Interested in learning more about who 6med are? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ve got 3 main aims. Firstly, to run the best preparation courses and services in the world. Secondly, as a social enterprise, to ensure that our services are accessible to anyone regardless of money or background. And finally, to make the whole experience enjoyable for both ourselves and our students.
Preparation courses and resources are an interesting kettle of fish, in that the more students are coached for particular exams or interviews, the less useful they become as selection tools to separate the boys from the men, so to speak. However, as long as there are admissions requirements, there will always be companies charging extortionate amounts of money to prepare students for them. There’s no getting around that fact.
Our solution isn’t to reinvent the wheel – we’re simply attempting to disrupt this market dominated by exploitative corporations, by running courses that are both better and cheaper than the existing offerings. We also pride ourselves on offering an unlimited number of bursaries to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford our courses. Intellectual potential and dedication should be the only barriers to entry into Medicine – not money.
This is how many students we’ve taught over the years.
This is how much money we’ve given away through our bursary scheme.
From teaching 4 students in the suburbs of Essex to hundreds of students surrounded by the spires of Cambridge, 6med has grown exponentially over the years. Below you’ll find the story of our humble beginnings, our foray into the business world, and our quest for world domination.
Our Own Medicine Applications
In the summer of 2011, most of our team were in the same position that you are now. We were all applying to study Medicine at some of the top universities in the country, and were scared about what it would involve. We’d heard horror stories about personal statements, Oxbridge interviews and work experience. At the time, we had a lot of help from our teachers, and from students in the years above who had already gotten into medical school (and we’re very grateful to them). They gave us advice about interviews, explained the realities of studying medicine, and told us never to start our personal statements with a quote. Unfortunately, they couldn’t really help us much with regards to the entrance tests (BMAT and UCAT). Our parents (may God bless their souls) forked out a small fortune to send us on expensive BMAT and UCAT courses so that we wouldn’t be at a disadvantage compared to everyone else. In all honesty though, we didn’t find them particularly helpful. We felt that a lot of the time was spent waffling through things that everyone knew, and not enough time was spent on actually teaching us the things we didn’t know. Despite this, we all (thankfully) got a place at our chosen universities.
WHY WE STARTED
When medical applicants from our school started asking us for help with their own applications, we realised we could do something about the lack of BMAT and UCAT tutelage, and (in theory) could do it properly. With not enough time to create a fully-fledged preparation course, we were content with offering private tuition for individual students and small groups every now and then. This was strictly small-scale though, and we felt that as the demand from our own school was so high, perhaps we’d be able to do something on a grander scale the following year.
BROADENING OUR HORIZONS
We set up 6med in 2013 with the BMAT Crash Course. We expected to get around 20 students, make a bit of money in the summer holidays and leave it at that – the response though, was greater than we could have ever imagined. We ran 5 sold-out courses in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Essex, with overwhelmingly positive feedback, and parents phoning us every night in October asking if we had any more space on our course. By the end of it, we knew that there was a huge market for our course, our pricing and our philosophy, so we decided to make the BMAT course bigger and better for the following year to see just how far we could take it. After recruiting a few more team members who were experts in the exam, we also decided to create the UCAT Crash Course.
Our first UCAT courses went down a treat with incredibly feedback from all of the students that attended. We had hundreds of students on waiting lists for our courses which, as far as business-related problems go, wasn’t too bad! From the success of our BMAT and UCAT Crash Courses, we decided to make the jump and run Interview Crash Courses as many students were asking about them. Each course we ran introduced small changes and improvements to the course. By the end of the run, we’d hit a winning formula.
Along with our courses (which were now also running internationally!), we launched BMAT.Ninja and UCAT Ninja, our online preparation systems with tons of notes, techniques, practice questions and generally helpful stuff. These platforms were a roaring success of release and helped students who couldn’t attend physical courses with their medical school applications.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
We’ve continued to grow at a pretty explosive rate and have carried on improving everything we can about our courses, Ninja platforms and workbooks to ensure we provide the very best support to medical school applicants at the very best value. Because so many students were booking places on our courses as well as signing up to the Ninja platforms, we created our Bundles which give a student access to EVERYTHING we have on offer for each application component (and at a tidy discount).
We’re incredibly proud to say that we’ve had over 10,000 medical students on our Crash Courses over the past 6 years, and countless thousands more through BMAT.Ninja and UCAT.Ninja. We hope we can support you with your application too! If you’re already an offer-holder, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too with our pre-medical school course the PRO Masterclass.
Meet The Team
Our team is made up of graphic designers, web developers, Taekwondo instructors, concert pianists, close-up magicians, stage singers, and so much more. Our friendship and love of teaching allows us to work together to run the best courses in the world. Below you’ll find profiles of all our current team members.
We’re a friendly company run entirely by medical students. We run one-day courses for the UCAT, BMAT and Interviews. We’ve also got online courses and question banks for the UCAT and BMAT, and if that’s not enough, we’ve got a tonne of free resources in our Application Guide too!
If you’re an offer-holder, we’ve got you covered with our pre-medical school course to get you ahead of the pack!