Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Liverpool

 

King’s College London

 

 

The University of Liverpool was founded as a college in 1881, and is one of the six original ‘Red Brick’ civic universities, as well as being a part of The Russell Group. Awarded as the European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool is the place to be – a thriving, vibrant city; with the university at the heart of it all.

 

The University prides itself on having:

 

• One of the largest life sciences communities in the country, with schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Biological Sciences, Tropical Medicine and Veterinary science.

• A £4 million Medical Educational Centre which includes lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

• A £4.5 million Centre for Excellence in Developing Professionalism in Medical Students developed.

• The Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC)

• 9 Noble Prize winners in its alumni, which include Lord Henry Cohen (former president of both the British Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine) and neurophysiologist, Sir Charles Scott Sherrington

 

The School of Medicine in Liverpool is one of the UK's leading medical education centres; training doctors throughout their careers, ranging from undergraduate and postgraduate, to short continuing professional development (CPD) courses. The university is world-renowned for their health and life science research, and this supports their academic staff in delivering excellent teaching, focusing on the needs of clinicians, patients and services.

 

The medical school has cutting edge anatomy teaching facilities, with interesting specimens, anatomical models and histological slides. Although full body dissection is not carried out at Liverpool, prosected specimens and audio-visual resources are used as learning tools. HARC is a national and international model of best practice and many medical schools in the UK and overseas are moving towards the creation of similar resources.

 

The University of Liverpool has a unique partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, which allows undergraduates, including medical students to study in China for a year (this is in addition to the normal length of the course). Other countries where medical students can complete Erasmus study modules abroad, include Italy, Germany, Austria and Sweden.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

4 to 6-year programme

  Undergraduate Applicants Graduate Applicants
  5-year 6-year 4-year 5-year
No. of places 293 12 32 293
Degree N/A N/A 2:1 2:1
GCSEs =15 points 5 at Grade B C =15 points
A levels AAA(b) N/A BBB(b) BBB(b)
Exam UKCAT N/A GAMSAT GAMSAT
Interview MMI Structured Interview MMI MMI
Work experience Desirable* Desirable* Essential Desirable*
  *Work experience is considered desirable but not mandatory, however candidates should be able to evidence non-academic criteria required for selection.
   

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to a 5-year programme. The curriculum is based on a spiral model, with integration of basic and clinical sciences. The early years of the programme focus on building a strong knowledge foundation and theoretical application of knowledge, along with core clinical skills, while Years 3-5 see students apply that knowledge in clinical practice. The medical school uses a combination of traditional teaching and problem-based learning. The university offers a variety of intercalated degree options for medical students to enhance their expertise in a particular area.

 

Note that applicants who have completed their studies some time ago (normally 5 years +) in non-science subjects can apply to a foundation year, ‘Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Medicine)’ (UCAS code 789S). This programme is not designed for current A level students, school leavers or recent graduates.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

The minimum A level requirements for applicants to the undergraduate 5-year programme, are AAA(b) which includes an A in Chemistry and an A in Biology, with an A in any other A level of your choice. You will also need a B in another subject at AS Level. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. The Extended Project Qualification may be acceptable at grade B in place of the AS level qualification in some instances. Note that applicants with predicted A level results of AABb may be invited for interview at the medical school’s discretion. Applicants who are re-sitting their A levels may apply, but the medical school may specify that their offer is conditional on higher A level grades than the typical offer. They must have scored a minimum of CCC in their first A level sitting and they must reflect on their academic experience in their personal statements.

 

The minimum requirements at GCSE level include a score of = 15 points from 9 GCSEs, where an A*/A = 2 points and a B = 1 point. These 9 GCSEs must contain the following subjects: Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics. Two points is the maximum score awarded in each subject area (e.g. Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics will be considered and 2 points at most will be available for Dual award GCSEs, except for Dual Science for which up to 4 points may be awarded). Short course GCSEs will at most receive half the points of a full GCSE but two short courses can be offered in place of a full GCSE. Some qualifications which are not GCSEs may be awarded points as follows:

 

• Level 2 DiDa: Dist/Merit = 2 points; Credit = 1 point

• Level 2 CiDa: Dist/Merit = 1 point; Credit = 0.5 points

• BTEC first Diplomas: Dist/Dist*= 2 points; Merit (or equivalent) = 1 point

• OCR awards/BTEC First certificates: Dist/Dist* = 1 point; Merit (or equivalent) = 0.5

• BTEC qualifications and OCR awards are not acceptable replacements for English, Mathematics and Science subjects.

