Why study at a Medicine summer school in the UK?
Medical Summer School
According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Oxford and Cambridge University are in the top three universities in the world to study Medicine. Are you thinking of studying Medicine in the UK? If so, you may want to study at a Medicine summer school in England before you apply to study Medicine at university as part of developing your foundation training. We have put together some frequently asked questions and five reasons to study at our Medicine summer schools in Oxford and Cambridge.
Summer 2022 provides our students with the opportunity to study medicine at our colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, allowing them to have the perfect preparation for a medical degree. Our Medicine summer courses not only provide students with a further insight into undergraduate medicine but also the chance to eat, sleep and study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Oxbridge Universities are famous for their collegiate system, where students live and study alongside their peers; and while students spend their summer with us, they will be able to try this out for themselves and experience college life whilst furthering their knowledge in the world of modern medicine.
In both cities, our colleges are near the city centre so students have plenty of time to explore the cobbled streets of Oxford and Cambridge. Our social and wellbeing programme also ensures you’ll see the highlights of these beautiful cities with museum visits, punting, scavenger hunts, college tours and shopping time built into the programme. Oxford and Cambridge are centres of academic excellence and world-renowned research, so this is your chance to spend your summer following in the footsteps of some of our best-known medical professionals and world leaders as you build the foundations of your knowledge in clinical practice and pre clinical medicine in a world renowned clinical environment.
We hope our guide to studying medicine in the UK has been useful. If there are any questions or queries about any of our medicine or science related courses at SBC then our dedicated admissions team are on hand to answer any of your queries. Book a free consultation today!
Medicine is the science and practice of establishing the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness as well as medical ethics.
Medical schools typically take 4 years to complete; then there is a 3 to 7 year residency after that, where medical students undergo supervised clinical training in their specific field of focus in medicine study.
Medical education comes with a certain expectation to work harder on average than most other qualifications, bringing about innumerable practical and intellectual challenges relying heavily on cognitive abilities, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. There are generally more contact hours than other subjects with practicals and lectures taking up a great deal of time.
Pathology as a medical specialty is the branch of medicine that deals with the study of diseases and the morphologic, physiologic changes produced by them. As a diagnostic specialty, pathology can be considered the basis of modern scientific medical knowledge and plays a large role in evidence-based medicine.
The length of a medical program in the UK varies in dependence on what specific field you’re enrolled. Most medicine programs last for 6 years while dentistry and pharmacy programs last for 5 years. If students are not ready to penetrate the tough entrance competition, they can attend a one-year Medical Foundation course.
To gain entry into most universities, good GCSE grades in Maths, Science and English are required, in addition to a combination of other GCSEs, AS levels and A-levels. Chemistry at A-level and often A-level biology and one other science subject is often required, for example, physics (or physical science), or mathematics.
The UK has claimed the second-highest number of Nobel Prizes for medicine since 1901, just ahead of Germany. Studying at medical schools in the UK is a chance to benefit from world-leading expertise in research-intensive establishments.
Courses normally last five years, or four years for a graduate entry programme. They involve basic medical sciences as well as clinical training on the wards and in the operating theatre. After graduation, you’ll enter the two-year Foundation Programme. You’ll be provisionally registered with a licence to practise while completing the first year.
The applicants to places ratio is around 1:4. This means the medical school admission is extremely competitive requiring a lot of academic ability. Most students who apply have already got very high grades, excellent critical thinking skills and have achieved most of the medical school requirements before considering their application. So strong personal statements allowing students to demonstrate any medical related personal interests, experience of voluntary work and any experiences connected to problem based learning are a real benefit.
If you’re an international student looking at provisional registration into any undergraduate course in the UK you want to make sure you have at least over £10,000 in your account at the very beginning. At some competitive courses that are on offer tuition fees for international students may exceed the amount of £50,000 per year.
Number one on the list, and the easiest medical school to get into in the UK, is the medical school at Queen’s University Belfast. While most universities are not “easy” to get into, this one is comparatively ‘easier’ to enroll, as it has an acceptance rate of 38.3% — which is a lot higher than many universities.
The closing date for application for medical degrees each year is October in the year before you intend to start the course, e.g. the deadline for October 2022 entry will be October 2021.
All applications must be submitted via UCAS, and every applicant must register to sit the biomedical admissions test (BMAT) by 1 October as well as completing their standard personal statement.
According to their website, the University of Oxford will not accept BMAT results from the September sitting for A100 Medicine.
In addition to an application through UCAS, some medical schools require applicants to take admission tests. This can often include a University Clinical Aptitude Test.
UCAT is used as part of the selection procedure for 30 medical schools in the UK. The UCAT test focuses on testing attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. It aims to ensure applicants selected to medical school have the mental abilities, quantitative reasoning skills, attitudes and professional behaviours required to be successful doctors.
As part of access to many medical schools there is a situational judgement test.
A situational judgement test involves verbal reasoning, which assesses ability to think logically about written information and arrive at a reasoned conclusion.
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