Medical School Application Guide

 

Hull York Medical School

 

Hull York Medical School

 

 

Hull-York Medical School (HYMS) was established in 2003 and is a product of a partnership between two universities: The University of Hull and University of York. The Hull campus has over 20,000 students, including many international students, and is traditionally known as ‘the friendly university’. Hull is due to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. The York campus is made up of nine different colleges, so students are offered support and social activities, both from the medical school and from their individual colleges. York is a beautiful old cathedral city. Students are allocated to one of the two campuses, where they will spend the first two years of the course. During this time, teaching is mainly delivered through problem-based learning (PBL) with students working in small groups and there is early clinical contact which begins in first year. In Years 3-5, students will combine as one cohort and will be allocated to a diverse range of placements all over Yorkshire – from larger cities such as Hull, to small seaside towns like Scarborough. Around one half of all clinical placements undertaken will be in a primary care or community setting. Students also have the option to undertake an intercalated degree.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
141 places
141 places
Degree
N/A
2:1 and proof of a good grounding in Biology/Chemistry
A levels
AAA
ABB
GCSEs
8 GCSEs at A*-C At least Grade B in English Language and Maths
8 GCSEs at A*-C At least Grade B in English Language and Maths
Admissions Test
UKCAT
UKCAT
Interview
MMI
MMI
Work experience
Essential
Essential

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

HYMS offers only one course (A100) but welcomes both undergraduate and graduate applicants. The course is a 5-year programme with the option to undertake an intercalated degree, which would extend it to 6 years. Students are able to intercalate either between Years 2 and 3 or between Years 3 and 4. They can choose to intercalate at either the University of York or Hull through the following programmes:

  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Sports Health and Exercise Medicine), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Applied Ethics), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Biology), University of York

Alternatively, students can choose to undertake their intercalated degree at a different university.

 

Before starting, students will be allocated to a campus where they will be spending their first two years. Applicants will be notified their allocation once they have accepted HYMS as a firm place. Usually the allocation is done at random through ballot but students can request a specific campus if they fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • They intend to live at home during the course – which falls within the HYMS catchment area and is within 30 miles of the selected campus
  • They intend to live at campus and within the HYMS catchment area
  • They are already a student (Hull or York) when applying and would prefer to stay at that campus
  • They have a sibling who is not in final year in the campus
  • They are from outside the EU/EEA

 

The curriculum at HYMS is split into three phases: Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The course is taught by following a ‘spiral’ curriculum where students revisit the same topics throughout the course where at each point they build on the knowledge previously gained. Phase I consists of Years 1 and 2, and for this phase, students will either be based in York or Hull. Teaching is mainly delivered through a PBL approach, where students work in groups of 8/9 with a clinical tutor and prepare specifically for each session. This teaching style is supplemented with lectures and weekly clinical skills sessions with simulated patients. Furthermore, students receive early clinical exposure, with first year students spending half a day at week on placement - this increases to a full day in Year 2.

 

Phase II consists of Years 3 and 4. During this time, students continue to have PBL sessions; however they spend most of their time on clinical placement in different clinical specialties. They may be based in different clinical settings in Hull, York, Grimsby, Scarborough or Scunthorpe. Students spend each week working in both hospitals and GP practices, interacting with patients and healthcare staff, and practising their history-taking and examination skills.

 

In the final year (Phase III), students rotate through General Medicine, General Surgery and General Practice. They will be expected to work closely with the medical team and develop the skills required to be a junior doctor, including gaining experience in prescribing, diagnosing and performing routine procedures. It is also during this time that students are given a period of time to undertake a medical elective, which some students choose to spend abroad. The elective period is undertaken at the beginning of final year. At the end of final year, students undergo an assistantship which ensures that the transition from medical student to junior doctor goes as smoothly as possible.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels:s

 

Applicants should have achieved or be predicted to achieve AAA at A level including Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent with a pass in practical experiments for A levels completed in 2017 or later. The third A2 can be all any subject apart from General Studies, Applied Science or Critical Thinking. The university does not consider Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or Biology and Human Biology as distinct subjects.

