After you’ve received an offer from a Medical School, they might invite you to an offer holder event. You could be invited to visit the university and look around the facilities, experience some aspects of the course, and meet other students. Or they might hold a remote event online, where you’ll receive an introduction to the Med School and the course.
During one of the offer holder days I attended, I had the opportunity to have a go at a problem-based learning (PBL) session, tried out some consultation skills with simulated patients, and joined some talks and Q&A sessions.
These events are definitely worth attending, because they really help you to get a feel of what the course and the university are like, as well as the teaching style that you will experience there. Even if you’re already certain that you’re going to ‘firm’ your offer, you should still go for the day as it’s also an opportunity to meet some of your potential peers – so when you start the course, you might know some people already!
The UCAS deadline for replying to offers is 9th June 2022. It’s very difficult to change your replies to offers once you’ve submitted them, so you need to take your time and make sure you’re happy with your decision before doing anything final.
Go to those offer holder days, talk to current students if you can, and do some research into what the university is like to help you in your decision-making. You could also have a look at social media to see what Med students say and get a taste of what life could be like.
Remember that you have to select a ‘firm’ choice and there’s also an optional ‘insurance’ choice. If you do choose to select an insurance choice, make sure the grade requirements are lower than that of your firm choice so it can really serve its purpose! If you have only received one offer for Medicine, you may want to think about whether you want to select your 5th choice (a different degree) as your insurance or whether you’d prefer to leave it blank.
After you’ve accepted an offer, you’ll usually be able to apply for university accommodation. This varies from uni to uni, and some will even allow you to apply for accommodation if you’ve selected them as your insurance choice. Be aware that there are deadlines associated with applying for accommodation, so get on top of this as soon as possible!
Many universities offer accommodation tours and there’s always plenty of information available on their websites about the different options you can choose. You may want to talk to current students, because they’ll be able to give you a true picture of what certain places are like, how far they are from the university, what the pros/cons are, etc. Of course, you’ll also need to consider the costs involved, because some accommodation options might be more expensive than others.
Whilst you still have a few little details to sort out with regards to your offer, it’s imperative that you don’t get distracted from achieving those A-Level grades.
Now that you’ve sat the UCAT or the BMAT, done your interview and received an offer, you might feel like the main body of your application is over – but remember that your A-Level grades are arguably the most important thing, because they can make or break everything that you’ve worked for up until now! Come up with a revision strategy that suits your learning style and stay organised so you don’t fall at the final hurdle.
Alongside your A-Level work, you might want to start thinking about your first year of Med School and what it will involve.
Do some reading about topics like PBL (if this is the teaching style that the Med School uses), patient interaction and dissection to get ahead and make sure you know what to expect as a first-year Med student.
Getting an offer for Medicine is incredibly competitive, so take some time to reflect and celebrate what you’ve achieved so far.
You’re now in the final stretch of the process, so concentrate on your A-Levels and you should be on your way to becoming a Med student!
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