4 Some General Information Oxford and Cambridge are the oldest and most prestigious universities in Britain.Tuition fees at Oxford and Cambridge are almost certain to be the same as other good universities, at the maximum (£9,000 per annum).
5 By no means all subjects are offered, e. g By no means all subjects are offered, e.g. neither offers Dentistry, Politics (on its own), or Marine Biology, to name just three.Many combinations of subjects are offered, but others are not, e.g. you can study Philosophy & Physics, but not History & Chemistry.Oxford and Cambridge are NOT the best universities for every subject.
6 The courses on offer may have particular emphases which set them apart from other university courses, e.g. Oxford Law concentrates on topics of intellectual rather than practical importance.There is no such thing as an Oxbridge type in terms of personality (as a survey of teaching staff who attended there would prove!).
7 The Difference Between the Two Oxford rather than CambridgeOffer joint honoursMore emphasis on GCSE resultsDon’t look at module scores (Cambridge do)Have to sit aptitude testsMuch more centralised: University makes the initial decision rather than the collegeInterviews last for two days
8 Subject Choices at GCSE and A Level Currently keen to increase ‘accessibility’ from the maintained sector.Students will not be rejected due to their schools not offering specific subjects.
9 Some examples:Classics: neither Latin nor Greek A level an absolute requirement.Similarly for modern languages only ONE ML A level is required. However, it doesn’t exactly show much commitment and enthusiasm if you are only doing one language.
10 Similarly for subjects where Further Maths is recommended: Cambridge Engineering says: ‘Colleges are aware that not all schools offer Further Maths A-level, and will not discriminate against applicants who have not had the opportunity to take it. However, if your school or college is able to offer Further Maths, you are strongly encouraged to study this.’
11 Important to Remember that… Entry for all subjects is extremely competitive. If you choose NOT to take a subject which is officially described as “Desirable” or “Recommended” you will clearly be putting yourself at a disadvantage compared to other candidates who will be doing these subjects.
12 A LevelsThe vast majority of applicants across all subjects at Oxford and Cambridge will be predicted (or have achieved) straight As at A level, and/or one or more A*.
13 Last year Oxford and Cambridge each turned down 5,000 applicants who went on to get 3 As or better. Standard Cambridge offer is A*AA (but not counting A* in maths for candidates also doing further maths.) Oxford offers for most maths/science subjects will now include an A* in a maths/science subject.
14 AS LevelsCambridge’s application form now asks for all module results, including UMS scores to be declared.CU reckons that UMS scores are a very good predictor of degree results and so take them very seriously, and are probably looking for averages of over 90%.Oxford’s application form does not ask for module results.
15 GCSEThe norm for those gaining a place: 7 A* at GCSE, with the rest at A grade.Prospective medics will almost certainly need more.This does not mean that there is a formula, especially since Oxbridge admission is for a particular subject at a particular college.
16 Beyond Getting the Grades Shortage of places even for those who achieve straight As at GCSE and/or A level. What else you need: Passion for your subject Ambition An intellectual curiosity
17 Check you are doing the right subjects: Not totally obvious: e.g. Law A-level certainly not an advantage for Law. Oxford PPE (philosophy, politics, economics) does not require P, P or E, but does require mathematics. Cambridge Economics requires double maths.
18 What you don’t need:The official policy : academic potential only. Therefore extra-curricular interests or achievements are given no official importance. Again, however, it will vary from tutor to tutor, and fulfilling a large range of commitments may be taken as showing that one could cope well with the pressures of short but busy terms.
19 What we have plannedJan. 2014: Oxbridge Information evening (Y11 & 12) Feb. 2014: Begin EPQ (Y12) March 2014: Visit to Oxford (Yr. 11 and 12) Admissions to Oxford conference (Y11 & 12) April 2014: Residential taster days at Cambridge (Y12) Visits from speakers (graduates) (Y12) July 2014: Higher Education week (Y12) & weekly meetings with Miss Regan November 2014: Mock Interviews
20 What you can expectSupport and guidance from current Oxbridge tutors and admissions staffStrong links with many collegesOxbridge interview preparation by experienced external staffSubject preparation by Curriculum specialists at STAGS
21 Everything you need to know about applying to medical school
22 So you want to be a doctor? Why?Consider the advantages and disadvantages...
23 DISADVANTAGES Hard work for both GCSEs and A levels Stressful application procedureCompetitive courseLong course + life time commitment to learningStressful and emotional jobConstantly watched by the pressFamily balance
24 DUTIES of a DOCTOR (GMC) ‘Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives & health’Patient care/1st concernProtect & promote health of publicGood standard practice and careTreat patients as individuals/ respect dignityWork in partnership with patientsBe open and honest and act with integrity
25 ADVANTAGES Helping people! Rewarding job Job security Applying science in a clinical environmentVariety everydayOpportunitiesElectiveTeamworkOpportunity to work anywhereConstantly advancing
26 Where do you want to study? Location-Close or far away from home?-Hospitals-CostUniversity itself-Campus v city-PBL v traditional course-Integrated degree-Early clinical experience-Entrance requirements/exams/interviews-Year abroad
28 UKCAT UK Clinical Aptitude Test All universities bar 4 require it Taken at test centres, same as driving theory, July to October4 sections: Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Decision AnalysisScore out of 3600Some universities have a cut-off but most don’t
30 BMAT Oxbridge, UCL and ICL only All candidates take test together around beginning of November3 Sections: Aptitude and skills, Scientific knowledge and Application and Writing taskThree sections marked out of 9, 9 and 5A
31 “Medicine is the art of amusing the patient whilst “Medicine is the art of amusing the patient whilst nature cures disease”-Voltaire.Explain what this statement means. Argue to the contrary, that medicine is more than just amusement. To what extent do you agree with Voltaire?
