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Prepare yourself for medical studies!

Prepare yourself for medical studies!

When students need to get ready for Medical Studies – becoming a doctor of dentist, for example, they need to sit a difficult UKCAT or BMAT exam (UK Clinical Aptitude Test or Biomedical Admissions Test). This year, Academic Summer, a summer school based at the DLD College in Westminster, can help students to prepare for this with tailor-made courses to suit. Academic Summer is running a week-long Medical Studies preparation course in order to assist students gaining those top spaces at university following their A-levels or IB (International Baccalaureate).

The UKCAT or BMAT is designed to help universities to make informed choices from the many highly-qualified applicants seeking to apply on medical and dental programmes.  It ensures that students selected have the appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.  It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications. Some of the test is made up of multiple choice questions and is divided into verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.

The test is hard – and students often take multiple attempts at practice ones. At Academic Summer students will do a test every day to practice. They will also do chemistry and biology practicals, interview techniques and mock interviews and clinical scenarios. They will be guided to undertake a research project themselves during their designated Medical Studies week – and will visit a London university medical school to see first-hand what it involves becoming a Medical Studies student.

The course has been designed by practising Medical Studies students to keep it focussed and relevant to today’s programme of what is required. Who else is better equipped to tell you how to get into a Medical Studies course than someone actually doing it at the moment? The course is geared to giving students the practice they need to pass through their UCAS applications and their interviews to gain that crucially-competitive space.

Helen Lami, Course Director at Academic Summer said: “Students signing up for this course won’t be disappointed. They will be given a real insight into the practicalities of what is involved in getting into university and practice at real exams. The course is designed with that in mind. It won’t be all hard work though, they’ll get the chance to bond with other likeminded students and do some activities too.”