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Culford Prepare Sixth Formers for Medical School


Culford Sixth Formers took a hands on approach this week when learning about applying for medical school.

As well as preparing Culford’s Oxbridge and Medical School candidates with traditional practice, the school involves its Sixth Form Drama Scholars to act out interview scenarios for the potential medics.

Stephen Arbuthnot, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Increasingly, the top medical schools are using MMI’s or multiple mini interviews to assess their candidates. This is the ‘speed dating’ of assessment centres and involves candidates moving around a variety of scenarios which last for approximately 10 minutes. This assesses the potential candidate in a more real life setting.”

In their UCAS tutourial, Culford’s medical school candidates were presented with a variety of challenges. These ranged from playing a surgeon informing a patient that their knee replacement has not been successful, to explaining vaccinations to a five year old.

Sixth Former and rugby player, Freddie Allum, who holds 8 A*’s at GCSE said: “It has been a brilliant afternoon and has really helped me prepare me for what I will face at interview. Culford have helped me enormously with my personal statement and normal interview practice, but these mini scenarios have been great.”

Alongside the medics, Culford Sixth Form has a number of students who have applied to Oxford or Cambridge this year. They have all been invited to interview and we wish them the best in the months to come.

Published: December 8 2016

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