Courses for 6th Form Students who want to study Medicine

Courses for 6th Form Students

Getting into Medical School

Courses for 6th Form Students

Taste of medicine – a day in the life of a Doctor

Courses for 6th Form Students

UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)

Getting into Medical School

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There has been a steady increase in the number of students applying to study Medicine at University with 23,710 applications in 2019 and 20,730 in 2018.

Medicine is a very popular course and as always competition is fierce as there are only around 7,300 places.

So how do you maximise your chances of making sure you get an offer for one of these places?

That’s where we at WH Medical come in. We are a course provider, focusing on courses for Sixth form/College students, Medical Students, overseas Doctors and Post Graduate Doctors. We have a passion for teaching and making sure that all our students reach their maximum potential and get to where they want to achieve.

Why Choose Us?

We will share our extensive knowledge base through our many combined years of medical experience to help you get a place! Our tutors are practicing NHS doctors working in a range of specialties and possess experience in teaching and examining. We work differently to other course providers in that we offer an individualised approach in an easy to understand way.

Our courses are run at a state of the art University based campus in Crewe. We have single en-suite accommodation rooms available for those of you who wish to stay overnight, and can provide transport to and from the train station if needed (which is close by). The campus is based in our dedicated health science centre and our state of the art facilities provide a hub for professional healthcare in the region. We offer training and development for nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals.

Our courses offer routes to essential careers for the changing approaches, requirements and challenges of healthcare globally.

Since 1912 when the Crewe Campus first opened its doors as a College, it has been a centre of education with a history as a major educational establishments and we are proud to continue this heritage. Our facilities are state of the art, offering 8 lecture theatres, SIM labs and accommodation that supports a healthy learning environment. We have onsite catering facilities, able to cater for 2,000 students and staff a day, so that our students can focus solely on the intensive study required to maximise their chances of getting a place at medical school.

The address of the campus is:

College House Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe, United Kingdom
Postcode: CW1 5DU

Is medicine the right career for you?

Quite arguably, working as a Doctor is one of the best jobs in the world (but that’s just our opinion!). It’s a challenging yet very rewarding profession and it is a privilege to practice as a Doctor.

You need to have excellent academic credentials but that’s not always enough to be a good Doctor – problem solving, organisational skills and demonstrating you’re able to apply scientific principles to real life situations is important. Academic excellence alone won’t guarantee a place onto a medical course either so it’s important to demonstrate the additional skills required that make a good Doctor.

Getting into medicine Course

We have an all in one package with a range of subjects on the day to give you a full overview required for everything you need to get into medical school.

  1. What qualities do you need as a Doctor and how do you demonstrate them?
  2. Application requirements for medicine
  3. How do you choose the right medical school for you?
  4. UCAS forms – how to make yours stand out?
  5. UCAT and BMAT examinations
  6. Medical school interviews – how to maximise your chances and practice questions
  7. Multiple mini interviews – practice and analysis
  8. Private medical schools and studying medicine abroad

The day will start at 0900 and end at 17.30 – lunch will be provided. The total cost of the course is £99 for the day or £140 if you require accommodation for the night.

Please feel free to contact us using our contact form here and we will aim to reply to you within 24 hours if not the same day, or feel free to call our booking office on 0203 951 89 88

Taste of medicine – a day in the life of a Doctor

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This is a 1-day course which complements our Getting into medicine course. There are limited work experience placements available to 6th form and college students so we have designed a full day course for you to experience working as a Doctor and a taste of the different skills that you would be expected to develop, which will be taught to you on the day. Some of these skills will be of use to you straight away such as being able to know what to do as part of first aid training if you were to come across an unresponsive patient.

That’s where we at WH Medical come in. We are a course provider, focusing on courses for Sixth form/College students, Medical Students, overseas Doctors and Post Graduate Doctors. We have a passion for teaching and making sure that all our students reach their maximum potential and get to where they want to achieve.

This course is aimed at 16-18 year olds who aspire to enter the medical field in the future. This one day course aims to give you an overview of the medical profession. Covid-19 has had a profound impact on all aspects of life including the availability of appropriate work experience.

We at WH Medical courses understand the importance of work experience in helping young people determine whether a career in medicine is right for them. Work experience is also an invaluable introduction to the medical profession that young people take with them to medical school. The first two years of medical school are generally lecture based learning with limited exposure to clinical situations. Having relevant work experience gives your learning perspective in terms of understanding physiology and pathology.

