The Medicine Gap Year programme provides prospective medical students and practitioners with the chance to develop their academic understanding of Medicine through tuition and guided research.

Start dates: January, March and September Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10-12 weeks) Price: £12,995 (£13,995 from September 2017)
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

“Some of our lessons really challenged my theoretical understanding whilst others helped us develop practical skills and made me reflect on the importance of patient care and doctor-patient relationships in the world of health.” (Angela – Medicine Oxford Gap Year)

“ORA’s teaching style is very individual as classes are small, so lessons were more interactive than what I had experienced in school. After I returned home from the course, I was called for interviews for all of my four medical school choices and continued to get support from ORA tutors through Skype for practice.” (Carolina – Medicine Oxford Gap Year)


Whether you are thinking of studying Medicine as an undergraduate degree or as a graduate course, this course is designed to set you on the right path to achieving your ambitions, developing skills and knowledge in fundamental areas of medicine. The course also encourages development in wider skills essential to the successful study and practice of medicine, including patient communication, ethical considerations, conducting a patient examination and other practical skills. Students also receive tuition and support with their BMAT and UKCAT exams.

The Project

As with all of our Oxford Gap Year subjects, the Medicine course focuses on the production of an extended piece of writing that the student must research and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. Typically this consists of a thesis on a specific topic within Medicine, often an area of debate or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis. Possible thesis titles and topics include:

  • Medical Breakthroughs in Times of War
  • The Medicine of the Middle ages: Key Developments
  • Pioneering figures in Medicine: Jenner, Pasteur and Fleming
  • Ethical considerations in Medicine: Cloning, Genetic Modification and Stem Cell Research
  • The Ethics of Animal Testing in Medicine

Other possibilities beyond the production of a thesis include:

  • The production of a beginner’s guide to the study of Medicine in general, the study of a specific area within Medicine, or the practice of Medicine.
  • The production of a series of educational videos outlining medical techniques for beginner medical students.

Topics Covered

Following Orientation Week, tutoring at our International Study Centre begins. This phase introduces the student to some of the fundamental areas of Medicine, covering the following modules:

  • An Introduction to Medicine
  • Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Key Practical Medical Skills

The following topics are also available at an additional cost:

  • Academic writing
  • General English
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Management, leadership and team building
  • UCAS, personal statements and university applications
  • IELTS preparation

Why Take the Medicine Gap Year programme?

Getting into medical school is a highly competitive process; it is not unusual even for the best candidates to be rejected by multiple universities. Much of the advice available on medical school admissions is unreliable and contradictory. Throughout the course, Oxford Royale Academy’s expert tutors can help you get set on the right path to maximise your chances of succeeding and becoming a doctor. The course will enhance your ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern medical practitioners – and will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of medicine. The programme is therefore an ideal opportunity for students on a gap year looking to use a considerable portion of their year to enhance their future possibilities in the field of Medicine.