Year 13 student, Yufan, has received a conditional offer for his first choice, University of Exeter Medical School, starting this September.
“I currently study maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology at UTC Oxfordshire and am one of the pioneer students, having joined the UTC in Year 10, when it first opened.”
“As a child, I was always really interested in animals and would always be outside catching insects! I was curious about how the body worked. Growing up, I was regularly in hospitals as my brother has a mental development condition and I would translate what the doctors were saying back to my parents. This is where my interest in medicine really started.”
“At home, I care for my disabled brother and also decided to do professional caring at a care home for dementia patients. This gave me a broader understanding of how to professionally deal with caring for someone. I would file notes, write down all of their symptoms, and remember what their daily intakes were and their individual diet information. I did that weekly on Saturdays to give me additional experience.”
“Being in medicine involves fast-paced thinking and problem-solving, both of which I particularly enjoy at school. At the UTC we’ve had opportunities to go to Oxford Science Week, which I completed in Year 10 and found particularly useful.”
“To be in the running for a place at Exeter, I had to send my personal statement off, along with my grades. I was invited to the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process – this was alongside a group of other applicants, and consisted of rotating around different stations, each focused on its own topic. These included assessing creativity, problem solving, your understanding of the NHS at a political level and looking at your ethics and morality. It was nerve wracking but I just had to collect myself and calm down in order to be logical. I found out soon after that I was successful and had received an offer!”
“If I achieve my predicted grades, I will start my bachelor of medicine in September and study for five years. In the first two years, it will focus on study but we will get placements at a hospital and gain pre-clinical experience early on – this is what I liked about Exeter. Then in year three, four and five, the majority of time will be spent in hospitals.”
“I chose Exeter as my first choice because of its teaching style. They stated that we would be working in small groups – in most cases, of up to four people. I liked that we would be able to have a stronger connection and find out each other’s’ strengths and weaknesses in order to work better as a team and learn from each other.”
“UTC Oxfordshire really helped me in preparing for my interview. I really appreciate how much my biology teacher helped by sending us useful information, and setting up tasks and questions to prepare us as much as possible.”
We wish Yufan the best of luck with his exams and for a bright future in medicine.