Medi-Prep Programme

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Start Date

Sun Sep 16 2018 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


9 months

We offer competitive prices, cheaper than any local college or training provider in Northern Ireland. If you find me a cheaper price within NI, we will match it. We want to give you a chance to gain your qualification without having to take out high interest loans. 

Prospective Annual Salary

This course is not a final destination, it is an access course for pre medicine. 

Course Description

The Medi-Prep Programme is a 9-month programme designed to prepare aspiring international medical, nursing and dentistry students for application to UK universities. Through the Medi-Prep programme you will be enrolled on to an OCN Level 4 Diploma in Medical Science which may help you to graduate onto a pre-Medical and pre-Dental level course or a Nursing degree programme in a UK university. 
This diploma is equivalent to a first year of an undergraduate degree (candidates who already posses foreign qualifications which are deemed acceptable by UK Medical and Dental Schools may get entry to Level 1 of a Medical or Dental Degree programme after successfully completing all the requirements of the Medi-Prep and satisfactory completion of the UKCAT examination and interview(s) set out by the University). 

Progression Opportunities

progression opportunties

Course Delivery

Lessons are delivered online via webinars - you can always replay the recording in case you miss a lesson. 

To gain this qualification, you are required to carry out 10 hours of laboratory practicals at our local University partner in Derry-Londonderry. These practicals will be delivered over 3 days, 1.5 days in Semester 1 and 1.5 days in Semester 2.


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What Will I Study?

Module 1. Biochemistry and Human Nutrition

In this module, you learn and understand the structure, function and metabolism of biological macromolecules, energy in living systems, the major metabolic pathways and how they are regulated:

  • you will learn to use appropriate terminology, nomenclature and classification systems in biochemistry

  • you will understand the chemistry and structure of the major biological/nutritional macromolecules

  • you will understand the major catabolic pathways from which cells obtain energy via the oxidation of various fuels; chemical and thermodynamic principles underlying biological catalysis; major metabolic pathways by which cells use energy to produce carbohydrate, lipids and proteins from simpler precursors.                                       

​Module 2. Biology and Disease


During module 2, you will understand the fundamental biological principles and their relationship to disease and infection:

  • you will know the main cellular components and their function. 

  • you will learn the principles of microbial and viral function and the action of antibiotics.

  • you will gain insights to the principles of immunological function and defence against disease. 

  • you will explore the major organ systems and their function.

  • you will analyse and interpret scientific data.

  • you will be able to perform microbiology laboratory practice.

Module 3. Cell Biology

​In this module, you will learn the cellular basis of life and the relevance of studies of cell structure and function at the molecular level to human disease:

  • you will explore the structure and function of a range of sub-cellular components.

  • you will learn the storage and flow of information in cells from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to protein.

  • you will understand the role of membranes in energy generation and cellular partition.

  • you will gain insights of the various types of microorganisms

  • you will understand the importance of protein folding, modification and transport.

  • you will learn the interactions between cells and cell signalling.

  • you will be able to examine cell tissue and structures

  • ​you will understand the cell cycle and replication in cells.

​Module 4. Communications and IT for Applied Science

​During this module you will develop learning strategies in a further education setting:

  • you will learn how to carry out research.

  • you will be able to express comprehensive scientific themes, ideas, opinions and judgements.

  • you will understand plagiarism.

Module 5. Evidence Based Professional Practice

In this module, you will use an evidence based approach to your own professional practice:

  • you will be able to research and analyse information 

  • you will be able to evaluate a clinical/management case study.

  • you will be able to develop a professional portfolio.


Module 6. Human Physiology and Anatomy

During these lessons, you will learn the principles and main processes of Human Physiology, the relationships between body structure and function:

  • you will gain insights of the main functions of and relationships between major body systems.

  • you will understand the main anatomical systems of the human body.

  • you will learn the fundamental principles of homeostasis and its importance in regulating normal human physiology.

  • you will be able to apply the fundamental principles of human physiology.

  • you will explore the human physiology of health and the pathophysiological basis of disease

  • you will be able to perform a range of laboratory procedures relating to physiological function

  • you will be able to use computer based models of human physiology.

Module 7. IELTS Preparation

IELTS measures your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and assesses your ability to communicate for work, study or life in an English-speaking country.

You will gain insight on the IELTS test format and carry out practice activities and mock tests. 

Module 8. Interview Preparation

You will receive guidance on:

  • how to prepare your personal statement

  • how to prepare for an interview

  • interview techniques

  •  tips and advice. 

Module 9. ESAP - English for Specific Academic Purposes for Medicine

During these skills-based lessons you will progress in the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. You will develop your knowledge and use of vocabulary in the field of medicine. 


Module 10. UKCAT and UCAS Preparation

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is an admissions test used by a consortium of UK Universities for their medical and dental degree programmes.

The UKCAT helps Universities to select applicants with the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.  It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications. The Universiti