Why study at a Medicine summer school in the UK?

According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Oxford and Cambridge University are in the top three universities in the world to study Medicine. Are you thinking of studying Medicine in the UK? If so, you may want to study at a Medicine summer school in England before you apply to study Medicine at university. We have put together some frequently asked questions and five reasons to study at our Medicine summer schools in Oxford and Cambridge.

1. Study Medicine in a World-Renowned University City

Summer 2022 provides our students with the opportunity to study medicine at our colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. Our Medicine summer courses not only prepare our students with the tools needed to study Medicine at university but also the chance to sleep, eat and study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Oxbridge Universities are famous for their collegiate system, where students live and study alongside their peers and while spending your summer with us, you’ll be able to try this out for yourselves.

In both cities, our colleges are near the city centre and so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the cobbled streets of Oxford and Cambridge. Our social and wellbeing programme also ensures you’ll see the highlights of these beautiful cities with museum visits, punting, scavenger hunts, college tours and shopping time built into the programme. Oxford and Cambridge are centres of academic excellence and world-renowned research, so this is your chance to spend your summer following in the footsteps of some of our best-known medical professionals and world leaders.

Oxford College Radcliffe Building

2. Plan Ahead and Prepare for Studying Medicine at University

A career in Medicine is said to be one of the most rewarding things that you can dedicate your life to, but it really is a vocation rather than a career – there is nothing about studying or working in Medicine that is 9 to 5. Planning ahead and preparing effectively are two ways in which you can help yourself, and if you’re thinking about studying Medicine at university then a Medicine summer school is a great place to start.

Our Medicine summer courses offer you the chance to dip your toe in the water, to learn a little about what it’s really like to study and work in your chosen field of Medicine, and will help you to understand a little about the huge number of career opportunities that Medicine can offer you. Summer school breaks things down for you, introducing the basics of some of the main fields of medicine but also, importantly, gives you the opportunity to meet some medicine students and experienced practitioners, ask them some questions and learn from them what it’s really like to study in the UK.

Three students on a trip outside

3. Enjoy Academic Summer School Excursions

As part of your Medicine summer course with SBC you’ll have the chance to participate in an academic excursion where you’ll visit our capital city, the home of some of the most cutting-edge research and practice in the Medicine world. As part of this excursion you will participate in a tour of Medical London, seeing the main important medical sites, visit a working hospital and then visit the world-renowned Body Worlds exhibition.

Your day in London will be supported by your Medicine tutor who will help you to get the most out of the day, and you’ll visit along with your fellow students so that you can reflect together on the amazing things that you see and learn over the course of the day. The academic excursion really does give you a unique opportunity to understand the scope of the vocation that you’re interested in. Previous students have said that it was one of the most valuable things they did whilst at our summer school in England.

Medical students practicing at SBC

4. Gain Practical Medical Experience

SBC’s Medicine course features an extensive variety of practical, hands-on, medical experiences. All students will complete training in taking basic medical measurements, including using stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters. In addition, all students will complete more advanced training in suturing, as part of a stitching and emergency response workshop. Finally, all students will participate in a full day First Aid Training course, which will prepare students for a great variety of urgent medical procedures. Through taking part in the First Aid Training course, students will receive official certification from an accredited body that they are First Aid trained.

Students smiling in class

5. Develop Practical and Theoretical Knowledge

Students who enrol in our Medicine summer course will develop both their practical and theoretical knowledge of Medicine, and be better prepared to study Medicine in the future. Their theoretical knowledge will include; studies of what doctors and health professionals do; how to assess patients; how to diagnose pathologies, accidents and illnesses; and what it is like to study Medicine at university. Students will also examine key questions in the practice of Medicine regarding ethical issues. They will also have a broad variety of hands-on, practical experiences, including becoming fully qualified in First Aid training.