Pre-University education in the UK lasts for 13 years, the last 2 of which are specialized training in the University A-levels. The results of these two years, the graduates take exams called A-Levels, or equivalent. As with applying for any other jobs when applying to medical universities in the UK, the Certificate of complete secondary education is not enough. There are various ways to "get" the missing years of schooling. This can be done in the UK (A-levels, International Baccalaureate, International Foundation) and your country (International Baccalaureate).
Requirements of various universities for admission to medical programs varies, but as a rule, the programmes of A-levels and International Baccalaureate, you will need to study chemistry and biology. In addition, you will have to pass an entrance exam for medicine, Biomedical Admissions Test, BMAT or UK Clinical Aptitude Test, UCKAT.
International Foundation is a training course to enroll in British universities, designed specifically for foreign students. As the second degree of higher medical education in great Britain is also called the Foundation, it is important not to confuse terminology. Feature of medical faculties is that they do not recognize the results of the preparatory International Foundation courses from other universities or colleges. While specialized training programs for foreigners in medical schools very little. Among them – preparation program at the University of St Andrews, University College London, the College of St George's, University of London and the International Foundation programme, Cardiff University.
Entry requirements for International Foundation programme for medicine is very high because of the demand and prestige of the programs. Important when you receive not only excellent grades in the certificate, but the high quality motivation letters and recommendations.
All UK universities are on the website of the Service of admission to universities and colleges (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS). The procedure of applying for medical courses is 15 October preceding the start of the study year, i.e. three months earlier than for other courses.