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A medical summer course designed to help students aged 16-18 with their Medical School applications, with a particular focus on Oxford and Cambridge, residential in Oxford, Cambridge or London.
ORA also offers an Introduction to Medicine course for students aged 13-15.
This course is designed for students who are considering applying to British medical schools, who might like to know more about the different courses available and the specific application processes, and who would like to receive some personalised advice on how to start writing their personal statements.
This course will advise students on medical school application best practices, demystifying the process and addressing any concerns they may have. It will guide students through what they need to know before applying, from a discussion of why Medicine might be the course and career for them to the differences between various medical schools and their application processes, with a focus on Oxford and Cambridge.
Core Topics Covered
The course guides students through their decision to study medicine. Students are asked to consider how their personal experience of education to date might be useful in their future medical school applications. Students are provided with tips on how to work on certain areas of their experience in order to prepare for medical school. This is to ensure that studying medicine is compatible with the students’ skills, strengths, chosen high school subjects and career aspirations.
Each and every course differs in structure, teaching methods, hospital training, intercalated degree, location and reputation, amongst other things. The course provides students with a comparative analysis of UK medical schools to help them carefully tailor their application to their chosen school and its particular entry requirements and application procedures.
The course highlights the aspects in which medicine courses at Oxford and Cambridge are different from other medical schools as well as how the application process and requirements differ from other universities. The requirements and rationale of medical degree admissions interviews will also be explained.
With so many well-qualified students applying, a well-written personal statement is necessary to stand out from the crowd. Students work closely with their teacher and will have a first or second draft of their statement ready by the time they leave ORA. Previous students have identified the assistance with the personal statement as one of the best aspects of the programme.
Students learn why it is important to take the test, and what actually gets “tested” in the exam. In class students discuss the answers to sample BMAT/UKCAT questions. Students practise critical thinking and analysis as well as reasoned argument, which is useful for both the aptitude sections and their interviews.
Students whose paper application is successful will almost certainly be called to interview. During the course, students participate in mock interviews to prepare them for this, during which they practise good communication and presentation skills and learn useful tips on how to approach potential questions.
A particular highlight of the course is the opportunity that students have to gain practical “hands-on” experience in a Medical Skills laboratory. These sessions allow students to practise using medical equipment and performing medical procedures, from using a stethoscope, testing sensation and examining the eyes to blood-taking and cannulation.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
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Why Choose this Course?
The Medical School Preparation summer course is geared towards students aged between sixteen and eighteen who want to apply to medical school and ultimately become a doctor. If you’ve set your sights on studying medicine, the Medical School preparation summer programme helps you prepare a strong application for this incredibly competitive and challenging university course, as well as introducing you to how medicine is taught at various UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. If you’ve not yet decided where you want to apply, this programme will help you make the right decision.
What’s more, the course introduces you to what it’s like to study medicine and pursue a career in this field, and it should help you confirm to yourself that medicine is definitely what you want to study. edical school is a very specific university choice, and as such, this course is only really suitable for those who already know that this is what they want to study. 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.
To be successful in applying to medical school and ultimately forging a career in medicine, you’ll need to put in some groundwork before you submit your application, and Medical School Preparation course helps you do just that. The course will be an invaluable headstart for your application to study medicine at university, as well as providing you with relevant experiences that you will be able to discuss in your personal statement and interviews. Some of the aspects of the course that will help you prepare a strong application, and set you on the right path for achieving your ultimate goal of becoming a doctor, are outlined below.
Preparing for your BMAT exam
The BMAT exam – also known as the BioMedical Admissions Test – is a crucial part of your application to medical school, but if you’ve never seen or done one before, the style of questions can be confusing. The last thing you want is for your dreams of a career in medicine to be cut short at the entrance exam stage, so diligent preparation is key. During your time at Oxford Royale Academy, we’ll familiarise you with what to expect during the exam, and give you plenty of opportunity for practising the test under exam conditions. This thoroughly prepares you for the real thing, boosting your confidence and giving you a headstart over your fellow applicants. We can also explain how the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) works and how you can prepare for it.
Writing your medical school personal statement
It’s common for prospective medical school students to come to us with very little idea of what to write in their personal statement, which many see as the most daunting aspect of completing the UCAS form. What’s more, with so many exceptionally well-qualified students applying to study medicine, it can be difficult to know how to make your personal statement stand out from the crowd. That’s why we’ve worked lots of personal statement guidance into our Medical School Preparation programme. As well as learning more about what medical schools are looking for in your personal statement, you can get personalised advice on how to write your personal statement and actual practice at writing a first draft. You can then take this away with you to refine further when you get home and go back to school.
Preparing for medical school interviews
The entrance exam and personal statement aren’t the only significant hurdles you’ll need to overcome in applying for medical school. You’ll also have interviews to contend with, and this can be a nerve-wracking experience. At Oxford Royale Academy, we’ll teach you different interview techniques and give you the opportunity to sit mock interviews. These are designed to give you experience of likely question styles, as well as highlighting areas for improvement in your answers, which gives you the chance to work through any problems long before you get to the real thing.
Getting a feel for what it’s like to be a medical student
The aspect of the Medical School Preparation course that our students tell us they most enjoy is the practical workshops, which teach you how to perform basic medical procedures, such as blood tests and how to use a stethoscope. These enjoyable but informative workshops introduce you to the kind of tasks you’ll learn when you’re a medical school student, as well as giving you a flavour of the jobs you’ll one day do when you’re a fully fledged doctor. What’s more, you’ll spend some time considering, in debate with your fellow students, the ethical problems that can arise when studying or practising medicine. You’ll find that this is all excellent background experience to fall back on, as well as being interesting and relevant material to cover in your personal statement and medical school interviews.
Medicine is an extremely competitive course, and only the most gifted of candidates will be successful in their applications. This means that you’ll need to do everything you can to catch the eye of the medical school admissions tutors and show them that you have what it takes to succeed on this challenging course. In choosing to join Oxford Royale Academy’s Medical School Preparation course, you’re taking a powerful step towards achieving your ambitions. If you’re applying for medical school within the next academic year or two, this is the time to devote a couple of weeks of your summer holiday to studying this valuable medicine preparation course.
Teaching Faculty & College Life
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer!
Oxford Royale Academy courses run in some of the UK's most prestigious universities and public schools, giving students the chance to experience life in these historic institutions. Looked after by our dedicated and friendly team of pastoral staff, students experience a thrilling extra-curricular programme and all that a summer with Oxford Royale Academy has to offer.
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