How to apply for the MBChB in Medicine

Keele University School of Medicine is committed to graduating excellent clinicians. The admissions process is designed to select students with abilities and characteristics that indicate their potential to become excellent doctors.

Admissions overview 2022

We advise all those considering applying to check this web site regularly for updates.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that you meet academic and other requirements before applying. If we discover later on that you do not meet the entry criteria your application will be cancelled, no matter how far through the process it has advanced.

The university primarily communicates with applicants via the email address that you have used on your UCAS application. It is your responsibility to regularly check this email account and ensure that university communications are not diverted to a spam/junk folder.

Admissions Policy 

The information on this page supplements the university admissions criteria and policies with specific details about the MBChB programme.

Aptitude tests

  • All home applicants (i.e. applicants with home student fees status) must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)* in the year of application (i.e. in 2021 if applying in October 2021 for 2022 entry) and will also be required to submit a roles & responsibilities (R+R) form. Note: we do not rank applicants on UCAT scores and the single cut-off point will be the same for all applicants, regardless of whether they have taken the test at home or in a test centre. Please also refer to the information regarding the selection process as Keele may additionally use UCAT results in borderline cases when deciding which applicants to invite for interview.
  • Applicants with a total UCAT score lower than 2,280 or a situational judgement test (SJT) result in band 4 will not be considered.
  • All applicants with international fees status** are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)*** instead of the UCAT. This will be used instead of the R+R form to select for interview.****
  • All graduate applicants who do not meet our A-Level or equivalent requirements must also take the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). Taking GAMSAT does not exempt you from the UCAT or BMAT requirements listed above.


* For the latest advice on UCAT
** EU/EEA/Swiss national students starting in 2022 will have international fees status unless meeting other specific criteria. We recommend you visit the UKCISA site for more information. If we are unsure of your fees status you may be required to complete a fees assessment before your application can be assessed.
*** Important information about BMAT – September 2021. Due to the ongoing challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic, BMAT – September will not go ahead in 2021. For details about an alternative test session and all of the latest information, visit the BMAT Covid pages.
**** The funding of UK medicine courses for international students is under review. It is possible that international student tuition fees will increase substantially as part of this review. We advise international applicants to check regularly for updates.

Reapplication

Applications from students who have previously commenced study of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine elsewhere will not be considered.

Applications will not be accepted from students currently enrolled on other degree programmes unless you are in the final year of a programme from which you will graduate before the beginning of the next academic year.

If you were due to complete A-Levels or other level-3 qualifications in summer 2021 and had an offer from Keele for medicine but did not meet the entry requirements through your teacher-assessed grades, you may be eligible to reapply as follows.

Category

Status of 2021 application

Required grades achieved?

Exam sitting accepted

Process

Notes

 

 

 

Autumn 2021

Summer 2022

 

 

1

Held medicine at Keele as firm or insurance choice offer for 2021. Taking autumn 2021 exams.

no

yes

no

Notify Keele by 30 September 2021

No new UCAS application required.

Must have been taking level-3 assessments for the first time in 2021

2

Held medicine at Keele as firm or insurance choice offer for 2021. In a UK devolved administration not offering autumn exams.

no

n/a

yes

Notify Keele by 30 September 2021.
New UCAS application required. Offer re-instated by Keele

Must have been taking level-3 assessments for the first time in 2021

3

Held medicine at Keele as firm or insurance choice offer for 2021. Taking summer 2022 exams in nation where autumn 2021 sitting is available.  

n/a

no

yes

New UCAS application required. New UCAT and R+R required.

You will be entering a new competition and there is no guarantee that you will be invited for interview or made an offer.

4

Was on reserve list for 2021 OR had an offer but declined it OR had an interview but no offer for 2021 OR were eligible but not invited for interview.

yes, or taking autumn exams only

yes

no

New UCAS application required. New UCAT and R+R required.

You will be entering a new competition and there is no guarantee that you will be invited for interview or made an offer.

5

Did not apply for Keele for 2021 but took level 3 assessments for first time in 2021.

yes

n/a

n/a

New UCAS application required. New UCAT and R+R required.

You will be entering a new competition and there is no guarantee that you will be invited for interview or made an offer.

6

Did not apply for Keele for 2021 but took level 3 assessments for first time in 2021.

no

yes

no

New UCAS application required. New UCAT and R+R required.

If you apply on the this basis and fail to meet the requirements in the autumn exams, your application will be cancelled. Results of summer 2022 assessments will not be considered for these applications.

7

Did not apply for Keele for 2021 but took level 3 assessments for first time in 2021.

no

no

no

n/a

You may not apply in October 2021 unless you meet the criteria in Category 2 above. You must complete assessments in summer 2022 and then apply in October 2022 with achieved grades for 2023/4

  • If you had a conditional offer for medicine at Keele for 2021 entry (or deferred offer for 2022 entry) and had made this your firm choice, you may keep this offer open and attempt to meet the academic requirements by sitting exams in autumn 2021 (not summer 2022). You must notify Keele University by 30 September 2021 that you want to use this option.
  • If you had a conditional offer for medicine at Keele for 2021 entry (or deferred offer for 2022 entry) and had made this your firm choice but are in a UK devolved administration that does not offer an autumn exam sitting, you may reapply through UCAS for 2022 entry. We will reinstate your 2021 offer for 2022, conditional on meeting the academic requirements in summer 2022 assessments. You will not be required to repeat UCAT or submit a new roles & responsibilities form. You must notify Keele University by 30 September 2021 that you want to use this option.
  • If you held a firm offer in 2021 but will not be taking all exams required to meet the conditions in autumn 2021 even though an autumn sitting is available, you may reapply through UCAS for 2022 entry. You must have repeated UCAT in summer 2021 and must submit a new roles & responsibilities form. You will be entering a new competition and there is no guarantee that you will be invited for interview or made an offer.
  • If you did not have an offer from Keele for medicine in 2021 – or if you had an offer but declined it or withdrew your application – and wish to apply in October 2021 for 2022 entry (or deferred entry in 2023) you must either (a) have already achieved the required grades in your A-Levels or equivalent level-3 qualifications or (b) be enrolled to sit exams in autumn 2021 to meet these requirements. If you apply on the latter basis and fail to meet the requirements in the autumn exams, your application will be cancelled. Results of summer 2022 assessments will not be considered for these applications. You must have repeated UCAT in summer 2021 and must submit a new roles & responsibilities form. You will be entering a new competition and there is no guarantee that you will be invited for interview or made an offer. These conditions also apply to applicants who were on the reserve list for 2021 entry but did not receive an offer.
  • It is your responsibility to arrange to complete the assessments at the earliest available opportunity. Keele cannot mediate in any disputes between you and your exam centre about availability of exams in particular sittings.


