Welcome to the David Game College Medical & Life Sciences Programme. Entry to medicine and allied courses, such as dentistry and pharmacology, has always been challenging. As competition for places increases successful entry requires not only excellent academic results, it also necessitates strategic preparation. Prospective students have to write their UCAS personal statement, carefully arrange relevant healthcare work experience and prepare for demanding aptitude tests.
The programme prepares those students who wish to study a life science subject at leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, and colleges such as University College London. Entry standards for life sciences subjects into Oxbridge, Imperial and UCL, can be high as those for medical studies. Moreover, developments are occurring at such a speed that top universities often complain about students’ lack of key knowledge, irrespective of their intellectual potential. That is why our programme provides extra depth and rigour, which should increase your chance of securing your desired place.
The David Game Medical Programme also advises on preparing students who may wish to apply to Medical Schools in the United States, in particular Ivy League universities such as Harvard, John Hopkins, Stanford and Yale. Naturally, these institutions are extremely competitive and command significant financial resources. David Game College has experience of placing students in foreign universities, especially in the United States.
Key Features of the Medical and Life Sciences Programme
- It is taught by a highly experienced and well qualified staff, including staff who have taught medical students at UCL, have edited top medical journals and those who have conducted medical research
- at Imperial College and Kings College London
- Students are personally guided by our Director of Studies who has over a decade of experience in successfully advising and placing medical students
- Visits and talks from outside medical practitioners and professional scientists
- Provides succinct up-dates on key developments in medicine, biomedical science, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry
- One-to-one or small group preparation for aptitude tests (UKCAT and BMAT) by an aptitude test specialist
- Tutoring and guidance on interview techniques
- Seminars on medical ethics and bioethics
- Constant guidance from personal tutors who track students performance, looking for consistency, high marks and constant improvement from students during their A level course
- Potential medics are taught about how the National Health Service operates and the challenges it faces
- Taught by one of Londons most experienced and qualified teams of professional scientists, with a wealth of knowledge and backgrounds in medical science (click here to view our team)
- All students receive one-to-one detailed guidance from our Director of Studies who advises on the selection of the course, university, how to complete their UCAS form, personal statement and making the right impression at interview
- Holds some of the most informative and up-to-date seminars on developments in biomedical science, including: genetics, pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine, diabetes, dementia, targeted therapies, cancer biology and issues relating to anti-biotic resistance and the biology of pain and pain prevention; developments in gene technology, developments in cell signalling, immunology, genomics and the proteome
- Students are encouraged to read widely, reviewing national newspapers, periodicals, such as New Scientist, Scientific American and a range of online, open source information
What does the Medical Programme prepare students for?
Our programme prepares students for the following courses:
- Veterinary Medicine
- Biomedical Sciences
- Immunology and infection
- Physiology-related degree courses, e.g. Neuroscience, Human Physiology, Pathology
- Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology
- Medical and general Microbiology
The purpose of the programme is to ensure that students:
- are clear on whether a career in medicine or a medically related-course (such as Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy or Dentistry) is appropriate and realistic given their previous academic performance
- select the best possible A level combination for their university application
- have been carefully briefed and advised on which type of course they should select and from which university
- are aware of the risks associated with each course of action/options
- are aware of the wide range of resources that are available to them
- are prepared as well as they can be for critical aptitude tests, such as BMAT and UKCAT
- understand what is expected from them if they secure an interview and how best to perform
- understand the basic set up of the healthcare system in the UK and the challenges faced by medical practitioners
- have carefully considered a serious Plan B in the event they do not manage to secure their first choice of course
When a student arrives at the College or submits an application to study medicine, a medically-related course or a life sciences course at a leading university, the College will have a number of critical questions that it needs answers to before it proceeds with the application. In essence, what the College wants to establish from the student is the following:
- Does the potential candidate have the necessary background at GCSE (or equivalent) to stand a realistic chance of being considered by universities for a highly competitive course?
- Is the potential candidate serious about their intent and are they fully committed to the challenge before them?
- Is the time-frame available to achieve their aim adequate?
- Has the candidate selected the right combination of A level subjects to optimise their chances and are there any deficiencies in the candidates GCSE background?
- If the candidate has already completed their AS levels, have they taken a UKCAT or BMAT test?
Once the above have been discussed and a realistic pathway agreed,the candidate is able to enter the medical programme and benefit from the extended service that it provides.
Between October and January, seminars will be held on developments in science and medicine that will not only inspire the students, but also allow them a chance to gain a better insight into most important developments that are or will affect their area of potential study. Examples of seminars are:
- Proteomics and Personalised Medicine: how gene-directed medicine is transforming patient treatment
- Developments and challenges in Pharmacology and Medicine
- Overview of immunology
- Research methods
- Cancer what is it and why is it such a big killer?
- The nature and relevance of medical ethics
- Decision making and data analysis
For those wanting to gain entry into healthcare, additional seminars will also be given on the National Health System in the UK, how it works and the key issues it faces.
The course will also have a number of visits from practising medical practitioners who will outline the challenges of medicine as a career, and the key issues practitioners face on a daily basis.
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|Quantum Biology||15th Feb 2016||Download|
|The Human Microbiome||15th Feb 2016||Download|
|What is Gene Editing?||29th Feb 2016||Download|
|Medical Entry 2017 MMI, Interviews, UKCAT and BMAT||07th Feb 2017||Download|
|The 6 Cs of the National Health Service||25th Jan 2017||Download|