【英國醫科】 Medicine 全攻略

在英國,醫學教育是一個備受推崇的領域,其教育體系和培訓標準享譽全球。從預科到專科,英國的醫學教育提供了全面而嚴謹的學術和臨床培訓,旨在培養具有卓越專業技能和人文素養的醫學專業人才。

英國醫學士課程是甚麽?

英國醫學士課程主要授予的學位名銜為MBBS,「醫學士外科學士」(Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)。然而,依據不同英國醫學院的課程設計,不同的學位名稱如下:

  • MBChB:University of Aberdeen, University of Bristol, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh,等13所醫學院
  • MBBCh:Cardiff University及Swansea University 2所醫學院
  • MBBChir:University of Cambridge醫學院
  • BMBS:University of Nottingham, Brighton-Sussex, Peninsula等3所醫學院
  • BM:University of Southampton醫學院

大部分英國醫學士課程為期五年,除了部分醫學院採取六年制度(例如G5大學University of Cambridge、University of Oxford、Imperial College London等,或蘇格蘭醫學院如University of Edinburgh等)。

英國醫學院的課程設計嚴密,以「先奠基、後實踐」的模式進行教學。在為期 5-6 年的醫學士課程中,首 2-3 年為「基礎理論期」,主要通過大課 (Lectures) 及小組研習 (Tutorials) 向學生傳授生物醫學、解剖學、藥理學等基本知識,以及醫學專業術語。同時會安排學生參觀大學鄰近的醫院病房和急症室,亦幫助學生初步了解醫院的日常運作。

從第 3-4 學年起,學生會接受進階的醫學理論課程,學習病理學、血液學、臨床醫藥學等知識。除了專科教學,學生也開始接觸及討論臨床案例,然後獲安排到醫院進行短期醫科實習。了解醫生的職責及日常工作:檢查病人、查看病歷、處方藥物、執行診斷測試、與病人講解及商討治療方案、記錄病人的醫療資料和病歷、及按需要轉介病人到其他專科醫生作進一步的診斷或治療等。

英國醫科生在醫院實習的時間逐步增加,同時也要維持五至十星期在校的專科學習(按不同醫學院課程設計而定)。最後,醫學院在安排學生醫院實習外,也會為學生提供執業預備課程,為有意在英國註冊執業的學生準備。

英國醫學士學位入學要求

學生想報讀英國醫學士課程,可通過英國大學聯招系統UCAS,或以直接報名 (Direct Apply) 的途徑遞交申請。此外,學生必須符合以下條件,才能申請英國醫學院。

學術成績

報讀英國醫學院,預估成績必須符合以下的基本條件:

選修科
生物、化學、數學 (可只有生物或化學一科,但會大幅局限可報讀的英國醫學院選擇)
A-Level
AAA(一般需要生物及化學獲A/A*)
HKDSE
選修科555(建議生物、化學及物理), 核心科目不低於4
IB
36 points或以上(需要2科Higher Level為科學學科)
GCSE
一般5-6科達6-9(A-C),包括英文、數學、科學等

入學考試

報讀英國醫學士課程,幾乎所有醫學院都需要同學提前報考醫科入學試,對於大學一年級直接入學的醫學士課程,英國醫學院主要採用 UCAT 考試,作為醫科申請的重要評核。

UCAT 每年只能考一次,成績有效期只維持一年。因此,如想申請指定的英國醫學院,就必須提前了解考試模式及做好應試預備。

UCAT(The University Clinical Aptitude Test)

UCAT 是一個電腦考試,題目設計是為了測試學生文字數理分析能力和評估其特定情境的心理質素,是英國大部分醫學院為申請人設立的能力傾向測試。每年6月初,UCAT考試中心會接受應屆申請人的註冊,整個考試期橫跨7月至10月。

考試分為五大部分:(一)語言推理、(二)決策分析、(三)數量推理、(四)抽象歸納、(五)情境判斷。考試時間共2小時,學生完成各每部分有1分鐘休息時間,緊接著需應答下一部分,各卷題型設定及時間分配不一:

