Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Leicester

 

University of Leicester

 

 

The medical school in the University of Leicester, founded in 1975, prides itself in being up to date with current technology. It has recently enjoyed a number of refurbishments, including the £42 million New Centre for Medicine Building with state of the art facilities. Teaching at the medical school has also been recently changed – the curriculum has been redesigned in order to emphasise patient centred care and is complemented by early clinical exposure. New first year medical students will also be given an iPad for free, in order to access e-learning which supplements the content delivered through lectures.

 

Despite this, there are still some traditions which the university holds to - Leicester remains one of the few medical schools left which continues to offer full body dissection of cadavers for anatomy teaching. Teaching is mainly delivered through problem-based learning in the smallest teaching clinical groups in the UK. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc, thereby increasing their degree length to 6 years.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

 

Minimum Criteria
Undergraduate Applicant
Graduate Applicant
No. of Places
241 places available – 224 UK/EU students and 17 International students
Degree
N/A
At least 2:1 from any discipline
A levels
AAA including Chemistry
A levels will be taken into account in order to generate an academic score
GCSE
At least Grade C in:English Language, Maths and Sciences
At least Grade C in: English Language and Maths At least Grade B in two Science GCSEs
Admissions Exam
UKCAT
UKCAT
Interview
MMI format
MMI format
Work experience
Essential
Essential

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

All students will follow the A100 5-year programme which consists of 4 phases. Phase 1 lasts for two years and involves following an integrated curriculum with a focus on the structure and function of the body in both health and disease states. During this time, students also attend community placements and have the opportunity to explore areas of interest in Medicine through a number of ‘Student Selected Components’. Teaching during this period is delivered through a mix of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. Group work is in the form of problem-based learning where students work together to solve problems related to clinical cases. Anatomy teaching is delivered through the use of full body dissection where there are small groups assigned to a cadaver.

 

In the following phases, students spend a large majority of their time in clinical environments rotating through various clinical placements. These range from General Medicine and Surgery to more specialised areas such as Psychiatry and Paediatrics. Students will also experience varying clinical environments; from smaller community attachments, to large hospitals in Leicester, Northampton and Lincoln.

 

Intercalated BSc

 

Students can spend an extra year studying towards an Intercalated BSc (iBSc) after the second or third year of the course.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

Applicants are required to be predicted AAA in 3 A level subjects including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology). General Studies and Critical Thinking is not accepted. Mathematics and Further Mathematics count as one subject for the purposes of the A level requirements, and therefore only one of these subjects will be scored.

 

A fourth AS or Extended Project Qualification is not required, however in some cases it may be used in a tie-break situation, where it may act in a candidate’s favour.

 

GCSE

 

English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (including Chemistry or Double Science) must be all achieved at Grade C. Note that the GCSE grades required for selection to interview will likely be higher than this due to competition from other applicants (please see ‘Selection Process’ below).

 

IB

 

Pupils must pass the Diploma with 36 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level. Grade 6 is required in all subjects.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants are required to sit the UKCAT, which is valid for 1 year. The UKCAT can be sat between July and October.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Applicants may apply with an Access to Medicine qualification from the following institutions:

 

  • City & Islington College
  • Lambeth College
  • The Manchester College
  • Stafford College/New College Telford
  • Stow College
  • Sussex Downs College
  • College of West Anglia

 

Note that courses will not be accepted if the candidate has poor grades in science A Levels, except in mitigating circumstances. Access courses however will be accepted from candidates who are re-entering education from another career or have taken non-science A levels. If candidates have a prior degree, they will be scored as graduates.

 

Applicants must achieve an overall distinction with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction as well as the GCSE requirement (English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences all at least Grade C). They must also submit a full CV with details of:

 

  • Previous schooling and educational achievements
  • All previous work experience

 

Access candidates will have their academic qualifications, UKCAT results, references and personal statement scored. They will be considered as a separate group when selecting for interview.

 

Other Diplomas

 

A single Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Award will be considered, in combination with Biology and Chemistry A Levels (AA).

 

Widening Participation

 

Applicants who have completed a Realising Opportunities (ROP) or Leicester Enhanced Access (LEAP) programme may be given an alternative offer of ABB at A-Level.

 

Leicester Medical School also runs a widening participation outreach scheme known as Medreach. Medreach offers workshops and an e-mentoring scheme for those who wish study medicine and health related professions.

