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What is a pre-medical year?

What is a pre-medical year?Do you want to study medicine?
Were your A-levels good but not in science subjects? Or are you worried that you are the first in your family to go to university?
If so, a pre-medical year might be just the thing for you.

It is available to medical school applicants who might not have studied the right subjects for immediate entry onto a medical course, such as chemistry or biology.

The courses also allow access to medical careers for students from particular areas of the country or less advantaged social backgrounds.

The course normally lasts about 30 weeks and covers chemistry, biology and physics. On completing the course you are then able to enter the standard five-year medical course.

The pre-medical year is also known as a foundation year (not to be confused with foundation training which doctors do after their medical degree).

Check the Med Schools Online website for information on which universities offer a foundation year.

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