WAMS TOP 5 TIPS FOR APPLYING
Created by Leeds Medical Students and WAMS Volunteers!
1. Start Early - research different medical schools, their access courses and what it means to study medicine.
2. Get Advice - Attend WAMS events, webinars and open days to understand what makes a good student.
3. Prepare - book your UCAT and/or BMAT tests and ensure you've prepared for them using the tools provided.
4. Get Involved - get some work experience and reflect on what you've learnt that day (it helps to keep notes!)
5. Practice! - work on your interview techniques with friends, family and teachers.
USEFUL LINKS AND OPPORTUNITIES
MEDICAL SCHOOLS COUNCIL (MSC)
The MSC represents and provides information on all UK Medical Schools, any differences in course style and entry requirements. They have a wealth of information surrounding applications - from work experience to finance, their info sheets and videos are valuable tools for getting started.
GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL (GMC)
The GMC sets the standards for all medical students and doctors in the UK. Their document 'Achieving Good Medical Practice' is the basis for medical school selection, monitoring and teaching. It's well worth a read for any medical applicant.
LTHT WORK EXPERIENCE
WAMS are unable to provide suitable work experience. If you're local to Leeds, please see the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust website for further guidance.
This website provides the specifics about the University of Leeds and the MBChB (medicine degree) at Leeds. WAMS is unable to answer admissions-related questions about the Leeds MBChB - please contact the university directly.
BIOMEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (BMAT)
The BMAT is required to apply to the MBChB at Leeds. It assesses your aptitude to study health related courses at university. Everything you need to take the test is available on the BMAT website which is linked below. WAMS does not endorse any private tutoring or paid for BMAT events. If you're from a widening participation background, the test is free - more information about the BMAT bursary can be found here.
UNIVERSITY CLINICAL APTITUDE TEST (UCAT)
Previously known as the UKCAT, UCAT tests your aptitude to study medicine or dentistry at university. Everything you need to take the UCAT is available on their website which is linked below. WAMS does not endorse any private tutoring or paid for UCAT events. If you're from a widening participation background, the test is free - more information about the UCAT bursary can be found here.
Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.
BSMS VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE
This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face.
We support applicants from all over the country. Do-it is a national database for volunteering opportunities in your area. Any opportunity for skill building and reflection is ideal for medical applications.
THE WORSLEY TIMES
The Worsley Times is the official student paper of the University of Leeds Medical School. Run by students, for students. Look out for new articles every Wednesday, as well as new themes and prizes each month.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED PSYCHIATRY?
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are hosting a 1 Day Psychiatry Autumn School on Wednesday 27th October 2021. This event is designed for WP students who will have just commenced Year 12. The programme will include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions which will enable students to get an insight into the career of a psychiatrist and the very varied subspecialties of psychiatry.
BMAT LIVE CHAT
The BMAT Support Team are hosting a #BMAT live chat on 20 July, at 10.00 (BST) and again at 17.00 (BST).
Join their panel of experts for your chance to ask anything about the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)!