Work Experience and Gap Year
Obtaining work experience in a medical setting is not necessary to study medicine but it is expected that candidates will have a realistic understanding of what a career in medicine entails and be aware of current issues facing the medical profession. A commitment to caring for others is also expected, which can be demonstrated through voluntary or paid work in a community setting. Any commitment to work experience or similar is expected to last beyond the offer-making stage of the admissions process.
If you wish to take a gap year, we strongly encourage you to spend the majority of your year out in a manner which will be of educational benefit to you. Gaining work experience or becoming involved in a voluntary project relating to care or community work may be useful in developing skills.