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Will set for Medicine at University of Oxford

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West Lancashire College are delighted to announce that William Skelton, School of Medicine Student and former Dean Trust Rose Bridge pupil, has received an offer of a place to study Medicine at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. This amazing achievement is brought into focus when you consider that over 2900 year 13 students applied, this number was whittled down to 400 for approximately 100 places.

Will has worked extremely hard over the last 18 months, culminating in some excellent predicted grades (A*, A*, A*) and superb UCAT and BMAT (medical aptitude tests) that put him in the top 20% of medical applicants in the country.

As well as dedicated in class and one to one support and preparation from The School of Medicine staff at the college, Will was partnered with an Oxford Medic graduate to support him through the process.

All students studying at the School of Medicine are fully prepared for the university application process and follow a structured preparation journey from personal statement to UKCAT and MMI entrance exam and university interview. Students are tutored on common medical interview themes such as the four pillars of medical ethics, data analysis and the qualities of being a doctor. The College’s medicine students are also prepared on common questions, techniques and the unique qualities each specific medical school looks for, problem solving, critical thinking skills and the wider understanding of NHS hot topics and medical ethics.

The School of Medicine offers traditional A Levels taught in a medical context, alongside a guaranteed, immersive Discovery Industry Placement programme, workshops and seminars delivered by medical professionals and University Professors, mentoring from Medical Graduates, plus inspiring guest speaker and guest seminar events.

The programme offers 33% more contact time than other A Level courses.  Students benefit from small class sizes, with on average 15 learners per class, and are offered extensive support and medical specific guidance. With the college’s outstanding partnerships with industry, links with local medical schools and organisations such as Generation Medics, School of Medicine students leave further education with skills and connections that are second to none.

Denise Williamson, Principal at the college said “I am very proud of Will and the work of The School of Medicine team. Will’s offer of a place to study Medicine at The University of Oxford is the result of months of hard work, dedication and preparation.

The School of Medicine is a truly exceptional programme that was designed to give its students a distinct competitive edge, and I am therefore delighted to hear that our second-year Medical students have had interviews and offers from universities across the UK.”

Helen Sharples, Teacher at Dean Trust Rose Bridge High School added “We are so proud of all of Will’s achievements at West Lancashire College since he left Dean Trust Rose Bridge in Summer 2019. Will has always been tremendously committed to his studies and has taken every opportunity to do well. We wish him all the best for the future and look forward to hearing how he gets on when he enrols at Oxford to study Medicine in September.”

The college welcomes applications from students of all backgrounds, so if it’s your ambition to study Medicine, West Lancashire would be happy to hear from you, please contact the College direct on 01695 52300, email enquiries@westlancs.ac.uk or visit westlancs.ac.uk/courses/a-levels

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