Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Exeter

 

King’s College London

 

 

Exeter is a beautiful cathedral city in the equally beautiful county of Devon, which you will be able to enjoy to the full in your first two years. Not far from the coast and surrounded by national forests and areas of outstanding natural beauty, it is an ideal location for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. There are over 165 student societies, and a host of famous alumni, including JK Rowling, Will Young and Nobel-prize winning physicist, Sir Michael Berry (who famously levitated a frog with the use of magnets).

 

The University of Exeter offers one 5-year medical programme, with the option of doing a wide range of intercalated degrees, including various Master’s options. Teaching is done in an integrated style with early patient contact. There is a focus on small group learning. The medical school consistently ranks within the top ten universities for student satisfaction, in the annual National Student Survey. There is an emphasis on student-selected components throughout the programme, and the final year is focused on a series of apprenticeship attachments, to prepare students for their postgraduate Foundation training. The final year also encompasses a clinical/research elective.

 

Two important things to note, regarding Exeter’s selection process, are that they do not require work experience for applicants to apply, and they also do not discriminate against applicants who have re-taken their A level examinations.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5 year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
130
130
Degree
N/A
No minimum
GCSEs
Min. C in English + Maths
No minimum
A levels
AAA-A*AA
No minimum
Exam
UKCAT/ GAMSAT*
GAMSAT
Interview
MMI
MMI
Work experience
Not required
Not required
 
*See below

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to a 5-year programme, with the option of intercalating at Bachelor’s or Master’s level. The top 25% of the year group are automatically invited to intercalate, and the next 25% compete for any remaining programmes which are available. There are subjects such as Neuroscience and Pharmacology, and a lot of Sports and Exercise-focused degrees.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

The typical A level offer ranges between AAA and A*AA. Chemistry and Biology must be taken to A level, and General Studies is not considered as part of the A level subject offer. Applicants must have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics. Re-sit results are acceptable

 

IB

 

Usually candidates will have between 36-38 points overall, with at least 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The UKCAT is required for candidates who are school-leavers. The test is only valid for one year. However, note that if it has been over 2 years since an applicant completed their A levels, they may instead be required to take the GAMSAT, even if they are not graduates. This exam is valid for 2 application cycles.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions office to find out whether a particular Access to Medicine course is accepted, since these courses are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Widening Participation

 

Exeter medical school runs a number of outreach programmes in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

 

International Students

 

There are 10 spaces for international students on this programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

 

• IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)

• GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A

• IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first 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 Medicine at Exeter.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

For selection to interview, candidates will be tiered according to their academic performance, e.g.

 

Verbal
Reasoning
530
Quantitative
Analysis
650
Abstract
Reasoning
610
Decision
Analysis
600
Overall (with standard deviation applied)
 
2610

 

Applicants with achieved grades will receive a one rank advantage. The UKCAT performance will be used to select candidates within a tier where a cut-off has been made. Note that the UKCAT cut-off each year will vary depending on the scores of the applicants applying that year, but the university states that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 2500.

 

If you have been advised to take the GAMSAT rather than the UKCAT, again the cut-off scores will vary year-to-year, but the university advises that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 59.

 

Interview

 

The Exeter interview is now done by MMI-format. The aim of the interview is to assess whether the candidate has the suitable non-academic skills required to become a good doctor, for example, communication skills, empathy and an ability to reflect. The university is looking for prospective medical students who can commit to the following values:

 

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Each year there are roughly 1800 applicants for 130 places, up to 10 of which are available for international students.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at the University of Exeter is ranked 11th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 15th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 15th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme, with the option of intercalating after the third year if desired. Application for intercalation is competitive, and generally those in the bottom 50% of the year will not be successful.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

There is no minimum degree or A level criteria for application as a graduate – selection for interview rests primarily on the GAMSAT results.

 

GCSEss

 

GCSEs are not taken into account when selecting graduates for this programme.

 

IB Eligibility

 

IB scores are not taken into account when selecting graduates for this programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The GAMSAT is required and is valid for two years.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access courses do not contribute to the selection for interview, but if you are considering doing one of these courses to help to prepare for medical school, it is a good idea to contact the admissions department for their recommendations.

