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Medical School Preparation Ages 16-18

Cambridge Summer School 2019
Also available in Oxford | St Andrews


A Cambridge Medicine Summer School designed to help students aged 16-18 with their Medical School applications - delivered by ORA's expert medicine faculty. Find out if Medicine is the career for you this summer.

2 weeks | Available July 2019

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's Medicine faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2018
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

The Medical School Preparation course provides an extensive insight into the application processes, courses and careers of the best medical schools in the world, particularly focused on those in the UK. This course will guide students through what they need to know before applying, from a discussion of why medicine could be the course and career for them, to the differences between various medical schools. Top UK universities will be discussed in detail, including St Andrews, London, Oxford and Cambridge.

The experiences provided will ensure an invaluable headstart for an application to study medicine at university, as well as equipping students with fundamental medical knowledge and skills that they can discuss in their personal statement and interviews.

What to expect from Medical School Preparation course

During the course, students will benefit from a mixture of theoretical teaching to boost their medical knowledge, practical instruction in various key medical techniques such as suturing, and assistance in preparing for the medical school applications process. All of these ingredients are vital for a successful medical school application, as universities want to see a rounded approach to the subject that incorporates additional study beyond school as well as insight into the practical realities of what a career in Medicine involves.

The course will be an invaluable head-start for an application to study medicine at university, as well as providing students with relevant experiences that they will be able to discuss in their personal statement and interviews.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have:

  • Understood what studying medicine at university level involves
  • Identified the medical schools to which they would like to apply
  • Learnt how best to prepare for their application, including writing an effective personal statement
  • Identified the characteristics of successful applicants
  • Understood the structure of entrance exams and know how best to prepare for them
  • Understood and prepared for the BMAT exam
  • Learned about the UKCAT test
  • Participated in a mock interview

Take this course if...

Take this course if you want to apply to Medical School and ultimately become a doctor.

If you have only a passing interest in medicine or simply want to learn a little more about it to improve your general knowledge, you would be better off choosing our Broadening Horizons course, which covers Medical Biology among a wide and fascinating selection of other academic subjects.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Medical School Preparation for Ages 16-18 | Cambridge is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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