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More about this student
Sometimes students share information with us about their demographics, which may help put their application experience into a bit more perspective.
This student identifies as a White British woman who went to a grammar or selective state school.
Course: Standard undergraduate entry
Online MMI interview
Admissions Tests: UCAT
Before I made my application…
Choosing to apply
When did you decide you wanted to apply to medicine?
How did you choose what medical schools to apply to?
What id heard from friends, social life and reputation of unis, the course structure and way of teaching and mainly where I thought I could best get in based on their entry process and what they prioritized e.g. Nottingham looks at GCSEs which was a strong point for me.
Completing work experience
What types of work experience did you do?
Hospital shadowing, GP surgery, Care work (e.g. in residential care), Customer service role (paid)
How much work experience did you do?
I worked as a care assistant for a year on my gap year, but any team work or experience of what medicine is really like in a realistic way
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?
So much practice. Everything you can. Practice timings mainly. Look up some guidance on the questions and what they are looking for especially for abstract reasoning find a mnemonic or something to remember common patterns
What type of interview did you do?
MMI: Multiple Mini Interview. This type of interview usually includes several short interviews or ‘stations’ which may involve different types of questions and scenarios. This is different compared to a panel interview, which may cover the same scenarios/types of questions but be a more ‘traditional’ sit-down interview.
How did you prepare for your interview?
The stations were online. I felt apprehensive as at the start was in a Teams room with other students which felt a little bit awkward! We were all nervous. I tried to focus on coming across as confident to show my communication skills.
What was your interview like?
The stations were online. I felt apprehensive and nervous. I tried to focus on coming across as confident to show my communication skills.
Clinical work experience: Not every student will complete clinical work experience before they apply to medical school. Don’t worry, this is not required to be able to apply. You can use non-clinical work experience (e.g. a caring role, like in a care home) or even reflect on paid work you’ve done (e.g. in customer service) in a productive way.
NHS Values: The NHS Values guide healthcare education and careers. It’s important to know and understand these values to help you be as successful as possible in your application. They can help you answer questions in your interview, or guide what you write about in your personal statement. Find out more here: NHS Values