Pre-clinical medicine: Do I need work or volunteering experience?
Our tutors select students using the selection criteria. All applicants are free to make reference to skills or experience acquired in any context to date when trying to address our selection criteria: sometimes applicants refer to voluntary work and other extra-curricular activity, but many forms of evidence can help demonstrate to tutors that an applicant has tried to make an informed decision regarding his/her own suitability to study Medicine.
While some work experience in hospitals is theoretically desirable, we do appreciate that it can be very difficult to arrange and we therefore have no requirement for it. Any form of voluntary work would be beneficial in the context of applying for Medicine (such as helping out in a hospital, at an old people's home, St John's Ambulance, or work with a charity or overseas agency).
The Medical Schools Council has issued a helpful document with guidance on gaining relevant experience to study Medicine when it is difficult to find volunteering or work opportunities. You can also attend the 'virtual work experience module' offered by Brighton and Sussex Medical School.