Preparatory Course for Medical School Interviews
(Includes Mock MMI and Panel Interviews)

Saturday 2nd November 2019

School of Biosciences, Cardiff University


Medical school interviews are highly competitive and may be a daunting experience. Each year, nearly 10 times as many students apply to medical schools than the number of available places. Although the entry requirements for each medical school varies, as a general rule, a prospective applicant would be expected to have attained a minimum of 2 'A's and an 'A*-B' grade in a third 'A' level (or equivalent) subject, a good set of GCSEs (minimum of 8 subjects), relevant work experience, and adequate extra-curricular and supra-curricular activities - all of which contribute to a strong personal statement and a successful offer. Once the applicant is selected based on the entry criteria, he or she will be expected to perform confidently and competently in a face-to-face interview. The topics that can be discussed in an interview will include the personal statement, understanding of the basis of common medical conditions, ethics and ethical dilemmas, essentials of medical research, understanding the NHS, and acknowledging the importance of the doctor-patient relationship.

This one-day intensive course is designed to equip applicants with an understanding and awareness of a variety of fundamental areas which are often broached in medical school interviews (both MMI and panel interviews). It encourages attendees to excel at interview, providing a sound basis to be successful in the interviews for the most competitive medical schools and helping them to obtain a place in the medical school of their first choice.

The course will offer attendees the opportunity to interact with doctors of various levels (junior doctors, registrars and consultants) and to gain an appreciation of what a doctor really does. There will also be a session dedicated to interacting with current medical students from many medical schools and engaging in a discussion in a Q&A format. This knowledge can be taken into the interview, enabling applicants to show an awareness of the cardinal components required to become a doctor, including clinical knowledge, competence, decision making, compassion, confidentiality and ethics.

Salient Features:

  • One-to-One Interview Sessions
  • Preparation for Discussion of Personal Statement
  • Discussion of High-Yield Topics Broached During Interview
  • Panel and MMI Interviews
  • Individualised and Personal Feedback
  • Structure of the NHS and its Hierarchy
  • Significance of Expression, Body Language and Positive Projection
  • Contextualisation of Compassion, Confidentiality and Ethics

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant should have attained a minimum of 8 GCSEs, that includes 5 GCSEs at 'A*/A/9/8/7' grade and 3 GCSEs at 'B/6' grade.
  • The applicant should currently be doing a minimum of 3 'A' level subjects that include Chemistry, one of Biology/Physics/Mathematics, and one of any other language/art/humanity subject.
  • The applicant has applied to enter medical school in 2020.
  • The applicant should have been involved in a minimum of three of the following: Medical work placement, old-age home, nursing home, palliative care home, children with special needs, charity, overseas work.
  • The applicant should be at least 16 years old on the day of the course.
Quick Information
Places are currently limited.
There is only one place remaining for this course. We have hence closed the online registration system. If you wish to take the last place, please email us at and we will suggest the way to complete registration, provided the place is still available.
Date Saturday 2nd November 2019
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School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Course Fee £145.00
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 20
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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