Medical School Application Guide

 

University of East Anglia (Norwich Medical School)

 

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PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to a 5-year programme.

 

NATIONALITY RESTRICTIONS

 

None.

 

Degree Requirements

 

The minimum requirement is an upper second class honours degree in any discipline. An application with a 2.2 or below classification anywhere in their educational history will not be accepted. An Access to Higher Education or a Master's / PhD qualification does not negate this requirement.

 

A-level and GCSE Requirements

 

Graduates need to meet the same GCSE requirements as undergraduate applicants. GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade A are required including Mathematics, English and two Sciences. GCSE short courses are not accepted. The best 8 GCSE results are usually used (to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences). A maximum of three Science GCSE subjects will be considered within the top 8 scoring GCSEs. Repeat GCSEs are accepted and a second science from chemistry/physics.

 

The A Level requirement varies depending on the applicant’s undergraduate degree. For those with a degree in a Biological, Biomedical or a health subject, applicants should hold ABB at A-Level in the first sitting. These A Levels must include Biology, one further Science (Chemistry or Physics), and a third A Level subject of the applicant’s choice. These grades must be achieved within a 2-year period of study. Applications from students who repeated A Levels prior to their university entry are not considered. For those with a degree in another subject area, applicants should hold (or be predicted to achieve) at least AAA at A Level. These A Levels must include Biology, one further science (Chemistry or Physics), and a third A Level subject of applicant’s choice. General Studies and Critical Thinking is not accepted at A2 or AS Level. Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level or AS Level will be considered. Applicants studying for a Master’s degree at the time of application must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above. The Master’s degree must be fully and successfully completed with satisfactory verification by 31st August 2014.

 

IB REQUIREMENTS

 

Students must have 36 points with 666 at HL including Biology and one of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Six GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade A are also required including Mathematics, English and two Sciences. GCSE short courses are not accepted.

 

ADMISSIONS EXAM

 

The UKCAT is required. The test is only valid for one year. Currently, only the cognitive component of the UKCAT is used in the selection process. The SJT banding is not used. There is no cut off value. However it is unusual for an application with a UKCAT score of less than 240 to be invited to interview.

 

Selection Formula

 

Once applicants have fulfilled the minimum requirements, their applications are scored based on their GCSEs, A Levels and certain aspects of the UKCAT. The personal statement is read as a primary screening for verification and for any unusual issues but is not scored like it is in many other medical schools to select applicants for interview. The personal statement is used at the interview instead. Applicants invited for interview need to complete a work experience form to bring in with them. After the interview, applicants are ranked for admission based on their interview scores and UKCAT scores.

 

The Interview

 

There is a mandatory interview held at the university between December and March. The interview is MMI format with 7 stations, each lasting approximately 5 minutes with 1 interviewer. The university includes a station, which would focus on the applicant’s personal statement. All applicants invited for an interview are requested to complete a work experience record form to bring with them at the interview. This form asks applicant to provide details of two experiences that have best informed their decision to study medicine. This can be voluntary work, shadowing work, paid employment, personal experience of caring for others, etc. Applicants need to describe the experience and how it informed their decision in no more than 50 words. Applicants also have to submit contact details of someone who can verify the experience. In 2012, the criteria used by the interviewers were:

 

  • Capacity to thrive at the Norwich Medical School
  • Acceptable approach to decision making
  • Learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and sensitive approach
  • Evidence of personal effectiveness
  • Personal statement
  • Overall Impression.

 

To score the interview, each station is given a score out of 12, and the overall impression score by all interviewers is also averaged.

 

COST OF STUDIES 2015-2016

 

£9,000 per year for UK/EU students.

 

Competition Ratios

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were approximately 1400 applications received for 154 UK/EU places and approximately 200 applications were received for the 13 non-EU places. Last year, 550 applicants were interviewed and 300 offers were made.

 

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES ACCEPTED

 

1. Bradford University (foundation in clinical science/medicine)

2. College of West Anglia (access to medicine)

3. City and Islington College (access to medicine & medical bio sciences)

4. Lambeth College (access to medicine and biomedical sciences)

5. Lancaster University (pre-med studies)

6. Manchester College (access to medicine)

7. Sussex Downs College (access to medicine)

 

Applicants must also meet the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above. For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A Levels, these must be at ABB and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding general studies and critical thinking). For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2:1 or higher. Those who did not take A Levels need to take a UEA approved Access course and require 60 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

 

CONTACT

 

University of East Anglia

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 591515

med.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduate applicants can apply to a 5-year and a 6-year programme. Note that applicants must meet certain circumstance criteria to apply to the 6-year programme as listed in the “6-year programme circumstance requirements” section.

