Oxbridge and medical school preparation

Oxbridge, medical, dentistry and veterinary school preparation

We have been preparing international students for Oxford, Cambridge and medical school for more than 50 years. In the last five years, 43 of our A Level students have gone on to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine at university.

Oxbridge preparation

Places at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are competitive. You need more than just good grades to get a place at these prestigious universities. We know how to prepare you for success, to help ensure you write an impressive application.

  • A dedicated tutor group and weekly tutorials with your personal tutor
  • One-to-one UCAS support and guidance on university applications, including personal statement workshops
  • Regular assessment to keep you on track
  • A range of enrichment activities to challenge your abilities. These include a youth parliament, debating, classical studies and a young scientist group
  • Interview coaching. Mock face-to-face interviews and structured feedback that allows you to improve your performance
  • Admission and aptitude test preparation
  • Opportunity to take part in local and national competitions, including those connected to University of Cambridge and Oxford
  • The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) – A Level students will have an option to complete an EPQ in order to attain extra UCAS points

Medical, dentistry and veterinary school preparation at Cambridge

We are specialists at preparing students for further study in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Degrees in these areas are highly competitive. We will help you achieve your potential through specialist preparation.

Entry to UK Medical schools is extremely competitive. We advise students wishing to study Medicine should have a minimum IELTS 6.0 and GCSE grades A*-B or equivalent in at least 5 GCSEs including an A* or A grade in Mathematics and Chemistry.

A series of specialist workshops delivered by Medical Portal; sponsored by The Royal Society of Medicine. These sessions are all delivered by medical students and qualified doctors from some of the top Medical schools in the country.

  • UKCAT Preparation - A one day, interactive UKCAT course that breaks down the mechanics behind all UKCAT question types
  • BMAT Preparation – A one day ‘Mastering the BMAT’ course covering each of the three examined sections of the BMAT, providing the knowledge and framework to excel at this difficult aptitude test
  • Personal Statement Workshop
  • Medical School Interview Course – A comprehensive one day Mastering the Medical School Interview’ course that fully prepares students for the 3 interview types - Traditional, Multiple Mini Interview and Oxbridge
  • Project Based Learning Workshop – A two hour, interactive workshops which provides a practical and engaging introduction to this unique style of learning used by many medical schools
  • In addition there is:

  • One to one coaching for the UKCAT and BMAT medical entry tests to help you get used to test conditions
  • Interview practice with current medical students studying at top institutions; for Pharmacy students a University of Cambridge graduate works directly with the students to conduct mock interviews
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals
  • Practical lessons on patient-doctor communication
  • Help to find a voluntary placement to broaden your knowledge
  • Tailored enrichment activities such as Doctors Surgery, debating and an emergency scenarios workshop
  • Elite Medics in Brighton

    Elite Medics gives future doctors the opportunity to prepare for entry to medical school alongside their A Level programme. Medical school places are highly competitive but as one of our Elite Medics, you will be guaranteed an interview at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), providing students with the best chance to progress on to study medicine.

    Guaranteed interview at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School

    Founded in 2002 and full of modern teaching facilities, BSMS was ranked 1st for student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2015). The school is one of only 32 medical schools in the UK recognised by the General Medical Council.

    Brighton and Sussex Medical School
    • A guaranteed interview at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
    • Guided visits to the Medical School and to the hospital
    • Invitation to sample medical school lectures
    • A mentoring scheme with current medical students
    • Introductions to clinicians for shadowing and volunteering opportunities
    • Access to MedicPortal, a medical school application resource (available at Brighton only)
    • The loan of university equipment to get first-hand experience with practical exercises
    • Specific enrichment activities related to the sciences
    • Small class sizes of fewer than twelve students
    • Visits and support from admissions tutors
    • Practice for BMAT and UKCAT exams and personal statement writing
    • Introduction to BSMS / getting into Medical School
    • Introduction to Anatomy; living anatomy activity
    • Infection control
    • How to take a history
    • Cardiovascular: blood pressure, hypertension, design a drug activity
    • The NHS
    • The patient journey through the NHS
    • Ethics
    • Neurology
    • Pathogens: designing a pathogen, discovery and diagnosis
    • Emergency medicine
    • Primary care & General Practice
    • Health education
    • How to choose medical schools through UCAS
    • Career paths in Medicine
    • Mock interviews and Multiple Mini Interviews

     Students will attend sessions every two weeks run by the BSMS which will be split between Bellerbys Brighton and BSMS. Students will also visit the medical school once a month throughout the programme.

    • Students can apply to up to four medical schools
    • Most medical schools will require you take either the BMAT or UKCAT tests
    • You must include a personal statement, including details of all your voluntary work and relevant experience
    • Admissions tests are taken shortly after submitting your UCAS application
    • Successful students will be invited to interview in December or January

    Students must have 5 GCSEs at A*-B, including an A or A* in Chemistry and Maths, and an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

    Elite Medics pathway is only available at Bellerbys Brighton.

    Pinky from Myanmar

    Student Pinky

    “The enrichment activities at Bellerbys, particularly the weekly medics group, helped me to build up my knowledge and understanding. This supported me throughout the university application process - my personal statement, UKCAT test and with my interviews.”

    Pinky from Myanmar - Studied A Levels and achieved A*AAa, now studying Medicine and Surgery at Plymouth University

    Elite Medics

    Elite Medics key facts

    Minimum age: 15.5+
    Course length 5 or 6 terms (A Level programme)
    Subjects: Biology
    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
    Centres: Brighton
    English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.0
    Academic entry requirements:  Students must have 5 GCSEs at A*-B, including an A or A* in Chemistry and Maths, as well as a 200 words personal statement explaining why they want to become a doctor
    Admissions process: Skype interview with the Head of Science, the A Level Programme Manager or the Principal

    Studying in the UK

    Bellerbys London Star Student Chinwendu Diyoke

    Open yourself up to a whole world of opportunity and experiences by choosing to study in the UK.

    A Levels

    Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

    A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.