An introduction to studying Medicine, Health and Social Care at university. With Lancaster University, the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Southampton.

Event speakers

Applying to study medicine
Dr Nicola Phillips, Teaching Fellow and Admissions Tutor, Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University

An introduction to studying medicine
Steph Hartley, UK Student Recruitment & Outreach Officer, University of Southampton

Courses and careers in Health and Social Care
Hollie Thompson, Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer, University of Gloucestershire

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director,

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Steph Hartley, the UK Student Recruitment & Outreach Officer at University of Southampton, Dr Nicola Phillips, a Teaching Fellow and Admissions Tutor at Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University and Hollie Thompson, the Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer at University of Gloucestershire.

An introduction to studying medicine
Steph starts off by speaking about the different pathways there are to become a doctor. Firstly, you will need to complete an undergraduate degree which will provide you with the basic medical education. After this students undertake a foundation programme and Steph explains how long this will take, training you will need to complete and whether you are given a salary.

At this stage you can start thinking about what you want to specialise in and it is at this point that you can start to apply for postgraduate training. Steph speaks about how long it can take to specialise in your chosen area and where you can find more information on specialist courses. She goes on to talk about the different course types and the variety of ways you will be taught at university.

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a university such as course length, optional research projects and Steph highlights how to narrow down your choices. Another option for studying medicine is to integrate a foundation year into your programme and this course has different entry requirements, explains Steph. Finally, she speaks about what you will study on a medicine degree and clinical placements you will undertake.

Applying to study medicine
Nicola speaks about how medicine is different to other courses at university and for this reason medical schools will be looking for a different set of skills, rather than only academic ability when considering applicants.

Medicine is a very competitive course so the expectations will be higher when looking at a student’s academic background. As a medical student you will have a very busy schedule with a jam-packed timetable and Nicola explains how medical schools assess you to see if you are a right fit for the course. She talks about the entry requirements for medicine and how these differ from university to university as well as contextual offers given by some universities.

Nicola touches on the different types of admission tests, how these have changed due to Covid-19 and the best ways to prepare for them. Medical schools also look have a non-academic criteria and Nicola highlights what they want to see and shares resources for gaining work experience. Finally, she speaks about things to consider when writing your personal statement and what happens when you reach the interview stage of the application process.

Courses and careers in health and social care
Hollie explains that courses in health and social care are taught by experienced staff and with most universities you will be able to access a range of equipment and facilities to practice clinical skills. She speaks about the different types of courses you can study such as a BSc, a certHE, a foundation degree and top-up courses. She goes on to provide an overview of courses within these categories such as health and social care, nursing and physiotherapy. Hollie talks about how long they take to complete, the types of modules on offer and what you can specialise in. Finally, she shares her top tips for writing your personal statement and preparing for interviews.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 15:00

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