Keele University
Keele University

Keele University School of Medicine was founded relatively recently in 2002, and as such, is known for its modern facilities and progressive curriculum that incorporates a range of learning styles. The university campus is self-contained and situated within 600 acres of beautiful park-land and for your first two years Medicine, you can live and attend classes on site, socialise in the students’ union and various bars and restaurants and even grow your own vegetables on a student allotment site (as part of Keele’s Green Campus initiative). The remaining three years will be spent attached to hospitals in Staffordshire and Shropshire. There are roughly 130 students in each year, which means Keele has one of the smaller medical school year groups. Keele School of Medicine was ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey of 2015.

Keele University

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year
  • 129
  • N/A
  • Five grade A/7 or higher
  • AAA-A*AA
  • UKCAT (and BMAT for non-EU applicants)
  • MMI
  • Compulsory
  • 6-year
  • 10
  • N/A
  • English and Maths at C or higher, plus 5 grade A/7 passes.
  • AAA-A*AA
  • UKCAT (and BMAT for non-EU applicants)
  • MMI
  • Compulsory

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year
  • 129
  • 2.1
  • English, Maths and Science at B or higher
  • AAA-A*AA
  • UKCAT (and BMAT for non-EU applicants)
  • MMI
  • Compulsory
  • 6-year
  • 10
  • 2.1 in non-science subject
  • English and Maths at C or higher
  • BBB (*)
  • UKCAT (and BMAT for non-EU applicants)
  • MMI
  • Compulsory
(*)Graduate who do not meet this requirement, can meet it by achieving a high GAMSAT score

There are two programmes available for medicine at Keele. A 6-year programme is available for applicants who do not possess the necessary scientific qualifications. This features a health foundation year, where students undertake study in the basic sciences. Following this preparatory year, students are automatically enrolled onto the 5-year programme.

The 5-year programme features a spiral curriculum, where key features are revisited year after year. This ensures all applicants have a good understanding of the basic sciences, while building directly on those in the later years. Years 1 and 2 emphasise the learning of fundamental biomedical, behavioural, and social sciences, with early patient contact and problem-based learning being used throughout.

Years 3 and 4 building on the foundations of clinical knowledge and skills through immersion in clinical placements, whilst continuing to develop and apply biomedical, behavioural, and social science knowledge. Year 5 is made up of extensive clinical attachments, to prepare the students for life as a Foundation Year 1 doctor.

A-Levels/GCSE

Typical offers for the 5-year programme are either A*AA or AAA. These must include chemistry or biology, plus a second science (biology, chemistry, physics, maths/statistics). GCSEs in English language, Mathematics, and Biology/Chemistry/Physics or dual/triple-award science are essential at grade B/6. A minimum of five grade A/7 passes are required.

Typical offers for the 6-year programme are either A*AA or AAA, but there are no subject prerequisites. GCSEs in English language and Mathematics are required at grade C/4. A minimum of five grade A/7 passes are required.

IB

For the 5-year programme, IB students will be required to gain 35 points from their academic subjects, including at least 6,6,6 and Higher Level (HL) and 6,6,5 at Standard Level (SL). HL subjects should include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths. Any science not taken at the Higher Level must be offered at Standard Level grade 5 or GCSE grade B (or equivalent). Bonus points for ToK and EE are not taken into account.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Students should offer six A1 or A2 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 junior certificate level grade B as a minimum.

Admissions Exam

Home and EU applicants must sit the UKCAT. The minimum cut-off score for entry to the 5-year programme at Keele university is 1730, with those achieving a Band 4 in the SJT section will also be excluded. International applicants must also sit the BMAT, which will be used to rank them for admission in lieu of a Roles and Responsibilities form.

Access to Medicine Courses

The following Access to Medicine courses are accepted:

  • College of West Anglia
  • Stafford College
  • Sussex Downs College
  • Manchester College

Applicants must achieve distinction in all areas of the course.

Other Diplomas

Cambridge Pre-U is also accepted as an entry qualification. Entry requirements for this course can be found on the university website.