 

Policy on resits:
Resits done in the initial two year programme post 16 is accepted, however any resits taken in a third year after post-16 will not be accepted. If applicants have extenuating circumstances at the first attempt, they should contact the university before they apply.

 

2018 entry: the medical school is considering reintroducing the requirements for a 4th subject required post 16. This may possibly be in the form of an AS level, an EPQ or a Core Maths qualification.

 

GCSEs:

 

The minimum entry criteria is 8 GCSEs at grade A*-C or equivalent (or grades 4-9 in the reformed GCSEs). Applicants are expected to achieve at least a Grade B in English Language and Mathematics.

 

IB

 

Applicants are expected to have 6,6,5 in 3 Higher-level subjects including Biology and Chemistry. They must also have an overall of 36 points for the diploma, including bonus points for the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE) components.

 

Scottish Highers

 

The minimum grade requirements are AAAAB at Higher Level, including Biology and Chemistry at grade A (taken in a single attempt in Secondary Five) as well as:

 

AA in Advanced Higher level Biology and Chemistry + an additional higher (H) at grade A taking in Secondary Six

 

OR

 

AA in Advanced Higher Level Biology and Chemistry + an additional Advanced Higher (AH) at grade B, taken in Secondary Six.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT. This exam is valid for one year.They must achieve Band 1, 2 or 3 in the SJT aspect of the UKCAT.The total UKCAT score will be assigned points as part of the selection process.

 

Access to Medicine courses:

 

Applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses will be considered:

  • Lancaster University: pre-medical studies certificate of Higher Education. Applicants need to achieve an aggregate score of 15 or higher in each of the 3 units plus a score of 12 or higher in ten out of the fifteen exam answers. These marks must be obtained at the first sitting of the exams.
  • College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine.
  • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professions).
  • University of Bradford: Foundation Course in Clinical Sciences/Medicine.
  • The Manchester College: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science.

 

If the award was achieved in or before 2014, 60 credits at level 3 Distinction level are required. If it was achieved in or after 2015, the applicant should have 45 credits at level 3 distinction level and 15 credits at level 3 Pass level.

 

Applicants who have already taken A levels in Biology and Chemistry (but did not meet the grade requirements), who then go on to complete an Access to Medicine course will not be considered. Students who have started Year 1 Clinical Sciences at Bradford will not be considered.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The university does not accept BTEC national diplomas (however will allow applicants to offer a distinction in a single level 3 BTEC award or certificate, in combination with Biology and Chemistry A levels).

 

Widening Participation

 

HYMS have a number of different pathways to widen access to their medical programme. For 2016 entry the following initiatives were running (note that the university is currently reviewing its widening participation pathways for 2017 entry and when this is publicised, we will update this information on our website):

 

  • Eligible students who completed one of the following programmes were given the opportunity to receive an alternative grade offer and also a fast-track interview:
    • University of York Next Step programme
    • Realising Opportunities Programme
    • HYMS Pathways to Medicine programme
  • Additional support was available to students who attended the HYMS Summer School and there was a guaranteed interview for applicants who met the basic and threshold academic criteria.
  • An additional 15 points were awarded in the selection process to UK applicants who met the criteria outlined in the Contextual Data Policy (UCAS data used to enable an application to Medicine to be viewed in the context of the applicant’s educational or social background)
  • Applicants who had been in local authority care for at least 3 months and fulfilled the basic and threshold academic criteria were guaranteed an interview.
  • If the applicants’ school performance at GCSE or equivalent level was significantly below average national performance (via key performance indicator of % of pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths), the applicant was awarded additional points during the ‘selection-for-interview stage’.