 

NATIONALITY RESTRICTIONS

 

Non-EU applicants can only apply to the 5-year programme.

 

A-level and GCSE Requirements

 

5-year programme course requirements

 

GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade A are required including math, English and two Sciences. GCSE short courses are not accepted. The best 8 GCSE results are usually used (to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences). A maximum of three Science GCSE subjects will be considered within the top 8 scoring GCSEs. Repeat GCSEs are accepted and a second science from Chemistry/Physics. Regarding A Levels, undergraduates must have 3 A Level with grades of AAA. These A Levels must include Biology, one further Science (Chemistry or Physics), and a third subject of the applicant’s choice. Applicants are also required to have at least a B grade in a fourth subject to at least AS Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Applicants with A Level results pending are expected to have achieved minimum AS Level grades of BBBC. Also, only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be accepted at A Level/AS Level as the medical school is looking for 4 different subjects. A Level retakes are considered within certain rules. Applicants with less than ABB at first sitting will not be considered. Applicants who are repeating all or part of any A Level (or who have taken their A Levels over more than 2 years) are expected to achieve A* in at least one of the subjects as follows: 1. Candidates who are wishing to re-sit one subject will be required to have predicted A*. 2. Candidates re-sitting two A Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*A. 3. Candidates re-sitting three A Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*AA. Moreover, for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved. Applicants resitting A Levels must also have a fourth AS or A Level at Grade B. Your full A Level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. This may include resitting modules.

 

6 year programme course requirements

 

The Widening Participation programme is only available to UK applicants who are currently in Year 13 studying A Levels and who also fulfill the Widening Access, Contextual and Social Criteria.

Students must have ABB at A Level and a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade B or above including English, Math and a single science subject (biology, chemistry or physics). Or grades BB in GCSE science double award General studies and critical thinking are not accepted. GCSE short courses, BTEC level 2 / OCR qualifications are not accepted. The school at which you studied at GCSE must be listed on the department of school performace website. Students may also discuss their qualifications with an admissions tutor to determine if they are eligible for application, provided they meet the circumstance criteria.

 

IB REQUIREMENTS

 

5 year programme ib requirements

 

Students must have 34 points with 666 at HL including Biology and one of Chemistry, Physics, Math or Further Mathematics. Six GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade A are also required including Mathematics, English and two Sciences. GCSE short courses are not accepted.

 

6 year programme ib requirements

 

Students must have 32 points.

 

6 year programme circumstance requirements

Note that applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply to the 6-year programme:

 

  • Household income of less than £35,000 per year excluding Government benefits
  • Parents/guardians have no higher education qualifications
  • Parents/guardians are unemployed or their occupations fall within the NS SEC 4-8
  • groups of the socioeconomic classification system.
  • Postcode falls within an area of multiple deprivation
  • You have been in local Authority Care
  • You live in the East Anglia Region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire)

 

ADMISSIONS EXAM

 

The UKCAT is required. The test is only valid for one year. Currently, only the cognitive component of the UKCAT is used in the selection process. The SJT banding is not used. There is no cut off value. However, it is unusual for an application with a UKCAT score of less than 240 to be invited to interview.

 

Selection Formula

 

5 year programme Selection formula

 

Once applicants have fulfilled the minimum requirements, their applications are scored based on their GCSEs, A-levels and certain aspects of the UKCAT. The personal statement is read as a primary screening for verification and for any unusual issues but is not scored like it is in many other medical schools to select applicants for interview. The personal statement is used at the interview instead. Applicants invited for interview need to complete a work experience form to bring in with them. After the interview, applicants are ranked for admission based on their interview scores and UKCAT scores.

 

6 year programme selection formula

 

Applicants must meet circumstance criteria and hold acceptable academic qualifications to be considered. Students are ranked according to their UKCAT scores and their UCAS applications. There has been no UKCAT cut-off in previous years. The UCAS application is given a score based on the following 5 criteria:

 

  • Capacity for self-directed learning
  • Capacity to work effectively in groups and with colleagues
  • Capacity to take responsibility
  • Motivation
  • Personal effectiveness

 

After the interview, applicants are ranked for admission based on their interview scores and UKCAT scores.