Widening Participation

Keele is offering a widening participation scheme called Steps2Medicine, which is available for year 12 students in the local area. They expressed aim is to help applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds apply for medicine at Keele. For more information, visit the university website.

International Students

There are 9 places in total across each programme available for non-UK/EU students. Note that it is recommended that international students apply via UCAS, but it is possible to apply directly to the university, with the disadvantage of being considered only after all the UCAS applicants have been evaluated.

International students must be able to demonstrate aptitude in written and verbal English language, either a first-language English qualification, or a qualification such as IELTS (minimum score 7.0 in each component at the same sitting) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grade B or above). Note that international students must sit the BMAT as well as the UKCAT.

Policy on Re-applicants

Re-applicants who did not previously get to interview stage are welcome to re-apply; however, those candidates who previously got to interview stage but were not selected cannot re-apply.

Policy on Deferrals

It is possible to defer entry onto this course. Students must submit a document detailing how they plan on spending this year.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for submissions is 15th October 2017 for entry in September 2018 or deferred entry in September 2019.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS form
  • Roles and Responsibilities form (send to UK/EU applicants following UCAS submission)
  • School certificates

SELECTION PROCESS

All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements and achieve a sufficient score in the UKCAT will be ranked on their Roles and Responsibilities form (except international students, who will be ranked on their BMAT score but must still be above the cut-off for the UKCAT). When looking at this form, the admissions team will rank students on the following:

  • Commitment to work experience, voluntary work or exposure to a caring role
  • The value of the work you undertook
  • The level of responsibility taken in any of the above roles
  • An example of a situation where you did something that had an important outcome for the recipient
  • Any exceptional achievements or circumstances

Detailed guidance on this form will be sent to candidates, and is also available on the university website.

The highest-ranking applicants in the Roles and Responsibilities form will be invited for interview. This will then be the only differentiator when deciding who to interview.

INTERVIEW

Approximately 450-500 applicants will be invited for an interview and approximately 180 offers made. The interview format at Keele is MMI (multiple mini interview). There are 11 stations lasting five minutes, and a 30-minute data-handling test. The interview will assess several attributes, including:

  • Motivation / Experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
  • Empathy and Insight
  • Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor
  • Ethical Awareness
  • Resilience
  • Comprehension
  • Effective communication

For the 5-year programme, there are over 2,000 applications for 129 places each year, giving a competition ratio of around 15:1.

For the 6-year programme, there are over 150 applicants for 10 places, again giving a competition ratio of 15:1.

Keele is ranked 301-400 for medicine by QS World University Rankings.

There is no programme that is open only to graduates. Instead, graduates may apply to the same programmes as undergraduates.

A 6-year programme is available for applicants who do not possess the necessary scientific qualifications. This features a health foundation year, where students undertake study in the basic sciences. Following this preparatory year, students are automatically enrolled onto the 5-year programme.

The 5-year programme features a spiral curriculum, where key features are revisited year after year. This ensures all applicants have a good understanding of the basic sciences, while building directly on those in the later years. Years 1 and 2 emphasise the learning of fundamental biomedical, behavioural, and social sciences, with early patient contact and problem-based learning being used throughout.

Years 3 and 4 building on the foundations of clinical knowledge and skills through immersion in clinical placements, whilst continuing to develop and apply biomedical, behavioural, and social science knowledge. Year 5 is made up of extensive clinical attachments, to prepare the students for life as a Foundation Year 1 doctor.

Degree

Candidates applying for the 5-year programme must achieve at least a 2.1 in any subject. They must also meet the following requirements:

  • BBB at A2, including Chemistry or Biology plus one further subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics OR;
  • GAMSAT 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 sections, OR;
  • GAMSAT 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 AND;
  • GCSE English Language and Maths and all sciences/double-award science at grade B or better

Applicants presenting with a GAMSAT must still sit the UKCAT.

Candidates applying to the 6-year programme must have at least a 2.1 honours degree in a non-science subject to be considered, provided they did not take sciences to A-level standard or higher.

