Medicine – Update

In the UK, medical schools want you to have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology and have good results in these subjects – preferably externally assessed.

You MUST have work experience in the caring professions, but for Oxbridge more than this is needed – perhaps medical research at a university.  A gap year may well be needed.

There are lots of places in Europe to study Medicine (for example the Netherlands), but understand that after the 1st 3 years in English, the tuition switches to the language of the country!

Medicine in Europe and the Middle East, Taught in English

A colleague from a Swiss international school has been researching the availability of Medicine  – here are her findings.

Entrance tests can be quite difficult.  Fluency in the country’s language will be required sooner or later to treat the locals!  Although practical work can be possibly done elsewhere.

Charles University, Prague – 5 months in English pre-med course.  Can practise in the EU.

Royal College Surgeons Bahrain – link to Ireland.

In the Netherlands:

In Italy:

In Spain:

In Poland:

In Bulgaria:

In Ireland:

In Czech Republic:

In Hungary:

In Romania:

UK University Costs – Medicine & Other

Medicine tuition fees for international students can be as high as £30,000 tuition per year (Cambridge).

The average seems to be between 20 and 30k.

Other international course fees seem to fall within the 10k to 20k region.

Case Study – Applying for an Early Entry Course

Earl Entry means that the UK deadline for applications is 15th October rather than 15th January of the following year.  Anyone applying to Oxbridge or for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science needs to be particularly good as regards organisation!

One such 1ère student is currently preparing to apply for Medicine.  She and her mother are in constant email contact with me, asking questions, checking possibilities and so on.

Both parent and child attended the recent information evening.  They are familiar with the Florimont blog d’orientation.  They already have a short list of 5 medical schools in the UK.

Today the student and I met for 15 to 20 minutes.  The student showed me a file full of information about the medical schools she is going to apply to.

We looked at the Norwich Medical School website, and I showed her how to copy and paste entry requirements (see below) and course profile information (see below) into a Word document.  She will do this for each medical school and email me the document by an agreed deadline. (1st Monday after the holidays).  She is also going to check IELTS test dates and preparation days using to find when these are.  I advised her to talk to current Terminale students who have already taken and passed IELTS to see where and how they prepared and passed the examination.

The student (as if this wasn’t enough to do!) will also create a Google Calendar and put on it the following information –

  1. Open days for the 5 Medical Schools
  2. Florimont examination dates
  3. IELTS preparation days & test dates
  4. The 3 hospital & medical « stages » she is going to do in the summer holidays.

She will then « share » this calendar with her mother and myself so we are aware of potential clashes, and what needs to be done when.

As you can see, lots of work is involved.  As usual, those who prepare and plan well in advance give themselves an advantage, and this is particularly important when applying to a very competitive course!


  • A LevelAAA to include Biology (Excl. Gen. Studies & Crit. Thinking) plus AS level grade B in a 4th subject
  • International Baccalaureate34 points to include a minimum of 6 in HL Biology plus 6 in two other HL subjects
  • Scottish Advanced HighersAAA to include Biology plus a minimum of grade B in a fourth standard Highers subject
  • Irish Leaving CertificateAAAAAA in Higher subjects one of which must be Biology
  • Access CourseContact the Admissions Office for a list of accepted courses and grade requirements.
Students for whom English is a foreign language
For entry to the Medical degree for overseas/international students we require evidence of a high level English language qualification such as IELTS 7.5, with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or an equivalent TOEFL score.
Special Entry Requirements
For this Medicine degree, ALL applicants (including graduates and mature students) need to take the UK-CAT Medical Admissions Test prior to submitting their application: see for full details.
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Essential Study (150 credits)
Students will select 150 credits from the following module(s).
Name Code Credits Period
Fitness to Practice – Year 1
MED-1FPY 1 Year Period
Integrative Period Year 1
MED-1B02 30 Semester 2
MED-1A02 60 Semester 2
The Human Lifecycle – A Holistic Approach
You will be introduced to a broad range of skills: topics include the human life-course, biological and behavioural sciences, consultation skills, and research methods. The science and behavioural science material will often relate to your week’s PBL case.more…
MED-1AL1 60 Semester 1