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Medical Summer Programme

Key information

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Start dates:
8 July 2019
Course length:
2 weeks
Class size range:
24 hours per week plus excursions

Entry requirements

IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Minimum age:

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning more about the study of medicine and related professions.

It is an ideal introduction both for students who are considering further study in future years and as pre-sessional programme for students commencing studies to prepare to apply to medical degrees.

The course can be combined with our Academic Summer Programme or language programmes.

The programme is strongly recommended for students preparing to join the Kings Advanced Level Medical Foundation or intensive A-level programmes in preparation for Medical School applications as these need to be completed by October 15th in the year prior to the degree start date.

The course

The Medical Summer Programme at Kings Oxford is carefully designed for students who are interested in learning more about the medical profession and careers allied to medicine.

While medicine is a popular area of study leading to a prestigious profession, you need to be clear that it is the right choice for you, and what your specialist interests might be.

The course provides an insight in to the world of medicine and the wide range of careers opportunities available.

You will learn what being a doctor actually involves as well as the skills and personal attributes which are required.

You will be guided to explore and understand the routes to medical school; the differences in teaching approaches; what the universities are looking for in your applications (both formal qualifications and individual factors); and approaches you might take to demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed in this demanding profession.

You will gain knowledge and develop your study skills and strategies to ensure you make the most of your time and experience both inside and outside the classroom. This will help you to better understand yourself and to build a strong and personalised application for your chosen degree.

Course structure and content

  • Exploration of natural sciences within the context of medical related degrees and professions
  • Development of critical thinking, presentation and debating skills through discussion of current social and ethical issues in medicine
  • Medical related visits and guest lectures, including a session with a medical school admissions tutor and a visit to a university medical school
  • Research into the application process and requirements for degrees in a range of medical fields
  • Medical interview preparation and practice, understanding the differences between Panel and Multiple Mini Interviews
  • What should and should not be included in a personal statement
  • Preparation for aptitude tests, UKCAT & BMAT
  • What to do ‘at home’ before joining full-time medical school preparation in the UK