In addition, graduates must have achieved:

  • A-level (A2) or equivalent grades of BBB
  • a minimum of GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics
Admissions Exam

Applicants must sit the UKCAT. The bottom 20% of applicants will automatically be excluded, as will those with Band 4 in the SJT section. International applicants must also sit the BMAT, which will be used to rank them for admission in lieu of a Roles and Responsibilities form.

Access to Medicine courses

The following Access to Medicine courses are accepted:

  • College of West Anglia
  • Stafford College
  • Sussex Downs College
  • Manchester College

Applicants must achieve distinction in all areas of the course.

Widening Participation

Keele is offering a widening participation scheme called Steps2Medicine, which is available for year 12 students in the local area. They expressed aim is to help applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds apply for medicine at Keele. For more information, visit the university website.

International Students

There are 9 places in total across each programme available for non-UK/EU students. Note that it is recommended that international students apply via UCAS, but it is possible to apply directly to the university, with the disadvantage of being considered only after all the UCAS applicants have been evaluated.

International students must be able to demonstrate aptitude in written and verbal English language, either a first-language English qualification, or a qualification such as IELTS (minimum score 7.0 in each component at the same sitting) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grade B or above). Note that international students must sit the BMAT as well as the UKCAT.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who did not reach the interview stage may reapply. Those who did, but were unsuccessful, will not be considered again.

Policy on Deferrals

It is possible to defer entry onto this course. Students must submit a document detailing how they plan on spending this year.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for submissions is 15th October 2017 for entry in September 2018 or deferred entry in September 2019.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS form
  • Roles and Responsibilities form (send to UK/EU applicants following UCAS submission)
  • School certificates

SELECTION PROCESS

All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements and achieve a sufficient score in the UKCAT will be ranked on their Roles and Responsibilities form (except international students, who will be ranked on their BMAT score but must still be above the cut-off for the UKCAT). When looking at this form, the admissions team will rank students on the following:

  • Commitment to work experience, voluntary work or exposure to a caring role
  • The value of the work you undertook
  • The level of responsibility taken in any of the above roles
  • An example of a situation where you did something that had an important outcome for the recipient
  • Any exceptional achievements or circumstances

Detailed guidance on this form will be sent to candidates, and is also available on the university website.

The highest-ranking applicants in the Roles and Responsibilities form will be invited for interview. This will then be the only differentiator when deciding who to admit.

INTERVIEW

Approximately 450-500 applicants will be invited for an interview and approximately 180 offers made. The interview format at Keele is MMI (multiple mini interview). There are 11 stations lasting five minutes, and a 30-minute data-handling test. The interview will assess several attributes, including:

  • Motivation / Experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
  • Empathy and Insight
  • Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor
  • Ethical Awareness
  • Resilience
  • Comprehension
  • Effective communication

For the 5-year programme, there are over 2,000 applications for 129 places each year, giving a competition ratio of around 15:1.

For the 6-year programme, there are over 150 applicants for 10 places, again giving a competition ratio of 15:1.

Keele is ranked 301-400 for medicine by QS World University Rankings.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    Medicine at Keele is quite a small course, usually around 130 students with the first two years taught in PBL groups between 8-12. This means that you get to know everyone pretty well and the tutors also. Anatomy is taught by cadaver dissection in year 1,2 and 3 which is also a positive. When you enter the clinical years, you will send some time at the Royal Stoke University Hospital which is a major trauma centre and tertiary referral centre meaning good clinical exposure. Keele was also Number 1 in the Student Satisfaction survey in 2015 and the Students' Union won the Overall Gold Award for "Best Bar None."

  2. 2. What’s not so good about studying Medicine there?

    "In the clinical years, the locations of GP placements are over a large area meaning you could have to travel as far as Wolverhampton. GP placements in the final year are also quite lengthy at 15 weeks long.”

  3. 3. What advice would you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

    "Go and visit the campus! Have a good wander around and get a feel of the place and the medical school. If you fall in love with the campus, you'll love Keele."

  4. 4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

    "Be yourself, emphasise what makes you different from the other applicants and get lots of interview practice so you aren't too nervous!"