 

International Students

 

There are 10 spaces for international students on this programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

 

  • IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A
  • IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first 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 Medicine at Exeter.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are selected for interview based primarily on their GAMSAT scores, though the UCAS form will be read and may be considered. The cut-off GAMSAT scores will vary year-to-year, but the university advises that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 59.

 

Interview

 

The Exeter interview is now done by MMI-format. The aim of the interview is to assess whether the candidate has the suitable non-academic skills required to become a good doctor, for example, communication skills, empathy and an ability to reflect. The university is looking for prospective medical students who can commit to the following values:

 

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Each year there are roughly 1800 applicants for 130 places, up to 10 of which are available for international students.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at the University of Exeter is ranked 11th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 15th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 300 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

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

 

"Personally I really like the varied ways we are taught here at Exeter. I'm not the biggest fan of lectures so really appreciate the small group teaching and PBL. The way in which we are assessed, with 4 multiple choice exams spread throughout the year is also good as it means you are motivated to keep up your self-directed learning all year rather than just cramming before a big exam." Year 3 student

 

"Exeter uses Problem Based Learning which I personally see as a massive positive. This means we have to work in small groups to explore issues around a particular scenario, using our prior knowledge and setting ourselves questions which we use as a basis for our self-directed learning. I find this challenging because you are responsible for your own learning but this is definitely a good thing! Being spoon fed information is neither a good way to remember things or of much use out in practice. I also love the fact that we meet patients so early on in the course. Even in first year, we have placements for one morning every two weeks. I think it's important to meet patients early as it reminds us all what the end goal is and why we're studying such a tough course; a kind of reminder that it will be worth it in the end. We have amazing clinical skills resources too and get to have sessions with actors to improve our communication skills. Although scary at first, it's actually great fun and we all learn so much about how to talk to patients." Cassie Brewer, year 2 student

 

2. What are not so good things about studying Medicine there?

 

"The anatomy teaching here is pretty much non-existent, and mostly taught through surface anatomy on life models and I think this is a topic that’s particularly hard to motivate yourself to study on your own. I know that they are looking to improve this but I if anatomy is something you're really interested, other universities offer more comprehensive teaching." Year 3 student

 

"The fact that we use self-directed learning techniques does mean that it's sometimes difficult to know what to learn. When everyone seems to have set different questions to you, it can be quite worrying and stressful but it's something you learn as you go. The learning style definitely requires you to be proactive in your learning and organised with your time. Some may say that the fact we don't use cadavers at Exeter is a negative aspect. For me, I think we have a fantastic range of learning facilities and the use of cadavers is unnecessary but people who are more hands on may disagree." Cassie Brewer, year 2 student

 

3. What advice would you have for someone wanting to Study there?

 

"I think that it’s a really great course here at Exeter but it’s really important to think about what kind of course suits you best rather than just applying to which universities you think are 'good'." Year 3 student.

 

"Make sure you've had a good think about how you would learn best. If you know you're not going to be able to organise your time properly, then perhaps somewhere which uses self-directed learning isn't for you. But it's also worth thinking about what you want to improve. I knew I wasn't brilliant at working in a team but PBL meant I'd have to learn- and learn fast! Definitely come and look around if you're considering Exeter. That way you'll get a good insight into how we study and what the university and city is like." Cassie Brewer, year 2 student

 

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

 

"At interview it’s all about your communication skills, compassion and ability to reflect - don't be afraid to show some self-doubt and reflect honestly on your weaknesses." Year 3 student

 

"The biggest piece of advice I can give is just be yourself! Exeter focuses massively on how doctors communicate with patients and looking at the patient as a whole not just an illness. This requires empathy which they will certainly look for at interview. By just being honest about how you'd feel in situations and being yourself, they'll get a clear idea of if you're right for the medical school. Getting work experience is vital but it's even more important for you to be able to talk about what you've gained from it and how you could apply what you've learnt. You're not expected to know everything- that's why you're going to university! You just need to have a good insight and be curious to learn more!" Cassie Brewer, year 2 student

 

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