Pioneering student secures offer to study medicine

Year 13 student, Charis, has secured an offer for Anglia Ruskin’s School of medicine this September, as well as with University of Nottingham on their Lincoln Pathway. 

Charis, who joined UTC Oxfordshire in Year 10, in its first year of opening, talked to us about her journey so far…

“My favourite subjects have always been biology, chemistry and maths. I have always had a fascination with the human anatomy and really enjoy interacting with people. The two combined led to me considering a career in medicine. It was after going on work placements, for example at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and shadowing doctors and nurses, that it confirmed it for me.”

“I am also an air cadet and have developed experience in leadership and teamwork. Being a doctor is the ultimate leader for me – being able to work alongside other professionals. Since joining the cadets, I have been on many first aid courses, and again, it has just reaffirmed the path I have chosen to take. My ambition is to join the RAF as a medical doctor after completing all of my training.”

“When I decided I wanted to go into medicine, I got a weekend job at a pharmacy. I work there part-time and get exposure to patients, medicines and to the GPs; all of which is great experience.”

“I have also completed two week-long university courses. At University of Reading I studied science nutrition, and at University of Surrey I studied paramedic science and midwifery. I was also placed at an opticians for two-weeks, getting to know that area of healthcare.”

“To go into medicine, you have to be really committed and to have wanted it for a while because you have to have built up a lot of work experience, and want to do it for the right reasons.”

“To get into medical school, I had to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). This exam tested maths, English, problem solving, decision making, statistical judgement, and for the most part, it tested how you perform under time pressure. After that, I did my personal statement, got my AS grades, and was then offered an interview.”

“The process wasn’t easy. At Anglia Ruskin University, I was tested on Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) which consisted of ten different stations, with a group of students, rotating around each one; some of which answering questions, some role-play and some carrying out tasks.”

“To secure my spot at Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine, I need to achieve my predicted grades of A, A, A. If I get in, I will enrol on a five-year course; the first three years will be learning core practice and patient interaction, and the final two years will focus on practical patient learning.”

“I am one of the pioneer students at UTC Oxfordshire, joining in its first year of opening, and I am soon to be leaving to set off on my dream career. When I first found out about the opening of the UTC and wanted to study there, I was actually living in the United Arab Emirates, and did my Skype interview with Principal, Owain Johns! I had planned to come back to the UK and was searching for a school. Finding out that the UTC specialised in science and maths was a big draw for me.”

“The preparation you get for the working world has been massively useful. I didn’t realise to what extent until I began my weekend job at a pharmacy and was already used to the longer working day! I knew the UTC would have more opportunities for me and I threw myself into the weekly Employer-Led-Projects (ELP) that they offered. Actually, in my university interview, I was able to talk all about the antibiotics resistant project we did, which benefitted me greatly.”

“It’s more than just the academic development you gain at the UTC; it’s also about developing key skills, such as teamwork, communication and leadership. That is what sets you up for your future.”

We wish Charis the best of luck in her studies and her bright future ahead.

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