1. 語言推理(Verbal Reasoning):
這部分佔時21分鐘,共11篇閱讀理解文章,設44題多項選擇題,測試學生歸納大量資訊的理解能力、邏輯思考及應用能力;
2. 決策分析(Decision Making):
這部分佔時31分鐘,設29題多項選擇題,評核學生的判斷力及決策能力;
3. 數量推理(Quantitative Reasoning) :
這部分佔時25分鐘,設36題多項選擇題,考驗學生對數字、圖表、表格或列表問題的解題能力;
4. 抽象歸納(Abstract Reasoning) :
這部分佔時13分鐘,約17組圖像,設55題多項選擇題,評核學生對抽象思維概念的認知與邏輯能力,以及處理與結論無關資訊的能力;
5. 情境判斷(Situation Judgement) :
這部分佔時26分鐘,共13個情境,設69題多項選擇題,考核學生按情境選擇及排序優次的能力、同理心、思維靈活性及團隊合作適應的能力。

要求UCAT成績的英國醫學院

 
University
A20
University of Aberdeen 
A60
Anglia Ruskin University
A80
Aston University
B06
Bangor University
B32
University of Birmingham
B74
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
B78
University of Bristol
B84
Brunel University London
C05
University of Cambridge
C15
Cardiff University 
C30
University of Central Lancashire
C55
University of Chester
D65
University of Dundee 
E14
University of East Anglia 
E42
Edge Hill University
E56
University of Edinburgh 
E84
University of Exeter 
G28
University of Glasgow 
H75
Hull York Medical School 
I50
Imperial College London
K12
Keele University 
K31
Kent and Medway Medical School
K60
King's College London 
L14
Lancaster University
L23
University of Leeds
L34
University of Leicester 
L41
University of Liverpool
M20
University of Manchester 
N21
University of Newcastle 
N84
University of Nottingham 
O33
University of Oxford
P60
Plymouth University 
Q50
Queen Mary University of London 
Q75
Queen's University Belfast 
S18
University of Sheffield 
S27
University of Southampton 
S36
University of St Andrews 
S49
St George's, University of London 
S84
University of Sunderland
S85
University of Surrey
S93
Swansea University
U80
University College London
W20
University of Warwick 
W80
University of Worcester

UCAT 考試中,學生需要在短短2小時完成共五部分的電腦考試。在評分標準上,UCAT 前四部分各因應答題正確數量評為300-900分,總分為3600分。只有第五部分情境判斷以Band作為評分級別,從Band 1 最佳 到 Band 4 最差。

依據過往UCAT考生表現評估,第一至四部分的成績中位數每年不同,大致保持在620-630之間,以申請2022入學年的考生為例,中位數為628。一般而言,650或以上為良好表現,但由於國際生名額競爭激烈,英國醫學院及牙醫學院一般視680或以上為高分標準。另外在第五部分的情境判斷, 大多學院要求學生有Band1-Band2表現,才會給予面試機會。

UCAT 分數絕對影響學生會否獲取面試的機會。Queen Mary 大學的醫學院在英國享譽甚高,在入學條件上,UCAT是必要文件。在面試篩選的環節,校方明確指明UCAT分數在面試遴選中佔50%,以往能獲面試以及offer的學生大多在各部分考獲高於中位數的700分或以上,第五部分更是Band1或2。可見,僅僅達標的分數,是不足以爭取踏入醫學院的門檻。

英國醫學院面試

申請英國醫學院,學生若通過學術成績審批、UCAT/BMAT入學試、履歷評估等關卡後,就會進入學院的最後考驗——面試。

一般英國醫學院的面試類型分為以下三種:

  • 群體面試(Panel Interview)
  • 小組面試(Group Interview)
  • 多個小型面試 (Multiple Mini Interview- MMI)

其中最多英國醫學院採用MMI面試模式——有別於傳統的面試形式,學生不再只進入一個房間內接受一至兩位面試官既定架構內的提問,或是在小組中輪流答題,而是被要求前往不同面試站(Station),通過一系列涉及醫學議題、道德、解難的場景來測試他們的理解、溝通、應變能力等。

