This student applied in the 2021/22 application cycle and therefore the selection process at Sheffield may have changed since then. You should read all the information a University sends you about the selection process to get the most up to date details!
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Course: Standard Undergraduate
Online Panel interview
Admissions Tests: UCAT
UCAT past papers
Top tip: Interviews are the key to getting in – spend as much time practicing with literally anyone you can find.
Before I made my application…
When did you decide you wanted to apply for medical school?
When I was in Year 11.
How did you choose what medical schools to apply to?
Based on likelihood of getting an interview, as well as proximity to home.
What types of work experience did you do?
Care work (e.g. in residential care)
Work experience in another healthcare setting
Online work experience
How much work experience did you do?
1 week of hospital work experience, 2 days in a bioinformatics firm, and an online work experience course.
How did you find your work experience opportunities?
Through asking someone I knew to take me on.
During the application process…
What admissions test did you sit?
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT): https://www.ucat.ac.uk/
How did you prepare for your admissions test?
Medify (mostly) and Medentry or 3 months before the exam.
What resources did you use?
Free online resources like Medify, Medentry
Practice papers from the UCAT test website
Paid admissions test prep course
What type of interview did you do?
Panel Interview: This type of interview is a ‘traditional’ sit down interview where you’ll be interviewed by a group of people, usually academic tutors and doctors. This differs from an MMI interview, which is based around ‘stations’ which have themes or scenarios attached to them.
How did you prepare for your interview?
I practiced as many questions with as many people as I could, and did a couple online courses. I also spent a few months doing research on NHS hot topics, and prepared answers for the most common questions.
What happened in your interview?
We were given questions in advance, so I knew what was coming although there were some follow-up questions that were not previously given to us. There was also a problem-solving game that we played.
Paid-for resources and courses: Some students choose to pay for courses either online or in person to help them prepare for admissions tests and interviews. There is no evidence that they give you an advantage. There are good, free alternatives for preparation for admissions tests and interviews, and some offer bursaries and discounts to students who come from low income families. Check out our guides and uni websites for more details.
Medify: Medify is a popular website which provides resources for helping you prepare your medicine application. Medify has some free resources online but some are paid-for. There are good, free alternatives for preparation available online, so check out our subject guides and the university websites for details.
Mock interviews: Don’t worry if you didn’t have this opportunity. Not everyone’s teachers can help organise this, and not everyone can afford to pay for a mock interview. Interviews are designed to take into account that not everyone has the same level of preparation. See our guides and blogs on interviews to find out more about free online resources.