If you do not already meet the academic requirements on the basis of grades achieved in summer 2021 (or earlier) and are not enrolled for autumn 2021 exams, you may not apply in October 2021 unless you meet the criteria in the second bullet point above. You must complete assessments in summer 2022 and then apply in October 2022 with achieved grades.

Admissions essentials

The MBChB programme at Keele University School of Medicine is committed to graduating excellent clinicians. The admissions process is designed to select students with abilities and characteristics that indicate their potential to become excellent doctors. You should familiarise yourself with the principles of the NHS Constitution and the General Medical Council (GMC)’s Duties of a Doctor. Applicants who cannot demonstrate commitment to the values encompassed within the NHS Constitution will not succeed in gaining a place.

Studying for the Keele MBChB will require you to demonstrate and develop the professional attitudes required for a future career in clinical practice as defined by the GMC. You are required to treat your fellow students, academic and non-academic staff and the general public in a professional manner throughout the course of your studies. You will also need discipline to organise and self-direct your studies in keeping with our philosophy that learning is student-led.

You must be aware that your behaviour outside the clinical environment, including in your personal life, may have an impact on your fitness to practise. Your behaviour at all times must justify the trust the public places in the medical profession.

All home applicants applying for A100 or A104 will be required to submit a roles & responsibilities (R+R) form shortly after the deadline for submission of UCAS applications. If you do not submit this form by the deadline your application will not be considered further. For more details see the roles & responsibilities section. Failure to meet any other deadlines for submission of documents during the selection process, or failure to respond to requests for additional information, may result in your application being cancelled.

Application routes

All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). We do not accept direct applications. The deadline for submissions is expected to be 15th October 2021 for entry in September 2022 or deferred entry in September 2023. Owing to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, this deadline may be subject to change. However, we will not accept applications after the UCAS deadline.

We reserve the right to reject applications that are either incomplete or completed incorrectly. You are required to declare all qualifications that have been completed – including those that were failed or achieved at low grades – in your UCAS application. It is your responsibility to provide correct details of all qualifications. If you miss out a qualification that is required for entry to the course, we will assume that you did not take it/are not taking it and will reject your application. If you declare incorrect details (e.g. grades, dates) that do not match your certificates, we will cancel your application and report the false declaration to UCAS.

UCAS operates a similarity detection service for personal statements. If we see evidence that parts of your personal statement have been copied, shared with other applicants or provided by a third party we shall withdraw your application. We have no way of identifying whether someone else has copied your statement without your knowledge, so please be very careful who you show your personal statement to.

There are two programmes at Keele leading to the award of the MBChB degree. Your application should include the institution code for Keele University (K12) plus the appropriate course code:

   

Applications 2021 Entry

 
 

Places available 2021

Total applications

Home applications

Overseas applications

Places available 2022

A100

164
(154 Home +
10 Overseas)

2449

1980

283

164
154 Home* +
10 Overseas

A104 (Health Foundation Year)**

up to 20

337

270

(17 - not eligible)

up to 20

*  The number of home student places in year 1 includes students progressing from health foundation year

** Note that as from 2020 entry this is now a widening access route only. You should only apply for one route (A100 or A104): please choose the most suitable route given your qualifications and circumstances.

Please see separate sections for more detailed entry requirements – including required subjects – for A100, A104, home, international, graduate and other applicants.

 

Aptitude test

GCSE or equivalent

A-Level or equivalent

Additional

A100 home school-leaver*

UCAT

Five at grade 7 (GCSE) or grade A (Scottish National 5)
minimum of 6/B in English language, maths, biology, chemistry and physics

A-Level AAA, or AAB + EPQ grade A* or A
Scottish Higher AAAB + Advanced Higher AB
IB 35 points from six academic subjects (HL 666, SL 665)

See relevant pages for subject requirements

A100 home graduate**

UCAT (all)
GAMSAT (if A-Level or science GCSE requirements not met)

minimum of 6 in English language, maths, biology, chemistry and physics

A-Level BBB
Scottish Higher BBBB + Advanced Higher BB
IB 28 points from six academic subjects

Honours degree 1st or 2i in any subject
see relevant pages for subject requirements

A100 Access to HE***

UCAT

minimum of 6 in English language and maths

 

Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) conforming to QAA subject descriptor for medicine: 45 graded level-3 credits at distinction plus 15 ungraded credits passed

 A100 international school-leaver

 BMAT

GCSE equivalent or other evidence up to 11th grade/age 16 of high performance in maths, biology, chemistry and physics

 

see international entry requirements
see separate English language  requirements

A100 international graduate

 

BMAT (all)
GAMSAT (if A-Level/GCSE equivalent requirements not met)

GCSE equivalent or other evidence up to 11th grade/age 16 of high performance in  maths, biology, chemistry and physics

   

please contact us to check graduate subject & grade requirements before applying Equivalent of honours degree at 1st or 2i in any subject
See separate English language requirements

A104 home school-leaver****

 UCAT

Five at grade 6 (GCSE) or grade B (Scottish National 5), including all sciences, minimum of 5/C in English language and maths

A-Level BBC
Scottish Higher BBBB plus Advanced Higher BB
BTEC extended diploma DDM

must meet eligibility criteria through evidence of significant educational/ socio-economic disadvantage

* "School-leaver" refers to students applying with A-Level or equivalent qualifications who have not undertaken study for any higher-level qualifications
** "Graduate" refers to students applying with a bachelor's degree; other university qualifications (certificate, diploma, foundation degree) and higher degrees (masters', doctorates) are not taken into consideration
*** Access to HE diplomas are only accepted for applicants who have not undertaken Level-3 or higher qualifications within three years prior to commencing the Access course; Access diplomas undertaken from 2021-22 must comply with the QAA subject descriptor for medicine; Access diplomas are only open to UK students
**** A104 is only open to UK school-leavers

This programme is open to home and international students with appropriate school-leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A-Levels. It is also open to graduates with 1st or upper 2nd-class honours degrees who meet additional requirements (see honours degrees, below). Students undertaking a recognised Access to HE diploma (Medicine) may also apply: please see Access to Medicine diplomas, below, for details of the Access programmes we recognise.