MMI的目的,是通過不同測量點的問題,多角度衡量學生是否(1)勝任醫生/牙醫、(2)具備溝通技巧、(3)理解科學知識、(4)認識醫學倫理及(5)懂得恰當判斷突發情況。以下是一些MMI站點(Station)的例子:

  • Ethical Dilemmas 道德困境站
  • Prioritisation 優先排序站
  • Teamwork 團隊合作站
  • Critical Thinking 批判思維站
  • Professional Judgement 專業判斷站
  • Communication 溝通技巧站
  • Role-Play 角色扮演站
  • Character Development 個人特質站

學生若有意申請以下大學的醫學士課程, MMI面試將是不可避免的難關步驟:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Brighton & Sussex
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Hull York
  • Keele University
  • King‘s College London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Queens, Belfast 
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of St Andrews
  • St Georges, University of London
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich)
  • University of Warwick

英國大學從眾多優秀的申請者當中,如何選出最適合學醫的學生,一直為收生官所重視。不少醫學士課程的申請人,在學成績或入學考試成績優秀,但只能證明學生在知識領域的學習能力。

若無一個公正透明的面試環節,收生官則難以分辨學生的習醫動機,或判斷其是否具備當醫生所不可或缺的專業素養與特質,例如良好的溝通技巧、同理心、尊重他人、利他主義等 。因此,英國的醫學院在選擇學生時,除了評量他們的學業表現外, 還要評量他們在學業以外其他性格能力的表現。

故此,面試絕對是醫學院評核候選人的最後關卡。

UCAS內的醫學士課程申請

通過UCAS申請醫學士課程,學生必須注意其截止申請日期較其他學科為早——在入學年前一年的10月15日或之前,需要向UCAS遞交所有申請文件和確立大學選擇。假設同學打算要在2023年入讀醫科,其截止申請日期將會在今年2022年10月15日,遞交以完成整個UCAS申請(包括學校/推薦人已上載推薦信)為準。

另外,UCAS也對醫科課程申請有特別規定——UCAS可以最多報讀五所大學的課程,但不允許學生申請多於四間提供醫學士課程的大學。在第五個選擇上,學生需要選取非醫學士課程的科目,例如學生可以選擇與醫科medicine有關的生物醫藥(Biomedical Science) 、生物化學(Biochemistry)、藥理學(Pharmacy)等,而個別較進取的學生會嘗試物理治療、職業治療等健康科學類課程。

UCAS外的醫學士課程申請

英國大部分醫學院需要透過UCAS作出申請。然而,個別的英國醫學院會接受國際學生透過直接申請(Direct Application)的方式報名,為未趕及在UCAS截止日期遞交申請的學生提供途徑,也為已報名UCAS的學生增加額外的醫學院取錄機會。而接受「直接申請」的大學包括 University of Buckingham、Brunel University London、University of Central Lancashire(UCLan)這三所。

此外,近年有部分英國醫學院採用新式課程架構,學生的理論課程在英國院校完成,然後轉到大學與外國合辦的醫院實習,例如University of Aberdeen醫科學生完成首3年的理論課後,會轉到大學於外地的合作醫院進行實習;同時也有個別英國大學會於海外開設以其名下的醫學院,例如Queen Mary University 便在在歐洲島國馬爾他(Malta)開設醫學院分校。

英國醫科畢業生回港執業流程

就讀英國大學醫學士課程,註冊執業是學生及家長關注的議題。英國不少為人熟悉的英國大學如University of Oxford、University of Cambridge、Glasgow、University Of Sheffield、University of Dundee、University of Nottingham等,均具列於香港《醫生註冊條例》的附表4中,並獲得承認。

縱然,近年香港政府一直討論應否容許海外醫學院畢業生回港執業免試,但目前如打算回到香港註冊成為醫生,學生還是需要參與香港醫務委員會 (下稱委員會)所舉辦的執業資格試,在執業試的三個部分都取得合格後,再接受12個月的評核期,便可以成為註冊醫生在本港執業。

香港醫務委員會舉辦的執業考試 Licensing Examination Information Portal(LEIP)每年舉辦兩次(約3月及9月),執業考試分為3個部分:

  • 專業知識考試
  • 醫學英語技能水平測驗
  • 臨床考試

在第一和第二部分的考試,學生需要親身到委員會的考試室應考,而第三部分的臨床考試,則必須在前兩部分取得合格後,由委員會安排在本地醫院考核,涵蓋內科、外科、婦科及兒科四個範疇。當取得三個部分合格後,學生要在緊隨的1月1日或7月1日,開始為期12個月的評核期,由醫院管理局安排有關的實習。在完成12個月評核期後,學生便可以向委員會作出正式註冊,成為註冊醫生。

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英國入學考試是申請英國寄宿學校的第一步,UKiset和CAT4等入學考試則是大家經常聽到的測驗。然而,兩者有什麼分別?學生又是否必需報考這兩個考試?以下是這兩個考試的詳細介紹。 UKiset UKiset (UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test) ,是英國私立寄宿學校專為9至18歲的海外學生而設計的入學測試,主要用來評估申請人的英語水平和學術能力。 目前有過百所英國私立學校將UKiset作為篩選學生 (pre- screening)的首要標準,並作為學生申請英國寄宿學校的第一關。部份寄宿學校甚至會因申請人的UKiset成績優異而直接取錄,豁免入學試 (CAT4)及面試的入學要求。 UKiset是一個約2至2.5小時的電腦測試,成績有效期為一年,主要分為三個部分: 測試 考試內容 限時 Reasoning(推理)  ·       文字邏輯推理·       圖表推理·       數字推理  90分鐘 Cambridge English Test (劍橋英語考試)  ·       閱讀·       聆聽·       英語運用 (詞彙、拼寫及語法)  30分鐘 English Essay Writing (英文寫作)  評估學生的書面英語表達和語文技巧的能力,字數要求根據年齡而有所不同:9-11歲:最少100-150字12-15歲:最少200-250字16-18歲:最少300-350字  30分鐘 UKiset成績計算方式 UKiset與其他考試有所不同,考試題目會根據學生答題的準確度進行調整。舉例,如果學生持續答對題目,後續題目會變得更難,相應地分數也會較高。 UKiset注意事項 CAT4 CAT4(Cognitive Abilities Test)入學試是大部分英國學校的指定入學試,包括寄宿學校、私立學校和部分公立學校,主要針對6至17歲的學生,用於評估學生的認知能力、思考能力和學習潛力。 測試內容主要分為四個範疇:語言測試(Verbal Reasoning)、數學測試(Quantitative Reasoning)、非語言測試(Non-Verbal Reasoning)和空間推理測試(Spatial Reasoning)。題目會以選擇題形式呈現,有關詳細的測試內容可以參考以下資訊: 測試內容 考試內容 限時 語言測試(Verbal Reasoning)   評估語言和文字方面的能力·      詞彙理解·      同義詞·      反義詞·      關聯詞 45分鐘 數學測試(Quantitative Reasoning)  數學和數量推理方面的能力·      數字操作·      數學問題·      數量關係 45分鐘 非語言測試(Non-Verbal Reasoning)  圖像和圖形推理方面的能力·      圖像和圖形推理·      圖形類比、模式識別、空間關係 45分鐘 空間推理測試(Spatial Reasoning)  空間感知和推理方面的能力·      圖像旋轉·      圖像組合·      圖像投影 45分鐘 CAT4注意事項 CAT4模擬試題 語言測試(Verbal Reasoning) 數學測試(Quantitative Reasoning) 非語言測試(Non-Verbal Reasoning) 空間推理測試(Spatial Reasoning) 延伸閱讀: 提升獲牛津、劍橋及G5大學錄取機會的關鍵 香港學生赴英攻讀法律學位指南 【英國 Health Science】實習對申請的重要性
提升獲牛津、劍橋及G5大學錄取機會的關鍵
以下是Oxbridge過往的面試問題,您知道答案嗎? “Why do many animals have stripes?” “Do bankers deserve the pay they receive?”“How important is social interaction in language acquisition?” “Is it ever morally right to kill someone?” 沒有額外的學術課堂加以鍛鍊,一般都很難回答牛劍的面試問題。 要獲得牛津、劍橋及其他英國G5大學的錄取,發展獨特的思維模式至關重要。如果沒有事先接觸這些充滿挑戰性的面試問題,您可能會感到困惑。在這種情況下,Knowledge Building便能派上用場,這種方法能夠加深和擴充與學科相關的知識,為有志之士提供競爭優勢。 Ascent Prep 的 Knowledge Building 三大優勢 1. 訓練學生牛津、劍橋的思維模式 牛劍的面試問題艱深,不會問學生已理解的知識,而是需要學生利用既有知識推敲答案。牛劍重視學生的思路軌跡和思考過程,而並非具體答案。Knowledge Building 所學就是超越中學程度的super-curricular,將會在牛津、劍橋,或是其他G5大學的面試中大派用場。 2. 協助學生選擇合適學科 大學開辦的學科如法律系、物理治療、醫科、工程學等等,大多數學生都未曾在中學階段時有所接觸,因此未必真的了解這些科目到底是學什麼、會否適合自己。 舉例,如果數學成績出眾,應該報讀牛劍的數學系還是物理系呢?Knowledge Building 可協助您深入了解各個學科的知識層面,助您精準確立大學選科目標。 3. 協助學生撰寫深入探討學術議題的Personal Statement 一般學生會在 Personal Statement 解釋為什麼喜歡所選的學科、有什麼過人之處等,但牛劍或其他G5大學不僅僅要求這些,而是期望學生能帶出與學科相關、強烈深入、並具個人見解的學術探討,需要閱讀學術書籍及資料搜集配合完成,而這些正正能從Knowledge Building中,掌握相關主題與學術概念。 Knowledge Building 如何提升面試質素? 以下挑選了兩條過往牛劍的面試問題,由Ascent Prep牛劍背景的導師示範建議答案,以供參考。 Question 1: Do bankers deserve the pay they receive? Suggested Answer Approach: A simple answer might be that since banks are generally private firms and workers are free to work where they wish, then the pay they receive is just the outcome of a competitive labour market. In this story, bankers earn a lot because they are very skilled and have rare talents. It is hard to see a reason for government intervention in this case – though on equity grounds one may want to have a progressive income tax system that redistributes some of this income. Note: A good candidate would wonder why it is that seemingly equivalently talented people can get paid so much more in banking than in other occupations. Do we really […]
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Jessie C.
Desire Subject Physiotherapy
Programme Medicine and Allied Health Professions Admissions Preparation Course
Hours Attended 20

