- Learn how universities select their candidates so that you can apply to the correct places for you!
- How to write a killer personal statement
- Scientifically proven revision techniques and how to cope during exam season
- Work experience: how to get it and how to make the most out of it!
- Admission tests: what they are and how to score highly on them
- Learn how to ace traditional interviews and find out what the MMIs are
- Extra things you can do to make your application stand out
Plus FREE personal statement analysis (usually £49) for everyone who attends!
Take a look through our full programme below
Choosing your medical school
Choosing your medical school may seem like a simple step but given that there are over 30 medical schools and you only have 4 options it can be very hard to narrow down. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as choosing the university that has the nicest campus (although it is important to like the place you’re going to be living for the next 6 years). You need to consider the course structure, what entrance exams they require, and most importantly how they use this information to select their applicants.
Many students end up wasting applications on universities because they haven’t taken the time to look at that particular medical school’s selection process. We will talk you through how to select which med schools you apply to so that you have the highest chance of getting a place.
Writing your personal statement
Your personal statement is your one and only chance to persuade the medical schools to bring you to interview. They will know your grades and admissions test results but this will be your first chance to sell yourself as a person to the university so it needs to be good! You will only have 4000 characters (roughly 500 words) to showcase your life and your qualities, which is no easy task and many students don’t fully grasp the opportunity to communicate directly with the universities they want to study at.
What should you say? How should you structure it? What information should you include?
There are so many pitfalls and missed opportunities that can potentially trip up a candidate when writing their personal statement. We will explain what the medical schools are looking for and how best to showcase it to them in your statement, as well as how to stand out to a single institution without alienating the rest.
Work experience is key to applying to medicine and every single university will want you to have some. Not only does it show your commitment to the course and give you valuable insights into what it is like to be a doctor, it also helps cement in your mind that medicine is the right career for you. There are various different types of work experience that you can carry out including shadowing doctors for a few weeks or volunteering at a hospice once a week for several months.
Many applicants carry out fantastic amounts of quality work experience but find that they don’t receive offers because they haven’t reflected properly on their experience, which is what the universities want to see! We can show you exactly how to do this so that you can make the most of your hard earned work experience and stand out to all the universities that you apply to.
Getting the Grades
You can do fantastic amounts of work experience and ace the UCAT, but you still need good A Level grades for universities to consider you. Many students find revision hard and keeping up with several subjects can be overwhelming on top of work experience and extra curricular activities.
We can talk you through scientifically proven revision techniques that studies have shown to improve grades by as much as 30% in some cases! Given that nerves during exam season can impact your results severely, we can give you advice that can keep those anxieties at bay and ensure that you get the best grades possible on your exams.
Acing the UCAT and the BMAT
You are guaranteed to have to sit either the UCAT or the BMAT as part of the application process, and depending on which universities you apply to, you might have to sit both. These admissions tests are what medical schools use to differentiate candidates when there is very little between them and more often than not doing well on them can mean the difference between an offer or not. They are vastly different exams and if you aren’t prepared for them they can be incredibly challenging.
During our Masterclass we will show you when and where these exams take place, their structures and information and advice on how to prepare for them. You may hear that it’s not possible to revise for these exams but that is simply not true! We can show you how to prepare for them so that you get the best results possible!
If you make the grades, get a high enough score on the UCAT and write an outstanding personal statement, that’s still not the end of the process. You still have to sit an interview. For many this will be the last part of the application process and their final chance to stand out from other candidates and win a place. Nerves, inexperience or lack of preparation can mean that you don’t perform as well as you’re able. However for those that are ready for it, interviews provide the chance to shine and secure a place at medical school.
We can instruct you on the different types on interview you may come across, from Traditional Interviews to MMIs, both of which are wildly different and require different preparations. We will give you focused training in the key skills you need to impress the interview panel, address the most common concerns and areas of difficulty for candidates, and teach you how to ace the most commonly asked questions so that you can secure your place at medical school.
Plus get your own personal statement analysed for FREE!
By coming on this course you will get our personal statement analysis service (usually charged at £49) for FREE!
Simply send us your personal statement after the course and it will be anonymously reviewed by one of our experts from medical school. They will go through the entire statement, giving detailed feedback on every part of it which will then be sent back to you so that you can make your statement the best it can be!