University of Glasgow: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine Admissions & UCAT Update 2021

Due to the impact of Covid19 the University of Glasgow have issued an update on their admission to the courses in medicine, vet medicine and dentistry, and taking the UCAT test:

Medical School Admissions information and FAQs:
UCAT information: please see below under ‘UCAT’
Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: We appreciate that work experience can be difficult to arrange, especially for high school students, but please note that work experience in a medical setting is not a necessary precursor to studying medicine at Glasgow. We would expect that applicants would have at least spoken to a doctor about a career in medicine – but that could be their own GP for example – and have researched the career path via the careers office as a starting point. An awareness of current issues facing the medical profession and the NHS is also expected, which can be obtained from newspapers, medical journals and the internet. Many applicants do demonstrate an interest in caring for others through voluntary work in a medical setting, such as a care home or hospice, but such experience could be equally well demonstrated by involvement in mentoring younger students, brownies/guides, working in a charity shop or involvement in local community initiatives such as foodbanks or helping the homeless for example.

Dental School & Dentistry Admissions information:
Dentistry Person Specification for applicants:
UCAT information: please see below under ‘UCAT’
Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: For entry in September 2021 we are not asking applicants to carry out work shadowing. In an effort to keep things as straightforward as possible whilst there is so much uncertainty around, we will not be replacing this with any additional requirements. We do realise that this will mean a huge change to personal statements, particularly with the cancellation of many other extra-curricular activities, our BDS person specification contains a list of the attributes we look for at interview and we do hope that the majority of applicants will have alternative experiences, out with a dental environment that they can draw on to demonstrate these attributes. We would also recommend that applicants take a look at our Be a Dentist app, which is available for iPhone and Android which contains some excellent videos from dentists in a variety of career tracks to gain some additional information on the profession. The Dental Schools Council has also published information on the ways applicants can learn about what a career in Dentistry will involve.

Veterinary Medicine Admissions information:
Veterinary Medicine information in relation to Covid-19:
Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: We are aware that some applicants may currently be unable to complete work experience due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we are therefore going to REDUCE our requirement for 6 weeks work experience. We would like applicants to have at least ONE week with a veterinary surgeon. The COVID-19 situation is continually evolving and when the picture becomes clearer, we will publish further guidelines relating to work experience and any other changes to our admissions process for applicants in 2020 for entry in 2021. We will update our web page regularly. Applicants are also advised to conduct their own online research into areas where they have been unable to gain practical experience to boost their knowledge and understanding of the veterinary profession.

UCAT have now provided an update for the test in 2020 (for 2021 entry). One of the key changes is that students will be able to sit the UCAT test from home or at a Pearson VUE test Centre. There are no changes to the test content and the test will be the same regardless of whether it is taken at home or at a test centre. Registration for UCAT opens on 1st July 2020, and students are encouraged to book their test as soon as possible. Testing will take place between 3 August – 1 October 2020.

UCAT resources:
Important Information Leaflet:
UCAT Preparation Plan video:

UCAS Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine virtual event
Thursday 23 July, each university will have their own availability between 7am – 11pm.

University of Glasgow Virtual Open Days & Events:


Hi All Seniors,

A message from Carla and Karolina, your School Career Advisers from Skills Development Scotland (SDS);

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well during this pandemic.  During this time, just like pupils, Careers Advisers are unable to attend school and for us it is unlikely we will be in school until October, however, we would like to assure you that we continue to work from home and can still offer support remotely.

We are here to help you develop the skills you need (Career Management Skills) to make choices as you move through school and start to think about your future career after you leave.

We may be contacting you between now and October (including the summer holiday!) to discuss your plans for the year ahead. You can also contact SDS at a time that suits you, by calling our local Musselburgh office on 0131 6653120.

Our work mobile numbers we will be using to contact you :

Carla – 07887831034

Karolina – 07887832386

We look forward to working with you in the year ahead,

Carla Bichan and Karolina Grzelec

AN OPPORTUNITY for work experience: Nine to Five with Stacey Dooley!

Twenty Twenty, the award-winning TV Production Company behind Gareth Malone’s The Choir and A House Through Time.

Twenty Twenty are looking for candidates for their new series of Nine to Five with Stacey Dooley! They are looking for a new group of teenagers who are eager to go on the work experience trip of a lifetime.

Twenty Twenty hope to film the new series in the late summer (TBC) and will take 5 teenagers into a variety of industries that are crying out for young workers. It will be the ultimate work experience, offering those taking part the chance to learn some real life lessons. Living away from home in shared accommodation, the teens will learn how to budget and stand on their own two feet!

They are looking for teenagers aged 16-18 years old who are up for a challenge and feel that they could benefit from the work experience trip of a life time!

To learn more about the BBC series , go to BBC IPlayer here:

Twenty Twenty website

If interested, get in touch on the contact details provided in the flyer below:

COVID – 19 UPDATE FOR JOB SEEKERS: My World of Work Job Hub

My World of Work Job Hub is a new service which supports those seeking immediate employment opportunities.

Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Skills Development Scotland and industry partners, the Job Hub brings together live job opportunities in sectors such as healthcare, food and grocery retail, social care, childcare, delivery and distribution, food manufacturing and production.

There’s also access to additional support including CV tools, skills builders and other career information and advice from Scotland’s online careers resource.

Visit My World of Work Job Hub and find out what’s available in your area.

COVID – 19 : update on the Army, RAF and Royal Navy recruitment

The current coronavirus pandemic circumstances have already had an impact on recruitment campaigns across a range of sectors of the UK economy. This also includes the British Army, RAF and Royal Navy recruitment processes. Below are links to respective websites with up to date statements, advice and FAQ  concerned with the COVID – 19 pandemic:

The army:


Royal Navy:


UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Career Information, Advice and Guidance 

In line with public health advice our network of public access centres is temporarily closing and with the planned closure of schools, our careers advisers will no longer be accessible through school. 

In order to maintain services to all our customers at this critical time, one-to-one contact with careers advisers will still be available online and over the phone. 

Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver career services face to face, but they are still there to help. You can contact your school Careers Advisers: Carla Bichan and Karolina Grzelec for
career information, advice and guidance at :; Mobile:07887831034; Mobile: 07887832386

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