Medicine summer school

Medicine Summer School

Your successful future in medicine starts here. Join our medicine summer school held on the Oxford University campus and discover, experience and prepare for life as a doctor.

Oxford Medicine Summer School

Thinking of becoming a doctor? Be inspired by our medicine summer school held amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford.

Our summer medicine courses for high school students take place on the historic campus of Oxford University. You’ll gain the insights and hands-on experience you need if you’re thinking about pursuing this competitive subject at university and beyond.

Our medicine programmes show you what it’s really like to study medicine and become a doctor. You’ll feel challenged and inspired as you’re introduced to new ideas, and you’ll make friends with other ambitious high school students from around the world.

You’ll meet real-life patients, debate medical ethics, and gain hands-on experience, from how to use a stethoscope to doctor-patient communication skills. You’ll explore medical specialties ranging from anatomy to cardiology to surgery and more. Above all, you’ll leave this Oxford experience with the knowledge and confidence to make the right decision about your future education and career.

Browse our Medicine Summer Courses

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Discover Medicine (12-14 year olds)

Thinking about becoming a doctor? This medicine summer course introduces you to what it’s really like to study and practise medicine, giving you hands-on clinical experience including dissection and looking at X-rays. You’ll also meet real doctors and patients.

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Experience Medicine (15-18 year olds)

Want to find out what being a doctor is all about? Learn how to diagnose illnesses, visit a hospital to meet real-life patients and doctors plus gain an understanding of medical specialities and ethics on this hands-on medicine summer course.

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Experience Psychology & Neuroscience (15-18 year olds)

Explore the workings of the human mind on this fascinating summer course. If you’re thinking of studying psychology and neuroscience at university, this course gives you a head start in understanding the big questions: what makes you individual, the connection between language and thought and much more.

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Medicine Preparation (15-18 year olds)

If you’re certain you want to study medicine at university, this medicine summer course helps you prepare for university-level learning. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of the medical school application process, practise mock-clinical exams and find out how to make your application stand out from the crowd.

The Best Courses, The Best People, Your Future Success:

Get the Oxford Experience

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The Best medicine Courses

High school summer medicine courses designed to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – whatever your subject knowledge

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The Best People

Taught by tutors from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, including doctors and medical students
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Your future SUCCESS

Medicine summer courses designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future

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Get the Oxford Experience

Delivered on the prestigious Oxford University campus

Medicine Summer School Testimonials

I enrolled in the Experience Medicine summer course, and have no regrets. I actually felt like an aspiring junior doctor practising and learning with the most enthusiastic experts. Overall I really enjoyed my summer on OSA’s medicine summer course and made the best of friends and definitely encourage all adolescents to go and explore and take full advantage of this opportunity to be a part of an absolutely amazing community and experience their future aspirations in the best two weeks of their lives

Muskan Seth

India, Experience Medicine Academy

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Why choose our Oxford Medicine Summer School

Our Medicine Summer courses for high school students are designed to help you find out more about whether medicine is the right choice for you. On our medicine courses, you’ll have access to:

 

  • An expert team of predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
  • Learning programmes that combine classroom-based study with hands-on experiences, such as meeting real-life doctors and patients
  • Invaluable insights into the medical school admissions process, along with subject knowledge that will help you get ahead in medicine. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of high school students for future success
  • Transferable skills that will be prized by universities and employers whether you pursue medicine or not, such as the ability to work effectively with others, critical thinking and public speaking.

What can you expect from our Medicine Summer School?

Our Medicine Summer School is an ideal introduction to the study of medicine, whether you see yourself as a future GP or you want to be a brain surgeon. Prepare for future success by joining us on one of our high school summer medicine courses. We will:
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Show you what it’s like to study medicine at university, and the level of thinking required, thanks to tuition by our expert teaching faculty

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Help you decide whether a career in medicine is the right choice for you, and introduce you to the career options available with a medical degree through our fully accredited medicine course
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Give you an insider’s view of life as a doctor through our Hero sessions with real doctors

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Give you hands-on clinical experiences, such as learning how to read an X-ray, use a stethoscope and communicate effectively with a patient
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Take you to the local hospital here in Oxford so that you can see a real hospital at work and meet actual patients and doctors
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Invite you to take part in mock clinical challenges designed to replicate real-life medical situations
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Help you choose the right medicine degree for you, and show you how to prepare a strong application to medical school
Student networks
Give you the chance to build an international network of fellow students and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
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Enable you to graduate when you’ve successfully completed your medicine course. You’ll attend a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School
On our programme, you’ll find a Medicine summer course that’s suitable for you no matter where you are in your education – whether you’re completely new to medicine or you’re about to apply to medical school. You’ll be taught on the world-famous campus of Oxford University. Our summer medicine courses are two or four weeks long, so you can choose how long you want to stay with us in Oxford.

How does our Medicine Summer School offer you an authentic university experience?

  • You’ll learn from a first-class team of tutors in small, dynamic classes
  • You’ll study on the Oxford University campus, and have the opportunity to try traditional Oxford activities, such as punting
  • You’ll be introduced to university-level thinking on a variety of medical topics, as well as trying hands-on clinical skills
  • You’ll start your future professional network by making friends with other ambitious students from around the world

Why study Medicine?

Many of our high school summer medicine students go on to apply for medical school. But what are the benefits of a medical degree and a career in medicine?

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Medicine is a rewarding and respected career

It’s a career that allows you to make a big difference to people’s lives. You’ll spend your days helping people and bringing relief from pain or discomfort, and that equates to great job satisfaction.

You’ll have excellent graduate prospects

You shouldn’t find it hard to get a job as a doctor once you’ve completed your degree in medicine – and there will always be demand for doctors, with a global shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives across an estimated 57 countries.

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There are many possible career paths with a degree in medicine

There’s more to a medical degree than becoming a GP. You’ll have lots of scope for specialising in an area you’re particularly interested in, such as oncology or paediatrics, as well as having opportunities for research or teaching. You’ll be able to explore different specialties on our high school summer medicine courses.

You’ll be challenged

No two days are the same when you work in medicine, as you never know what difficult new case you’ll meet with next. That means your days are likely to be varied, and you’ll be putting your brainpower to good use. You’ll never stop learning, as there are advances being made in medicine all the time and you’ll need to keep up with them.

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You’ll earn good money

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll be on a good starting salary with the potential to earn a very good living the more experienced and/or specialised you become.

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Meet Medicine Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our medicine summer courses:

out of 10 students said our medicine summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our high school summer medicine courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our medicine summer courses to other parents

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Inspected and Accredited

We have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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