We advise applicants to have a range of relevant work experiences in health or social care settings or in areas that provide person facing interactions.
Clinical work experience is not an essential criteria for applying to our Medicine programmes. However, gaining work experience of caring or service provision or observing or working alongside healthcare or social care staff can be beneficial to a Medicine application and interview process. These work experiences can be paid or voluntary and occur across settings including hospitality, general practices, hospitals, hospices, pharmacies, community voluntary organizations and care homes.
Work experience will allow you to demonstrate that you have a realistic understanding of Medicine, including the demands of a medical career, the importance of teamwork and will help you to better understand some of the values, attitudes and behaviours essential to becoming a doctor.
Your work experience will also help you to demonstrate in your application and interview that you understand, and are committed to, teamwork and the social context of healthcare.
You should also explore both the positive and negative aspects of a medical career through talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals in different settings.