Applying for Medicine

Support for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry Applications:

Here at Nonsuch we are delighted that a number of our girls successfully apply for courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.  Such specialised applications require specialised preparation and the girls have a wide variety of opportunities and support available to them. 

At the start of Year 12 girls are able to meet with our Careers Advisor, Ms O’Brien, to discuss careers options.  Further to this, a University Lecture Taster Evening takes place early in the year where girls have the opportunity to find out more about a variety of courses which can include Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry but can also encompass other courses within these fields.  We also have a growing Medical Society, run by current Medicine applicants, which discusses topics from current news in healthcare, to Personal Statements and application techniques to other healthcare-related careers.  This society is supported by a student-run blog and is aimed at students from Year 10 to Year 13.

After students have completed their Internal Examinations in May of Year 12 there is then the opportunity to carry out Work Experience and many students choose to use this time to gain experience in their chosen sector, from shadowing cardiologists to volunteering in a care home.  Varied and long-term experience is particularly valuable and students are encouraged to volunteer in serving and caring capacities, such as at care homes, primary schools and charity shops.  Universities are particularly keen on seeing evidence that students have carried out volunteering over extended time periods as it shows an engagement with and understanding of the healthcare industry.

Once students return from Work Experience we then run our HE Launch days.  As further support we run a lunchtime information talk for all prospective Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry applicants where they can find out more about the application process/  Further to this, students are encouraged to seek feedback from staff on their Personal Statements.  All Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry applicants then have a one-to-one meeting with the Director of Sixth Form or one of the Heads of Year to discuss her Personal Statement and application.  We are also able to help students to investigate alternative careers within the healthcare field.  During this half term we also run our Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) Evening, run by St. George’s, and follow this with a Medics Information Evening.  We are also very lucky that previous Nonsuch students come in to school to carry out lunchtime workshops where they discuss their experiences of applying for, and subsequently studying, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.  In addition, students are given the opportunity to attend a UKCAT Preparation Workshop to support their UKCAT preparation. 

At the start of Year 13 students submit their Personal Statement for final advice before submitting their UCAS application.  We then run a series of ‘University Preparation Workshops’ which focus on supporting the students to develop the thinking skills that are often required during interviews.  Further to this a Mock Interview is arranged for all students applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry and feedback is given after this.  Mock interviews are arranged, wherever possible, with local contacts within the healthcare field, including GPs and practising physicians.  In addition to this support, students who have previously attended interviews are asked to write up their interview and questions and this record is made available to current applicants to help them to prepare for the sort of questions that may be asked and the experiences that they are likely to face.

We are very proud of the support that we offer to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry applicants at Nonsuch and we are delighted that at least 15 students go on to pursue these courses each year.