SUMMER SCHOOL

We teach students how to become good vets

COVID-19 Notice: Summer Schools are still running in person this year.  Medical Schools still expect students to sit the entrance exams and submit applications on the usual October 15th UCAS deadline.  We will be implementing social distancing measures throughout the week. We know how important the support is to students, especially this year with school closures and all of the uncertainty, therefore we will take as many precautions as needed to ensure that it is run safely and effectively.

What is the Vet Mentor Summer School?

The Vet Mentor  Summer School is the single most important resource for applicants getting into vet school because it addresses the most important components of the entire application process for veterinary medicine.  The Medic Mentor Summer School is a 6-day residential programme at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and East London Docklands (London), with a success rate of getting over 80% of students into vet school. It is unique because it is the only comprehensive UCAS application-focused course, with the highest success rate.  It is ideal for motivated students, who are aiming for top grades and have some work experience or extra-curricular activities that they can base their application on.  We are also experts on alternative routes into medicine and have assisted students in obtaining places on access, foundation and transfer courses where grades have been a limiting factor.

Everything You Need to Know

Dates and Locations

London Venue

University of East London, Dochlands Campus, University Way, Royal Docks, London E16 2RD.

Stirling

University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Accommodation and Safeguarding

Students will be given same-sex individual en-suite accommodation.  Mentors will be supervising 24/7 and in addition there will be 2 Safeguarding Officers on site throughout the week.  We take safety very seriously and you can review our Safeguarding Policy here.

 

For 2022

(for current year 12 & S5):

Scotland

28th June – 2nd July (5 spaces)

London

and 9th – 13th August  (12 spaces)

For 2023

(for current year 11 & S4):

Scotland

27th June – 1st July

London

25th July – 29th July

1st – 5th August

8th August – 12th August

For 2024

(for current year 10 & S3):

London

10th – 14th August

Success Rates

Over the past 5 years we have consistently had over 80% of Summer School students obtain at least 1 medical or dental school offer.  The majority of attendees are multiple offer holders.  This year’s class have smashed our record with a 90% success rate.  Students from 2019 have written about their experiences here.

Medic Mentor have been successfully preparing students since 2016.

How much does it cost?

Most Summer Schools cost between £3000-£5000.  These are summer schools that are either run by medical schools themselves or private companies.

Their prices only cover the cost of attending the course itself, whereas the Medic Mentor Summer School also offers teaching and mentoring support throughout Year 13 and S6.

The cost of our Medical Summer School, which is £2750, is a considerable investment as it covers all of your food and accommodation for 5 days, 2 face-to-face mock interview days in Nov and December after the summer school, interview practice before and after each interview, unlimited personal statement revisions, question banks for UCAT & BMAT and all of the Medic Mentor e-learning courses. The actual per hour teaching rate works out at around £5/hour from Doctors and medical students (once all admin and running costs have been removed).  This is only achieved by our doctors working on a voluntary basis to help students.

There are also 0% interest no credit check options to spread the cost of the summer school for up to 2 years, which makes it more accessible to the majority of medical school applicants.  You can register and secure your place now with a £250 deposit and even spread the cost for up to a year after the summer school.

Students from low-income backgrounds:

We will be offering 30 widening access summer school places for low-income students from 2021.  Applications will open on 25th November 2021

To see all of our registration options and current availability, please click here and select the appropriate year.  Please remember that the Summer School is only for students in year 12 or new S6s, but you can register 1 or 2 years in advance, if you wish to ensure that your place is secure.

Personal Statements

The UCAS application itself is made up of several elements: the veterinary personal statement, deciding which vet schools to apply to, veterinary school interviews, references and ‘wider-reading’.   The Vet Mentor Summer School will prepare you in each of these components. You will also get invaluable follow up mentoring throughout year 13 and S6, from your own personal vet mentor.   Our goal is to get you into veterinary school.