 

The Interview

 

5 year programme Interview

 

There is a mandatory interview held at the university between December and March. The interview is MMI format with 7 stations, each lasting approximately 5 minutes with 1 interviewer. The university includes a station, which would focus on the applicant’s personal statement. All applicants invited for an interview are requested to fill a work experience record form to bring with them at the interview. This form asks applicant to provide details of two experiences that have most informed their decision to study medicine. This can be voluntary work, shadowing work, paid employment, personal experience of caring for others, etc. Applicants need to describe the experience and how it informed their decision in no more than 50 words. Applicants also have to submit contact details of someone who can verify the experience. In 2012, the criteria used by the interviewers were:

 

  • Capacity to thrive at the Norwich Medical School
  • Acceptable approach to decision making
  • Learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and sensitive approach
  • Evidence of personal effectiveness
  • Personal statement
  • Overall Impression.

 

To score the interview, each station is given a score out of 12, and the overall impression score by all interviewers is also averaged.

 

6 year programme Interview

 

There is a mandatory interview held at the university. The interview is similar in style to an MMI interview. There are three 10 minute stations where a single interviewer will ask the interviewee 2 questions.

 

COST OF STUDIES 2015-2016

 

£9,000 per year for UK/E.U students.

 

Competition Ratios

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were approximately 1400 applications received for 154 UK/EU places and approximately 200 applications were received for the 13 non-EU places. Last year, 550 applicants were interviewed and 300 offers were made.

 

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES ACCEPTED

 

1. Bradford University (foundation in clinical science/medicine)

2. College of West Anglia (access to medicine)

3. City and Islington College (access to medicine & medical bio sciences)

4. Lambeth College (access to medicine and biomedical sciences)

5. Lancaster University (pre-med studies)

6. Manchester College (access to medicine)

7. Sussex Downs College (access to medicine)

 

Applicants must also meet the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above. For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A levels, these must be at ABB, and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding general studies and critical thinking). For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2:1 or higher. Those who did not take A levels need to take a UEA approved Access course and require 60 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

 

CONTACT

 

University of East Anglia

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 591515

med.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk

 

Kim Medicine MBBS

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

 

"I am loving it! I would definitely recommend UEA to other prospective students as it has everything you need in one place (a campus uni cannot be beaten) with beautiful grounds and a great, friendly atmosphere. Definitely stay in halls in your first year as it's where you'll meet your closest friends....and uni isn't uni without the 'halls experience'!!

 

It is very 'hands on' - we are one of the medical schools in the UK where you will meet patients from the start (some other medical schools only do this in 3rd/4th year and in my opinion, it hinders your patient skills). Medicine at UEA is at the forefront of modern teaching and I feel confident in the excellent teaching we receive. My advice for Medicine is to always stay on top of your work and enjoy every new learning experience! I spend a lot of time in the union - during the day it is a hubbub of social activity with a cafe/juice bar upstairs and two bars downstairs. There are pool tables and live sports on large screens all day/evening and there is pretty much a gig/event/theme night every single night...as well as the pub quiz weekly! It also has a graduate bar for older/experienced students.

 

UEA library is on 5 floors and has just been refurbished and if there is a book they don't have, that you need, they will order it for you - though this has never happened to me. The staff are amazing and include a range of specialists too. There are hundreds of computers in the library, printers, photocopiers etc. The union bar comprises of 2 bars downstairs and two upstairs and always has an array of functions/nights out...it is open every day of every week! One of the biggest sports centres in Norfolk is located on site and students can become members at student rates - there is everything from a pool and squash courts to a full climbing wall!

 

Norwich has just about everything you could need - the city has hundreds of night spots and the night life and club scene are huge. There are also swanky bars, loads of pubs, 2 cinemas and countless restaurants. There is a castle for those who want some culture, and shopping choices are extensive. If you're interested in outdoor activities, there are at least 3 large parks in the city and countless sports clubs to join. There is a diverse cultural vibe in different parts of the city."

 

Edwina - Medicine MBBS

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

 

"My uni experience so far has been amazing, I would recommend it for anyone; there is room for every type of person! Make sure to have an open mind about university and you will enjoy so many new experiences! The course is continually assessed throughout the year. I am not planning a post-grad degree but a lot of students stay at UEA to do this. My course is group-based so we have to work as a team around 90% of the time. We focus more on clinical skills and modern methods of teaching rather than the traditional lectures based 9-5pm, until you're bored to tears! You need to be a self-motivated person to complete work not covered in lectures or group work and be able to direct your own studying needs. There are absolutely endless amounts of clubs and societies; something to interest everyone! Sports, dance, theatre/music, games, ethnic, cultural societies as well as societies which have particular interests- geology, rock-climbing, surfing etc… I am a member of Street Jazz, the rugby club, the snow-sports club, the Irish society, the wine and cheese society, and the cocktail society. There are lots of nightclubs to choose from and cinemas in city; lots of art exhibitions, theatre productions, dance shows, gigs, festivals etc. Very kooky city with lots of individual things to do."

 

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