All home applicants to A100 must take UCAT during the year in which they apply.

All international applicants must take BMAT during the year of application.

Graduate applicants (home and international) who do not meet the additional A-Level or equivalent requirements must take GAMSAT as well as UCAT or BMAT. GAMSAT scores are valid for 2 years from the test date.

GCSE / Scottish National 5:
a minimum of five at grade 7/A with a minimum of 6/B in English language, mathematics and sciences

Please note all GCSE or equivalent requirements must be met before applying.

  • minimum of five GCSE or Scottish National subjects at grade 7/A, not including short-course GCSEs
  • English language and mathematics must be passed at a minimum of grade 6/B
  • all sciences are required and must be passed at a minimum of grade 6/B
  • science qualifications accepted: biology, chemistry and physics (each at 6/B); GCSE combined science (6/6); IGCSE co-ordinated sciences (double award, 66 or BB)
  • science qualifications not accepted: GCSE applied science; IGCSE combined science; other non-GCSE level-1/2 qualifications


Students who have been educated outside the UK must be able to provide evidence of broad study of science – covering biology, chemistry and physics – up to the equivalent of level 2 (approximately age 15–16) and will be required to have completed either a first-language English qualification incorporating assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening or an appropriate qualification to demonstrate ability across these four areas, such as IELTS or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. English language requirements.

Combinations of subjects that do not fulfil these requirements (e.g. chemistry and biology without physics) will not be accepted, even if these were the only combinations offered by the school.

"Multiple entry" at GCSE will be dealt with by looking only at the GCSEs that are necessary to fulfil our minimum academic requirements for the programme. For example, students whose schools have entered them for multiple qualifications in the same subjects (e.g. combined science as well as any of biology, chemistry and physics) will only have the minimum required subjects taken into account; the grades for the additional GCSEs will be ignored. Please be aware that you must declare all the qualifications that you completed.

Applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have completed level-2 qualifications (GCSE or equivalent) that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 and are accredited by Ofqual, Cymwysterau Cymru or the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for delivery in maintained schools: this includes appropriate sciences (combined science or three separate sciences), mathematics, and an English language qualification incorporating use and understanding of both written and spoken English.

Applicants who have taken non-GCSE level-2 qualifications in ICT e.g. OCR National, BTEC Level 2 Diploma or Certificate/Diploma in Digital Applications (CiDA/DiDA), should contact the Admissions Office before applying to confirm that they fulfil the academic requirements. Other level-2 diplomas and certificates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Please contact the Admissions Office before applying if you have these qualifications.

Key skills qualifications will not be considered in assessing academic ability.

The specific science requirements, as well as the five x 7/A grade minimum, may be waived for applicants who have already achieved higher qualifications (A-Level or degree) at the discretion of the Director of Admissions (Undergraduate Medicine), but this is not guaranteed and will depend upon what other evidence of science ability is presented. However, all entrants to the course must have a minimum of grade 6 (or B) in GCSE or equivalent English language and mathematics.

A-Level: standard offer AAA-AAB

GCSE requirements must also be met as above.

A-Levels in three subjects at grades of AAA are required, including:

  • biology OR chemistry
    plus
  • another designated second subject: biology, chemistry, economics, maths/further maths/statistics, physics, psychology
    plus
  • a third academic subject: any except pre-2018 non-academic A-Levels (general studies, citizenship, critical thinking), barred subject combination (e.g. further maths or statistics with maths)


Any science A-Level (biology, chemistry, physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Only one subject from a combination of maths/further maths/statistics will be considered within the three A-Levels.

Any science not passed at grade B or better at A-Level should be achieved at a 6/B at GCSE or equivalent.
Key skills qualifications will not be considered in assessing academic ability.

Applications for 2022 entry are accepted from students who have already achieved grades of AAA from three A-Levels (including chemistry or biology and a designated second subject as listed above). Note that students may apply with achieved grades of AAA with only one designated first or second subject if they are currently taking a further A-Level to complete the subject requirements. Any offer will be conditional on achieving a minimum of A in the additional A-Level (see below).

Applicants who have taken or are taking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will be accepted with A-Level grades of AAB if the EPQ is achieved at grade A or better.

Some applicants with indicators of disadvantage may be eligible for reduced offers. Please see the widening participation section.

Cambridge Pre-U

Candidates taking the Cambridge Pre-U diploma will be required to perform to a minimum of P1 standard in all components, including global perspectives and independent research (GPR). Principal subjects should be offered at grades of D3 M1 M1 or D2 M1 M2, with chemistry required at a minimum of M2. A second science (biology, mathematics or physics) and a third subject should also be offered, with no grades below M2. Scores for Pre-U short courses in modern languages will not be taken into consideration.

Up to two A-Levels may be substituted for Pre-U principal subjects. A-Levels must be achieved at a minimum of grade A and the overall principal grades should be equivalent to D2 A A or D3 A* A. The usual subject and combination exclusions apply to A level components.

The following combinations of subjects are not accepted: biology and sports science; mathematics and further mathematics.

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher: AAAAB/AB

National 5 requirements must also be met as above.

Higher: minimum of AAAAB, including chemistry/biology plus a second science (chemistry/biology/physics) both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)

Advanced Higher: minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences: chemistry/biology/physics) sat in S6 - any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher.

Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at National 5 grade B.

Scottish Baccalaureate (Science)

Grades of AA required in 2 Advanced Highers (including chemistry or biology) plus AA in interdisciplinary project unit and 1 higher. Chemistry or biology must be offered at Advanced Higher grade A.
National 5 requirements must also be met.

