This section acts as a step-by-step Teachers’ Guide for those who want to provide the best possible support for those applying for Medicine – as well as detailing our range of in-house BMAT, UCAT and Interview Courses for schools. For each step of the medical school application process, we tell you how The Medic Portal can help you.
Teachers’ Guide: Early GCSE Preparation
Early preparation for a medical application is vital – and you’ll play a key role in this. Find out how you can support your students from GCSE level in our Teachers’ Guide: Early GCSE Preparation.
Teachers’ Guide: Medical Societies
As the teacher in charge of Medical School applications, it is in your interest to drum up interest in Medicine, give students enough exposure to see if Medicine is right for them, and to provide a communal environment where your applicants can keep up-to-date and learn from each other.
This is the best way to find out if they are a good fit for Medicine. If they are, it will also form the backbone of their Medical School application. During their work placement, it’s crucial that students keep a diary of their time – you can encourage them to do this through our free Personal Portfolio tool and to show it to you regularly to make sure they are on track.
Want to know how to write a reference for a student’s UCAS application? A lot of teachers feel under pressure when it comes to writing a teacher reference, so we’ve written a guide to approaching these in our Teachers’ Guide: UCAS References.
An increasing number of teachers are asking us for advice on the options to study Medicine overseas, as more and more students are looking at options in Europe and Asia. We’ve created a guide on advising students on studying Medicine abroad in our page Teachers’ Guide: Studying Abroad.
How The Medic Portal can help:
Boost your students’ UCAT scores
The UCAT is required by the vast majority of UK Medical Schools. It’s essential that your students score as highly as possible. You can get informed by reading the UCAT section of the Application Guide.
The BMAT is designed to test students’ maths skills and scientific knowledge – so it’s crucial they are well prepared. We can deliver expert BMAT courses in your school at reduced rates – simply get in touch with us on our Book A Course page to find out more.
You can also direct your students to our BMAT Question Bank so they can practice. Encourage them to familiarise themselves with the format of the exam by sitting past papers and visiting the BMAT section of our Application Guide.
Prepare your students for their Medicine interview
Make sure students know what type of interview they will face – you can use our Medical School Comparison Tool to check the interview format. Then start practising with them. You can encourage students to use the practice questions in our Interview Question Bank in your lessons or in their free time at home. These questions cover all aspects of a medical school interview, from NHS Hot Topics to Empathy.
We can deliver Interview Courses at your school at a reduced rate – just visit our Book A Course page to find out more. These courses are led by doctors and cover different styles of interview, including traditional, Oxbridge and MMI, as well as how to tackle questions on Medical Ethics, Teamwork and Motivation.
MMIs are making the preparation process harder for teachers. We offer a discounted rate for school groups at our MMI Circuits – find out more about MMI for schools.
Improve your students’ Personal Statements
Personal statements are a critical differentiator in the Medical School application process. So, you need to know exactly what admissions tutors look for and guide your students in the right direction.
We strongly advise that you set up a Personal Statement Workshop, which we can run for you. Get in touch with us on our Book A Course page to find out more about how we can help. Alternatively, you can create your own using our personal statement section as a guide.