Any research projects you’ve done will be a good way to demonstrate scientific curiosity and ability to research, for example, something like the EPQ would be perfect for this. If you haven’t done the EPQ, you may have just done your own research on a particular topic of your interest and reflected on it in some form e.g. a class presentation, written a report, you may have entered an essay competition anything of that sort.

You don’t have to have done something “big and official” in order to demonstrate scientific interest. Even reading a non-fiction book or doing a FutureLearn Online course can be used to demonstrate scientific curiosity providing you’re able to briefly reflect on some of the points brought up. If you did any work experience and saw any patients with any conditions and went away to read up further on it that shows interest.

I’d advise not talking about your A-level subjects to show scientific interest as almost every single applicant will have done the same A-levels as you so it won’t make you stand out in any way. However, if you are a graduate entry applicant, this is likely to be different and talking about your previous degree can be important.

Scientific curiosity can be easily displayed throughout your personal statement even from your work experience reflections. Ability to research can be a little harder to demonstrate, but I wouldn’t say it’s essential to include. You’re not going toe expected to have advanced skills in being able to conduct research at this stage.

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