How to apply for Medicine A100
Keele University 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.
On this page you will find information about:
We advise all applicants who are considering applying to check these webpages thoroughly. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet academic and other requirements before applying.
All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). We do not accept direct applications.
The UCAS deadline for submissions is 15 October 2022 for entry in September 2023 or deferred entry in September 2024. The deadline for return of the Roles & Responsibilities (R+R) form for 2023 entry will be 11:59 pm (GMT) on Thursday 24 November 2022. A link to access the R&R form via the Keele applicant portal will be sent to all relevant applicants on 7 November 2022.
Please note: The portal will be down from Friday 18 November 2022 at 14.00 for essential maintenance and it is anticipated that it will be back up by 16.00 on Saturday 19 November 2022. For more information regarding the R+R form please see below.
Applications should include the institution code for Keele University (K12) plus the appropriate course code -
- A100 for the Medicine degree
- A104 for the Health Foundation Year route
Applicants will be considered for the route they have applied for. This cannot be changed after the UCAS deadline date for submissions.
The university primarily communicates with applicants via the email address that has been used on the UCAS application. It is the applicant's responsibility to regularly check this email account and to ensure that university communications are not diverted to a spam/junk folder. Details of the admissions process and updates on the application are also provided in the Applicant Portal. It is the applicant's responsibility to check here for regular updates too.
All applications are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic and aptitude test requirements.
Applicants must be currently registered for any qualifications that are needed to meet the entry requirements for the course if these have not already been completed at the required standard.
We do not use predicted grades at any point in our selection process.
All GCSE requirements must be met before applicants apply. The only exception to this is Access to HE applicants, who may complete GCSE English Language and Maths during the academic year in which they apply.
GCSE grades will not be looked at again once the threshold requirements are met.
UCAT scores will only be looked at again if needed as a tie-breaker when deciding between applicants with tied Roles & Responsibilities (R+R) scores or interview scores.
Applicants with a Home fee status: shortlisting for interview is based on the Roles & Responsibilities (R&R) form. Applicants with the highest R&R scores are selected for interview.
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 interviews will be allocated to applicants who demonstrate evidence of having overcome significant social, economic and/or educational disadvantage. See our Widening Participation pages.
International applicants: shortlisting for interview is based on ranking by BMAT score. A total score is calculated from the sum of 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.
The cut-off score for this test is not set in advance.
The Roles and Responsibilities form is our main tool for selecting applicants with a UK/Home fee status for interview. It provides an opportunity for applicants to tell us about:
- experiences they have undertaken that demonstrate their direct engagement with people in a supportive, assistive or caring role
- their ability to handle responsibility
- their understanding of how somebody has benefited from help, support or care they have provided
Submitting the form
A link to access the R&R form via the Keele applicant portal will be sent to all relevant applicants on 7 November 2022. This will also include the deadline for submission, which will be 11:59 pm (GMT) on Thursday 24 November 2022.
Upon completing the Roles & Responsibilities form an email will be sent acknowledging receipt of the form. This is evidence that the form has been submitted successfully.
Forms that are
- not successfully submitted (i.e. an email receipt has not been received)
- submitted after the deadline
will not be accepted.
Scoring the form
Admissions Tutors will assess the Roles & Responsibilities 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) undertaken, 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 the form
- a clear example of a situation where applicants have done something that had a significant beneficial outcome for another person
- any exceptional achievements or circumstances
The questions on the Roles & Responsibilities form are provided below, with some guidance on how to complete them. Further information about what candidates should include will not be provided.
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 format for interviews for 2023 entry is currently to be confirmed, and will be detailed here once verified.
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.
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 during the period December 2022 to March 2023.
The decision on the offer of a place will be based on an applicant’s performance at interview.
We anticipate that the earliest date we will be able to confirm a decision is January/February 2023. Some candidates may be placed on a waiting/hold list if their performance at interview was close to our offer threshold. We will endeavour to make all final decisions by the end of March 2023.
Candidates whose interview score is at the final threshold for an offer will be ranked on their aptitude test score and/or evidence of educational/socio-economic disadvantage (see widening participation section).
Successful applicants will be informed of their offer through the UCAS Hub. All offers will include requirements to complete occupational health checks and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearances.
- The Occupational Health team will contact all applicants who accept their offer regarding the health checks.
- The Admissions team will contact all applicants who accept their offer regarding their DBS clearance.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Offer Holder day event.
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.
Unsuccessful applicants who scored highly at interview may be offered an opportunity to opt in to our Reserve list through the Applicant Portal. The University will contact applicants on the Reserve list if places become available during the summer.
Summary of places available
This table shows a summary of the places available and applicatons received for 2021 entry.
