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Meet Felix as he prepares for a route into medicine

5 June 2020

Hear from one of CATS international students about his experience at CATS, and get some tips for study in the UK.

CATS students come to us from all over the world and some go on to study at the most prestigious institutions in the world. But what makes our students stand out is the college community and the opportunities they encounter during their time here.

Felix from Sweden is a perfect example. Having completed his A levels at CATS London, he’s on his way to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a surgeon.

For those looking to follow this route, we’ve prepared some tips for international students looking to study a medicine-related degree in the UK.

Take advantage of work experience opportunities

Work experience shows commitment and dedication, something which medical schools look for in an application. For a people-focused job like medicine, a role working with people is ideal.

Felix’s volunteering with the homeless doesn’t just look great on paper. It’s equipped him with the skills to interact with a huge range of people from all walks of life, experience which will serve him well in the future.

Take time to reflect

The world of medicine is a fast-paced, highly demanding sector. You never stop learning, so it’s important to take steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Keeping a journal of your studies is a good way of keeping your thoughts and experiences in order. As part of your application (or future career development), it can be useful to pick out examples from the journal of situations you’ve dealt with.

Felix was inspired to pursue his career goal partly by a note he wrote when he was much younger, stating his intent to become a surgeon. You never know when your past self might have important lessons for you.

Get a wide scientific perspective

Given the complexity of the human body, it’s no surprise that you need a deep understanding of science to study medicine. It’s a goal you should commit to as early as possible with subjects like chemistry, biology, physics, and maths at A level.

For Felix, the environment at CATS was hugely helpful, with teachers being flexible enough for him to come and ask questions whenever he needed. The broader nature of the UK curriculum also helped him grasp the context of his studies.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Getting into medical school is a big challenge. Along with your UCAS application, you’ll likely also need to pass either the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) or The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

CATS’ Higher Education Officers can advise and guide you towards meeting these challenges. Our Key Professions Programme is tailored to specific callings like medicine, giving you added support so you don’t have to face such a big task alone.

Your child’s future is brighter with CATS

Felix has already received three offers to study biomedicine at some of the UK’s top universities. It’s one of many success stories from motivated, high-achieving students.

Could your child achieve the same in a learning environment like this? See for yourself, contact us for more details.

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