BMAT and UKCAT Courses
Almost every university with the exception of less than a handful require an entry examination for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The two types of examinations are BMAT and UKCAT. Since these examinations can be taken only once a year, thorough preparation is necessary.
BMAT Course 2012
BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) is required by some universities for Medicine (Oxford & Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London), Veterinary Science (Cambridge, Bristol and Royal Veterinary School) and now Biomedical Sciences (Imperial College). This test is subject-specific and requires good knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. BMAT also tests Communication Skills.
Although the idea was for BMAT to be at GCSE level, experience has shown that with the gap between GCSE and A Levels widening, some knowledge beyond GCSE level is necessary in all subjects. In particular, not everyone studies Mathematics and Physics to AS level. For more information please have a look at the BMAT website.
Lansdowne College, which is an Examination Centre for BMAT, runs an intensive course over 1.5 days during the first weekend of the Autumn Term Half Term holiday. The course is exam-based and highly recommended for those seeking high scores in the BMAT exam on 7th November 2012 (which is being held at Lansdowne starting at 9.30am).
The Lansdowne Programme:
- Saturday 20th October: Full Day studying Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The emphasis will be placed on Mathematics and Physics as most students are expected to be studying Biology and Chemistry to at least AS level.
- Sunday 21st October: Communication Skills, Critical-Thinking and Essay Writing.
All students are expected to sit a Mock Paper at the end of the course on Sunday. The marked paper and a full report will be sent to the individual student.
The cost of the course is £300 (which includes the BMAT exam fee). Should a candidate only wish to carry out the exam at Lansdowne the cost will be £170. If you would like to attend the BMAT Course at Lansdowne please fill out the below forms and return them to Georgina Prichard (Lansdowne College, 40-44 Bark Place, London, W2 4AT)
UKCAT Courses 2012
The UKCAT is the UK Clinical Aptitude Test and is designed to be a test of aptitude and attitude, not academic achievement therefore it can not be revised for. Candidates intending to apply in 2012 for entry to a relevant course in a UKCAT University in 2013 (or for deferred entry in 2014) are required to sit the UKCAT by Friday 5th October 2012 whic is the UKCAT deadline. The test has to be taken at a Pearson VUE centre.
The test lasts 2 hours and consists of five sections -
Section 1: Verbal Reasoning – 22 minutes, 44 items with 11 reading passages; tests the candidates ability to think logically about written information and to arrive at a reasoned conclusion.
Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning – 23 minutes, 36 items associated with 10 Tests, Charts & Graphs; tests the ability of candidates to solve numerical problems.
Section 3: Abstract Reasoning – 16 minutes, 65 items associated with 13 pairs of set A & B shapes; tests the ability of students to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking
Section 4: Decision Analysis - 32 minutes, 28 items; tests the ability to deal with different forms of information, infer relationships, make informed judgements and to decide on an appropriate response, in situations of complexity & ambiguity.
Section 5: Non-Cognitive Analysis – 27 minutes associated with reactions when placed in specific situations; identifies the attributes and Characteristics of Robustness, Empathy & Integrity that contribute to successful Health Professional Practice.
Here at Lansdowne we will be running two UKCAT courses each over a two day period on 7th and 8th July 4th and 22nd and 23rd September 2012. This enable students to prepare for the exam focusing especially on decision analysis and abstract reasoning, while combining this with answering practice questions. The cost of this course will be £250. For those students enrolling on the July course the September course will be available as a refresher free of charge. For more information on our course please click here or visit the UKCAT website.
If you would like any more information or you would like to register for the BMAT or UKCAT course please contact Georgina Prichard on either GeorginaPrichard@lansdownecollege.com or phone 020 7616 4400.