In the UK, only 10% of applicants to Medical School and 20% to Oxbridge are successful in gaining a place. The competition is tough, but this is to be expected when the most intelligent and academically able students are competing amongst themselves for these highly prestigious university courses.
Medical Schools, along with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge agree that academic excellence, a genuine interest in a chosen subject with an ability to undertake independent research, as well as the capability to think on your feet, are key aspects in being a successful candidate. There are a variety of skills and traits that a student is expected to exhibit alongside their academic potential. Students applying to the most competitive degrees and universities often need to take one or more admission tests in addition to A-level, IB or other Level 3 qualification. A student’s score in these tests is a key piece of information used to shortlist the candidates for an interview.
This year, Bosworth Independent College anticipates six candidates will be invited for an interview to study Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry at their chosen university, as well as six students already securing an interview with University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford. The interviews are designed to examine both academic and personal qualities, communication skills, subject knowledge and the ability to deal with ethical dilemmas and data analysis. Interviewers assess each student’s capacity to deal with challenging situations, respond confidently, remain calm and to think on their feet. Bosworth organises challenging and realistic mock interviews with external interviewers who are experts in the field. The Oxbridge and Medic bootcamp provides students with background information about interviews, suggested reading, broader recommendations and suggestions as to some questions for which to prepare. The weekly workshops focus on interview technique and practice. Students learn not only how to answer the questions proficiently, but also how to make a good first impression, what to wear and what to expect on the day.
This has paid off – Bosworth students are better prepared than ever before. Nicole, Bosworth and University of Oxford alumna, said: “I achieved A grades in each module – something that may not have been possible without support from Bosworth”.
Medical Schools, Oxford and Cambridge are looking for candidates who have dedication, initiative, persistence and the ability to communicate well. While the process may seem challenging, the end result will be a rewarding career in a highly competitive field.
Learn how Bosworth Independent College can help to achieve academic and personal goals at www.bosworthcollege.com or call 01604 235090.