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Cardiff offers a five-year medical course with a spiral curriculum in which each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years to consolidate and expand level of understanding gradually.
In the first two years students learn the fundamental medical and clinical sciences through a structure that looks at the ‘Chronological Life Course’ and incorporates small-group teaching and case-based learningamong other traditional teaching methods such as lectures and practicals. Student also develop clinical skills and knowledge through clinical placements in a variety of healthcare environments across Wales.
In the third and fourth years there is focus on expanding clinical experience through clinical attachments in a range of different medical and surgical disciplines and as per the spiral curriculum of the course, much of the knowledge gained in the first two years is revisited and expanded upon.
The final year involves further application and honing of clinical skills via increased involvement in multidisciplinary clinical teams all in preparation for becoming a junior doctor after graduation.
Cardiff also offers the opportunity for students to undertake Student-Selected Components (SSCs) and an intercalated degree to obtain a BSc and it provides a chance toenhance research skills and experience. Furthermore,students have the opportunity to participate in research studentships in association with Cardiff University Research Society as well as an elective abroad or in the UK to explore the vastness of Medicine either across the nation and internationally.
Hi, I'm Jasmine and I am currently finishing my second year of studying Medicine at Cardiff University. My journey into Medicine was fulfilling, interesting but as you are all aware rather stressful. Working in a care home and teaching people with a disability how to swim was one of the most rewarding roles I have been in; while shadowing doctors in a range of different fields of medicine such as plastic surgery gave me an amazing insight into pressures, responsibilities, but also the enjoyment that a career in Medicine can bring. Ultimately the hours of revision spent on UKCAT, BMAT and interview preparation is well worth it. My advice would be to seek out any opportunity you can and take it whether it is working in a hospital or volunteering at a local swimming pool - whatever you do you will learn new skills that will develop your character and resilience.
I love the opportunities that are provided here at Cardiff, and the fact that I have seen patients as early as in year 1 has resulted in me feeling confident in my abilities to be let loose in an actual hospital setting which occurs in 3rd year. I am so grateful for the sense of community and teamwork that has been built up by all the medical students and for the extensive academic and pastoral care that the medics in the year above provide us with. The Medic community provide us with continual revision sessions and top tips in addition to amazing socials and societies which help us balance our workload, meet new people and enjoy each day at medical school.
Cardiff is a beautiful city with so many places to socialise, grab a drink or even just relax in the parks. It is such a short journey away from the peace and quiet of the Brecon Beacons or the beach down at Barry Island and I cannot wait to explore more of it in my future years. My first two years have flown by and despite the obvious hard work and stressors that come with being a Medic I have truly enjoyed my time so far and learnt so much on how to manage myself and my time more effectively. If you have any questions or would like any tips I am more than happy to help.
-by Jasmine, studying medicine in Wales, UK, University of Cardiff
I’m a 4th year medical student at Cardiff University, currently intercalating in Sport Science. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cardiff University, not only in medical school but also through its rich extracurricular opportunities. I understand how challenging the application process will be, on top of the many changes that have happened over the past year. I am more than happy to answer any questions regarding all parts of the application process and course. I have experience as an MMI interviewer for this year’s applicant cohort and continuously engage in mentoring prospective students with personal statements, UCAT and interview support.
My journey into medicine involved ensuring I had the relevant work experience and qualifications. Throughout secondary school, I engaged in long-term volunteering at a care home and one week shadowing at my local emergency department and community mental health centre. Balancing academics and extracurricular activities such as badminton, helped to demonstrate my organisational and time-management capabilities. Having received my GCSE, AS-Level grades and UCAT score, I tailored my application to universities I would have the greatest chance of receiving an offer. Three out of four universities invited me for an interview, including Bristol and Birmingham University and I subsequently received offers from all.
I chose to firm Cardiff as I really loved their course focus on early clinical exposure and case-based learning. The environment was so friendly and welcoming and it’s a beautiful city I’m so lucky to call home for the past 4 years! Good luck to everyone in their applications, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
-by Parvathi, studying medicine in Wales, UK at the University of Cardiff
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