Richard Lee, Associate Director for Transition and Skills, said, “We have always supported our students in their journey to studying medical degrees, and this has grown in recent years with increased interest and demand from students. This year we have decided to launch a formalised programme of support for the increasing number of aspiring medical professionals studying at OSFC. Today is the first in a series of events that are part of the Aspiring Medics Programme.”
Last year over 72,000 students across the UK applied to study Medicine at university, of these only 10% were successful first time. However, in the same year, 44% of Medicine applicants from OSFC were successful the first time they applied, significantly above the national average. As medicine is such a competitive course, our aspiring medics will attend regular sessions over the next 9 months to ensure they are well prepared for their next step. These sessions will cover everything from work experience and personal statements to medical ethics and mock interviews.
The launch session included a talk from Manchester University’s Admissions Manager, Michael Pollitt, who gave our students an insight into what universities look for in personal statements and how they assess students applying for medical degrees. Michael was also joined by 2 ex-OSFC students, William Manchester and Thahiba Chowdhury, who are both now studying Medicine at Manchester University. William, now in his second year at university, said, “I think it’s a great idea to offer a structured programme of support to students aspiring to study Medicine; ongoing support is so important for personal motivation and to get into the right mind-set to study a medical degree.”
Mariam, who aspires to be a Dentist after OSFC, explained why she was thrilled about the opportunity to be involved in the Aspiring Medics Programme: “I have been passionate about becoming a Dentist since school, and I know how competitive the courses are, so I want to take advantage of any extra help that is available. AMP will be so beneficial for all of us, in terms of the information we will have access to and the support we are offered.”
If you are interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine at university, apply now for the opportunity to be involved in our Aspiring Medics Programme in 2018.