploring your options or planning your career.