We acknowledge that in a post pandemic world, students may struggle to find appropriate work experience opportunities, but also may be hesitant to expose themselves to a clinical environment where risks of catching and passing on covid-19 are high. This course provides a viable alternative in a time effective way, with minimal increase in infection risk.

We can collect you from the nearby train station if needed. Crewe is on the West Coast mainline so our campus is easily accessible from London, Birmingham and Manchester. We are also close to the M6 motorway if travelling by car.

Topics include:

  • A day in the life of a newly qualified Doctor
  • How to save a life – Basic life support and resuscitation
  • What do doctors listen out for when using a stethoscope? Examination of chest and heart sounds with application on mock patients.
  • Sepsis? What is it and how do you treat it?
  • Common medical emergencies and how they are treated
  • Suturing – can you tie a surgeon’s knot? Includes practicing on a model arm
  • Giving injections and cannulating to set up an i.v. line
  • Practicing how to take blood from a model arm

This is a very enjoyable day for students and you will be taught in small groups. The tutors will be practicing Doctors so you’ll receive expert guidance throughout the day, and they’ll be on hand to answer any queries that you’ve got about medicine as a career.

The cost of the Taste of Medicine course is £99 for the full day
The course runs from 09.00 to 17.30 and lunch will be provided.

If you wish to book both days (Getting into medical school and Taste of Medicine) the total cost is £175 per person or £200 with 1 night’s accommodation included at our Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus.)

Please feel free to contact us using our contact form here and we will aim to reply to you within 24 hours if not the same day, or feel free to call our booking office on 0203 951 89 88

UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) Online Revision Course 

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The UCAT (previously known as the UKCAT) is a two-hour, computer-based test. It is sat by students wishing to apply for dentistry or medicine, and is a requirement for the majority of UK universities (see the full list of Universities that require UCAT below. The UCAT tests your ability in 5 different areas – every mark counts so it’s important to be prepared – you only get one chance at the exam every year.

We have designed over 1000 online questions to help with your preparation covering each of the 5 sections of the UCAT – these have been designed by Doctors and medical students. Each question has an explanation to help you develop your strategy and learning. The explanations are simple and easy to understand.

Our Doctors and medical students will also share strategies to help answer the questions you are unsure of – this will help get you those extra valuable marks!
A full timed mock test is also included in the price.

All of this from only £9.99 which is incredible value.

UCAT FAQ’s

We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the UCAT test below.

How long is the UCAT?

The UCAT is a computer based exam that lasts 2-hours and is a multiple-choice based exam

Number of questions
1. Verbal reasoning
44 questions
2. Decision making
29 questions
3. Quantitative reasoning
36 questions
4. Abstract reasoning
55 questions
5. Situational judgement
69 questions
Time allowed
1. Verbal reasoning
21 minutes
2. Decision making
31 minutes
3. Quantitative reasoning
24 minutes
4. Abstract reasoning
13 minutes
5. Situational judgement
26 minutes
Average amount of time per question
1. Verbal reasoning
28 secs / question (or 114 secs / passage)
2. Decision making
64 secs / question
3. Quantitative reasoning
40 secs / question
4. Abstract reasoning
14 secs / question (or 70 secs / stem)
5. Situational judgement
22 secs / question

Before each section, 1 minute is provided to read instructions.

What is examined in this section?
1. Verbal reasoning
Ability to critically evaluate the information presented in the text
2. Decision making
Ability to interpret statistical information, draw conclusions and evaluate arguments
3. Quantitative reasoning
Ability to interpret numerical information
4. Abstract reasoning
Ability to identify patterns amongst shapes
5. Situational judgement
Ability to understand real world situations
Types of questions
1. Verbal reasoning
1. Read the passage and conclude whether a statement is true, false, or you can’t tell
2. Pick the best option from a set of responses to a question
2. Decision making
1. Venn diagrams, graphs, text, tables
2. “Does the conclusion follow?”
3. Quantitative reasoning
1. Graphs, percentages, percentage difference,, tables, areas & volumes of shapes, ratios, fractions
4. Abstract reasoning
1. Two sets of shapes are shown – set A and set B. You must decide whether the pattern in the question belongs to set A, set B or neither set.
2. A sequence of patterns are shown.You must pick the shape that follows the sequence.
3. 2 patterns that relate to each in a certain way are shown. A new pattern is shown. You must choose a pattern in the question that relates to this one in the same way as the first two did.
5. Situational judgement
1. Identify how ideal and appropriate a response is.
2. Rate each response from 4 possible options.
3. Three actions are provided. Choose the most appropriate and least appropriate of these actions.
Format of questions
1. Verbal reasoning
11 passages of text. Each passage has 4 questions. Total = 44 questions
2. Decision making
29 stand-alone, unrelated questions. Total = 29 questions
3. Quantitative reasoning
Most questions are shown as sets of 4 questions sharing the same data. A few questions are standalone, unrelated questions. Total = 36 questions
4. Abstract reasoning
All questions are shown as sets of 4 or 5 questions. Total = 55 questions
5. Situational judgement
22 scenarios. Each scenario may have up to 6 question. Total = 69 questions

How much does it cost to sit the UCAT?

