Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine

Gaining a place at university to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine is not easy, however, it can be done with the correct attitude, hard work and a real commitment to the discipline  you are applying for.

This means ensuring you attend as many opportunities as possible e.g. open days, residentials and information evenings.  It also means ensuring that you are giving your best in all your subjects in school and attending all Advanced Higher Tutorials that the school offers.  During study periods access appropriate journals and publications (see below) to gain knowledge about the latest research and opinion in different fields of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Here you will find information and resources to guide you through the process.

Role Information

UCAS Information Sessions

  • Friday 9 June 2017, 10:40am in Lab 14
  • Wednesday 14 June 2017, 1pm in Technical 1

School Information Evenings for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine

  • Initial – Tuesday 13 June 2017, 7pm
  • Applications – Monday 4 September 2017, 7pm
  • Interviews – Tuesday 7 November 2017, 7pm

Open Days and Residentials


If you are considering applying for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine then you are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

The UKCAT helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants to medical and dental programmes. It is used in conjunction with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications. The UKCAT is a computer-based test. It does not contain any curriculum or science content but instead focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals.

Who should sit the UKCAT?

A full list of universities / courses that require the UKCAT is available here. Students sit the test during the summer before they submit their UCAS application in October.

Where can candidates sit the test?

The test is delivered via computer in partnership with Pearson VUE at over 150 UK authorised test centres and in around 100 countries worldwide. Candidates are encouraged to register and book early to ensure they get a test slot at their chosen test centre.

Key Dates

Registration & Booking opens Tuesday 2 May 2017
Testing begins Monday 3 July 2017
Registration Closes Tuesday 19 September 2017 – 5pm
Bursary Deadline Tuesday 19 September 2017 – 5pm
Booking/Rescheduling Closes Monday 2 October 2017 – midday
Last Testing Date Tuesday 3 October 2017
UCAS Application Deadline Sunday 15 October 2017

Further Information

We will be offering preparation classes for this, however regular practice at home is essential.

We would also recommend you purchase the following books and working through as many tests as possible:

Resources and Publications

Work Experience

Step Into The NHS

Scottish Universities



Veterinary Medicine


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