Applications 2021 entry
Places available 2021
Places available 2022
A104 (Health Foundation Year)
up to 20
(17 - not eligible)
up to 20
Typically, we receive 2,000 or more applications each year. For 2023 entry we intend to interview approximately 500 applicants.
The information within this section supplements our University admissions criteria and policies and apply to all applications to our MBChB programme.
Age on entry
Due to the off-campus clinical placements that students will be involved in from an early stage in the course, applicants must be at least 18 by the start of year 1 of the Medicine A100 programme.
Behaviour / misconduct
Applicants must be aware that their behaviour outside the clinical environment, including in their personal life, may have an impact on their fitness to practise. Applicant’s behaviour at all times must justify the trust the public places in the medical profession. Applicants who 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) will not be considered.
The university communicates with applicants via the email address that they provided on their UCAS application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to regularly check this email account and ensure that university communications are not diverted to a spam/junk folder.
Requests to defer after an application form has been submitted must be sent to email@example.com by 31 May 2023 stating the reasons for the deferral.
Exam results and remarks
We will make our confirmation decisions based on the A level results published in August 2023. All conditions must be met by 31st August 2023.
If applicants don’t meet the academic conditions of their offer and subsequently decide to appeal to the exam board for a re-mark, we must be advised of this immediately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may defer applicants to the 2024 intake who do not initially meet the conditions of their offer, but who do so after a re-mark.
Any dispute over grades must be conducted between applicants and their school or college, and the relevant exam board or accrediting body. We will not respond to requests for special consideration from students or schools/colleges who feel that grades have been awarded inappropriately.
All requests to consider extenuating circumstances should be sent to email@example.com at the time of application submission and no later than 31 October 2022.
We reserve the right to reject applications if they are:
- incomplete or completed incorrectly. Applicants are required to declare all qualifications that have been completed including those with a failed or low grade
- if a qualification that is required for entry is not provided
- if applicants declare incorrect details that do not match their certificates
Applicants who have previously commenced study of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine elsewhere will not be considered.
Transfers from other medical schools will not be considered.
Applicants can only reapply to Keele once. Any further applications will not be considered.
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.
Anyone who has not achieved the required A-Levels within three years will not be considered.
UCAS Similarity Detection Service
UCAS operates a similarity detection service for personal statements. If we see evidence that parts of a personal statement have been copied, shared with other applicants or provided by a third party we shall withdraw the application.
We provide feedback on every unsuccessful decision through UCAS. We will provide more detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications in the Applicant Portal after the UCAS deadline for decisions (May 2023). No further feedback will be provided.
We do not provide feedback to successful applicants.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've collated our frequently asked questions to help address any queries you may have about our Medicine A100 selection process.
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 and other mature applicants.
6-Year MBChB with Health Foundation Year for Medicine (course code A104)
This is a gateway route into Medicine for applicant from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a Foundation Year and is open to applicant with a Home fee status school-leavers only.
We encourage applications from mature applicants: either recent graduates or people who wish to change career. Applicants should have some experience of recent academic study or certificated continuing professional development (usually within the last 5 years).
No. The A-Level subject requirements are stated in the academic requirements sections. As long as applicants meet these requirements, it makes no difference what combination of A-Levels are being studied.
No. We will only look at the best three A-Levels that meet our subject requirements.
Yes. We will accept A-Level grades of AAA (meeting our subject requirements) if accompanied by an EPQ at grade A* or A.
We have a dedicated webpage which details our alternative offers schemes, including EPQ.
No. The majority of schools in England do not offer AS-Levels; we therefore cannot use them in assessing applications.
We do not use predicted A-Level grades in any way in selection for our Medicine programmes.
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.
See our Admissions Policies for details of how and when details of extenuating circumstances should be submitted.
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.
We are 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 2024 instead of 2023 as the year of entry for an application in October 2022).
See our Admissions Policies for details of how and when request to defer can be submitted after a UCAS form has been submitted.
Keele University has an equality and diversity framework and strategy 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.
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.
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 Medicine A100 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.
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.
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.
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)
- Ability to balance work and personal priorities
- Ability to work with other people to achieve goals
- Effective communication (particularly outside your peer group)
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.
You may do this if you wish. However, you will only have one interview and be made one offer for 1 course. If you do not meet the conditions of your A100 offer at confirmation, but did meet the eligibility criteria for A104 at initial screening, we will automatically consider you for a foundation-year place. If you receive an offer for A104 it will be because you didn’t meet one of the requirements for an A100 offer (e.g. your GCSE grades or R+R form score were too low), so the offer will only be for foundation-year entry: we will not normally consider you for an A100 place if you go on to achieve A*AA or better in your A-Levels or equivalent.