32 SOCIAL SKILLS! Empathetic, caring, unerrstanding How to get there!Work experienceVolunteeringA levelsRead aroundExtra curricularUCAS p/sBMAT/UKCATSOCIAL SKILLS! Empathetic, caring, unerrstanding
33 Selection criteriaAcademic: Check requirements for individual medical schoolsGCSEs:-Predictors of academic ability & breadth of knowledge-Ability to organise and be successful at many things at once- A* and A gradesA LEVELS: A*AA AAB-Chemistry always a subject requirement, Biology often-Third A level?
34 Selection criteria Non-academic: personal statements and/or interview Health care career awareness/insight & understandingCaring contribution to the local communityExcellent communication skills (reflection)Team workGeneral InterestsKnowledge of the programmesMotivation for studies and future careerHonesty and Integrity
36 COMPLETING THE UCAS FORM You can only make four choices for medical coursesThe closing date for applications is 15th October for Medicine
37 THE INTERVIEW Procedures and Policies vary between medical schools Find out about your choicesAcademic knowledge ( not at Liverpool )Communication skillsHealthcare awareness/insightCaring contributionsEthical IssuesMotivationTeam work
38 Important points to remember: Your GCSEs and A levels will be SO important-work really hard for them but at the same time don’t give up if things don’t go too wellStart now! It is definitely not too early to start preparing. Get your work experience/voluntary work now and start looking at unis this summer, just to get an idea
39 Important points to remember: Being a doctor isn’t just about medicine-you need to be a person. Make yourself well-rounded by getting involved in anything and everything you can in and outside of school. Sport and music are both great, plus unis love to see you being a leader, so try to do some form of coaching or take a position of responsibility of school. Becoming house captain/prefects and running sports/drama clubs are great fun and easy to do!
40 Additional Information Good Medical PracticeTomorrow’s Doctorspolicy/tomorrows_doctors.asp
42 Dentistry – Typical Entry Requirements 6+ GCSEs at A/B grade3 A2 levels: Grades AAA/AAB (must include grade A in Biology and Chemistry)UKCAT (most, but not all Dental Schools)
43 How competitive is it?Nationally: < 2.5 applicants for each place. (UCAS Website)Those with predicted minimum requirements is probably less than 2 applicants per place.What is the problem?
44 At Sheffield… At Sheffield… Approx 1400 applicants for 85 places (81 Home/EU; 4 International).Therefore the selection procedure is tough and sometimes blunt.Over 1000 applicants for 75 places.
45 At Leeds… 1000+ applicants 300-350 interviews 200-220 offers accepts75 meeting the requirements
46 Selection for interview: Facts and Figures& FiguresSelection for interview:GCSE ResultsPredicted A2 gradesAcademic ReferencePersonal Statement (non-academic achievements)Academic PotentialUKCAT (not currently required at Leeds)
47 Personal StatementDemonstrates knowledge of profession, work experience.Demonstrates leadership skills, team working.Demonstrates motivation: Sports, work, voluntary work, dedicated to interest or hobby.
48 The Interview 15 mins; structured. 3 panel members. Predetermined list of questions (motivation, social awareness, responsibility, interests).Opportunity to ask questionsPanel scores individually and then agree an overall subjective rating for the applicant.
49 Motivation to study Dentistry at a particular School Understands the demands of HECan demonstrate self motivationExplains why this School is their preferred option.Is knowledgeable about the course, school, university and city.
50 Communication Skills Answers questions Articulate Engaging Can argue when appropriate
51 Next StepsWork experiencePaid workConsider a project qualification
53 Entry RequirementsGCSEs: A* and A grades, Aas well as minimum of a B grade in English Language and Mathematics.A–Levels: A*AA-AAA (tends to be Biology, Chemistry & another subject)
54 BMATCambridge & RVC asks applicants to Veterinary Medicine to sit the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)(www.bmat.org.uk).Two hour test (three sections)Aptitude & SkillsScientific Knowledge & ApplicationsWriting Task
55 Personal Statements Show don’t tell! 80% should demonstrate commitment and dedicationWhat drives applicant to follow this career pathExperience (What did & what learned from it)Knowledge of subjects – journals, books etcInterest – Current affairs(self praise = no praise / referee = praise)
56 Personal StatementsRemaining 20% should show that you are a well rounded individualActivitiesPositions of responsibilityVolunteering(self praise = no praise / referee = praise)
57 Interviews (January) Questions Motivations for becoming a vet Work experience – in detail as will be pushedKnowledge of current issuesEthicsWhat we’re looking for:Commitment/DedicationKnowledgeCommunication SkillsBristol:2 weeks.Cambridge: N/AEdinburgh: n/aGlasgow: n/aLiverpool: 10 weeksNottingham: 6 weeksRVC: 2 weeks.Offers: March - April
58 Work Experience Amount/range variable, but all beneficial. Not stipulated- Cambridge, Edinburgh & Glasgow2 weeks- Bristol & RVC6 weeks- Nottingham10 weeks- LiverpoolAim for variety:Work in a veterinary practiceLambing, milking or helping out on a farmWork in stables or a liveryAnimal rescue centresResearch work in a labAbattoir
59 Work Experience Expect rejection, but keep persisting Keep a diary/JournalGet references
60 Resources Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons www.rcvs.org.uk To be a VetBiomedical Admissions TestCourses in Animal and Veterinary EducationRVC Podcasts – InterviewsADD ORBIS WEBSITE
61 Next StepsWork experiencePaid workConsider a project qualification