In addition to the teaching provided at the summer school, all students have personal references written by vets and sent to their school reference teachers.  You will receive text books and you will be automatically enrolled onto our Leadership Programme called the School Ambassador Leadership Programme.  This will boost your CVs and ensures that you improve in confidence, knowledge and skills through increased contact time with a variety of vets and veterinary students before and after the Summer School.  It is optional, and you can read more about it here.   The Summer School can also be used for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award or Vet Gold Award. 

Koby and Laura attended the summer school in 2019 and have each obtained 4 offers.  Koby is a 1st year at Cambridge and Laura is a 1st year at Oxford.  They discuss the importance of personal statements and the impact that summer school has had on the success of their applications.

Interview Preparation

 In the run up to Saturday morning, students will have interview preparation every evening throughout the week in a more informal and fun way. We will introduce them to advanced communication skills and ask them to complete fun interview stations at the start of the week.

 Students will learn interview theory as well as effective delivery via multiple interview simulations.  Summer School students will have been interviewed at least 10 times throughout the week and they will be given verbal and written feeback with mark schemes to take home.  

Eventually, students will  feel confident, prepared and desensitised to the nerves that are associated with medical school interviews.  In November and December, students will be invited to further mock interview days in London/Birmingham/Stirling for additional refreshers during interview season (November-March). In addition, they will be given virtual interview practice with the Chief Mentors before every medical school interview that they attend.

Find out what last year’s students thought about the interview preparation that they received:

Choosing Your Vet Schools

Choosing 4 vet schools is a significant yet time-consuming challenge.  Your selection plays an important role in obtaining your offers.  

Medical Schools differ in their entry requirements, competition ratios, weightings for various parts of the application (e.g. UCAT/interview etc) and teaching style.  Selecting your universities carefully will give you a distinct advantage in terms of obtaining offers.

The Chief Mentors will conduct a UCAS consultation conference prior to the summer school.  We invite parents to attend this too.  Together, we will equip you with all of the information that you need to tactically make the best university choices and maximise your chances of obtaining offers.

 

UCAS References

Your vet school UCAS reference is also a very important component of your application.  It is also a little different to the sort of reference that your teachers would write for other courses.

Your summer school mentor will write a detailed school reference which is checked by our Chief Mentors and then forwarded to your school teachers, in support of your application.  These references have always been well received in the past and saves your teachers a considerable amount of time too.

Scholarship Programme

Summer School students interested in our Scholarship Programme have the potential to be fast-tracked by the Chief Mentors. This means that they are interviewed first for the scholarships and the reamaining scholarships are awarded to students who have completed the Vet Gold Award (and passed their interview).

The scholarships are merit-based and awarded to the most talented and hard working students.  They are worth up to £12,000 across a 6 year medical degree. Therefore, attending the Summer School does not guarantee a scholarship, but it does prepare you well.  We want to reward the best medical school applicants and naturally, Summer School students are the most prepared, committed and hard working.

Wednesday: Veterinary Wider-Reading

You will get to attend lectures and small group workshops covering veterinary ethics, clinical governance, important discoveries and figures in veterinary medicine and surgery, current affairs and significant veterinary organisations such as the BVA, RCVS etc.  This is vitally important because you will be tested on these subjects at interview and you will need to include this information in your personal statement.

Thursday: Personal Statement Tutoring

You will receive 1-2-1 tutoring from several doctors and medical students to help you write your personal statement to get into vet school. This ensures that you include the most relevant experiences and achievements to produce the best personal statement that you can.  Most students leave the summer school with a finished personal statement.  You can also have as many reviews as you need following the summer school.

Friday: Personal Statement Tutoring

The final day of personal statement tutoring involves going through multiple edits to get the personal statement into the 4000 character limit.  This is often the most challenging part because you will need to decide what to keep and what to cut out.  This is where our Mentors become invaluable, because they can ensure that you retain the most relevant experiences that admissions tutors will be looking for and keep it medically relevant.

Saturday: Interview

On Friday, students will have a lecture on the theory behind veterinary school interviews, formats used and how to carefully structure your answers.  This will be followed by small group workshops tackling the common interview themes that you will be tested on.  These include ethics, work experience and the different stations that you will be tested on during the interviews.