Welsh Baccalaureate: AAA

We require an A grade pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and two full science A-levels at grade AA taken within a two-year period. Chemistry or biology is essential plus one subject from biology, chemistry, economics, maths/further maths/statistics, physics, psychology.

GCSE requirements must also be met as see above.


International Baccalaureate: HL 666, SL 665

Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate will be asked to achieve the IB Diploma with a score of at least 35 points from six academic subjects.

Higher level: 666

  • chemistry or biology
    plus one from
  • chemistry, biology, physics or maths (either analysis & approaches or application & interpretation) and a third rigorous subject.

Standard level: 665

Any science not taken at the higher level must be offered at standard level grade 5 or GCSE grade 6 (or equivalent).

We will accept standard level A&A or A&I maths, as long as the science requirements are met at higher level.

Points awarded for the extended essay or theory of knowledge are not taken into account in the total of 35. However, points of HL 666 and SL 655 (rather than 665) will be accepted if the extended essay is passed at grade A.

Standard GCSE requirements apply. Alternatively Middle Years Programme (MYP) with five grade 6s and including maths and all the sciences at grade 5.

English language (language A) at standard level grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English language. Please see English language requirements if you do not have either of these.

Students holding an offer who achieve grade 4 or below in any subject, grade 5 in more than one subject at standard level or grade 5 in any subject at higher level will not have fulfilled the conditions of their offer. If you are in this position, you will be required to wait until the publication of A-Level results before receiving a final decision.

Irish Leaving Certificate: 6x H1/H2

Students should offer six H1 or H2 grades at higher level, to include biology or chemistry plus two more of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science, mathematics/applied mathematics.

A minimum of five grade As are required at Junior Certificate, with English, maths and all sciences offered at grade B as a minimum.

International qualifications

International entry requirements

Re-sits

In general, we require a minimum of three A levels or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate) to be completed within a two-year period. Applicants who have taken more than two years to complete three A-Levels or equivalent must apply after completion of these qualifications with the required achieved grades. We will not consider applications from students currently in their third year of A-Level study unless they have already achieved the required grades and are taking additional subjects (see above). Anyone who has not achieved the required A-Levels within three years will not be considered.

For the 2022 application cycle only, we will accept applications from students who were due to complete A-Levels or equivalent level-3 qualifications in summer 2021 and are intending to sit exams in autumn 2021 (or summer 2022 if no autumn sitting is available). Please see the reapplication section under Admissions overview 2022 for full details of eligibility.

Aptitude tests

All home applicants must take UCAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).
All international applicants must take BMAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).

We welcome applications from graduates, and from students currently in the final year of an honours degree and expecting to graduate in the summer of the year after application (e.g. graduating in 2022 if applying in 2021).

We will not consider applications from students currently enrolled on a university or other higher education (HE) course from which they cannot graduate with an honours degree the following summer, e.g. students in year 1 or 2 of a 3-year bachelor’s degree or year 3 of a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Students in year-3 of an integrated undergraduate master’s degree (e.g. MPharm, MEng, etc.) may apply only if their programme allows them to leave with a bachelor’s degree with honours at the end of year 3.

Honours degree: 2i plus three A-Levels at grade B and English language & maths and sciences at GCSE 6/B

UK graduates must have a minimum of an upper second-class (2i) honours degree in any subject.

Graduates must meet the minimum requirements for GCSE English language and maths and all sciences/double-award science at grade 6 (B) or better

In addition, graduates must have achieved:

  • A-Level (A2) grades of BBB, including chemistry or biology plus one further subject from: biology, chemistry, economics, maths/further maths/statistics, physics, psychology
    OR
  • Scottish Higher grades of BBBBB plus Advanced Higher grades of BB, including chemistry or biology and a second science at Higher and two sciences at Advanced Higher
    OR
  • 28 IB points from six academic subjects, including the usual science/maths requirements at HL, with no subject grades below 4 and no more than one HL grade below 5. Higher Level subjects should include chemistry or biology, plus one from chemistry, biology, physics or maths and a third rigorous subject.
    OR
  • Graduate applicants with Irish Leaving certificate require three subjects at H2 or better (including chemistry or biology and another from biology/chemistry/maths/physics plus three more at H3 or better. Equivalent tariff grades will not be considered. English language and maths and science should be achieved at Junior Certificate grade B.


Equivalent tariff grades will not be considered in lieu of BBB (e.g. ABC)

  • Sub-degree university qualifications (CertHE, DipHE, foundation degrees) are not accepted.


If you have been excluded or withdrawn from another HE course on grounds of academic performance (i.e. failing assessments), misconduct (e.g. cheating) or failure to meet financial or other contractual commitments (e.g. non-payment of tuition or accommodation fees, breach of behaviour rules), you may not apply.

Postgraduate qualifications (PGCert, PGDip, master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be taken into consideration in lieu of a 2i or better in a bachelor’s honours degree. We will not engage in discussions with applicants about this requirement.

Aptitude tests

All home applicants must take UCAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).
All international applicants must take BMAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).

Applicants with a 1st/2i honours degree but without the required A-Level subjects/grades or science GCSEs may be considered for the A100 course if they have also taken GAMSAT and achieved either:

  • an overall score of 55 or more with a section III score of 58 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other section
    OR
  • an overall score of 58 or more with a section III score of 55 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections


Graduate applicants must also take the UCAT/BMAT as required. Taking GAMSAT is a substitute for A-Level and/or some GCSE requirements and does not exempt you from UCAT/BMAT.

We consider the following Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) courses only:

  • Activate Learning (Ascentis)
  • Dudley College (OCN West Midlands)
  • East Coast College (CAVA)
  • East Sussex College (LASER)
  • Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (LASER)
  • Harlow College (CAVA)
  • Morley College (OCN London)
  • The College of West Anglia (CAVA)
  • Truro & Penwith College (CAVA)

These courses conform to the QAA subject descriptor for Medicine.  
 
Applicants who have completed certain Access to Medicine diplomas before 2021-22 may also be eligible but you must contact the Admissions team to check eligibility before applying. 

All 45 graded Level 3 credits must be achieved at Distinction, with a further 15 Level 2/3 credits passed to complete the diploma. 
 
