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Medical School Preparation Course - 5 Day Course

This course is designed for Year 12 students preparing for medical school applications on 15th October 2019.

BioGrad Laboratories have provided laboratory and clinical training for thousands of students from the below 572 institutions throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia:

This course offers a complete overview of the medical school application process including school specific information, interview preparation and assistance with clinical aptitude tests. We recommend that students attend in Y12, ready for the medical school submission date on 15th October 2019.

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Course Content

The course includes10 separate workshops, with medical based workshops each morning and UKCAT test preparation each afternoon.

Medical School Application Workshops

Dr’s working at the forefront of the NHS give their experience of medical school, offering advice on how to keep on top of the workload and look after your mental health.

These cover everything you need to know before applying and help you to develop the key traits needed for a successful career in medicine. You will learn about the 4 pillars of ethics and how to apply them to ethical dilemma’s in the medical industry. You will receive training in information-gathering to allow a thorough patient history to be taken without interrogation. The course includes discussions on how to; overcome barriers to communication, break bad news to patients and their families and describe medical conditions in layman’s terms. All of these topics offer valuable insight into issues that will be raised during medical school and will provide background information for medical school interviews. At the end of the week you will have the opportunity to use all your newly learnt skills in mock interviews and gain personal feedback on how to improve.

In addition to the 5 days of active teaching, students also receive a 300-page A4 course book, a supplementary 90-page Lesson eBook, 3000+ practice questions, 2 months access to the KAPLAN online study centre and access to the ‘Future Doctors’ Channel providing over 20 hours of medical school application guidance and UKCAT instruction!

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Learning Material Included

UKCAT Lesson eBook

This workbook will provide an extra hour-long lesson for each section of the UKCAT test. You will use this book to work through more guided practice and sharpen your techniques to approach the test.

Teacher Support until Your Test

You will have email access to our entire bench of UKCAT teachers right up until your UKCAT test date. They will be available to answer any academic questions that arise after the course has finished.

10 hours of recorded lesson videos

You will be provided with the recorded lesson videos of your course. These will help you to recap on anything you need to review, as you work through your practice materials.

Decision Making material

All students will receive a 1 hour recorded video lesson outlining this new section of the exam. We will guide you through the different question and the Kaplan methods and strategies designed to approach them, through worked examples and sample questions.

6 Practice Tests

You will have access to 6 online practice tests that will increase your familiarity with UKCAT exam questions and build your testing stamina. All our tests can be adapted to fit additional time required by students taking UKCATSEN.

500 Mastery Questions

You will receive 500 mastery practice questions. These will help you practice each of the Kaplan methods in an un-timed format, helping you work on your general understanding of the material, before you work on your timed practice.

30 Section Focused Quizzes Questions

Structure your practice with 30 quizzes: 6 quizzes for each assessed section of the UKCAT with over 700 questions. You will be able to sharpen your skills on specific test sections in order to improve your overall score.

Personalised reports

Instantly track your progress on your practice tests and quizzes, view your average pace, performance by question type and access detailed explanations for every question. Your home screen will provide your test statistics for instant retrieval.

Access until the October UCAS Deadline

You will have access to your online study materials until the UCAS deadline for medical school applications. This should give you more than enough time to work through the material before your tests, and access the Future Doctors Channel for guidance with the rest of your medical school application.

Course Leaders

The course is designed and delivered by experienced Dr’s at BioGrad in collaboration with Kaplan Test Prep

Read more about our team here.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

BioGrad Clinical Skills Duke of Edinburgh Gold

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 are provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Clothing and Equipment

Students are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, layers are advised.


Schools, colleges, universities, distance learning providers and DofE centres can book a bespoke course for groups of 15 – 60 students per week. Full board options are available including evening activities. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.

International groups may take advantage of our collaboration with Kaplan School of English, booking a 2 week course with English tuition, full board home stay, transfers and insurance. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.

Clinical Work Experience

Students looking for clinical and laboratory experience can gain ‘hands-on’ training with our medical team within a real research environment. For further information please see ‘Clinical Skills and Medical Research’ 5 day course


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 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.


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. BioGrad adhere to strong child protection policies therefore dormitory accommodation is only available to students aged 16-19 years old during this course, students aged 20 years or older must select 'single occupancy accommodation' for the residential component of the course.

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Course Payment:

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:

  • Pay in full at the time of booking
  • Pay in 2 - 25% deposit with the remainder due 28 days before the course commences (only available if booking more than 28 days in advance)
  • Pay in 6 - 6 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 26 weeks in advance)
  • Pay in 12 - 12 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 54 weeks in advance)

There is no charge for early payment, which can be made via PayPal at any time.

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Current Academic Year 2020/2021
Date: 26th July - 30th July 2021
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