 

International Students

 

There are 15 spaces for international students on this programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

 

No of % places: 17

 

English Language Requirements

 

Applicants must achieve 7.5 overall in the IELTS with no component below 7.0. If taking TOEFL, applicants must have an overall score of 110 (with a minimum of 24 in each component).

 

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 at Leicester Medical School.

 

Policy on re-applicants

 

The university will consider re-applicants.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university allows candidates to apply for deferred entry.

 

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
  • Those applying with Access courses should send the admissions team a copy of their CV, to detail in particular previous schooling and educational achievements, as well as details on their work experience.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants will be assigned a score based on their academic achievements and UKCAT score. Applicants are then ranked with the highest scoring candidates being invited for interview.

 

The academic score is based on the UCAS form and up to 24 points are available.

  • If applicants have predicted A levels – 8 GCSE qualifications will be scored.
    • GCSE scores: A*=3, A=2, B=1, C=0
  • If applicants have already achieved A levels – 6 GCSE qualifications and the best 3 A Levels over the same 2 year period will be scored.
    • A level scoring: A* = 4, A = 3
    • GCSE scoring: A*/A = 2, B = 1 , C=0
  • Applicants who have achieved the IB, will have 6 GCSE qualifications scored and the best 3 Higher Level grades.
    • Higher Level scoring: 7 points = 4, 6 points = 3
    • GCSE scoring: A*/A = 2, B = 1 , C=0

 

In the GCSE scoring, English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (or Double Science) are always scored, and for the remainder, the candidate’s grades in their best remaining subjects are scored.

 

The academic score will then be combined with a score (up to 24 points) based on the UKCAT results. The UKCAT will be scored as follows:

 

2,400 = 24
>2,250 = 22.5
>2100 = 21
>1950 = 19.5
>1800 = 18
>1650 = 16.5
> 2,350 = 23.5
>2,200 = 22
>2050 = 20.5
>1900 = 19
>1750 = 17.5
>1600 = 16
> 2,300 = 23
>2,150 = 21.5
>2000 = 20
>1850 = 18.5
>1700 = 17
etc.

 

The maximum possible score is therefore 48. This combined score is used to determine which applicants will be invited for interview. In some borderline cases, the personal statement and reference may also be used in conjunction with the scores. Qualities that the admissions team will look for in the personal statement are as follows:

 

  • Motivation
  • Commitment
  • Appreciation of challenges of a medical career
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Contribution to school/college life
  • Contribution to wider community
  • Written communication skills
  • Support from teachers/staff
  • Confirmation of some aspects of personal statement in reference

 

For those candidates who have taken an Access course, they can score up to 24 points for academic grades. This may be based on 6 GCSE grades and 3 A levels (GCSE scoring: A*/A = 2, B = 1 , C=0; A level scoring: A/A* = 3, B = 2 and C = 1 (if science A level), or 0 (if non-science A level)). One point may be awarded for Grade A in up to three non-science AS grades providing the candidate has not studied full A levels or equivalent. BTECs/ NVQs/ Diplomas etc. will be scored as AS or A level equivalent based on UCAS points. An additional 6 points may be available for candidates who have completed Access to Medicine with 45 credit distinctions. The total academic score will not exceed 24 points The UKCAT will be scored up to 24 points as above. References/employment history will also be scored out of 10 and candidates should ensure any gaps in employment are explained. For candidates younger than 21 without A levels, they should comment on why they did not remain in school to complete these. Applicants will Access courses will also have their personal statement scored out of 10 (criteria as above).

 

Interview

 

The interview at Leicester will follow the multiple mini interview (MMI) format which will consist of a number of both manned and unmanned stations. During the interview, the following attributes will be assessed:

 

  • Communication – both written and verbal
  • Motivation and suitability
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Compassion, respect and dignity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical Judgement
  • The UKCAT SJT score is used as a virtual interview station

 

Each station will be scored and applicants will subsequently be ranked before a decision to offer is made.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 241 places available on the 5-year programme, with 224 of the places for UK/EU students and the remaining 17 places for international students. Around 900 UK/EU and 40 international applicants are interviewed in order to make approximately 500 offers.

 

RANKINGS

 

In the Guardian University Guide 2016 – Medicine at the University of Leicester ranks 25th.