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade 6/B are required.   Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) applicants may apply with pending GCSEs (to be taken during the current academic year).

All applicants meeting the academic criteria will also be assessed on their relevant experiences in their roles & responsibilities form and will be required to meet the Aptitude Test requirements also.  

We will not consider applications from applicants who have done an Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) course after achieving below a second-class honours degree (2:1) unless there is evidence of substantial subsequent experience in a healthcare-based or academically and/or professionally demanding career. 
 
We will not consider applications from candidates who have commenced an Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) course less than three years after completing or withdrawing from A-Levels, other level-3 qualifications or a degree.
 
 

Aptitude Tests

 
Access to HE courses are only open to UK-domiciled students.
 
All home applicants must take UCAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).
 
If you have taken an Access to HE diploma while domiciled in the UK but have international fees status, you will be required to take BMAT in the year of application (see Admissions overview 2022).
 
Additional information
 
My Journey into Medicine: hear from some students who entered medicine through the Access route.
 
Access to HE Diploma - Preparing adults for a medicine degree: Dr Gordon Dent, Director of Admissions at the School of Medicine, Keele University, discusses the new Access to HE subject descriptor for medicine, and the benefits that Access students can bring to medical schools.

International entry criteria

Health Foundation Year for Medicine

All UK applicants must have completed an English language qualification that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE (minimum grade 6/B) and level 1/2 Certificate (grade B) but not functional skills qualifications.
The multiple mini-interview includes assessment of the ability to use and comprehend spoken English. Applicants who have performed poorly in speaking & listening assessments within their English language qualifications should consider carefully whether they are likely to be able to meet the requirements of the interview.

Unless otherwise stated, international applicants who do not offer GCSE English language at the required grade must have one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component taken at the same sitting
  • Grade C1 (advanced) or C2 (proficiency) in the Cambridge English Assessments system
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT or IBT Home Edition) with a minimum overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23 and listening 25
  • Pearson Test of English (academic) minimum overall score of 65 with a minimum of 65 in each communicative skill
  • Grade B in International GCSE (IGCSE 0500, 0900 or 0524 [USA]) first language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in component 4 (speaking & listening test)
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B

Students with other English language qualifications may be required to undertake IELTS to fulfil the requirements of both the School of Medicine and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Offers are made on the basis of interview score. The highest-ranking applicants will be selected for interview. Typically, we receive 2,000 or more applications each year. For 2022 entry we intend to interview approximately 700 applicants.

The selection process involves three stages: academic screen, shortlisting, and interview.

Stage 1: academic screen

All applications are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic and aptitude test requirements, including UCAT cut-off score and GCSE grades/subjects (see academic requirements in sections above). Applicants must be currently registered for any level-3 (A-Level or equivalent, or Access to HE) or degree-level qualifications that are needed to meet the entry requirements for the course if these have not already been completed at the required standard.

Your GCSE grades will not be looked at again once you have met the threshold requirements. Your UCAT score will only be looked at again if needed as a tie-breaker when deciding between applicants with tied roles & responsibility (R+R) or interview scores. We do not use predicted grades at any point in our selection process.

All GCSE requirements must be met before you apply. The only exception to this is Access to HE applicants, who may complete English language and maths GCSEs during the academic year in which you apply.

Home applicants with a total UCAT score below 2,280 or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered. International applicants are ranked for interview on the basis of the BMAT score, so the cut-off score for this test is not set in advance (see below).

Stage 2: shortlisting

Home applicants: shortlisting for interview is based on the roles & responsibilities (R+R) form. Applicants with the highest R+R scores are selected for interview. Your GCSE grades do not contribute to your ranking. If the number of applicants tied on the threshold R+R score exceeds the number of interview slots available, applicants with this score will be ranked on total UCAT score.

Some home applicant interviews will be allocated to students who demonstrate evidence of having overcome significant social, economic and/or educational disadvantage (see widening participation section).


Applicants with international fees status: shortlisting for interview is based on ranking by BMAT score. We calculate a total score that is the sum of your section 1, section 2 and adjusted section 3 scores.

The adjusted section 3 score is calculated by multiplying the numerical score by a scaling factor for the alphabetical score, as follows:
A 1.25, B 1.00, C 0.75, D 0.50, E 0.25.
A section 3 score of 4A would therefore be adjusted to 4 x 1.25 = 5; a score of 3C would be adjusted to 3 x 0.75 = 2.25; etc.
The maximum total score achievable is therefore 9 + 9 + 6.25 = 24.25. For 2021 entry, the cut-off score was 14.1.
We cannot predict what the cut-off will be for 2022 entry, as this depends on the scores of all the applicants.

Stage 3: interview

We plan to interview approximately 700 applicants for entry to the 5-year course (A100). Numbers for the health foundation year (A104) will be in proportion to the number of places available.
Interviews are usually held at the School of Medicine building on the Keele University campus. Each candidate will have a similarly structured multiple mini-interview. The interviewers are drawn from the university, local healthcare settings (hospital and community) and the wider local community. All interviewers have undergone specific training for interviewing prospective medical students.

In the event that continuing periods of lockdown occur as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to alter the form of the interview to allow all interviews to be conducted on an equitable basis under any restrictions that may be imposed. This may include conducting interviews remotely by video call.

Interviews are likely to take place in blocks during the period December 2021–March 2022.

After the interview, you will receive a decision via UCAS. Note that we may take some time to inform you of a decision as we need to conduct sufficient interviews to establish a final threshold score. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an offer-holder day.

Post interview, we may use total UCAT score to rank applicants tied on the threshold score.

Applicants holding offers who narrowly miss achieving the required grades in A-Levels (or equivalent level-3 qualification) may receive further consideration if there are places available. In these circumstances, the factors taken into consideration in allocating remaining places will include interview score and UCAT score.

Appeals

Anyone wishing to make an appeal against our decision should refer to the university’s appeals policy.

We do not use UCAS personal statements and references in ranking of applications for interview or offer. However, it is important that these are completed in case they are needed for informing our judgements as detailed below.

Personal statement

Your personal statement should lay out your motivation for pursuing a career in medicine, and present evidence that you understand the nature of providing care and support and possess appropriate personal characteristics to practise as a healthcare professional in the future.

