Medical schools in the UK are generally oversubscribed, which means competition for a place is tough. If you miss out, it is important to consider your options.
Selection for a place comes down to assessments made by a university on whether a potential student possesses attributes that will make a good doctor, as well as a student’s ability and motivation for studying medicine.
Even with all these factors in place, some students leave mid-course and others fail exams for numerous reasons. Just as you, as a candidate, have an important responsibility to ensure you are making the right choice for yourself, a university’s selection panel has a responsibility to make the right decision for their medical school.
Examine your reasons for wanting to study medicine. If you feel any element of doubt, or the initial decision wasn’t all your own, it's worth considering different career options.
Ask your teachers and career advisors for help in figuring out what your options are in higher education based on your grades and subjects studied. There may be a career out there which is just as rewarding and interesting within the medical profession that is the right fit for you and your skills.
Talk to a family member or connect with someone you know who has been to university to get some insight into higher education, the opportunities available once you are there and what your next step could be.
If you are sure that medicine is the career for you, and you decide to reapply to medical school, aim to develop a genuine understanding of why you were not successful in a previous applications.
Don't be afraid to approach the medical schools to which you applied and ask for constructive feedback. Review your personal statement, continue to get work experience to give extra support to your application and look at alternative medical schools to the ones you originally applied to.
Try talking to students who have re-applied and been successful for tips on what they did to get in and ask a doctor or medical student to be your mentor, which could be invaluable for your application the second time around.