Secure your place on a medical degree at a European university

About the pre-med course

 

At London Medical Academy, we have developed our pre-med course with university entrance exams in mind, helping you to feel prepared and confident when embarking upon your medical studies.

Our pre-med course prepares you for entrance exams to over 40 medical universities in 12 different EU countries, as well as medical universities in the UK and USA. By taking a pre-med course with London Medical Academy, you’re not only setting yourself up for success in your entrance exams, but also for the first year of medical school, as we cover many subjects win the degree syllabus.

Choose from a 12 or 24 week course, covering Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Anatomy and Cognitive Skills, all taught by experience lecturers. Your tutor-led lessons will be supported by your own study and homework assignments, where you can expand upon your learning and complete further reading, giving a well-rounded medical knowledge. With our tutors’ support and guidance, you will complete over 30 mock exams to prepare you for your entrance exam, ensuring that there are no surprises when it comes to the real thing.

 

No financial risk

 

With our money-back guarantee, you can take steps towards a medical career with the peace of mind that your investment will pay off. We’re so confident in our skilled teachers, our strategic syllabus and the success rate of our graduates, that we are happy to offer a guarantee – however, since our graduates are so well-prepared for their entrance exams, we have not yet had any students needing to claim this guarantee.

Our English pre-med course prepares you for your medical school entrance exams

 

Our goal at London Medical Academy is to prepare our students in London for your entrance exams, and the start of your medical degree at any of the 40+ medical universities in 12 different European countries, as well as the UK and USA, upon successful completion of our premed course.

Small classes allow for individual and intensive tuition with our dedicated lecturers, all of whom hold academic degrees in scientific subjects, and have taught at renowned universities across Europe.

The pre-med course at London Medical Academy is particularly designed for those who would like to prepare for entrance examinations to European universities offering medical degrees in English.

If you are considering applying to study medicine in Europe, our pre-med course can ensure that you get a recognised qualification, making it so much easier to achieve success in your application to university, and beyond.

 

Why study medicine in Europe?

 

Many students are finding that applying to medical school in the UK has become increasingly difficult, due to high fees and increased competition for limited places. Attending a medical study program in English in Europe has become an increasingly popular option, giving students unique cultural experiences, as well as a smoother application process.

By studying medicine in English in Europe, you receive the same high-quality education as found elsewhere, while achieving your dream of studying medicine.

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Prepare for individual university entrance exams in your European country of study

 

We can help you to reach your full potential in your medical entrance exams to universities across Europe with English courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Studies, allowing you to study in countries including Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Lithuania, Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

Prepare for your BMAT

Taking a pre-med course at London Medical Academy is designed to prepare you for your BMAT. The BMAT, or BioMedical Admissions Test, is used by universities to test your potential to succeed on a medical degree, by incorporating mutiple-choice problem-solving, critical thinking and written questions in the fields of science and mathematics. The BMAT forms part of the admissions process for universities here in the UK, for universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. It is also used by universities in Hungary, Croatia and the Netherlands.

Prepare for your IMAT

The International Medical Admissions Test, or IMAT, is the entrance exam used by all Italian medical universities which offer English courses, to test your aptitude for studying medicine. Based on problem-solving, data analysis, general and scientific knowledge, this is a multiple-choice test which takes place in September each year. Make sure you are fully prepared for your application to an Italian university by taking London Medical Academy’s English-language pre-med course, which has been developed with the IMAT syllabus in mind. The IMAT applies to Italian universities in cities like Bologna, Milan, Rome, Napoli, Bari and Pavia.

Prepare for your SATs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are often used for university admissions tests, with SATs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics being particularly applicable to medical degrees. Designed to assess your readiness for university-level study, these tests require a well-rounded knowledge of the core scientific subjects. Our pre-med course is tailored to prepare you for your SATs, so you can feel armed with all of the key knowledge required.