The personal statement is important in your application to Keele because one of the stations in the multiple mini-interview (MMI) will involve discussion of your relevant experiences.

The interviewer will be able to question you on any of the following aspects of your personal statement, so it is important that you address all of the points.

  • Understanding of the role of a doctor
  • Examples of regular hands-on experience involving supporting, helping or caring for people (these are not expected to be medical)
  • Depth of experience in one or more role(s) involving personal interaction
  • Reflection on what was learnt from this/these experience(s)
  • Initiative/enterprise
  • Ability to balance work and personal priorities
  • Ability to work with other people to achieve goals
  • Effective communication (particularly outside your peer group)
Reference

Each application must be accompanied by a reference, which should be from a current or former educational institution. In general, any reference that is not from a current or former educational institution will be ignored. If you have not been engaged in some kind of formal study (school, college, undergraduate, postgraduate or certificated continuing professional development courses) in the previous 5 years, your application will be scrutinised carefully to determine whether you are likely to be suitable for university study. If the decision is favourable, a non-academic reference may be taken into consideration. Under these circumstances, it is strongly recommended that you contact the School of Medicine before applying to discuss how your application would be viewed. Any application that does not include a reference could be rejected.

An academic reference is likely to be written by your head teacher, college principal, head of year or form tutor. We want to know what the writer of the reference thinks about you as a whole person, not merely about your academic achievements and potential. Please ensure that whoever is writing the reference sees a copy of these guidelines.

Referees should be aware that we expect to see more than a record of academic achievement. References indicating your strengths in the areas listed above (see personal statement section) are much more valuable than simple “school report”-style references. Also we rely on references to elaborate on any exceptional circumstances or achievements that we may wish to take into account. These must also be mentioned in the relevant section of the R+R form if you want us to take them into consideration. 

If you experience any extenuating circumstances at the time of your examinations, your school or college should report this immediately to the relevant examination board(s) using the Joint Council for Qualifications form 10 (special consideration), so that any adjustments to marks can be made. If we consider that extenuating circumstances brought up in the reference should be taken into account formally in the assessment of your application, we shall write to your referee to request further details. Please do not send such details unsolicited.

The R+R form is our main tool for selecting home applicants for interview. It provides an opportunity for you to tell us about experiences you have undertaken that demonstrate your direct engagement with people in a supportive, assistive or caring role, your ability to handle responsibility and your understanding of how somebody has benefited from some help, support or care you have provided. The experiences you draw on to complete the form are not expected to be medical and do not need to have been undertaken in formal caring settings. Please note that we do not give any credit for workplace shadowing. We discourage overseas work-experience placements, especially where these involve unnecessary air travel and/or performing work that displaces local people from paid employment.

Covid-19 update

We recognize that students intending to apply to medical school this October will have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We do not expect applicants to have any experience in hospitals or other healthcare settings and would not give any credit for such experience in scoring of the R+R form if it involves workplace shadowing.

The kinds of things included in the R+R form can come from any kind of experience, whether that is in caring settings, support for individuals or smaller small groups with specific needs (e.g. in school/college or in the local community through voluntary groups, faith organizations, charities, etc.), leadership/mentoring/coaching roles (e.g. in sports teams, drama/music groups, etc.), employment with specific responsibilities (e.g. lifeguard, event steward/marshal) or any kind of public-facing employment.

This list is not exhaustive: we see very strong applications from students with no conventional medical "work experience". While social distancing has been in place you may have contributed to your local community through activities such as delivering groceries to vulnerable neighbours, hosting online/phone chats for fellow students who might feel isolated, supporting care providers (hospices, residential homes, etc.) by participating in online activities to raise funds for charities whose shops have had to close, etc. You really just need to think about what kinds of things you do that demonstrate a commitment to helping and supporting others, and also explain how you have worked with other people to achieve this.

You also need to think about volunteering you have already done in any situation and responsibilities you have taken. Some students who have achieved high marks in the past have not had any contact with the health care sector: this is not a requirement for a good R+R form. We recommend you study the online guidance below to determine how you can best provide evidence based on the experience you have had up to now.

Submitting the form

A link to access the form via the Keele applicant portal will be sent to all relevant applicants on a rolling basis as we receive applications from UCAS - this will also include information regarding the deadline for submission. On logging into the portal, you can then select the R+R form link. Once a form is submitted the link will no longer be available (from the next time you log in), so please make sure that (a) you keep a copy for reference and (b) the form you submit is the version you want us to read. You will be sent an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your form: this is your evidence that your form has been submitted, so please make sure you know where to find it if you need to contact us about your form later. We will not accept forms that are submitted after the deadline. If you do not have an e-mail saying your form has been received before the deadline, your form will not be assessed. We recommend that you submit your form well before the deadline to allow time for dealing with any technical problems that might arise.

Please note that the deadline date is based on a UCAS application deadline of 15 October. You will be informed of new dates if the UCAS deadline for 2022 applications changes.

Scoring the form

Admissions tutors will assess the R+R form against the following criteria:

  • commitment to one or more role(s) involving direct engagement with people, ideally with an element of care or support
  • the value of the role(s) you undertook, in terms of contribution to the wellbeing of others and/or demonstration of appropriate personal characteristics
  • the level of responsibility taken in any of the above roles, or other roles listed on your form
  • a clear example of a situation where you did something that had a significant beneficial outcome for another person
  • any exceptional achievements or circumstances

 

Completing the form

You will be asked to provide the following:

Four roles and details of what they involved
Roles and responsibilities may be paid or voluntary and are not expected to be in the healthcare sector. Credit may be given for caring for family members or friends only if there is both a time commitment and depth of caring that goes above and beyond that which would be expected in normal family life, and we would not expect these examples to be included unless the caring responsibility prevents other roles from being taken up. Mature applicants using their regular paid employment for examples will need to demonstrate a level of commitment and initiative significantly over and above their normal job role.

