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Future Medics, Dentists and Vets

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Course introduction

Kate Altree
Future Medics & Dentists
Preparing students for a medical or dental degree at university. This elective includes work experience, preparation for BMAT and UKCAT and interview skills workshops delivered by teaching staff and current medical and dental students. You will gain a first aid qualification, complete medical research for a Crest Award and take part in a mountain rescue simulation activity. Guest speakers regularly visit the college to expand your knowledge of pertinent issues within the medical profession.

Who should follow the programme?

To access this elective you will need to be studying Science subjects. You should also be expecting to achieve high grades in your 3 subjects at A Level. This SJR bespoke programme is tailored to support those applying for the highly competitive degrees of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science at university.

What activities can you expect to experience?

Year 12

An introduction to ‘PBL’ Problem based learning

Ethics workshops

External speakers to complement the programme, which this year included Edge Hill University Medical school admissions officer, Staff from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Royal Veterinary Society.

Lectures from science staff on Introduction to Chronic Disease

Develop practical skills, including workshops on plastering, suturing, CPR, general first aid and clinical skills

Sessions to develop communication skills

Volunteering and charity work (Teenage Cancer Trust)

Leadership skills development

Gain qualifications in Emergency First Aid and Mental Health First Aid

Overnight stays for university open days for example Newcastle, Oxford (Pembroke College) and Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College).

Individual project work on an aspect of your choice, designed to aid the interview process and an oral presentation

Gold Crest qualification from British Science Association

Support with career planning, work experience and volunteer opportunities

Additional extra-curricular opportunities such as dissection, animal handling and

Talks from past students now studying Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science at university

UKCAT workshop

Autumn/Spring Term Year 13

Personal statement writing workshops and one to one support

Advice on UCAS including student finance

Specialist guidance and support in preparing for university interviews, both panels and MMI practice

Guidance and support on preparing for admission tests (UKCAT and BMAT)

Visits to local universities and participation in practical activities

Summer Term Year 13

Study support groups

Sessions on revision strategies and examination technique

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Ability to communicate orally at a high level
  • Perseverance
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Independent working
  • Responsibility

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

All of the skills and knowledge gained from the programme will support students in their application to study either Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science degree courses at university. The elective is designed to support students in gaining the work experience and volunteer work they need to apply, as well as the skills they will need to perform at interview and gain an offer of a place on their chosen course.

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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