Getting into medicine is hard. There is fierce competition for spaces with universities only offering 200-250 medicine places each year. Successfully completing medicine is even harder with seven very demanding years of study ahead. Fortunately there are plentiful other opportunities in the health sector. These are easier to access than medicine and still offer fulfilling and well paid careers. If you want to explore other health science options have a look here. There are also options in health support, information here. However, if your heart is still set on being a doctor and you are willing to work hard, here is what you can do.
Ways into Medicine Degrees
- Take a science degree and transfer to medicine.
Several universities offer you the opportunity to transfer to medicine from a science degree. You must still as meet minimum entrance requirements based on your matric results. You also must be one of the top performers in your degree. Stellenbosch University (SU) allows transfers from a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at Stellenbosch at the end of first year. The University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have similar offers. Read more