London Medical Study Preparation Program is a two-week specialist course designed specifically for those ambitious students who are considering or preparing to apply to a UK Medical School in the future.
Students will have four 75 minute a day intensive academic study, focusing on sciences in medical contexts and their practical applications, which include essential practical skills in biology and chemistry as well as medical topics such as nutrition and genetics. Lessons, taught by qualified subject teachers, integrate theory and practice, combining classroom instructions and practical workshops and experiments in the laboratories. Students will participate in work experience at a charity shop, a care home, a GP surgery or by shadowing the school nurse, and also do a First Aid Qualification during the course.
In addition, with the support of teachers, students will carry out an individual research project, which involves giving a presentation, writing an extended essay and developing IT skills. Students will have opportunity to visit a teaching hospital and be introduced to BMAT and UKCAT – two main specialist tests used by UK medical schools, and thus gain a better understanding of what will be expected from them when applying to study medicine in the UK and how to apply.
The course fully integrates academic subject study with English language learning through European ground-breaking teaching method – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach for learning content through a foreign language (English), thus teaching both the subject and the language. A full structured social and leisure programme, and cultural visits and trips are also included to complement the academic programme.
The course is run in two centres – one is in central London at prestigious DLD College which overlooks Houses of Parliament and the River Thames, adding great value for students to experience vibrant London life. Another centre is in Bristol at Sidcot School with highly competitive price and great experience of country life.
Medical Study Preparation Program consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuitions, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 40 hours of academic tuition per week
- Lectures, workshops, laboratory experiments
- Visit to a teaching hospital and work experience
- First Aid Qualification
- BMAT and UKCAT introduction
- A full evening and weekend sports and social programme
- 2 full days and 1 half-day trips and excursions per week
- Maximum class size of 15 students (typically 12 students per class)
British Education encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work in order to fostering students awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. The social programme is designed to incorporate aspects of the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) strand of the IB Diploma.
- Creativity includes a wide range of arts activities. Students will be able to participate in digital media, textiles, drama, bracelet making, cooking, model making, art competitions, circus skills, quizzes and photography.
- Action includes participation in individual and team sports, including football, cricket, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, paintballing, archery, fencing, swimming, hiking, orienteering, canoeing, water zorbing, sports competition, driving, survival skills and absailing.
- Service encompasses community and social service activities. Students could be involved in helping to organise fun charity events to raise money. For these events students worked as a team and developed leadership and organisational skills.
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- London Eye
- Houses of Parliament
- National Gallery
- Tower of London
- London Museums
- Buckingham Palace
- Madame Tussauds
The sample timetable below is a typical 1-week Medical Study Preparation Program at DLD College/Sidcot School.
Students stay in single and twin en-suite bedrooms of DLD College Boarding House located directly above our college premises. Girls and boys are accommodated separately in different floors. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day are provided in the college Refectory. Students also have access to a Starbucks Café where they can buy hot drinks and snacks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Modern classrooms, laboratories and sports facilities. Student lounge, TV room and common area. Wi-fi access in common areas and hotpsots.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
The DLD College London is an independent sixth form college situated in the heart of London, directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben. The College, founded in 1931, offers superb, modern teaching facilities in the heart of London overlooking The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & the River Thames.
As one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the UK, DLD College specialises in preparing students for GCSE, A Level and International Foundation Programmes. Its reputation is built on success in public examinations and the quality of its small group teaching. It aims to maintain a ‘gold standard’ of educational quality, with small classes, the students and teachers are able to focus upon the most effective ways of learning.
The large sixth form enables the College to offer a wide range of subjects, supported by a strong pastoral system and high quality higher education and careers advice. Because of the intense competition for places at very top universities, especially Oxford or Cambridge, the College offer students’ extensive support to take additional exams and wider programmes, such as Oxbridge Entrance Programme and Medicine and Dentistry Programme, designed to help those aiming for the very highest level.
DLD students have won gold, silver and bronze awards in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Olympiads in recent years. In the 2011-2012 series of Mathematics Olympiads, Abbey DLD students gained an astonishing 9 gold medals. The College also encourage those most gifted and motivated students to work towards the Advanced Extension Award, which are a useful additional qualification when applying for the most prestigious universities. In addition, in light of the most competitive universities increasingly use additional tests to select their students, DLD also offer a programme to teach students individually and in small groups for these examinations, including Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) and the Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT). Students can also benefit from some excellence programmes such as Critical Thinking, Medical Careers Seminars.