From a young age, Jessie was passionate about sports, especially football and competitive jump roping. An injury during a jump roping competition that required physical therapy piqued her interest in the profession. Jessie chose Biology and Chemistry as her subjects, and her predicted DSE scores met the entry requirements. However, she had doubts about her suitability due to her petite stature and introverted nature, fearing these could be obstacles to becoming a physical therapist. Despite Jessie's excellent grades, her father was also concerned about her career choice, worrying that Jessie was blindly following a trend without truly considering her interests and abilities, as choosing this field would mean committing to a career as a physical therapist.

Our education consultant recommended the shadowing program by Ascent Prep, the only official preparation program recognized by AEAS, offering students clinical internship experiences and professional mentorship. Seeing it as an opportunity to resolve her doubts and increase her chances of being admitted to higher-ranking universities, her father enrolled her in the program.

During the shadowing process, she gained in-depth knowledge of a physical therapist's daily duties, including assessing patients, developing treatment plans, and guiding patients through rehabilitation exercises. Though challenging, she found the work meaningful. Throughout this period, Jessie had the opportunity to ask many questions, particularly about her concerns. After completing the shadowing program, her determination to become a physical therapist was strengthened.

When preparing her personal statement, Jessie tried writing it herself but felt it lacked persuasiveness. With her tutor's guidance, she realized many areas needed improvement. The tutor helped her reorganize her experiences volunteering in physical therapy, highlighting her passion and dedication to the field. During interview training, she learned how to showcase her strengths and effectively answer the interviewer's questions. For example, Ascent Prep tutors taught students how to answer common situational questions, such as:

  • What do you think are the basic professional ethics for a physical therapist?
  • How do you view the relationship between physical therapists and their patients?
  • How would you handle conflicts of interest with patients?