 

In the Complete University Guide 2016 – Medicine at the University of Leicester ranks 25th.

 

In the QS World University Rankings, the University Leicester ranks 235.

 

Programmes

 

Leicester medical school does not offer a separate graduate entry programme. However, graduates from all disciplines are also welcome to apply for the A100 5-year programme, which consists of 4 phases. Phase 1 lasts for two years and involves following an integrated curriculum with a focus on the structure and function of the body in both health and disease states. During this time, students also attend community placements and have the opportunity to explore areas of interest in Medicine through a number of ‘Student Selected Components’. Teaching during this period is delivered through a mix of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. Group work is in the form of problem-based learning where students work together to solve problems related to clinical cases. Anatomy teaching is delivered through the use of full body dissection where there are small groups assigned to a cadaver.

 

In the following phases, students spend a large majority of their time in clinical environments rotating through various clinical placements. These range from General Medicine and Surgery to more specialised areas such as Psychiatry and Paediatrics. Students will also experience varying clinical environments; from smaller community attachments, to large hospitals in Leicester, Northampton and Lincoln.

 

Intercalated BSc

 

Students can spend an extra year studying towards an Intercalated BSc (iBSc) after the second or third year of the course.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degrees

 

Applicants must hold (or be predicted if applying in a final year of an undergraduate course) at least a 2:1 Honours Degree in their first degree which can be from any discipline. A subsequent postgraduate degree, such as a Master’s degree or PhD, will not alter the initial undergraduate degree requirement.

 

A/AS levels and GCSEss

 

Applicants must have achieved a Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics, and a Grade B in two GCSE Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Double Science). Note that A levels will be scored as part of the selection process (see below), but the only minimum stipulation is that subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be considered.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants are required to sit the UKCAT, which is valid for 1 year. The UKCAT can be sat between July and October.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Graduates may wish to apply using an Access to Medicine course, if they do not come from a scientific education background, however it should be noted that this will not compensate for poor A level results, regardless of subject. Unlike undergraduates who apply with Access courses, graduates with Access courses will not be considered separately and will be scored based on their GCSEs/A levels or equivalent. Applicants may apply with an Access to Medicine qualification from the following institutions:

 

  • City & Islington College
  • Lambeth College
  • The Manchester College
  • Stafford College/New College Telford
  • Stow College
  • Sussex Downs College
  • College of West Anglia

 

International Students

 

No of % places: 17

 

English Language Requirements

 

Applicants must achieve 7.5 overall in the IELTS with no component below 7.0. If taking TOEFL, applicants must have an overall score of 110 (with a minimum of 24 in each component).

 

The university expects to interview approximately 40 international applicants for 17 places.

 

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 at Leicester Medical School.

 

Policy on re-applicants:

 

The university will consider re-applicants.

 

Policy on Deferrals:

 

The university will not consider deferred entry from graduate entry applicants. If a graduate is made an offer but wishes to defer, the university would instead consider their application for entry the following year. If the applicant’s academic and UKCAT score remained competitive, they would be made another offer without the need for a repeat interview.

 

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
  • Graduates who have degrees which are not classified in the same way as UK honours degrees should send their degree transcripts to the university admissions team, ideally prior to applying, so that the admissions team can check degree equivalency through NARIC.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants will be assigned a score based on their academic achievements and UKCAT score. Applicants are then ranked with the highest scoring candidates being invited for interview.

 

For graduate applicants or those applying in the final year of an undergraduate degree: 5 GCSEs, 3 A levels and the predicted/achieved degree classification will be scored.

 

  • 5 GCSEs will be scored with a maximum total of 10 points: A*/A =2, B=1, C=0
  • 3 best A levels will be scored with a maximum total of 12 points: A* = 4, A = 3, B =2, C =1
  • The predicted/achieved degree classification counts for the final 2 points: First class obtained = 2, First class predicted/Upper Second Class obtained = 1, Upper Second Class Predicted = 0.

 

The academic score will then be combined with a score (up to 24 points) based on the UKCAT results. The UKCAT will be scored as follows:

2,400 = 24
>2,250 = 22.5
>2100 = 21
>1950 = 19.5
>1800 = 18
>1650 = 16.5
> 2,350 = 23.5
>2,200 = 22
>2050 = 20.5
>1900 = 19
>1750 = 17.5
>1600 = 16
> 2,300 = 23
>2,150 = 21.5
>2000 = 20
>1850 = 18.5
>1700 = 17
etc.