Prepare for your MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based entrance exam for prospective medical students at univerities in the US, Australia, Canada and Caribbean, for students who wish to apply to a four-year MD course via a Graduate Entry Program, fast-tracking your medical degree by taking your current degree into account. This lengthy exam is designed to assess your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis and scientific knowledge. Make sure you go into your MCAT feeling confident and prepared, by taking a pre-med course with London Medical Academy.

 

The benefits of taking a pre-med course at London Medical Academy include:

  • No financial risk: Full tuition fee reimbursement or free refresher course if you do not pass a medical university entrance exam (after having scored 70% or higher on our pre-med course)

  • Easy degree entry: London Medical Academy’s pre-med course covers a significant portion of the first semester of your medical degree, in addition to preparing you for the entrance exam

  • Certificate upon pre-med course graduation: This certificate is recognised by several of the 40+ medical universities in 12 different European countries

  • BMAT, IMAT, SAT and MCAT: We cover each of the topics included in these detailed admission tests

  • Teaching in English: Promotes language skills for non-native speakers; the ideal preparation for studying at home and abroad

  • Effortless application process: We provide assistance with your application process and entrance exam arrangement at over 40 medical universities across Europe

Curriculum

Pre-Med Course:

Our premedical course runs for 21 weeks, including holidays, with about 400 lessons. Classes are held 3-4 days a week, for 4-5 hours per day. In addition, there are over 1,000 hours of self study, over 10,000 homework questions, and over 40 simulation exercises. As with any university schedule, self-study times are designed to deepen the knowledge obtained during lectures.

Subjects:

The pre-med course consists of six subjects, plus labs:

  • Biology – cell biology, genetics, evolution.
  • Chemistry – inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, introduction to biochemistry.
  • Physics – Mechanics, electricity, optics, light and waves and Biophysics.
  • Anatomy – the human body systems.
  • Mathematics – orders of magnitude, percentage calculation, logarithms, geometry, concentration calculation.
  • Cognitive skills.
  • Laboratory days – chemistry and biology

In addition to classroom and lab work, student performance is evaluated on:

  • Up to 6 tests and a final exam
  • Over 10,000 homework questions
  • 10-12 oral presentations
  • Small classes, limited to 25 students in each
  • About 1,000 self-study hours
  • Over 40 simulation exams
  • Laboratory hours (anatomy, biology, and chemistry)
  • Obligatory attendance in class

The final grade is composed of:

  • Homework and test participation in each course.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Oral and written credit, mid-term, and final examinations in each course.

A course is considered as successfully passed if the end result is at least 70%. We expect the participants to attend at least 90% of the lessons in all courses.

BIOLOGY

  • The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules.
    The diversity of polymers. Carbohydrates. Proteins. Nucleic acids. Lipids.
  • Cell surface structures.
    Motility. Internal organization and DNA (nucleoid, plasmids). Binary fission and conjugation in bacteria.
  • Eukaryotic cell structure and function.
    Plasma Membrane. Compartmentalization. Cytoskeleton. Endomembrane system: endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi Apparatus and lysosomes. The Nucleus. Ribosomes. Mitochondria.
  • Cell communication.
    Cell junctions. Local and long distant signalling. Chemical messengers. Receptors. The stages of cell signalling.
  • Cell cycle.
    Mitosis and meiosis. Cellular organization of genetic material. Phases of cell cycle. The mitotic spindle. Cytokinesis. Cellular organization of genetic material. The stages of mitosis and meiosis. A comparison of Mitosis and Meiosis. Origins of genetic variation among offspring.
  • Cellular respiration and fermentation.
    Catabolic pathways and production of ATP. The stages of cellular respiration (glycolysis, oxidation of, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation). Anaerobic respiration. Types of fermentation.
  • Viruses.
    Structure of viruses. General features of viral replication cycles. Viroids and prions. Viral diseases. Emerging viruses.
  • Bacteria and Archaea.
    Cell surface structures. Motility. Internal organization. Reproduction and adaptation. Diverse nutritional and metabolic adaptation – oxygen and nitrogen metabolism, cooperation. The role in the biosphere (chemical recycling, ecological interactions). Beneficial and harmful impacts of Prokaryotes on humans.
  • Protists
    Structural and functional diversity in Protists. Role of Protists in ecological communities.
  • Fungi.
    Nutrition and Ecology. Body structure. Sexual and asexual reproduction. Fungi as pathogens. Practical uses of fungi.
  • Chromosomal and Molecular Basis of Inheritance.
    The chromosomal basis of sex. Inheritance of X- and Y-linked genes. Alternation of chromosome number and structure. Human disorders due to chromosomal alternation. Inheritance of organelle genes. DNA as genetic material. Structural model of DNA. Chromosomes’ structure.
  • Genetic mechanisms.
    The flow of genetic information. Replication: base paring to a template strain, synthesis of new DNA strands. Transcription: molecular components of transcription, posttranscriptional modifications (alternation of mRNA ends, RNA splicing). Translation: molecular components of the process. Building of polypeptide. Genetic code. Type of mutations. Regulation of Gene Expression (promoters, transcription factors).
  • Tissues and body membranes.Structure and physiology of: connective, muscle, epithelial and nervous tissue; serous, mucous, synovial and cutaneous membranes.