There is space on the form to list up to four roles and responsibilities. If you have more than four to choose from then please use recent experiences (ideally within three years of application) and choose the most important. You do not need to write about every experience listed, but you should list every experience that you write about so this can be validated from the references provided. Maximum credit for duration of work experience is given for more than 160 hours, so if you have more it is better to concentrate on providing details of the experiences that required most commitment from you. Mature applicants in paid employment in caring roles will be likely to benefit from including some additional voluntary experience. The credit available for duration of experiences is small in comparison to that available for details of your roles and responsibilities. It is not possible to qualify for an interview purely on the basis of the number of hours.
You are required to provide contact details of someone who can verify each role and responsibility you have undertaken. We reserve the right to contact these people if we need to check details of what you have written on your form. We will also contact them if anything you have written suggests that you took on responsibilities that were inappropriate or illegal at your age (see below).
Although shadowing and observation may be useful in understanding the roles of a doctor, we will not give credit for it in assessing the R+R form. "Work experience tourism" is discouraged. We expect applicants to have undertaken significant experiences within their own communities. If you routinely spend a large part of the year in another country (e.g. because you spend school holidays staying with relatives there), you may write about experiences undertaken in that country but we will not give you credit for undertaking activities that someone of your age would not be allowed to undertake in the UK.

In the space provided make sure you tell us some of the things you actually did in one or more role and reflect on how you demonstrated the attributes required of a doctor, keeping in mind the values described in the NHS Constitution. You will not be credited for anything you watched somebody else do: only for things you did yourself. Please do not exaggerate your role, e.g. by stating that you performed or assisted with medical procedures while unqualified. Any suggestion that the safety of children or vulnerable adults might have been compromised by activities you claim to have undertaken will be investigated. This may result in the host organisation being referred to its regulator and/or your application being rejected.

Details of responsibility taken
We need to know about a responsibility you have undertaken. Clearly the expected level of responsibility will be different for school leavers, graduates and mature students with significant employment history. We don’t give credit simply for titles (e.g. head boy/girl, ranger/young leader, etc.): we need to know what you actually had responsibility for, whom you had responsibility to and how you exercised this responsibility in practice. Similarly, we don’t give credit for naming programmes that you have completed (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award): you must provide details of one or more responsibilities you discharged within the programme. Specific responsibilities are likely to gain more credit than general ones, and telling us something particular you have achieved as a result of taking on a responsibility is likely to help your application. It is better to write in detail about one responsibility than give us a list with little detail.

Give an example
Next you should give us an example of something you have done that has been a real practical help to someone else. Candidates who give us an example with an important benefit for someone from a sustained effort will attract more marks than those giving examples from a one-off incident. We do expect you to write (with appropriate regard for confidentiality) about an individual you have helped. In most cases students will do well to use examples to demonstrate your effectiveness when undertaking voluntary or paid work, e.g. how an individual benefitted from your engagement with them. Mature applicants who give an example from your normal work will need to demonstrate commitment over and above that expected in your job role. If the example used relates to family or friends, then the help given needs to be well above and beyond what would normally be expected from any friend or family member and to represent a significant commitment of time and effort. Examples do not have to come from caring experiences. If you have made a positive difference to someone’s life through a supporting, mentoring or coaching role – whether in school/college, a community organisation or a leisure group (sports team, drama group, etc.) – and this reflects a specific, sustained effort that you made for that person, this may also provide a good example.

Exceptional achievements or circumstances
Few students will achieve marks for exceptional achievements, but we know some young people do amazing things. If this is you, then make sure you write about it clearly so we can give you the credit. This section can also be used to highlight any exceptional difficulties or circumstances you have had to overcome. In most cases we would expect to find this reflected in the UCAS reference.
You will not be penalised for writing in the exceptional achievements box about things that we decide do not warrant additional marks. Please don’t feel inhibited about writing about something you believe to be exceptional.

Some students may qualify for consideration for contextual offers if they are young carers. Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness or disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole. If you are a carer as defined above then you need to ensure this is clearly stated on the R+R form, ideally with a comment about this in your reference.

We regret we are unable to provide any additional information about what you should include on the R+R form. Admissions tutors will assess the R+R form using the criteria published on the web site.

Useful Documents

Roles and Responsibilities Form Guidance Notes - 2022 Entry

Draft R&R Form - 2022 Entry

Please note, owing to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on room occupancy and possible future restrictions on travel, we will be conducting interviews online again this year.

No applicant will be offered a place without interview. Interviews usually take place on the Keele University campus. However, in the event that travel restrictions are imposed as part of the country’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to conduct interviews remotely via video conferencing, either for all candidates or specifically for international candidates.

Interviews usually take the form of multiple mini-interview (MMI) with separate interviewers in each station. For interviews in 2021/22, online interviews consisted of two 15-minute mini-interviews, each with two interviewers. We shall publish further details of interviews for 2022 entry here when it is clear whether in-person interviews at Keele will be possible.

Numeracy test
As part of the MMI, we require students to complete a stand-alone numeracy assessment that assesses your ability to perform clinically relevant calculations. If we have to conduct interviews online it will not be possible to deliver the numeracy test. However, if you struggle with the practice questions below you should consider whether you will be capable of completing a medicine degree or practising medicine safely.

Multiple Mini Interviews at Keele School of Medicine Video

Post interview

The decision on the offer of a place will be based on your performance at interview. We operate a floating threshold, where candidates with very high interview scores may be made early offers while others must wait until we have conducted enough interviews to be confident of the final threshold score. Candidates whose interview score is at the final threshold for an offer will be ranked on the basis of UCAT (home)/BMAT (international) score and/or evidence of educational/socio-economic disadvantage (see widening participation section)

We anticipate that the earliest date we will be able to confirm a decision is January/February. Some candidates may be placed on a waiting/hold list as their performance at interview was close to our offer threshold. However, all final decisions will be made by the 31 March UCAS deadline.

Successful candidates will be sent an email confirming the offer of a place, together with an occupational health questionnaire. All offers made are conditional and may include both academic conditions and occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearances.

The University run offer holder days in February and March.

Keele University operates an alternative offers programme to take account of differences in personal circumstances that might affect academic achievement. 

In addition, Keele operates a Steps2Medicine programme for year-12 students in local partner schools and colleges who have significant indicators of disadvantage. Completion of this programme will entitle applicants who meet our academic and UCAT requirements to an automatic interview and a two-grade reduction on an A100 offer. Details of this programme and the eligibility criteria will be made available through your school or college.

