The Medical Pathways Programme

Miss Sarah Finnegan – Medical Pathways Coordinator

If you are intending to apply to train to be a doctor, dentist or a vet, we have a specialised programme to advise you on every step of your application. There is a designated member of staff to run the Medical Pathways programme (Miss Finnegan) who helps arrange for you to have mock interviews, feedback on your application, and other support specific to these courses, to ensure you have the best possible opportunity to go where you want.

What we offer:

  • Introductory talk for Lower Sixth students and their parents
  • Mock interviews with professionals, practising traditional interviews and MMI.
  • Business Lunches to meet professionals in these areas, network and ask advice in an informal setting.
  • Seminars with healthcare professionals at various stages of their careers to find out more about your chosen vocation, e.g. two final year medical students, a consultant ENT surgeon plus a practising and retired GP.
  • Workshops on current affairs in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine; entry requirements, ethical principles, and how to prepare for the BMAT and UKCAT
  • Termly review meetings one-to-one with the Medical Pathways coordinator
  • Focused help with preparing UCAS personal statement with the Medical Pathways coordinator



  • An email group which shares all the latest info on medics/dentists/vet applications
  • Arranged trips to University Open days, e.g. Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Cambridge and Oxford
  • A bi-annual careers fayre in which all three professions are represented by professionals in the field.
  • Attend a UCAS convention in March/April of your Lower Sixth, where over 100 different universities are present.
  • Suggested reading provided from 5th Year upwards
  • Dedicated area of the Careers Room to provide them with info about the jobs, and advice practise for BMAT and UKCAT tests.
  • Continued career support after leaving Truro School, with the 3-year support programme carried out by Head of Careers, Nancy Kenward.

Truro School’s Recent MMI Circuit

Truro School’s Medics, Dentists and Vets Programme has been prepping a group of Lower Sixth students with a multiple mini-interview station.

Read more here.

Work Experience

Students are encouraged to take up regular work experience as well as block placements. The careers team have many contacts in order to help students secure themselves a placement. Some of examples of previous work placements:

  • Treliske Hospital Ward
  • GP Surgery
  • Veterinary Practice
  • Cruise Ship Sick Bay
  • Dental Practices
  • Local farms, helping with lambing
  • Animal rescue centres

Mock Interview Process

During the Lower Sixth there will be workshops to develop your skills at tackling various common MMI stations, such as discussing ethical scenarios and breaking bad news. For the stations requiring role play, Mr Oldfield (who has been an actor at MMIs) and some Sixth Form drama students will help to make the experience as realistic as possible.

Once you have chosen and applied to your University to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine you will get more focused preparation for the interview process. In the Upper Sixth an MMI interview event is held with medical professionals, Miss Finnegan and Mr Oldfield running a circuit of 10-minute stations, including a traditional interview station. We are fortunate enough to have a professional who runs admissions interviews at Exeter involved, providing valuable feedback and advice throughout the process.

Help is also given for international application processes, see Overseas University Applications for more information.