We have put together some information that we hope will be useful for teachers and schools supporting students applying to study Medicine / Dentistry.
What is the UKCAT?
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is an entrance test used by most medical and dental schools in the UK. It was introduced in 2006 and is now used by 9 of the 14 dental schools and 24 of the 34 medical schools in the UK.
The UKCAT is not a knowledge-based test, there are no science questions and there are no books to read, nothing to memorise and no essays to write.
When should my students be preparing for the UKCAT?
Students take their UKCAT before starting the University application process. For students going straight to University from sixth form this means they will take it at the end of year 12. The UKCAT can be taken from July to October. A student should be encouraged to book their UKCAT and arrange their preparation accordingly.
How long should they spend preparing for it?
According to the UKCAT consortium conducted recently most students spend around three and four weeks preparing for their UKCAT. However – it would be of great benefit to students to start their preparation earlier if they think that any of the question types may be particularly difficult for them.
What can we do in school to help students prepare?
The school can support students taking the UKCAT in many ways. School is an ideal place for students to learn the importance of the UKCAT, specific information about how the UKCAT is organised and used, and also to practice the question types.
There are many books, and online resources which can help students practice UKCAT style questions before they take the test.
If a school wish to make a block purchase of the UKCATprep.com online service there is a discount available of between 10% and 33% depending on the number of subscriptions purchased.
We also offer a range of sessions to take place within schools.
Foundation: 2.5 hour teaching session. This session is aimed at students in year 11 or the beginning of year 12 and is run in September / October. The session gives students a headstart in preparing for the UKCAT providing them with a strong foundation. The session is currently in development and will be available from September 2016. If you are interested in running the session at your school, please email us.
Starter: 2.5 hour teaching session. This session includes an overview of the UKCAT exam, an opportunity to practice sample exam level questions for each UKCAT section, with explanations and tips on effective exam technique and preparation. We also look at how different universities use the UKCAT score, so your students can maximise their chances of an offer regardless of their UKCAT score. Sessions cost from just £40 per student depending on numbers.
Crammer: Full day (9.30 - 5.15pm). The session is the same as our Starter package wirh an additional mini mock test and an extended SJT section. Sessions cost from just £75 per student depending on numbers.
Intensive: 2 day course. Our Crammer Course with a full mock exam on the second day - with full answers and explanations. An extended university information section. This session costs from £140 per student.
Extended: 3 or 4 day course. Everything from our Intensive programme with addiitional teaching tailored to the needs of your student group. This can incorporate group work, varied learning methods or one to one clinics.The four day option includes a second full mock exam. These sessions cost from £225 per student.
Prices are exclusive of VAT and we are pleased to discuss concessions for bursary students, or for state schools, as part of our drive to widen access to the professions.
What if my student has Special Educational Needs?
Students with a diagnosed SEN (such as dyslexia) are allowed extra time to complete their UKCAT. Evidence of the special need is not needed at the time of the test, however the universities will need to see medical details.
For more information please refer to the official UKCAT site.
How important is it?
The UKCAT is compulsory for any student wishing to take medicine or dentistry in the following universities:
University of Aberdeen
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London
University of Birmingham
University of Central Lancashire
University of Dundee
University of Durham
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter Medical School
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
King's College London School of Medicine
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Plymouth - Peninsula Medical School
Queen's University Belfast
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
St George's University of London
University of Warwick
Different universities give a different weight to the UKCAT score. Some universities use it in borderline cases, for others it is almost as important as A level grades. A good UKCAT score gives a student many more options.
Is there any help for my students from low income families?
There is a bursary available to EU candidates that covers the full cost of the test fee and is available to candidates who can show evidence of receiving one of the following:
Bursaries are also available in instances where the candidate is named as receiving support on the following:
The deadline to apply for a bursary and provide the necessary evidence is on the UKCAT website. Candidates will need to provide one piece of documentary evidence to support their application and fill in an online application form which can be accessed on the official UKCAT site.
UKCATPrep.com Bursary Programme
If a student qualifies for a bursary they can use the UKCATprep.com service with a 50% discount. They simply need to forward their bursary confirmation email to us and we’ll send them a code for a 50% discount. This programme is open to ANY student that receives a UKCAT bursary - we do not limit the number of bursaries – we want to help as many students as possible. This will allow students to subscribe from as little as £15 for our 2 week package - this includes all 1800 UKCAT questions.
UKCATPrep.com Scholars Programme
As part of our ongoing commitment to widen access to the professions we offer a free subscription to students who are recommended by one of their teachers. We ask the student for some feedback on their experience of UKCATprep.com and their UKCAT test. We offer one scholarship for each school. If you can recommend a suitable student from your cohort please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your school / position and contact details for your nominated student. We will contact them directly to arrange their scholarship.