The Clinical Skills and Medical Research course lasts for 5 consecutive days during school holidays from 9.30am- 4pm to offer intensive clinical and laboratory experience with qualified medics and research scientists.
Students are taught in small groups of 8-10 under the direct supervision of experienced clinical and medical researchers. Each group spends 2.5 days between the respiratory and cardiovascular clinics then 1.5 days in the laboratory. On the final day students conduct their own epidemiological investigation, analysing patient data and sputum samples before providing their own diagnosis and recommendations. The final afternoon is spent on career development and preparing students for their next steps.
This course is held in collaboration with The Medical School Application Guide, The (MSAG) who are able to support students with Medical School interviews and applications during or after the course.
The course content aligns with A-Level Biology syllabus and makes an ideal summer school or school trip for year 12 and Year 13 students who wish to put their science theory into practice. The course is often also attended by undergraduates who wish to gain a better understanding of clinical procedure before making an application for post graduate medicine or clinical research studies.
The state of the art clinical training centre is separated into three areas, students will spend time in each clinic gaining skills that they can put into practice on their final day:
The Respiratory clinic contains 5 ‘GP bays’, each complete with patient assessment bed, PC, spirometer and blood oximeter. Students are provided with their own scrubs and stethoscope that they can keep at the end of the course.
Students will be taught how to perform the below during their time in the respiratory clinic:
The Cardiovascular Suite contains 5 assessment bays each with it’s own ECG machine, exercise bike and sphygmomanometer. Students have the opportunity to learn the below techniques:
Infectious Disease Laboratory
The BioGrad Clinical Centre contains its own laboratory where students perform an ELISA for the detection of HIV and blood typing for a blood transfusion in an emergency setting.
Epidemiology – 0.5 Days
One the final morning students have the opportunity to put their new skills into practice. Students work in teams of 4 to evaluate patient data sets then design and perform their own laboratory tests to diagnose an epidemic, then make recommendations for treatment/quarantine.
Career Development - 0.5 Days
The course leader will deliver an overview of the career paths available, providing an insight into job roles and career progression in different areas of medicine, biomedicine and clinical jobs. This is followed by a career development workshop looking at interview skills and summer placement
Students who require further support with medical school applications and interviews may take advantage of our collaboration with The Medical School Application Guide, and the large discounts we have negotiated for our students.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
BioGrad is an Approved Activity Provide for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This course may be used as your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award, which can be signed off by the course leader on the final day.
Please provide your Duke of Edinburgh Award number on your registration form at the time of booking your course.
Students using this course for their GOLD residential must stay for at least 4 nights in dormitory accommodation.
Students who wish to use this course as work experience to support university applications may request a reference to be sent directly to their school/college. These references are signed off by the course leader after obtaining feedback from staff teaching during the course. These references help your teachers to create your UCAS reference.
Please provide the name of your school on your registration form at the time of booking your course.
Students are provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
We will happily take photographs of students working in the laboratory and clinical centre which often serve as excellent profile pictures for work related social networking (such as LinkedIn).
Students are asked not to take photographs of other attendees or staff without consent. Students under the age of 18 years old must provide the completed photo/video consent form on the first day of the course (sent to all students in their course registration confirmation) if they wish to have photographs taken for use on professional or social media.
The course is designed and delivered by experienced Dr’s and nurses working in the NHS and medical researchers from Public Health England and the Institute of Environment and Health. The course provides clinical and medical training to support university applications and enhance understanding of the A-level biology syllabus.
The course is taught with a very low student to tutor ratio (a researcher for every 8-10 students). This also allows students to spend as much time as they need to practice techniques until they are confident. We allow students to make (safe) mistakes and correct their own work so that they learn from their own mistakes and we encourage students to try different approaches to solve problems in the clinical and laboratory setting.
We have links with many companies who recruit interns and graduates based on our recommendations, and our partner The MSAG has a 98% success rate at getting their students accepted into medical school. We aim to inspire students to enter a clinical or research career and offer help finding opportunities that most students are unaware of. Our laboratory and clinical environments are very informal offering a relaxed and enjoyable environment for students to learn in.
Clothing and Equipment
Students are provided with one set of green NHS hospital scrubs to wear during their course. These scrubs (and personal stethoscope) are included in the price of the course and available to take away at the end of the week.
Students arriving at The Art House Hotel can collect their scrubs from the BioGrad representative at reception between 5-7pm and should attend the course dressed in the scrubs from the Monday morning. Students arriving on the Monday may collect their scrubs upon arrival and change in private shower rooms at Liverpool Science Park at the start of the day.
Scrubs are available in a range of sizes from XS to XL. If you believe you will require a specific size that would not normally be in stock please contact BioGrad Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional scrubs, laboratory coats, pens, text books, gifts and clothing are also available from the Student Service office during the residential courses.
Students are advised to wear comfortable shoes at all times and must ensure that feet are covered when in the laboratory. The course includes the opportunity to use clinical equipment including spirometers, ECG machines and blood pressure cuffs. During these sessions it is preferable for students to access the top of their arm and the top of their chest (just below the collar bone). On cold days students may wish to wear a long sleeved top under their scrubs, however it is advisable that sleeves be loose enough to expose the top of the arm when rolled up. Participation is completely discretionary and students may opt in or out of activities as they wish. We do not want to cause embarrassment to any student and believe that appropriate clothing can help students feel more confident when partaking in these activities.
All personal protective equipment is provided during the course and students will have access to laboratory coats, gloves and goggles whilst working in the laboratory, however it is expected that students will bring a note book and stationary for recording their results. Students who wish to take away their ECG and Spirometry results are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet as all software can be downloaded during the course.
Students attending this course are expected to be studying a minimum of A-level biology, however we have a range of students from A-Level to graduate scientists attend.
Schools, colleges, universities, distance learning providers and DofE centres can book a bespoke course for groups of 20 – 60 students per week. Full board options are available including evening activities. Please contact email@example.com for availability.
International groups may take advantage of our collaboration with Liverpool School of English, booking a 2 week course with English tuition, full board home stay, transfers and insurance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
Students have an hour for lunch each day. There are many places to purchase food and drink within walking distance of the Science Park, including the City of Liverpool College, Subway, Tesco’s, Costa, The EveryMan theatre and many small sandwich/coffee shops. Students wishing to bring their own food have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines, a pool table and sky TV on-site.
Students who are attending as a residential course can make the most of their evenings by exploring the huge range of restaurants within walking distance of the Art House Hotel.
The BioGrad facilities and The Art House Hotel both have secure facilities for storing luggage on the days of arrival and departure. During the rest of the week students will be asked to store their belongings in locked cupboards opposite BioGrad Student Services (Outside of the laboratories and clinical training rooms) during the training sessions.
All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.
There are four payment options available:
There is no charge for early payment, which can be made via PayPal at any time.
Means tested bursaries available for students attending BioGrad Partner Schools. See our bursary page for further information
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