Lancing Pupils – Making a Mark in Medical Sciences
With the challenges of an ageing population and increasing life expectancy, the current shortage of skills in the medical and bioscience areas looks set to continue. This is an area of expertise where demand stretches well beyond the NHS into medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and leading edge medical technologies. Following a degree in Biomedical Science, students have a wide range of opportunities to continue professional development and specialist training in a wide range of related disciplines, such as haematology, immunology and virology.
Lancing pupils have increasingly responded to this demand and the College has seen its thriving medical group grow from strength to strength. In 2017, our largest ever cohort of pupils gained offers into this area with degree choices varying across the full range, from medicine and biomedical science to medicinal chemistry and neuroscience. These aspiring pupils are ready to play their part in a fast changing and exciting industry where opportunities exist in the public, charity, academic and commercial industries both in the UK and globally.
Mrs Rebecca Webber, with some of our 2017 Medical and Bio-Medical Applicants
(L to R) Mrs Webber, Maddy P, Chloe S, Jarin H, Ching L, Emilia S, Nancy S, Enzo S-W, Landry C, Robert Y
The Lancing College Medics meet weekly, under the guidance of Biology teacher Rebecca Webber, to consider and discuss a wide range of topics: from the future of the NHS to organ donation, the students often have lively debates. Time is also spent on role-playing activities to further their interpersonal skills and studying techniques to master the BMAT and UKCAT exams, the two challenging medical entrance exams. On a monthly basis, the group attends the Medico-Chirurgical lectures at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, a series of talks given by doctors about their area of specialism for other doctors and medical students.
Lancing's Medics practising their surgical skills
Talking about the programme, Mrs Webber said: The aim of the Medics’ Meetings is to allow the students to explore all the opportunities available in medical-related fields. Competition for university places in medicine and biomedical sciences is fierce and this programme allows our students to be as well-equipped as possible for this process. The ability to be able to reflect upon real experiences is vital and Lancing College OLs and parents have been providing invaluable help, either through talks to students, visits to their work places or by joining the students for the Annual Medics’ Dinner.