ANATOMY

  • Senses.
    Hearing and equilibrium. Visual perception. Taste. Smell. Types of sensory receptors.
  • Nervous system.
    Organization of nervous system. The central nervous system. The organization of human brain. Peripheral nervous system: motor and autonomic nervous system. Glia. Blood-brain barrier. Nervous system disorders.
  • Neurons, synapses and signaling.
    Neurons structure and function. Resting and action potential. Conduction of action potentials. Postsynaptic potential. Neurotransmitters.
  • Hormones and endocrine system.
    Intercellular communication. Endocrine tissues and organs. Chemical classes of hormones. Multiple effects of hormones. Simple hormone pathways. Feedback regulation.
  • Immune system. Innate and adaptive immunity.
    Antigen. Antibody. The humoral immune response. The cell-mediated immune response. Inflammatory response. Immunological memory. Allergies. Immunization (vaccination).
  • Cardiovascular system.
    Organization of human circulatory system. Heart and heart’s rhythmic beat. Blood vessels structure and function. Blood pressure. Blood composition and function.
  • Respiratory system.
    Organization of human respiratory system. Negative pressure breathing. Hemoglobin.
  • Digestive system and nutrition.
    Essential nutrients. Dietary deficiencies. Organization of human digestive system. Chemical digestion in the human digestive system. Dental adaptation.
  • Human reproduction and development.
    Female and male reproductive anatomy. Hormonal control of reproductive system. Gametogenesis. Conception. Embryonic development. Birth.
  • Osmoregulation and excretion
    Excretory organs. Kidney structure. Nephron organization and function. Kidney function, water balance and blood pressure.

