Congratulations to Sixth Former Poppy Aves who has secured a coveted place to study medicine at Oxford University’s summer school. It offers a thousand places on its summer schools each year and medicine is one of the most popular options, attracting 1,000 applications for just 40 places.
Successful entrants will have a packed schedule of interviews, lectures and tutorials with medical students also taking part in lab work and experiments as well as talking to people role-playing as patients, trying to diagnose their condition.
The Uniq summer schools are intended to give prospective students an insight into life at one of the world’s top universities, staying in student accommodation and having top-level tuition.
Poppy, who is studying all three sciences as well as maths and psychology A-Levels, said: ‘I had done some research about the Uniq summer schools and knew I wanted to apply for this intake. The application was like a mini UCAS form so you had to write a personal statement which will be really good practice for when I apply to universities next year.
‘We will be undertaking rigorous academic work and will also meet first year medical students who will be helping us and able to answer questions about their experiences medical school. We will also meet with top academics in small groups which will be a really useful but very intense introduction to Oxford’s tutorial system.
‘The whole experience of being at Oxford, being treated like an undergraduate and not knowing anyone else that is there will be really good for my confidence and it will be a really good representation of what university will be like, as well as being really beneficial for my Oxford application.
‘Medicine is really interesting as it is always expanding and something that you never stop learning. It is also unmatched in the way that it is scientific but also offers patient contact so it is the best combination of academia and social interaction.’