What is it?
The Truro and Penwith College Medics’ Academy is run in partnership with Peninsula Medical School students as part of the Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) initiative. This is a wholly student led organisation with the aim of informing, encouraging and inspiring students, and is very popular with those wishing to progress into a medicine degree.
The work covered in this term will build your awareness of what universities look for in students who apply to medicine. This will include:
- the academic qualifications needed and the use of university entrance tests;
- the relevant work experience needed;
- the personal qualities they seek, and how to evidence such qualities;
- the link between academic study and medical issues/ethics;
- additional qualities that the universities will assess;
- an appreciation of what a degree and career in medicine entails.
Lectures delivered include external speakers from a range of medical schools and relevant disciplines as well as College staff.
Work covered in this term will include:
- a course delivered over the term by the WAMS students in years four and five at the Peninsula Medical School. Through individual sessions and group work the course will address and take forward the foundation work covered in Term 1;
- a course delivered over the term, which will address the breadth of work experience needed for an application to medicine.
The work covered in this term will prepare you for your actual application to medicine, which will take place at the start of term 4. This will include:
- revision lectures for the university entrance exams for medicine, which include the UKCAT and BMAT tests;
- lectures to support you in writing your personal statement for an application to medicine;
- small group sessions run by the Peninsula Medical School WAMS students to prepare students for an interview at medical school;
- lectures on how to optimise your choice of medical school in relation to your individual strengths.