 

International Applicants

 

International Students: approx. 10 places

 

English Language requirement: Applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language achieved at Grade B (Grade 6) or above, or equivalent
  • IB score of 6 in English Language (as a first language)
  • IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component – this must be obtained within the last two years.
Deferred applications are not accepted from international students. International applicants taking the following course will be considered:
  • International Foundation, in Medical, Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, INTO, at St George’s, University of London.
The applicant must achieve an overall score of 75% with no less than 60% in any module. They must also meet all other academic entry requirements including 8 GCSE grade A*-C equivalents with grade B in Mathematics and English Language.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in HYMS.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Re-applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In general, the university will accept applications from candidates who have been unsuccessful the year before but may use information from the first application in order to assess the second application.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university accepts deferred applications.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications are via UCAS. For 2017/2018 entry, applications open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Contact admissions team directly in the event of any mitigating circumstances

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

All applicants first undergo an ‘Academic Screening’ where they must meet all the minimum academic requirements outlined before being allowed to progress to the next stage.

 

Applicants will then be allocated a score based on the following results:

  • Top 8 GCSE results (maximum of 30 points)
  • Total UKCAT score (max 40 points)
  • UKCAT SJT Band (max 15 points)

 

Applicants will then be ranked in order to decide who will be given a place for interview. There are approximately 560 places for interview.

 

The personal statement will not be scored as part of the formal selection process but it will still be reviewed and may be used in short-listing. In the personal statement applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Motivation for Medicine
  • A realistic understanding of what a medical career entails, including ‘hands-on’ experience of caring, and observing healthcare in a hospital and community setting
  • Self-motivation and responsibility
  • Written communication skills
  • Interests outside academia
  • Reflections on the medical profession, or on the applicant themselves as a result of experiences. If applicants are invited for interview, they should prepare for the interview using their personal statement.

 

Interview

 

The format of the interview will be Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), in which applicants will rotate through a number of pre-determined stations, which can be in any order.

 

Throughout the interview process, applicants will be assessed on the following themes:

  • The ability to work effectively in a group, looking at how the applicant contributes relevant information, as well as clearly articulating their thoughts
  • Their motivation for and insight into a medical career
  • An understanding of the core values of the NHS and current medical issues
  • Their knowledge of HYMS and motivation to study there,
  • Personal qualities such as empathy, resilience and the ability to think critically

 

At HYMS, the total length of the interview is 45 minutes which is split up into 4 stations:

  • Issues in Medicine Interview – 10 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station will involve 3 key questions which applicants may be expected to expand upon in their answers. The station will be marked by 2 interviewers who will mark the applicant separately.
  • Personal Qualities Interview – 10 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station involves 3 key questions and will be assessed by 2 interviews who will mark the responses separately.
  • Scenario Station – 5 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station will involve an actor, with whom the applicant will be expected to interact and play out a scenario. Applicants should act as they would in real life and will be marked by an assessor who will observe the station only. Note that there is no medical/specialist knowledge required for this station.
  • Group Interview Task – 20 minutes (total of 20 points)

Following interview, the station scores are collated with the points awarded for the SJT component of the UKCAT to give an overall score. Applicants will then be ranked in order with the top 300 students receiving offers. Applicants will usually be informed of the decision once all the interviews have been completed.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are approximately 1300 applications for 141 places. 560 applicants are interviewed; of which 300 receive offers.

 

Ranking:

 

In the Guardian University Guide 2016, Medicine at HYMS ranks 22nd.

 

In the Complete University Guide 2016, Medicine at HYMS ranks 16th.

 

 

The QS World University Rankings have ranked The University of York as in the top 250 universities for Medicine in the world.

PROGRAMMES

 

HYMS offers only one course (A100) but welcomes both undergraduate and graduate applicants. The course is a 5-year programme with the option to undertake an intercalated degree, which would extend it to 6 years. Students are able to intercalate either between Years 2 and 3 or between Years 3 and 4. They can choose to intercalate at either the University of York or Hull through the following programmes:

  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Sports Health and Exercise Medicine), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Applied Ethics), University of Hull
  • BSc in Medical Sciences (Biology), University of York
Alternatively, students can choose to undertake their intercalated degree at a different university.

