Preparing Students to Study Medicine at University

At The National Mathematics and Science College, we offer a personalised and bespoke support programme for students preparing medical school applications.

Our students are guided through applications to universities requiring both UKCAT and BMAT as part of the application process. A structured preparation programme for both pre-interview assessments is in place, with personal one-to-one and small group mentoring to guide and support our students in their preparation for these challenging papers.

Our students are fortunate to be mentored by a number of early career medical students and young doctors who have had varied routes into medicine, including gap years, graduate entry medicine (GEM), who offer practical advice, support and guidance to our potential medics. We have forged close links with Warwick Medical school and 3rd year medical students have provided workshops on applications and mock interviews.

 

Our potential medics are supported with work experience placements, which have recently included:

➢ research based placements at UCL Zebrafish laboratory and the National Carter Institute research laboratory

➢ hospital based placements at large NHS hospital trusts

➢ voluntary work, which is essential experience to enhance personal statements

Our aspiring oncologist has written about his placement experiences.

You can read more about the benefits of the work placement from our current student and aspiring oncologist. He shares his NHS work experiences and reflects on how these placements have helped shaped his choice to study medicine at university in our blog.

Our potential medics are encouraged to demonstrate their wider reading and passion for science, giving presentations on recent books they have read, and taking part in national super-curricular competitions, such as the C3L6 Cambridge University chemistry Challenge, where 4 of our 2018 cohort were placed in the top 0.7% in the UK, the RSC Chemistry Olympiad, the British Physics and Biology Olympiads and national and international Mathematics Olympiads and competitions.

Alongside all of this support, each student is assigned a personal tutor for the UCAS (UK university) applications process who supports and guides them with preparation of their personal statements and interview preparation. All of our students receive a minimum of 2 mock interviews with feed-back and advice, including, as an example, interview training from Professor Roy Pounder, former-ly Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London and clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of London, and now an Emeritus Professor of Medicine, of London University who supported our 2018 cohort.

Useful Links:

UKCAT: The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

BMAT: The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) helps you to demonstrate your potential to succeed on medical and health-related courses. It tests your ability to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and written communication skills that are essential to university-level study.

For more general information on studying medicine in the UK, take a look at this video from the British Council.