Steps2Medicine is part of a national collaboration called UKWPMED. Applicants who have completed UKWPMED programmes offered by other medical schools are entitled to the same adjustments at Keele as those who have completed Steps2Medicine. You should indicate on your UCAS application which UKWPMED programme you have completed. Please note that adjustments for completion of a UKWPMED programme only apply to applications for A100.

Applicants with significant indicators of disadvantage may also be eligible to apply for our health foundation year route (A104), which has substantially lower academic entry requirements. 

What courses are available?

5-Year MBChB (course code A100)
This is a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme (MBChB) open to home and international school-leaver, graduate or other mature applicants.

6-Year MBChB with Health Foundation Year for Medicine (course code A104)
This is a gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years) and is open to home school-leavers only.

Does the medical school consider applications from mature learners?

We encourage applications from mature applicants: either recent graduates or people who wish to change career. Please note that that you should have some experience of recent academic study or certificated continuing professional development (usually within the last 5 years). If you have been out of education for a substantial period, you are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for further advice. Please see entry criteria for graduates and Access to HE students.

Will my application be viewed more favourably if I am taking all science/maths A-Levels?

No. The A-Level subject requirements are stated in the academic requirements sections. As long as you meet these requirements, it makes no difference what combination of A-Levels you are taking.

Will my application be viewed more favourably if I am taking four A-levels?

No. We will only look at your best three A-Levels that meet our subject requirements.

Do you give any consideration to Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs)?

Yes. From 2022 we will accept A-Level grades of AAB (meeting our subject requirements) if accompanied by an EPQ at grade A* or A.

Do you give any consideration to AS-Levels?

No. The majority of schools in England do not offer AS-Levels; we therefore cannot use them in assessing applications?

How do you use predicted A-Level grades?

We do not use predicted A-Level grades in any way in selection for medicine.

Will extenuating circumstances for lower exam grades/degree classifications be taken into consideration?

Applicants should report all extenuating circumstances to the relevant examination board at the time of the examinations. It is the responsibility of that examination board to make adjustments to grades or degree classes if appropriate. We will not respond to requests to consider circumstances involving policies or practices of schools, exam boards or regulators.

All requests to consider extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to medicine@keele.ac.uk. If you submit your request by 31 August then you should receive a decision before the UCAS deadline. However if you submit your mitigation after 31 August we will be unable to provide you with a decision before the UCAS deadline, i.e. you will not know whether we have accepted it or not. Each mitigating circumstances submission is subject to the discretion of the MBChB admissions committee, therefore an immediate decision cannot be given over the phone.

UCAS offers a 14-day window to change choices after the application deadline. Can I use this?

No. You can only change a choice after the deadline if this is agreed by the receiving university. Keele will not agree to requests to swap UCAS choices from another institution to study medicine after the UCAS deadline of 15 October.

What is the medical school’s view of applicants who are taking gap years?

The School of Medicine is happy to consider applications from those who want to defer their entry. You may apply for deferred entry by choosing the next year as the year of entry on your UCAS application (e.g. selecting 2023 instead of 2022 as the year of entry for an application in October 2021).

If you decide that you wish to defer entry after you have submitted your UCAS application, you must make a request to us by 31 May, stating your reasons for asking to defer. Requests received after this date must be approved by the admissions committee and you may be asked for further details to explain the late request.

How does the medical school deal with diverse applicants?

Keele University has an equality and diversity framework and strategy https://www.keele.ac.uk/equalitydiversity/equalityframeworksandactivities/ which states that no student will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, gender (including gender realignment), marital status, sexuality, disability, religion, political belief, socio-economic background, parental status, age or trade union membership. The University is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this policy is fully effective. To support the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality and diversity.

Roles & responsibilities (R+R) forms will be assessed in the context of the applicant's age. We have greater expectations of the extent and depth of an applicant’s roles and responsibilities if you have had more opportunities to undertake these during a first degree or career. Expectations of school-leaver applicants are correspondingly lower.

We recognise that some applicants' ability to undertake voluntary experiences may be affected by the need to take on part-time employment or caring responsibilities within the family, and this will be taken into account if it is apparent from your application. We do not require formal, medically related "work experience", and it is possible to make a strong application on the basis of roles and responsibilities with your school/college or part-time job.

We deliberately exclude experiences that may depend on personal connections (workplace shadowing) or wealth (overseas travel) from gaining credit on the R+R form. Commitments within community or faith groups will be given equal consideration to those within formal caring settings. We only ask for evidence of direct engagement with people to whom you have provided help, support or care.

Can I transfer from another medical school?

No. Transfers from other medical schools are not considered. We will not accept any applications from students who have previously commenced medical, dental or veterinary courses elsewhere (including in other countries), regardless of their grounds for failing to complete these courses.
We also do not consider applications from students on degree courses in other subjects who wish to transfer or start a new course before completing their degree.

What are the age restrictions?

Due to the off-campus clinical placements that students will be involved in from an early stage in the course, you must be at least 18 by the start of year 1 of the MBChB programme. A deferred-entry place for the following year will be offered to students who meet the conditions for an offer but will not be old enough at that time. There is no upper age limit. However, applicants who would be close to or above normal retirement age by the time of graduation will be invited to discuss their application with one or more senior clinicians. Students at the School of Medicine come from a wide age range and have a variety of previous work and study experiences. We feel that having such a variety of students benefits everyone in the school.

Do I have to have work experience in a hospital or GP practice to be eligible?

No. We do not expect applicants to have experience in medical settings, and we do not give any credit for shadowing or observation of doctors or other healthcare professionals when assessing applications. You will need to have some understanding of how healthcare is delivered to succeed at interview, so if you don’t have experience in medical settings you should read about this or take advantage of any opportunities to talk to current practitioners. A number of organisations will run summer schools or other activities that allow prospective medical students to find out more about what being a doctor involves.

The application processes and entry requirements for medical schools are very complicated. Where can I find out how to navigate them?

The best place to start is the Medical Schools Council web site. This includes advice on making an application, interviews, and outreach and support.