 

Before starting, students will be allocated to a campus where they will be spending their first two years. Applicants will be notified their allocation once they have accepted HYMS as a firm place. Usually the allocation is done at random through ballot but students can request a specific campus if they fulfil one of the following criteria:

 

  • They intend to live at home during the course – which falls within the HYMS catchment area and is within 30 miles of the selected campus
  • They intend to live at campus and within the HYMS catchment area
  • They are already a student (Hull or York) when applying and would prefer to stay at that campus
  • They have a sibling who is not in final year in the campus
  • They are from outside the EU/EEA

 

The curriculum at HYMS is split into three phases: Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The course is taught by following a ‘spiral’ curriculum where students revisit the same topics throughout the course where at each point they build on the knowledge previously gained. Phase I consists of Years 1 and 2, and for this phase, students will either be based in York or Hull. Teaching is mainly delivered through a PBL approach, where students work in groups of 8/9 with a clinical tutor and prepare specifically for each session. This teaching style is supplemented with lectures and weekly clinical skills sessions with simulated patients. Furthermore, students receive early clinical exposure, with first year students spending half a day at week on placement - this increases to a full day in Year 2.

 

Phase II consists of Years 3 and 4. During this time, students continue to have PBL sessions; however they spend most of their time on clinical placement in different clinical specialties. They may be based in different clinical settings in Hull, York, Grimsby, Scarborough or Scunthorpe. Students spend each week working in both hospitals and GP practices, interacting with patients and healthcare staff, and practising their history-taking and examination skills.

 

In the final year (Phase III), students rotate through General Medicine, General Surgery and General Practice. They will be expected to work closely with the medical team and develop the skills required to be a junior doctor, including gaining experience in prescribing, diagnosing and performing routine procedures. It is also during this time that students are given a period of time to undertake a medical elective, which some students choose to spend abroad. The elective period is undertaken at the beginning of final year. At the end of final year, students undergo an assistantship which ensures that the transition from medical student to junior doctor goes as smoothly as possible.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degrees

 

Graduate applicants must have achieved or be predicted to achieve an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) or above. Applicants are required to have a good grounding in Biology and Chemistry – which can be from:

  • The Open University
  • An Access to Medicine Course
  • Grade A at A level in Biology and Chemistry, obtained within the last 5 years
  • An academic biomedical science degree where both Biology and Chemistry is covered to an appropriate level in at least the first year

 

A Levels:s

Graduate applicants should have at least ABB at A level. For the 3rd A level subject, all subjects are considered apart from General Studies, Applied Science and Critical Thinking.

 

GCSEss

 

Applicants must have 8 GCSEs at grade A*-C or equivalent (grades 4-9 in the reformed GCSEs).

Applicants must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade B or above.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT and must achieve Band 1,2 or 3 in the SJT component of the test. This exam is valid for one year.

 

Access to Medicine courses:

Applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses will be considered:

  • Lancaster University: pre-medical studies certificate of Higher Education. Applicants need to achieve an aggregate score of 15 or higher in each of the 3 units plus a score of 12 or higher in ten out of the fifteen exam answers. These marks must be obtained at the first sitting of the exams.
  • College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine.
  • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professions).
  • University of Bradford: Foundation Course in Clinical Sciences/Medicine.
  • The Manchester College: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science.

 

If the award was achieved in or before 2014, 60 credits at level 3 Distinction level are required. If it was achieved in or after 2015, 45 credits at level 3 distinction level and 15 credits at level 3 Pass level.

 

Applicants who have already taken A levels in Biology and Chemistry (but did not meet the grade requirements), who then go on to complete an Access to Medicine course will not be considered. Students who have started Year 1 Clinical Sciences at Bradford will not be considered.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The university does not accept BTEC national diplomas (however will allow applicants to offer a distinction in a single level 3 BTEC award or certificate, in combination with Biology and Chemistry A levels).

 

BTEC qualifications are not accepted as a route of entry.

 

International Applicants

International Students: approx. 10 places

 

English Language requirement:

Applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language achieved at Grade B (Grade 6) or above, or equivalent
  • IB score of 6 in English Language (as a first language)
  • IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component – this must be obtained within the last two years.

Deferred applications are not accepted from international students.

International applicants taking the following course will be considered:

  • International Foundation, in Medical, Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, INTO, at St George’s, University of London.

