Course Information

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Course Information 2018-02-03T16:52:29+00:00

Our 7-hour Interview Crash Course offers the perfect balance of theory and practice to give you the best chance of getting that coveted place at Medical School.

Doing well at interview is is all about coming across as a friendly, likeable person who is passionate about becoming a doctor, and has the qualities, knowledge and determination to be a good one. That sounds pretty simple, and indeed it is – there’s nothing particularly complicated or difficult about the interview at all. But having said that, preparation is of course, essential, and as the majority of students have never done anything of the sort before, it can be a significant source of worry and stress.

We want to help with that worry and stress. We can’t get rid of completely, but we can give you the tools you need to succeed at the interview. We’ll teach you how to go about structuring your answers, we’ll teach you what you need to know about things like medical ethics, the NHS and current affairs, and we’ll give you an individual mock interview with personalised feedback to make sure you know what to work on. That’s a really important point by the way – being good at interviews (and indeed, at life in general) requires you to understand your own areas of weakness and actively work on them. We’ll do our best to help you identify these issues, but it’ll be down to you to improve them yourself.

Morning | 10:00am – 1:00pm

We’re going to spend the morning taking you through the fundamentals – some of what we’ll be going over is listed to the right.

The whole day is going to be very interactive, with plenty of group discussion and very little in the way of plain, spoon-fed teaching. The fact that we’ll have 2 instructors and just 15 students in each class means that everyone will get multiple opportunities to contribute and to shine. And that also means that we (the instructors) will be able to subtly identify your individual areas of weakness and give you tips to improve them.

  • Communication skills seminar
  • Answering common question types
  • Structuring your answers
  • Medical ethics workshop & group work
  • NHS and Current Affairs – Things you should know
  • MMI stations – Lateral thinking & breaking bad news

Afternoon | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

This is where the real fun begins! We’ll be giving each of you a different mock interview (in front of everyone else), which will consist of a mix of standard questions, lateral thinking questions, medical ethics and MMI scenarios. You can (and should) use the knowledge you gained in the morning to give yourself an advantage, and after your interview, both the instructors and the other students will give you constructive feedback about what you did wonderfully and what could be improved. When someone else is being interviewed, you should be thinking of what your own responses to the questions would be – this means you’ll get 15 interviews worth of practice and therefore, the odds of something surprising you at your actual interview will be significantly reduced.

After the interviews and feedback, we’ll be finishing the day off with a somewhat intense quick-fire session, where we’ll be throwing random questions and scenarios at you to see if you’ve got a grasp of what we spent the day trying to teach you. There’ll also be an opportunity after the course for you to chat to the instructors about the universities you’re applying to, your personal statement, or anything else you’re concerned about.

Throughout the day, constructive honesty will be our default policy. If we think you’re coming across as too arrogant, too ignorant or just socially inept, we will have no qualms about telling you this to your face. We want to create an environment where everyone can improve, and skirting delicately around areas of individual weakness isn’t going to help anyone.

The Interview Crash Course Handbook

Just like with our BMAT and UKCAT courses, every student who attends the Interview Crash Course will get a free copy of our Course Handbook. You should treat this as your Bible during the interview season – it will greatly help you understand what’s going on in the medical world, and will therefore be beneficial to your life.

Written by our team of experienced medical students, the Interview Crash Course Handbook is the perfect reference manual for your interview preparation. The content is presented in an informal yet informative style, which makes it much easier to read than the majority of “proper” interview books on the market. We’ve included everything we think you should know before your interview, including easy-to-follow articles about the NHS and Current Affairs that they love to ask about.

Table of Contents

Frequently Asked Questions

Very valid question. It’s true that we’re not qualified experts in interview coaching (if that’s even a thing). As such, you won’t be getting any insider knowledge from us but what you will get, is arguably the most important thing – the students’ perspective. All our instructors are current medical students at some of the top universities in the country, and we’ve all been helping out with interview preparation at our schools these last few years. We know the common mistakes that students always make, and we know what to teach you to help you perform at your best. Besides, being taught by someone close to your age is much more enjoyable (and by extension, much more useful) than being talked at by a middle-aged adult that you can scarcely relate to!
We certainly think it is (though obviously we’re pretty biased). However, as this is the first year the Interview Crash Course is running, we don’t have any student feedback statistics that we can quote. All we can say is that the feedback from our UKCAT and BMAT courses was overwhelmingly positive, with every single student saying they would recommend the courses to their friends, and with an average overall rating of around 4.7/5 across 1150 students. So as long as the Interview course is of a comparable quality (which it probably will be), we think it’s fair to say that it’ll be pretty good.
Sort of. As sad as it sounds, you can’t really teach someone how to be good at Oxbridge interviews. It’s very much a case of just knowing your subject and being intelligent enough to tackle the subject-related questions that they’ll throw at you. What our course will teach you is how to come across as a nice person in your interview (which always helps) and how to structure your answers to the “generic” interview questions that they sometimes ask. We also have a section in our Handbook dedicated to Oxbridge interviews, though again, there’s nothing really that we can “teach” you about it – the book will just help you get an idea of what it’s all about, and bust some myths that surround the Oxbridge interview process.
Not at all. If you’re naturally a confident, charismatic person who knows about medical ethics and current affairs, you’ll probably get all your offers without our help. But if the idea of interviews is daunting (like it was for most of us at the time), the course will help calm your nerves and give you a structured approach to tackling the interview.
We didn’t plan to offer any private tuition initially, on the grounds that it would go against our company ethos of levelling the playing field and removing the question of money from the applications process. However, we were contacted by several students over the year who felt they learn best in a one-to-one setting, and so we’re now offering a private coaching option in which we don’t teach anything that’s not already taught on the course. If you’re interested, please contact us via phone or email and we’ll try and work something out.

Bursaries

At 6med, we’re 100% committed to our goal of widening access to Medicine by levelling the playing field that’s been warped by corporations charging extortionate fees for their courses, and by “elite” schools giving their students help that others couldn’t even dream of.

We don’t want money to be a barrier to entry into Medicine, and while we’ve priced our courses significantly lower than our competitors, we understand that the price might still be too high for some students (blame VAT and Corporation Tax for that). That’s why we’re offering an unlimited number of bursaries (full and partial) to students for whom entry into Medicine is a realistic prospect but who, for whatever reason, would find it difficult to attend our courses on financial grounds.

How to Apply

If you’re a realistic medical/veterinary/dentistry applicant and feel you can’t afford the price we’re asking, please send an email to [email protected] with answers to the following questions. We review each application individually and on its own merit, and will get back to you as soon as we can.

  1. What is your name, which school do you go to, and what is your academic record to date (GCSE results for the majority of applicants)?
  2. Which universities will you be applying to?
  3. How much money off the price of the course would you like? Obviously the higher this number is, the more carefully we’re going to be reviewing your application.
  4. Why would this bursary benefit you?
  5. Are you in receipt of an EMA, a school bursary or some other Government support? If so, please provide documentation/information supporting this. If not, please explain your circumstances in any other way you like.

If you can provide us with a letter of recommendation from your school, that would be very ideal, but we won’t insist on it. We do try and accommodate as many (legitimate) requests for financial support as we possibly can, and if you’d like to talk to us about this (or anything else) in more detail, feel free to email us or give us a ring.

Booking for the Interview Crash Course is now open. If you’d like to know more about the course or about us, feel free to browse around this website, and please do contact us if you have any questions. Course dates and locations can be found on the registration page.

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