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Aspiring Medics and Dentists gain first-hand insight into undergraduate study at University Taster Day

Earlier this month, our Medics, Dentists and Vets (MDV) students visited the University of Leeds for their Post-18 Subject Taster Day in Medicine and Dentistry.

Staff and students from the College were welcomed by the Health Science Outreach Team, who have designed a bespoke programme which provides an overview of the application process, an opportunity to meet current Medicine and Dentistry students, and the chance to see the state-of-the-art campus and facilities.

Xaverian student, Maryam Rashid, who joined the College earlier this academic year to study A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, commented: “Our visit to the University of Leeds was an invaluable learning opportunity and it has heightened my desire to work within the healthcare sector, whilst also making me more aware of university life and the prospects and challenges of higher-level study.”

Another student, Kerry Joshua, who completed her GCSEs at St Monica’s RC High School, said: “The entire day was such a fantastic opportunity to learn about the application process, including the admissions tests and interview process. We got a tour of the campus, and the facilities were so impressive. I also really enjoyed the workshops because they have helped me learn new skills and reflect on my areas of development.”

Fatima Nadeem, who is also studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, added: “The communication workshop was great! It made me realise how much I underestimated communication. Communication isn’t just about what you say, but it also involves the way you portray that information, in other words, how you say it.”

Science Teachers, Miss Nayar, Mr Hillman and Miss Kennedy, said: “Our students showed great enthusiasm and engaged extremely well with the Taster Day, asking lots of questions and getting involved with all the practical elements of the programme.

“Competition is intense for Degrees in this industry, so we make it a priority to ensure our students have specialist support and gain immensely valuable insights that will provide them with every opportunity to stand out from the crowd.”

The MDV Programme is designed to prepare students setting their sights on senior healthcare roles, where you will not only be required to demonstrate outstanding academic ability, but also manual dexterity and clinical skills. To gain a place on the programme, students need to demonstrate a high level of academic rigor by achieving high GCSE grades (all 7s or above) and will need to be studying a minimum of two Science A Levels.

As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers an extensive range of A Levels in addition to several Applied courses. To find out more about the MDV Programme, visit xaverian.ac.uk.

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