Some students prefer to secure a place at university for a year ahead, allowing them to "take a year out" before entering medical school to start their studies. Perhaps they feel they are too young to attend university immediately after leaving school, or wish to undertake projects abroad with a voluntary organisation. Others, including mature or graduate candidates, work to raise finance to support themselves through university. All of these reasons are valid.
However, deferred entry will not be granted to applicants whose current courses of study will not be complete at the start of the 'deferred' year. This includes school students from Year 5 who intend returning to school to complete Year 6, as well as those part way through an undergraduate degree programme.
We expect applicants to have a clear plan of activity for the year, preferably involving work of a caring nature. Admissions Selectors will certainly look favourably upon applications which include as much relevant experience in healthcare as possible.
The decision to apply for deferred entry should be noted on the UCAS form at the time of application. A request to defer once an offer of a place has been given for the current admissions cycle cannot normally be considered.