Year 13 UCL Work Experience
Last week, seven Year 13 students who are applying to study medicine, were taken to University College London (UCL) to complete a day of work experience. On arrival the students were quickly put through their paces as Dr van Tulleken dissected their personal statements. As a group, students were asked to feedback on each other’s statements and use the advice given to improve on their applications. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn exactly what is expected in a good personal statement.
The students were given a brief lecture on the research being carried out at the Towers Laboratory, during which their knowledge of genetic engineering and protein synthesis was challenged. The students were then given a tour of the lab, where they could witness science in action. To conclude the day, they took part in a practice interview where again they had to critique each other’s responses as well as answer challenging ethical questions.
Throughout the day the students showed maturity and confidence, working under pressure and are now well prepared for their applications to medical school. Dr van Tulleken commented that they were “Inspiring young women who stood up well to a gruelling work experience placement. They'll be great clinicians”.
Many thanks to Mrs Payne for assisting with this trip.