It is important that you book in advance for Bristol’s open day. Although it is not a day specifically for potential medical students, there will be plenty of medicine activities on offer. If you want to attend a subject or welcome session, you must book those too as they are very popular and can only hold a certain number of people. When you book to attend the open day, you will receive a confirmation email with a booking letter and programme attached. You must bring both of these with you on the day so that you can register when you arrive.
Bristol’s open days attract over 15,000 people so there will obviously be some problems in parking near the campus. Some roads around the main campus will be closed to vehicles so it may be best to use public transport or the free park and ride service which will take you right to the door of the university.
Talks are held throughout the day so there’s no need to panic if you miss the first one. You can attend up to 3 course sessions but people interested in medicine will probably want to make the medicine talk their main priority. This session will allow you to find out everything about Bristol’s 5 year Medicine degree which has been developed in partnership with the NHS and includes real-life training in clinical Academies. The talk will also let you know the entry requirements for medicine and discuss the variety of facilities that are available to medical students.
Medicine displays will be held in Medical Teaching Labs in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences – where you will be spending most of the first 2 years of your university life. These displays will hold those all-important course leaflets and will also give you a chance to get some advice on applying from staff.
A number of other sessions will be available for you to attend. These include talks on funding, student life and career support. The welcome session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the University of Bristol and the area of Bristol itself as well as the qualities that they look for in prospective students. This 30 minute talk will be a great help as it may just give you the edge over other applicants.
A few student residences will be open for you to look at. Take the free shuttle bus to Stoke Bishop or take the scenic route by walking the 10 minutes to the city centre accommodation.
Don’t worry. The University of Bristol holds undergraduate tours throughout the year. Look on their website for more details.