If you want a whistle-stop tour of the 6 years of Oxford Medicine, you need look no further than UNIQ. Lectures are taken directly from the first-year syllabus and delivered by exactly the same people, so it gives you a direct insight into what you would be expecting in your first term here. This is particularly useful since the Oxford course is rather different to other medical degrees, so it’s a great opportunity to see if this format really is what you’re looking for. A mock tutorial during the middle of the week gives you the chance to understand what takes place during the hour and how undergraduate students would typically prepare for one. The practical classes give you the chance to develop your basic lab skills which prove useful in the pre-clinical (first three years) portion of the degree.
To dip your toes in the water of clinical school, there are basic surgical skills sessions up at the JR Hospital run by 5th and 6th year medics, so you get even more chance to meet people who’ve been through the course and ask them about their experiences. You’ll also get a taster of the communication skills sessions that you’d attend in clinical school, and this is regularly a favourite part of the week for students. You’re the GP, there’s a patient (actor) sat in front of you presenting their problem – how can you help them? It’s really a fantastic chance to test and develop those empathetic and communication skills which are oh so valuable throughout a career as a medic.
We process between 700 - 900 applications for this UNIQ course each year for 40 places, and the academic standard together with our other selection points is very high. This makes us statistically more competitive than the medicine undergradaute course at Oxford and as a result it has been neccessary to apply a minimum GCSE A* (or equivalent) restriction for the UNIQ course. We understand this may be disappointing to students that do not meet this, but we strongly encourage you to look at our other courses on offer, particularly those within our medical sciences section.