 

The maximum possible score is therefore 48. This combined score is used to determine which applicants will be invited for interview. In some borderline cases, the personal statement and reference may also be used in conjunction with the scores. Qualities that the admissions team will look for in the personal statement are as follows:

 

  • Motivation
  • Commitment
  • Appreciation of challenges of a medical career
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Contribution to school/college life
  • Contribution to wider community
  • Written communication skills
  • Support from teachers/staff
  • Confirmation of some aspects of personal statement in reference

 

Interview

 

The interview at Leicester will follow the multiple mini interview (MMI) format which will consist of a number of both manned and unmanned stations. During the interview, the following attributes will be assessed:

 

  • Communication – both written and verbal
  • Motivation and suitability
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Compassion, respect and dignity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical Judgement
  • The UKCAT SJT score is used as a virtual interview station

 

Each station will be scored and applicants will subsequently be ranked before a decision to offer is made.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 241 places available on the 5-year programme, with 224 of the places for UK/EU students and the remaining 17 places for international students. Around 900 UK/EU and 40 international applicants are interviewed in order to make approximately 500 offers.

 

RANKINGS

 

In the Guardian University Guide 2016 – Medicine at the University of Leicester ranks 25th.

 

In the Complete University Guide 2016 – Medicine at the University of Leicester ranks 25th.

 

In the QS World University Rankings, the University Leicester ranks 235.

 

Matt Quinn, year 4 student

 

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

 

"“With fantastic teaching, a strong sense of community and plenty of opportunities for early clinical exposure, the University of Leicester is an excellent place to study Medicine. It has recently built a brand spanking new Medical School, and developed a splendid e-learning system, facilitated through the distribution of free iPads to each student. Leicester really is unarguably embracing a future with technology at its core.

 

The course is divided into two main phases. The first mixes classroom/lecture-based teaching with community clinical placements and allows a broad range of educational experiences, and prepares you for wider clinical exposure during placements in Phase 2 of the course. One of the strongest aspects of the curriculum is the organisation of students into small groups of 6-8 people, which form a cohesive unit throughout the first two and a half years of the course and a solid base through which to develop your clinical faculties.

 

There are also plenty of opportunities to broaden your education beyond the core medical curriculum through involvement in thriving societies such as Medsin (charity for global/local health issues), Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres and Sexpression (a charity that empowers young people to make decisions about sex and relationships). These provide opportunities to provide peer-lead teaching, as well as taking part in broader education and advocacy activities. ”"

 

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

 

"“Unfortunately, Leicester Medical School places little focus on research opportunities. The lack of central support from the Medical School puts the onus on students to develop their own opportunities, which are available if looked for, but this is an area in which Leicester needs to develop. This also feeds into a lack of focus on preparing students to enter academic foundation programs, which are regarded as more competitive.

 

The exam system is also remarkably punitive, with a fail-resit-out system. This leads to promising students being cast-out at an early stage, and little room for adjustment to the examination system. That being said, the Medical School is very supportive of those with mitigating circumstances, and does allow repeat years for those with strong reasons.

 

In regard to the curriculum, there is also a gross absence of public health education - something which should be absolutely central to healthcare learning. This may be corrected in upcoming curriculum changes, but is something students should bear in mind. ”"

 

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

 

"“I’ve had a fantastic time at Leicester, and I am sure you would too. The city is big enough for you to see a bit of everything (and have plenty of excellent restaurants) but small enough to not to feel too crazy. Talk to current students, read the Leicester Medical Student blog and check out the Student Union Website to get a feel for the environment. Despite its flaws, I haven’t regretted choosing to study at Leicester for one second. ”"

 

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

 

"“Develop some specific interests. Read up on the refugee crisis, social inequalities, the nutrition transition - anything that you can talk about in interview and pique the interest of the admissions officer.

 

Do well in your UKCAT. To do that, practise, practise, practise and then maybe do some more practising.

 

Don’t be afraid to take your time. I know so many people in their mid-twenties/early thirties who came to Medicine after pursuing other routes and, in my experience, they are usually the most passionate about the subject. Do not be afraid of exploring other interests before committing to a career in Medicine!”"

 

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