Tests taken in the UK / EU cost £75.

Tests taken outside of the EU cost £120.

Bursaries that cover the test fee are available to students who meet certain criteria. See the UCAT website to see if you’re eligible.

Can I sit my test at home?

Yes. Due to increased pressure on test centres, students applying to sit their test in 2020, can do so at home (subject to regulations that you can find on the UCAT website). Web bookings close on midday, 17th September 2020, so make sure you book before then if you want to sit your test at home.

Test centres are still open, and you can sit your test there if slots are still available.

When should I book my UCAT?

If you’re planning on applying for 2021/2022 entry, and want to sit the test at home, then you must book your test by the 17th September 2020. Final booking deadline is midday, 30th September 2020.

If you’re planning on going to medical school in the 2022/23 year, then you have until later next year to book you UCAT.

Are calculators provided?

Yes. For the quantitative reasoning and decision making sections, you will be able to use the online calculator. This is a very basic calculator. Using an online basic calculator is much different to using your own, so make sure you practice with the online one to maximise efficiency with the calculator.

What other items am I allowed?

You will be provided with a whiteboard and a pen at your test centre. If you are sitting the test at home, then you can use your own whiteboard and pens (read the regulations on the UCAT website for full information).

How is the UCAT marked? 

  • There is no negative marking.
  • You are only marked on correct answers.
  • Performing weaker on one section will not mean that you perform equally weak on another. It is important to strengthen your ability on all sections in order to perform as highly as possible.
Minimum mark
Verbal reasoning
300
Decision making
300
Quantitative reasoning
300
Abstract reasoning
300
Situational judgement
Band 4 (lowest band)
Maximum mark
Verbal reasoning
900
Decision making
900
Quantitative reasoning
900
Abstract reasoning
900
Situational judgement
Band 1 (highest band)
  • Your marks for VR, DM, QR and AR are added together, and this is your UCAT score/
  • Your SJT (situational judgement) score is expressed as a band. Band 1 is best, then Band 2, Band 3, and Band 4.

What about questions with subjective answers?

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) has subjective answers, and so this is how your answers are marked:

Full marks are awarded if your answers match the ideal response for that scenario. The ideal response is decided by a panel of experts.

Partial marks are awarded if your answers are close to the ideal response for that scenario.

Universities vary in the way that they weigh your performance on the situational judgement section.

Most do not consider those who achieved a band 4, whilst others require a minimum of band 2. It is important to check the entry requirements on each university’s website.

What is a good UCAT score?

The performance varies each year, but the 2019 year is a good way to compare how well students did.
For 2019:

  • The top 10% of students achieved a total of 2800 
  • The top 30% of students achieved a total of 2610 
  • The top 50% of students achieved a total of 2480

How soon will I get my results?

If you sit your UCAT exam at a Pearson VUE test centre you will be given your test results immediately.

Which universities require applicants to have sat the UCAT?

University of Aberdeen
Anglia Ruskin University
Aston University
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
Edge Hill University
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
Keele University
Kent and Medway Medical School
King’s College London
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
Newcastle University
University of Nottingham
University of Plymouth
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
St George’s, University of London
University of Sunderland
University of Warwick

Will my university offer me an interview based on my UCAT score?

Different universities have different entry requirements.

Some universities will take a holistic approach, and take into account other factors too, like GCSE grades, personal statement, etc.
However, a lot of universities will offer you an interview if you meet a UCAT threshold.

For example, the University of Manchester say they are likely to offer an interview to students who:

  • Place in the top 30% of UCAT rankings (in 2019, this would have meant a score of 2610)
  • Achieve a Band 1 or Band 2 in the SJT
  • Meet the other minimum entry requirements (GCSE’s and A level grades)

    There’s no doubt that your UCAT score will play a tremendous role in whether you make it to the next stage of your university process. So get practising!