Ascent Prep tutors prepared students for these ethical questions and situational challenges to test their problem-solving abilities, such as:

  • How would you deal with a patient unwilling to cooperate with treatment?
  • How would you respond to an emergency during treatment?
  • How do you collaborate with other healthcare professionals?

Ultimately, with Ascent Prep's assistance, Jessie was accepted into the Physical Therapy program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and also received offers from the University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Brunel University, and the University of Salford in the UK. Among these options, she chose the University of Birmingham and was awarded a scholarship for her outstanding performance.

This journey highlights the value of Ascent Prep, offering practical clinical experiences and professional guidance, enabling students to not only improve academically but also to find their direction in their future career paths.

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Sophie F.
Desire Subject Architecture
Programme Portfolio Guidance
Hours Attended 10

Sophie is a high school student from Hong Kong who has been passionate about architecture since she was young. She excelled academically and actively participated in various architecture-related activities, such as architectural model competitions and visits. However, as the time for further education approached, Sophie began to feel somewhat lost, due to her very high standards for herself. She knew that to gain admission into architecture programs at prestigious universities like Cambridge or UCL, she needed not only excellent academic grades but also well-rounded abilities and creativity.

By chance, Sophie attended a lecture by Ascent Prep, where the instructors shared their experiences in helping students gain admission to top universities. Ascent Prep introduced her to a mentor who was studying architecture at Cambridge. The mentorship and classes were designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and encouraged Sophie to think critically about the core of architectural studies, enriching her personal statement with diverse elements. In these classes, Sophie learned about architectural history, theory, and design. Her tutor explained complex concepts in an engaging way, making it easy for Sophie to understand.

For instance, during a mock interview, Sophie encountered a challenging question: "What do you think are the professional ethics of an architect?" She had never considered this question before, but with her tutor's guidance, she was able to articulate a well-thought-out answer, boosting her confidence for the actual interview.

The art portfolio is a critical component of university applications, and Sophie's tutor helped her create a portfolio that was both deep and creative. The tutor meticulously guided her through the selection and arrangement of her works, covering her academic research, practical experience, and personal interests. Under the tutor's guidance, Sophie revised her portfolio multiple times, resulting in an impressive collection of work.

Sophie's efforts were rewarded when she was accepted into the Architecture program at the University of Cambridge. Her portfolio showcased her unique understanding of architecture, including a sustainable design proposal that received high praise from her tutor. Moreover, Sophie performed excellently in her university interviews, demonstrating her academic abilities and personal charm.

Sophie's success story is a testament to the effectiveness of the Ascent Prep program, which is dedicated to helping students realize their potential and achieve success in their educational pursuits.

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Andy M.
Desire Subject AEAS
Programme Official AEAS Test Preparation Course
Hours Attended 30

Andy attended a local Hong Kong secondary school. Despite having average grades at school, he has always been afraid of English, to the point of hesitating to speak it. Andy is a typical slow starter; when under pressure, he easily feels overwhelmed. This became even more evident after he took the AEAS test unprepared, resulting in scores far below expectations. The AEAS report recommended Andy to undertake an English course for 20-30 weeks, and the substantial cost of attending a 30-week language course in Australia, including tuition, accommodation, and student insurance, caused considerable concern for his parents. Not only were they considering the dual factors of time and finances, but they also hoped that Andy could have more opportunities to apply to his desired schools. That's when they found us, the only official preparatory course institution recognized by AEAS. In the 1-on-1 courses at Ascent Prep, students receive meticulous instruction from teachers and consultants, improving their English skills and gradually overcoming their fear of English. To the parents' surprise, the child performed excellently in the AEAS test. By achieving good results in Hong Kong, the AEAS report reduced the required language class from 30 weeks to just 4 weeks before entering mainstream schools in Australia. This not only saved money but also allowed the child to integrate into the Australian mainstream education system sooner.

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