The Medicine Gap Year Course 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 weeks) Price: £13,995
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

*Availability subject to a minimum of 4 students enrolling per term


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. Students have the opportunity to discuss new and cutting-edge ideas in the field which they might not otherwise encounter. They also develop a thoughtful and creative approach to thinking about medical problems and contemporary issues.
The Medicine Gap Year Course helps students develop wider skills essential to the successful study and practice of medicine, including patient communication, ethical considerations, conducting a patient examination and other practical skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, students:

  • Understand the basic principles underpinning the key systems of the human body and how they relate to disease;
  • Know about the NHS system in Britain, its potential and limitations;
  • Understand the future developments that could change the field of medicine
  • Have received support with their BMAT and UKCAT examinations.

“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 Course, Gap Year Programme)


Topics Covered

Core classes introduce the student to some of the fundamental areas of Medicine. Modules may include:

  • An Introduction to Medicine
  • Medical Biology
  • Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Key Practical Medical Skills
  • Neuroscience
  • International Medical Research and Practice

The Extended Project

The Extended Project typically 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.

Recent topics have included:

  • 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
  • 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.

Why Take the Medicine Gap Year Course?

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 Medicine Gap Year Course 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.

“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 Course, Gap Year Programme)

Register Your Interest

Gap Year Programme interest form
  • Please specify your course(s) of interest