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Medical School Preparation Ages 16-18

St Andrews Summer School 2019
Also in Cambridge | Oxford

A medical summer course residential in the University of St Andrews designed to help students aged 16-18 with their Medical School applications, exploring a range of medical theory and practice, as well as providing guidance for the applications process to top UK universities.

2 weeks | Available July 2019

  • Live, dine and study in the historic University of St Andrews
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's Medicine faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - make new international friends
  • 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 St Andrews - your home this summer

A view of small shops on a cobbled market street in St Andrews

Situated in the picturesque small town of St Andrews on Scotland’s east coast, the University of St Andrews is a short coach ride from Edinburgh and all its historic attractions, dining experiences and diverse shopping.

Students are accommodated in superior ensuite bedrooms, which are used by undergraduates during the university term. Famous alumni of the University of St Andrews include William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Students on the St Andrews summer school will experience life in a top UK university town whilst fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our St Andrews Summer School has to offer.

The entrance to the St Andrews University quad
The skyline of St Andrews town
Students meandering on the grass in front of St Andrews university

Useful information for students & parents


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 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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(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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