Your personal statement
This provides the opportunity to tell us all about you! While it will not be formally assessed, your personal statement will be essential preperation for you if you are successful in being invited to one of our Assessment Days. We advise you to consider the following factors when writing your statement:
Personal qualities and skills
- interpersonal relationships
- ability to communicate
Evidence of career exploration prior to application
- understanding the realities of a career in Medicine
- work experience and shadowing with health professionals or in health promotion, examples of which may include the following: working in a nursing home and/or volunteering with disabled people
- talking with doctors and medical students
- attending a university open day and medical conferences/lectures
- reading/ watching/ listening to medical themed literature/ digital content/ articles.
We value quality of experience over quantity. We are looking for clear evidence of reflection on these experiences, showing us what personal lessons you took from them and using these to demonstrate an aptitude for medicine. We understand that due to the Covid-19 outbreak gaining experience will be extremely difficult. The Medical Schools Council have provided guidance on how to gain relevant experience during the outbreak. This can be found by following the first link below. In addition to this the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team which you can access via the second link below.
Non-academic achievements and interests
Medicine is a demanding subject and can prove stressful. It is important to maintain a healthy study/life balance and we look for evidence of outside interests. Examples of these can include:
- involvement in community groups
- extracurricular school responsibilities
- leadership positions
- organisational abilities
- cultural, sporting, vocational and voluntary achievements
- interests and hobbies
Please do not email us your personal statement for feedback prior to your application.
Your UCAS reference is also important. We have put some guidelines together to help your referees write an effective reference: