If you are hoping to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science then the college offers dedicated guidance and preparation to ensure the best chance of success.
Almost 650 of our students have been placed on Medicine, Dentistry and medically related programmes since 2000. Students are encouraged to apply to a range of universities, from Oxford University to the University of East Anglia. Our former students can be found at all the London medical schools – Kings, Imperial, Queen Mary, St George’s and University College.
Medical and Dentistry applicants receive:
- Advice on sixth form subject choices and courses.
- Support for work experience placements.
- Weekly medical forum including:
- Research and discussion sessions on current medical and ethical issues.
- Help with preparing a medical application.
- Access to extensive online information compiled by our expert tutors.
- Role play scenarios.
- Multi mini interviews.
- Workshops aimed at improving communication skills.
- Introductions to volunteering positions in the wider community.
- Interview practice with members of staff who have first-hand experience as lay members of medical interview panels.
- Expert knowledge of university entry requirements.
- Exclusive access to our expert and dedicated Careers Advisers.
- First Aid training course offered.
These are weekly events where you can participate in talks and discussions on current issues affecting Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary professions and discuss the kinds of questions asked at interviews. During these sessions we explore the principles of medical ethics and look at new scientific research. For part of the year we will concentrate on medical interviews to ensure all our students are fully prepared, exploring the varying styles from the more traditional interview to the variations in multi mini interviews.
The College is fortunate to have two highly qualified Careers Advisers. Students in the college are able to book appointments to see them as many times as they want throughout the year and have one to one sessions, ensuring the students make realistic and well informed decisions about their choices and then have help with suggestions about how to improve their personal statements. The College appoints each student a referee who spends time getting to know the student well so they can write a supportive reference.
Speakers throughout the year are arranged for all students in the College. Talks by visitors in varying professions including Doctors, Medical students and Dentists. We will invite them in to talk about their work and their daily routines. This will provide students with the opportunity to discuss with working professionals the rewards, stresses and strains their professions bring.
Visits from Admissions Tutors
Every year we invite admissions tutors to come from different universities to talk to the students and their parents. This enables them to have the opportunity to ask questions and gain an insight into the university application process.
This year the college has strengthened its partnership with the University of Birmingham with the following aims:
• To be part of a meaningful forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice in supporting learners into higher education
• To help develop the University’s understanding of challenges facing schools and colleges and help them find innovative ways of supporting our students
• To be up to date and have a greater insight into developments in higher education
• To have the opportunity to comment on University admissions policies and procedures
• To help us shape, participate and benefit from the wide range of support services and activities available to the college
Work Experience and Volunteering
The College encourages students to get a wide range of work experience in GP practices, veterinary practices and other NHS organisations. In London this is easiest to arrange in the borough within which you live but we can give you advice on how best to apply for this and make a link with your local GP and hospital.
We encourage all Brampton students to be involved in some form of volunteering. Useful volunteering for Medical applications are care homes, charity shops and working with children. Brampton College has an active charity committee and we will encourage all students to participate in at least one individual and one corporate event but we will spend some time explaining to all our students the benefits this can bring to the student as well as the wider community. We want you to get involved!
The BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections. You can see what is in each section and also a list of courses that require BMAT below:
Section 1: Aptitude and Skills Generic skills in problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference. 35 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications Tests the ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16 (for example, GCSE in the UK and IGCSE internationally). 27 multiple-choice questions in 30 minutes
Section 3: Writing Task Tests the ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. One writing task from a choice of four questions in 30 minutes
There are many institutions that require the BMAT. It is required for entry to a medical or veterinary degree for many universities including:
• Cambridge University
• Imperial College London
• Oxford University
• The Royal Veterinary College
• University College London
BMAT In house training
Brampton College help you prepare for this exam by offering:
i. Classroom sessions. These lessons will focus on Section 3 of the BMAT , which is a short but demanding essay. Guidance is given to Critical thinking which is tested in Section 1 of the BMAT paper. Separate sessions on section 2 will be given if you need to revise the scientific knowledge and applications.
ii. A Medical Forum to keep you up to date with some current topics and discuss your ideas with others.
There are many institutions that require the UKCAT. You will find a list of institutions that require the UKCAT here.
Destinations of recent leavers studying Medicine include Bristol, Leicester and Sheffield. Many of our applicants for Dentistry have been accepted by the Dental schools at Leeds and Queen Mary, while others are currently studying at Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool. Of the 9 students who have gone on to study Optometry in the last five years, the majority have gone to City, Manchester or to Aston. In 2014 alone there were 8 students who went on to read Pharmacy at a number of different universities including UCL and Cardiff.
Gaining a place to read Medicine or in one of the professions allied to Medicine such as Dentistry, Optometry or Pharmacy requires thorough preparation and skilled advice and guidance. Our record speaks for itself.
Overseas University Applications
Brampton College has many years’ experience with overseas medical and dental school entry procedures. Our students have gone on to study in The Czech Republic, Spain, Canada, USA, Malta, Ireland and others.