CHEMISTRY

  • Atoms
    Atomic theory
    Elements and atomic number
    Isotopes and atomic weight
  • The Periodic Table
    The periodic table and some characteristics of different groups
    Electronic structure of atoms and electron configurations
    Electron configurations and the periodic table
    Electron-dot symbols
  • Ionic Compounds
    The octet rule ions and ionic bonds
    Periodic properties, ion formation formulas, naming ionic compounds
    Some properties of ionic compounds
    H + and OH – ions: an introduction to acids and bases
  • Molecular Compounds
    Covalent bonds and the periodic table
    Multiple covalent bonds and coordinate covalent bonds
    Characteristics of molecular compounds
    Molecular formulas and Lewis structures
    Polar covalent bonds and electronegativity, polar molecules
    Naming binary molecular compounds
    Classification and Balancing of Chemical Reactions
    Classes of chemical reactions
    Chemical equations and balancing chemical equations
    Acids, bases, and neutralization reactions
    Redox reactions
  • Mole and Mass Relationships
    The mole and Avogadro’s number
    Gram–mole conversions
  • Reaction Rates and Chemical Equilibria.
    Endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions
    Factors that influence chemical reaction rates
    Chemical equilibrium
    Equilibrium constants
  • Nuclear Chemistry
    Radioactivity
    Radioactive half-life
  • Physical quantities
    Metric system of units
    Metric units of length
    Metric units of mass
    Metric units of volume
    Significant figures
  • Fundamental Chemical Laws
    Law of conservation of mass
    Law of definite proportions
    Law of multiple proportions
  • Chemical Calculations
    Mole concept and chemical formulas
    Calculations involving chemical equations
    Calculations involving volume and concentration
  • Solutions
    Mixtures and solutions
    Units of concentration
    DilutionIons in solution: electrolytes
  • Acids and Bases
    Acids and bases in aqueous solution, some common acids and bases
    The Brønsted–Lowry definition of acids and bases
    Acid dissociation constants. Acid and base strength
    Some common acid–base reactions
    Acidity and basicity of salt solutions
  • Buffers
    Measuring acidity in aqueous solution: pH
    Buffer solutions
    Titration
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Alkanes
    The nature of organic molecules
    The structure of organic molecules: alkanes and their isomers
    Drawing organic structures
    The shapes of organic molecules
    Naming alkanes
    Properties of alkanes
    Reactions of alkanes
  • Cycloalkanes
    Drawing and naming cycloalkanes
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
    Alkenes and alkynes
    Naming alkenes and alkynes
    The structure of alkenes: cis–trans isomerism
    Properties of alkenes and alkynes
    Types of organic reactions
    Reactions of alkenes and alkynes
  • Aromatic Compounds
    Alkene polymers
    Aromatic compounds and the structure of benzene
    Naming aromatic compounds
    Reactions of aromatic compounds
  • Alcohols
    Some common alcohols
    Naming alcohols
    Properties of alcohols, acidity of alcohols
    Reactions of alcohols
  • Phenols
    Some common phenols
    Acidity of phenols
  • Some Compounds with Oxygen, Sulfur, or a Halogen
    Ethers
    Thiols and disulfides
    Halogen-containing compounds
  • Amines
    Properties of amines
    Heterocyclic nitrogen compounds
    Basicity of amines
  • Aldehydes
    The carbonyl group
    Naming aldehydes
    Properties of aldehydes
    Some Common aldehydes
    Oxidation of aldehydes
    Reduction of aldehydes
  • Ketones
    Naming ketones
    Properties of ketones
    Some Common ketones
    Reduction of ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives
    Carboxylic acids and their derivatives: properties and names
    Some common carboxylic acids
    Acidity of carboxylic acids
    Reactions of carboxylic acids: ester and amide formation
    Hydrolysis of esters and amides
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
    Amino acids structures
    Acid–base properties of amino acids
    Chemical properties of proteins
  • Enzymes and Vitamins
    Catalysis by enzymes
    How enzymes work
    Vitamins and minerals
  • Carbohydrates
    Classification of carbohydrates
    The D and L families of sugars: drawing sugar molecules
    Structure of glucose
    Disaccharides, structure of maltose
    Some important polysaccharides
    Properties of carbohydrates
  • Lipids
    Structure and classification of lipids
    Fatty acids and their esters
    Properties of fats and oils
  • Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
    DNA, chromosomes, and genes
    Composition of nucleic acids
    The structure of nucleic acid chains
    Base pairing in DNA: the Watson–Crick model

PHYSICS

  • Dynamics
    Force, mass, Newton’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd law
    Free-body diagrams
    Contact forces: normal force and friction force
    Linear momentum, impulse, conservation of momentum
    Elastic and inelastic collisions, center of mass, translational motion
  • Electric currents
    Electric current
    Ohm’s law , electrical resistance and resistors
    Electric power
    EMF and terminal voltage
    Resistors in series and parallel, Kirchhoff’s rules
  • Electric field
    Electric charge, static electricity, induced charge, electric field, field lines, electric potential, equipotential lines, voltage
    Coulomb’s law
    Electric field, conductors and dielectrics, charge distribution
    Capacitance, storage of electric energy, capacitors in series and in parallel