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Supporting Aspiring Medics, Dentists and Vets

Tonbridge Grammar School has a comprehensive programme for aspiring medics, dentists and vets designed to support, inspire and challenge them during their journey from school to medical school. 

Curated by a senior teacher with more than 15 years of experience in supporting medical school applications, its success speaks for itself.  In 2019 22 students gained a place to study medicine (including veterinary medicine) at a variety of universities.

At the heart of the programme are two thriving societies: Medsoc for Years 11, 12 and 13 and Junior Medsoc (Years 7-10). 

Medsoc weekly meetings include talks from doctors and medical students, and recent speakers have included an eminent neurosurgeon and psychiatrist.  Speakers from universities regularly attend and provide briefings on applying to medical school, entry tests, interview skills and entry requirements.  Medsoc also provides a forum for discussions on relevant topics such as ethics. 

‘Junior Medsoc’ provides a forum for relevant speakers and debate for younger members of the TGS community who have in interest in medicine. 

Bespoke support throughout the application process includes:  

  • Early support for potential candidates from the start of Year 12 
  • Training for UKCAT entrance test from April Year 12 (exam Jul-Oct). 
  • Assistance with personal statements and university choices Jul- Oct Year 12/13.  
  • Ensuring relevant medical experience and skills are included in UCAS references. 
  • Training for BMAT entrance test from September Year 13 (exam Nov). 
  • Interview practice for students in Year 13. 

Medicine links to other subjects such as Philosophy (the exploration of medical ethics), Psychology (Biology of the brain).

“MedSOC has been brilliant throughout the process of my application. It’s so useful to have a forum in which to discuss anything and everything related to medicine, and the support provided in terms of the other aspects of the application - anything from admissions tests to interviews - is great. As well as this, Mr McDaid does everything he can to ensure that your application is competitive as it can be, which makes the admissions process a bit less stressful!
— Year 13 Student

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