THE JOURNEY AHEAD 

So you’ve decided you want to be a doctor? The next few years are going to require significant hard work and commitment but it will be worth it in the end. We’ve set out below a plan of action to ensure you don’t miss anything out as you progress from classroom to clinic… so what so what recommend?

JULY YEAR 10

Its tempting to put your feet up for the summer. Doctors never put their feet up… its hard work being a clinician and even harder training to become one! Over the summer you should begin looking at the UCAT and BMAT exam assessment, the National UCAT Preparation Event produce UCAT and BMAT material for Y10, 11 and 12 students which is tiered in terms of level of difficulty. We strongly recommend starting practice early. 

NOVEMBER YEAR 11

Begin the revision list, you’re probably working towards mock exams now so you can start listing subject material to start recover, start with the stuff from early year 10 and refresh that. Don’t fall into the trap of revising material that you already know. Yes its great for confidence but it doesn’t address gaps in knowledge.

SEPTEMBER YEAR 11

Begin looking at the UCAS website (click here for direct link) and start thinking about which university you wish to apply to, you should consider the location, the travel time to get home, the type of course they offer, the facilities and the teaching style. If possible go to an open day. Show a keen interest in the university and talk to the staff. We say to do this as each university requires you to study slightly different subjects at A Level. So its good to choose your subjects knowing the universities you wish to apply for will accept your application.

MARCH YEAR 11

You should be in the thick of revision, be organised and work through the subject material in exam order. Plan your revision time well with chunks of 20 mins followed by 10 mins of rest. 

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JULY YEAR 11

Its tempting to put your feet up for the summer. Doctors never put their feet up… its hard work being a clinician and even harder training to become one! Over the summer you should begin looking at the UCAT and BMAT exam assessment, the National UCAT Preparation Event produce UCAT and BMAT material for Y10, 11 and 12 students which is tiered in terms of level of difficulty. We strongly recommend starting practice early. 

UCAT & BMAT PREPARTION 

Begin looking at the UCAS website (click here for direct link) and start thinking about which university you wish to apply to, you should consider the location, the travel time to get home, the type of course they offer, the facilities and the teaching style. If possible go to an open day. Show a keen interest in the university and talk to the staff. We say to do this as each university requires you to study slightly different subjects at A Level. So its good to choose your subjects knowing the universities you wish to apply for will accept your application.

WORK EXPERIENCE 

This is the ideal window to get the work experience in. Forget trying to shadow a surgeon and focus on work experience that will allow you to talk about the human side of being a clinician. Clinicians care for people and the caring nature of the role is what the work experience is there to demonstrate. We recommend contacting a local care home and asking to volunteer for 30-40 hours. We strongly advise you keep a diary of your experiences so you can integrate what you took away from work experience and show this in your personal statement. Our expert team have created an Operating Theatre Live work experience diary to help relate your work experience to the things medical schools look for. Click here for the Operating Theatre Live Work experience diary. The diary helps you record your day to day observations and interactions bringing out the bits most important to highlight in your personal statement. It also is a handy thing to take along to interview so you expand on. Remember, the work experience part is to show your understanding of the complex human side of medicine, the car involved and to make sure your expectations are based on real life and not what you’ve seen on BBC ONE’s Holby City!

SEPTEMBER YEAR 12

You should be aiming to practice 1 question from each section of the UCAT every day. Begin writing your personal statement for UCAS so you have lots of time to add to it. If you have been to an Operating Theatre Live event, there is a UCAS personal statement tool to help you begin this.

JULY YEAR 12

UCAS statement almost complete, UCAT exam booked… Deadline for applications is October for Medicine and Dentistry.

DECEMBER YEAR 12

UCAT, UCAT, UCAT! Practice… Practice… Practice… alongside your studies the UCAT and BMAT exam now need to be a big focus.

OCTOBER YEAR 13

Application complete and focus on exam revision. 

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