Why take a UCAT® (UKCAT) course with Kaplan?

The first choice of future doctors

Each year we have a number of students ask us if they need to take a course in order to prepare for the UCAT (UKCAT). Applying to medicine or dentistry has a number of requirements designed to help universities decipher between thousands of candidates, such as:

  • Outstanding GCSE and A Level results

  • Relevant extra-curricular activities

  • Strong personal statements

  • UCAT scores

As the UCAT can only be taken once per application cycle, it is essential that you are fully prepared and ready to tackle the test. We prepare thousands of students each year for the UCAT exam and pride ourselves on providing the best, most comprehensive option in the market. 

UCAT Study Guide

Why take a Kaplan UCAT (UKCAT) course?

Our Reputation

We have worked very hard over the last 10 years to ensure that our students receive quality preparation that works. We update our content each year to make sure it is up to date with the latest changes to the exam. Check out our customer reviews and see what our past students thought.  

Our UCAT Teachers

Kaplan UCAT teachers have all scored in the top 10% in the UCAT exam and go through a rigorous training programme designed to assess their teaching ability, including; auditions, observations and continuous student feedback (through structured student surveys after class). This is essential, as not all high scorers make good teachers!

Ongoing Teacher Support Until Your Test

Although books can be a great help and can help you learn the majority of skills and tips required to succeed in the exam, during a course you will benefit from interaction with a teacher, have your questions answered and learn from the feedback from an expert in this field. This teacher support will be provided to you right through until your test.

Comprehensive UCAT Instruction in Just Two Days!

Our course also provides you with a more structured environment for learning. This ensures you only spend as much time as you need, on each aspect of the exam and do not waste time on something less relevant to your performance on test day. You will go through each section of the test at both a basic and advanced level, ensuring you know how to categorise the questions and answer each question type. Timed questions are used throughout the lessons to make sure the information and strategies are sinking in. We also have 4-day course options available, for students that prefer a slower pace.

Practice Materials

Our Online Study Plan includes 2 months of access to 6 online practice tests30 section-specific quizzes and 500 Mastery Set Questions, for students to work through after the course has finished. We do not waste valuable teaching time on invigilating full length tests, as other preparation providers sometimes do.

All our practice questions come with detailed explanations, not only detailing why the correct answer is correct, but also why the incorrect answers are not right. You will also have your own personalised student dashboard, visible each time you log in to your Online Study Plan, highlighting your score improvement and your weaker areas, in order to target your study. 

Test-like Materials

We invest a lot of time and resources into making sure that our courses and materials are up to date every year and as test-like as possible. A book cannot adapt without releasing a new edition, and as test changes are often announced in the April before testing begins, there is not much time for publishers to do this! We also ensure our testing interface closely follows the one you will see on test day, so you will not waste time getting used to a new testing format. 

What course option should you choose?

It is important that you prepare in a way that suits you and the way that you learn, which is why we have a number of different course formats available to suit different learning styles.

  • If you want a classroom experience and to interact with your teacher and other students, then our Classroom Course (offered at 30 locations in the UK and Ireland) or our Live Online Course would be the best options for you. 

  • If you are looking for a one-to-one, completely tailored learning experience, then Private Tutoring would be the most suitable option for you. Available either in-person and also live online, enabling us to cater to a wider range of student locations and time zones. 

  • We also offer the UCAT Question Bank, which provides 2500+ questions for self-guided practice. Including 3 full-length practice tests and customisable quizzes, for students looking to get ahead with targeted practice. 

Course reviews from former Kaplan students

Lauren B, a Birmingham Classroom Course Student, scored 3020, Band 3

As I was the only student at my school sitting the UCAT, I felt I had little help and was concerned about how I would score. I feel taking part in the Kaplan course helped me massively as it provided me with skills and tips to allow me to succeed in the exam and get a score high enough to apply to the University of my choice. I can now happily say I start my Medicine degree at this University in just over a week - this may not have been possible without my help from Kaplan.

Yue W, a Live Online Course Student, scored 3220, Band 1

I really enjoyed the UCAT prep. It gave me some very useful advice particularly with triaging but the best thing about this course was probably the confidence and reassurance it gave me that it is possible to do well by putting in effort and it's not a game of luck.

Alice S, a London Classroom Course Student, scored 2790, Band 1

Kaplan was fantastic; it gave me the skills to tackle each section in a logical way, but also the teaching and the resources we were given meant that I continued to practice in a productive way. The methods I learnt from Kaplan, and the practice tests, meant I knew exactly what to expect from my UCAT test and how to approach each question. Without Kaplan, I definitely would have not got the score I did.

Sammy G : "You can see the teaching is actually working."

Sammy was referred to us by a current medical student who took a Kaplan course. She found the Kaplan strategies to be a helpful boost to the prep she did in advance.

Rupert V W: “It’s a great way to kick-off my learning in the UCAT (UKCAT).”

Rupert took the UCAT exam last year but didn’t get the high score needed for medical admission. This year he chose to take a Kaplan course based on recommendations, to boost his score.

Arjun M : "I would really recommend it to someone who's deciding to do the UCAT (UKCAT)"

Arjun was struggling with his UCAT (UKCAT) preparation before he learned Kaplan's techniques and strategies as part of his UCAT course. He really enjoyed the course and recommends it to anyone taking the UCAT.

Charlotte P : "Strategies to overcome really difficult questions"

Charlotte was recommended our UCAT (UKCAT) course by a friend. She found the Kaplan teacher's experience and advice invaluable over just studying from a book.

Cherry Jade L : "When I go to sit the UCAT (UKCAT) I'll have the right stategies and know what to do"

Cherry-Jade appreciates the importance of a high UCAT (UKCAT) score as part of a good medical application. She decided to take the Kaplan UCAT course after discovering that many medical students found the test harder than expected, and that the Kaplan course helped them to get a better result.

Ronan L : "What we have been learning in the course is extremely beneficial"

Ronan took the UCATSEN (UKCATSEN) and found it particularly useful that the teacher was able to adapt the course content so that no student was left behind.

Sambhavi Kumar, 2018 UCAT (UKCAT) Student, scored 3220, Band 2

I found Kaplan very helpful and definitely could not have scored as highly as I did without it. The classroom course was really well delivered, engaging throughout and quite motivating as well.

The online resources were also very good for practise and were brilliant for familiarising myself with the test format.

Shavanni scored an average of 743 on the UKCAT and band 2 for situational judgment.

"Thanks to Kaplan I had lots of practice and online resources - I felt much more confident going in to the exam"

Victoria scored 840 on the UKCAT with band 1 in situational judgment.

"I found Kaplan's realistic practice tests and comprehensive answer explanations incredibly helpful as they helped me learn from my mistakes and build up my confidence"