Surge in demand for medicine degrees

I read this article in The Telegraph the other day.

According to David Willetts, the Universities’ Minister, the level of competition among sixth formers for places to study medicine was so high that he was encouraging more people, particularly girls, to apply for other courses like engineering. This is because last year around 4,800 students with straight As at A-level failed to get in to British universities and of those the largest number, around 1,800, were those applying for medicine.

It is thought that there is an increasing interest for medicine because of the high tuition fees and the increasing pressure on students to secure well-paid jobs in the future.

His comments were attacked by head teachers of private schools who warned that ‘the NHS was failing to fund enough places on medical courses despite repeated complaints over a shortage of highly-trained doctors.’

I was one of the lucky ones and am now studying medicine at university, but it was not easy and if you want advice on how to improve your chances of getting a place, click on the link below and have a look at this great new book, Get Into UK Medical School 2015, for sale on Amazon now.

 

Get Into UK Medical School 2015 now in paperback

This book is now available in paperback on Amazon – just click here

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Getting into medical school is tougher than ever, but this book will greatly increase your chances of successfully winning an offer. With an easy-to-read format and engaging style, this book contains a wealth of the latest information, top tips and practical help to guide you through the whole application process. Key features include:

* A comprehensive and up-to-date list of university requirements for 2015

* How to get relevant work experience to make your personal statement stand out

* Top tips for passing the UKCAT

* How to successfully showcase your skills at interview

* Advice on choosing the right medical school for you

* Links to the most useful websites

* Contributions from a 1st year medical student

This books shares with you the wisdom and secrets that other medical school application books leave out. With this book, you CAN get into medical school!

UKCAT memories at my driving theory test

At last all my exams are over and I just have my driving test in a few weeks. Yesterday I went back to the Pearson Vue test centre where I’d taken my UKCAT last summer, for my driving theory test. The driving theory test was easy in comparison, and I quite enjoyed it, but it was weird going back, as I could remember how nervous I was before my UKCAT. Luckily I got into it and it was a great feeling coming out afterwards with my test score, which was better than I’d thought I’d do. I hope everyone that is doing their UKCAT this summer gets the results they want too, and if anyone wants some advice about taking the UKCAT or writing their personal statement, take a look at this book available on Amazon kindle by clicking on the title in bold below.

Get Into UK Medical School 2015

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Booking Open Days

This is the time of year to start thinking about university Open Days which usually start in June and go on until September or October. Most universities have already started to take bookings for Open days in June, so it is worth going to their websites and registering now for particular sessions, so you don’t miss out. You not only get to look round the university, accommodation and campus, but you can go to talks about the admissions process which are really useful and give you the facts about which GCSEs and A levels are required, and cut-off points for the UKCAT and BMAT tests.

I found it really useful last year and looked around 5 or 6 universities, so it was easier to narrow down my choice to my top 4 when I filled in my application in September.   image from http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/appeals/images_appeals/DSCF1453-0.jpg Below are links to some of the Open Days. If you want to find out more, click on the name of the university to link to their Open Day page.

Sheffield

Birmingham

Manchester

Liverpool

UCL

Nottingham

Southampton

Cardiff

Bristol

Newcastle

If you want to find out more tips about Open Days and the application process, then click on the orange words to have a look at this new book available to buy on Amazon Kindle now.

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New Book – Get Into UK Medical School 2015

Get Into UK Medical School 2015: The comprehensive, step-by-step guide for success in applying to UK medical school [Kindle Edition]

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This is a really helpful book if you are thinking of applying to medical school next year. It has lots of helpful hints for finding work experience, writing your personal statement, preparing for the UKCAT and interviews.

It’s available to download from Amazon kindle books, so if you’re interested just click here. Good luck with your application!

UK CAT Test

Yesterday I took my UKCAT test, and was very pleased with my result, which was better than I had expected. These are some of the books I used to practice with. 

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This book was useful for practice mock tests, but I used it less than the others.

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This book was probably the most useful with very similar questions to the real test.

Now I just have to decide where to apply….

The White Queen

Right now, I’m busy revising for my History A/S level on Tuesday. I’ve been studying Britain from 1483 – 1529, about Richard III and the War of the Roses. I really enjoyed reading Philippa Gregory’s novel, The White Queen, which was about Edward IV’s wife, Elizabeth Woodville. The BBC have just started advertising a new 10-part series based on her series of novels, The Cousins’ War, coming soon. You can read more about it here. I can’t wait to watch it but it’s a shame that it wasn’t on earlier!

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So you want to be a doctor?

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Today I got the book ‘So you want to be a doctor?’ It looks like a really interesting and useful book, with lots of information about the process of getting into medical school. It talks about: how much medical school costs; what work experience is best, and how to get it; completing the UCAS form; surviving the UKCAT and BMAT admission tests and getting through the interview. It’s all laid out nicely and looks easy to read! I’ll let you know what it’s like…