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Medical School Preparation

Medical School Preparation

A Medicine summer course for ambitious students looking to study at top British medical schools, residential in top universities. Boost your Medical School application and fuel your ambitions this summer.

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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 guides 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 are discussed in detail, including St Andrews, London, Oxford and Cambridge.

The experiences provided ensure an invaluable head start 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.

Who should attend Medical School Preparation?

The Medical School Preparation summer course is geared towards students aged 16 to 18 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.

Medical 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.

Why attend the Medical School Preparation course now?

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.

What to expect from Medical School Preparation for 16 - 18 years

During the course, students 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 is an invaluable starting point 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:


How will the Medical School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions?

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 head start 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 head start over your fellow applicants. We can also explain how the UCAT (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.


St Andrews University

  • Location St Andrews
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Superior single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1413

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

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