Applying for Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Science
All applications for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses have the early UCAS deadline of 15th October. This means that students applying for these courses need to do a lot of preparatory work throughout Year 12.
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.
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/
Medicine Work Experience
There is an expectation that students will have completed relevant work experience for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science/medicine course applications. It is important that students take responsibility for arranging relevant work experience and make contact with organisations to secure such opportunities.
If you are planning to apply for medical courses, there are also a number of virtual resources that will help you to gain some virtual work experience. You should also explore different volunteering opportunities, including online volunteering.
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 is an online resource for aspiring medics. 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