Applying for Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Science

Although, due to unprecedented circumstances, UCAS will consult on the deadlines for the 2021 Entry UCAS Application Cycle, they feel that the early UCAS deadline of 15th October 2020 for Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science is highly unlikely to change, so you need to continue to plan for meeting the established UCAS deadlines for these applications.

UCAS Virtual Exhibition – Medicine, Veterinary & Dentistry – 23rd July 2020 from 7:00am-11:00pm

Join UCAS experts and university representatives online for this free virtual exhibition dedicated to veterinary, medicine, and dentistry courses. You will have the opportunity to explore courses at up to 40 universities around the UK. You will be able to speak directly to subject and admissions specialists on 1-2-1 or group chat, listen in on topical seminars, and pick up digital prospectus’ and other information. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask those burning questions, and narrow down your options - If you’re interested in a career in veterinary, medicine, or dentistry then this is the perfect event for you.

Please register early to make sure that you don’t miss out. After the event you will have on-demand access to the exhibition for two weeks, allowing you to go back in and contact university reps, collect more resources and re-watch seminars. To book a place to attend this Virtual Exhibition follow this link www.ucas.com/events/virtual-exhibition-15-october-deadline-veterinary-medicine-and-dentistry-375316 

Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Sciences Admissions Tests

In terms of medical admissions tests, there are two different medical admissions tests that you may need to take – the BMAT and the UCAT. You will need to check with the individual medical schools that you are interested in applying to in order to find out whether they require you to take the BMAT or the UCAT. Depending on which medical schools you decide to apply for, you may just take one test; or you may take both.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing run the BMAT. Their website has a wide range of free resources on it to help you prepare for the BMAT. Here you can access preparation guides, videos and practice papers to help you prepare www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/preparing-for-bmat/

Updated BMAT Preparation Guide
This is a key resource each year for students sitting the BMAT with tips on how to approach preparation and use the resources available. The updated BMAT Preparation Guide can be downloaded at Updated BMAT Preparation Guide

COVID-19 update: Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, who run the BMAT tests, have confirmed that due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the BMAT September test session will not go ahead this year. Students who had planned to take BMAT in September can take it in the November test session later in the year. This will give you more time to prepare.

For further details about BMAT November test, including key dates and costs, visit the BMAT November webpage at www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/bmat-november/

As the information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing will provide regular updates on their dedicated webpage at www.admissionstesting.org/campaigns/coronavirus/ so please keep an eye on it.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

UCAT (formerly UKCAT) is an admissions test used by many medical schools to assess students’ suitability to study medicine. Its full name is the University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is also used by dental schools for Dentistry programmes. Information about the testing schedule, testing format, sample papers, registration and booking, the bursary scheme and practice tests can be found on UCAT’s website: www.ucat.ac.uk/

COVID-19 update – UCAT 2020

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools, has announced a choice of sitting the UCAT either online or at one of their test centres. They aim to open UCAT registration and booking on 1st July and the 2020 testing will take place between 3rd August and 1st October, ahead of the UCAS application deadline of 15th October 2020 (please note these dates are subject to change). Whilst the delivery model has changed, UCAT test content remains the same. There will be no difference in content between a test sat at home (UCAT Online) and one taken in a test centre. For more information, please read the full announcement at www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/ucat-2020-update/

Medicine Virtual Work Experience

There still seems to be the expectation around work experience for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science/medicine course applications. As we move into the summer, the current situation might improve and it might be possible for you to arrange some work experience over the summer holidays or into the early Autumn. Once everywhere starts to open up again, make contact with relevant organisations about work experience to see whether there are any opportunities.

If you are planning to apply for medical courses in the Autumn, the resources below will help you to gain some virtual work experience at the current time. Also explore different volunteering opportunities, including online volunteering which should not be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Medical Schools Council

The Medical Schools Council has issued a Work Experience in Covid-19 guidance document which can be downloaded from here www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2636/guidance-on-gaining-relevant-experience-for-studying-medicine-in-the-time-of-covid-19.pdf

Observe GP

Observe GP is an online resource for aspiring medics. At this time, students interested in medicine are facing uncertainty and are unable to attend clinical work experience. Observe GP, is a free interactive video platform, created by the Royal College of General Practitioners for aspiring medics aged 16+. It provides insights into medicine through videos and activities. To find out more about Observe GP visit www.rcgp.org.uk/observegp

Brighton & Sussex Medical School Virtual Work Experience

Brighton & Sussex Medical School’s virtual work experience course provides a ‘virtual’ work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. It is free to enrol on this course and is a brilliant resource for those looking to apply for medicine in the Autumn bsmsoutreach.thinkific.com/courses/VWE

Newcastle University – Medicine and Dentistry Resources

Newcastle University have resources available to support students who are preparing to put in UCAS applications for Medicine and Dentistry courses. They have resources available on their website to support, including personal statement advice, preparing for interview advice and advice on the UCAT. You can contact Newcastle University’s live messaging function through Unibuddy and view the range of resources available at www.ncl.ac.uk/schools/resources/medicalsciencessubjectonlineresources/

The Aspiring Medic's Support (TAMS)

The Aspiring Medic’s Support (TAMS) is a community of aspiring and current medical students who have come together to provide a mentoring programme, free personal statement support, a Medical Concepts Webinar Series and much more. To explore their resources, visit www.tams.community/taught-by-tams

Future Learn – Free Healthcare and Medicine Courses

The Future Learn platform provides you with a range of free courses related to healthcare and medicine. With current difficulties in securing work experience to support applications to medicine, these short courses provide an excellent way for you to demonstrate your commitment to studying medicine and to developing your independent learning skills www.futurelearn.com/subjects/healthcare-medicine-courses