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Should I Attend a Medicine Summer Course in Year 12?

Year 12. Arguably one of the most important years in terms of your education. For UK students, you’ll probably be studying for A-Levels or a similar qualification, and this also means that you’ll probably be spending a fair few hours preparing personal statements, scanning university prospectuses and applying to your top five universities via UCAS.

In particular, if you are thinking of applying to study medicine at university, you may be thinking; *‘How can I give myself the best chance of getting into my chosen university?’ *or ‘How can I help myself to land that dream job?’ Well, have you ever considered taking part in a medicine summer course?

With A-Level exams and university applications looming, it could be the perfect time for you to immerse yourself in an intensive programme, designed to enrich your learning and excel you as an individual.

We’ve pulled together our top ten reasons as to why participating in a medicine summer course may benefit you. They are:

  • See if you enjoy medicine as a subject
  • Learn practical & real-world methodologies
  • Meet medicine enthusiasts & network
  • Learn from the leading experts
  • Improve your science grades
  • Get a taste of medicine at university
  • Support your university application/CV
  • Develop your language skills
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun!

Let’s take a detailed look at them below:

1. See if you enjoy medicine as a subject

It’s unlikely that you’ll be studying medicine whilst you’re at school or college, and that also means that it’s unlikely you will have any idea if the subject is right for you. University is very expensive and medicine especially, is a very long and intensive degree, so it’s important that you get to know the subject before you apply for it.

With summer schools lasting around two-to-six weeks, it's an ideal length of time for you to get introduced to medicine and see if it is the right course for you. With plenty of teaching hours and independent study, you’ll immerse yourself in the subject for plenty of time to see if you enjoy it.

2. Learn practical & real-world methodologies

Here at Oxford Summer Courses, though we believe in learning for learning’s sake, we also believe that your education is so much more than that.

Our medicine courses are all about equipping you for your future by providing you with practical methods which are used by professionals today, and by teaching you about the latest research and discoveries in medicine, so you have an accurate knowledge of medicine in the real-world.

3. Meet medicine enthusiasts & network

Medicine isn’t a subject you tend to study at school. That’s why attending a summer course is so great! Where you may be one of the few pupils at school who is passionate about the subject, when you attend a summer course, you will be surrounded by classmates who all share the same enthusiasm for the subject.

Networking with others is great, not only for your future career endeavours, but also to share helpful tips and information. You never know, you may even meet a new best friend!

4. Learn from the leading experts

If you have questions about the subject - whether you’re wondering if the subject is right for you, unsure what branch of medicine you would be interested in pursuing, or even if you want to know what a day in the life of a doctor is - a summer course is the perfect place to have them answered.

During your time on a medicine summer course, you will learn from tutors who have the highest fountain of knowledge. Most tutors still practice in their chosen field and can offer you invaluable insights into the subject outside of an educational context.

If you are enrolling in an Oxford Summer Courses medicine courses, you can feel assured that you are being taught by some of the world's leading experts. We pride ourselves on hiring the best tutors from Oxford, Cambridge and other leading institutions, to ensure our students are receiving the highest quality of teaching.

5. Improve your science grades

Another slightly more obvious reason as to why you might take part in a medicine summer course is to improve your school grades.

Though you may not be studying medicine at school, the scientific theory behind the subject will significantly enhance your understanding of many of the sciences which are taught at school.

By immersing yourself in extra tuition over your summer holidays, you will be able to solidify your understanding of biology, chemistry and physics, and will have it fresh on your memory for when you return to school.

6. Get a taste of medicine at university

When your participate in an Oxford Summer Courses medicine summer school, you will be getting an authentic taste of what a ‘day-in-the-life of a medicine student’ is like.

Mixing traditional seminars with practical workshops, professional development sessions and lectures from eminent keynote speakers, you will get an authentic experience of the various teaching methods that Oxbridge medicine students receive.

7. Support your university application/CV

Obviously a huge reason as to why students may participate in a medicine summer course is to enhance their university applications and/or CVs.

Showing potential institutions and employers that you chose to spend your summer holidays further developing your knowledge around medicine shows a huge amount of dedication, passion and commitment to the subject. It will have your application glowing!

In addition, if you attend a medicine course with Oxford Summer Courses, then our tutors will write you a letter of recommendation which you can also add to your university applications.  

8. Develop your language skills

If you decide to study abroad when attending a medicine summer school, then this may be an opportunity to develop your language skills (depending on where you go).

Learning another language, especially English, is a popular reason as to why students choose to take part in a summer school, as English is one of the most commonly used languages in medicine. Whether you want to prepare for your IELTS exams, need stronger English skills for a future university application or simply want to become more fluent in the language, you will certainly improve your language skills when you immerse yourself at an overseas institution for a few weeks.

9. Make new friends

When you decide to attend a residential summer camp, you will be sharing the experience with lots of other students. The perfect opportunity to make a new circle of friends, you will meet equally enthusiastic learners from all-around the world.

Not only will you be studying alongside your peers, but you will also have plenty of downtime outside of the classroom to hang out with students studying other subjects and get-to-know each other.

10. Have fun!

We know that studying medicine can be quite intense and challenging. And we also know that you’ll be taking time out of your summer holidays to participate in an academic summer course.

Therefore, when you attend a medicine summer school, you’ll get plenty of downtime to relax and have fun, making sure you get the most out of your summer. From scheduled day trips to sporting afternoons, meals out and movie nights, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to chill out and have a break from that intense studying.

So there you have it! Our top 10 reasons as to why you should participate in a medicine summer course.

What are your thoughts? Do you think you’ll be planning on attending a medicine summer school? Let us know by getting in contact via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email!

And if you are interested, why not take a look at our medicine summer courses here

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Year 12. Arguably one of the most important years in terms of your education. If you have hopes of studying medicine at university in the future, discover how a medicine summer course could aide your pursuits.

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