The applicant must achieve an overall score of 75% with no less than 60% in any module. They must also meet all other academic entry requirements including 8 GCSE grade A*-C equivalents with grade B in Mathematics and English Language.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in HYMS.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Re-applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In general, the university will accept applications from candidates who have been unsuccessful the year before but may use information from the first application in order to assess the second application.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university accepts deferred applications.

 

Application Process:

 

Application Deadlines:

 

Applications are via UCAS. For 2017/2018 entry, applications open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Contact admissions team directly in the event of any mitigating circumstances

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

All applicants first undergo an ‘Academic Screening’ where they must meet all the minimum academic requirements outlined before being allowed to progress to the next stage.

 

Applicants will then be allocated a score based on the following results:
  • Top 8 GCSE results (maximum of 30 points)
  • Total UKCAT score (max 40 points)
  • UKCAT SJT Band (max 15 points)

Applicants will then be ranked in order to decide who will be given a place for interview. There are approximately 560 places for interview.

 

The personal statement will not be scored as part of the formal selection process but it will still be reviewed and may be used in short-listing. In the personal statement applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Motivation for Medicine
  • A realistic understanding of what a medical career entails, including ‘hands-on’ experience of caring, and observing healthcare in a hospital and community setting
  • Self-motivation and responsibility
  • Written communication skills
  • Interests outside academia
  • Reflections on the medical profession, or on the applicant themselves as a result of experiences. If applicants are invited for interview, they should prepare for the interview using their personal statement.

 

Interview

 

The format of the interview will be Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), in which applicants will rotate through a number of pre-determined stations, which can be in any order.

 

Throughout the interview process, applicants will be assessed on the following themes:

 

  • The ability to work effectively in a group, looking at how the applicant contributes relevant information, as well as clearly articulating their thoughts
  • Their motivation for and insight into a medical career
  • An understanding of the core values of the NHS and current medical issues
  • Their knowledge of HYMS and motivation to study there,
  • Personal qualities such as empathy, resilience and the ability to think critically

 

At HYMS, the total length of the interview is 45 minutes which is split up into 4 stations:

 

1. Issues in Medicine Interview – 10 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station will involve 3 key questions which applicants may be expected to expand upon in their answers. The station will be marked by 2 interviewers who will mark the applicant separately.

2. Personal Qualities Interview – 10 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station involves 3 key questions and will be assessed by 2 interviews who will mark the responses separately.

3. Scenario Station – 5 minutes (Total of 20 points) This station will involve an actor, with whom the applicant will be expected to interact and play out a scenario. Applicants should act as they would in real life and will be marked by an assessor who will observe the station only. Note that there is no medical/specialist knowledge required for this station.

4. Group Interview Task – 20 minutes (total of 20 points)

 

Following interview, the station scores are collated with the points awarded for the SJT component of the UKCAT to give an overall score. Applicants will then be ranked in order with the top 300 students receiving offers. Applicants will usually be informed of the decision once all the interviews have been completed.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are approximately 1300 applications for 141 places. 560 applicants are interviewed; of which 300 receive offers.

 

RANKINGS

 

In the Guardian University Guide 2016, Medicine at HYMS ranks 22nd.

 

In the Complete University Guide 2016, Medicine at HYMS ranks 16th.

 

The QS World University Rankings have ranked The University of York as in the top 250 universities for Medicine in the world.

 

Anonymous student - 2016

 

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

 

There is really early patient contact which is amazing. Also, we have a really small cohort so the student to tutor ratio is brilliant for getting advice and guidance.

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

 

Some people are worried as you don't get to choose Hull or York (unless you live in the catchment area) but the pros and cons for both sites balance out and from third year onwards we are travelling around Yorkshire. So really it doesn't matter - I promise!

 

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

 

Look into PBL and make sure it's what you want to do. PBL is a very different style of learning, and whilst I loved it, there isn't another option once you get here.

 

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

 

HYMS is a medical school that cares about the social aspect of patient care. Whilst this isn't a sure fire tip, consideration of the wider population (locally, nationally and globally) is invaluable.

 

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