 

For application to the foundation year for Medicine, the minimum GCSE requirements are 5 subjects at grade B, which should include Mathematics, English Language and Science. There are no minimum A level requirements.

 

IB

 

Candidates should have at least 37 points. 3 subjects are needed at Higher Level, which should include Chemistry, another science, plus a third subject, at grades 7, 6, 6. A further 3 subjects are required at Standard Level (minimum grade 5), which must include English.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The UKCAT is required for school leavers applying to the A100 course. The results of this exam are only valid for the year of application.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Higher Education (Medicine) qualifications from local further education colleges (City of Liverpool College, Halton, Hugh Baird, Wirral Metropolitan and Southport) are considered. Also considered are: qualifications from Manchester College, the Staffordshire Access to HE course (Medicine and Health Professionals) and the West Anglia College of Medicine access course. Applications are also accepted from students on the A900 pre-medical course at Lancaster University and from the foundation course at Liverpool University (listed under Programmes above).

 

Other Diplomas (inc. BTEC)

 

The Cambridge Pre-U Diploma can be used in lieu of A levels, with scores of D3, D3 and M1 in the Principal Subjects with D3 in both Biology and Chemistry. M2 is usually acceptable for Global Perspectives and the Independent Research report. Up to two A levels at A grade may be substituted for Principal Subjects.

 

Some BTEC diploma elements may supplement GCSEs as noted above.

 

Widening Participation

 

The medical school is involved with a number of local outreach activities – see https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/health-sciences/about-us/widening-participation/ for further details. The university is currently piloting the use of contextual data about the socio-economic and educational background of applicants in reference to offer criteria, but this is currently only for non-clinical subjects, so does not yet include applicants to medical school.

 

International Students

 

There are up to 23 spaces on the 5-year undergraduate programme for Medicine. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English through either IELTS (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component), or a TOEFL (IBT only) score of 100 (with a minimum of 24 in writing and reading, 22 in listening and at least 25 in speaking).

 

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 Liverpool.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If an applicant is not successful in their first application to the 5-year programme, they may only make one further consecutive application.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Deferred applications may be considered for the 5-year programme, but not the foundation programme.

 

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

• Online form provided by the university to assess non-academic criteria (see selection process below)

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are initially assessed on their academic grades (points are awarded to GCSE grades as detailed above – minimum requirement of 15 points). Applicants who meet or exceed the basic minimum academic criteria will not necessarily proceed to the second stage of the admissions process. Predicted grades may influence the decision to interview. For the 5-year undergraduate programme, usually only candidates with minimum predicted grades of AABb are considered for interview. The UKCAT is then considered. Applicants who have been placed in Band 4 of the Situational Judgement Test are unlikely to be invited for interview. Candidates that meet/exceed the minimum academic criteria and are ranked highly in the UKCAT exam (cut-off score varies each year) will then go through to the next stage of selection in which their non-academic attributes will be considered. This is marked via a separate form, provided by the university, and should demonstrate evidence of the following criteria:

 

  • Health care career awareness/insight
  • A caring contribution to the local community
  • A critical, coherent and informative approach to written communication
  • The values that embody and underpin good health care practice

 

The academic reference is also considered, and should support claims made by applicants in their personal statements. The decision on offers will usually rely solely on the candidate’s interview score but in borderline cases, the academic and non-academic criteria listed above may be considered.

 

Foundation year: Applicants must research their preferred profession and show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of practice of that profession, preferably indicated by observational experience. Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity or working with the general public, children, the elderly or people with special needs will also help to strengthen an application.

 

Interview

 

The interview for medical school at the University of Liverpool consists of seven 6-7 minute MMI stations, where the following criteria need to be assessed:

 

• Modern medical practise

• Medical ethics

• Teamwork

• Health care career awareness/insight

• A caring contribution to the local community

• A critical, coherent and informative approach to written communication

• The values that embody and underpin good health care practice

• Numeracy may be assessed

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 293 places on the 5-year programme (including 23 places for international students). The ratio of applicants to interview is approximately 2:1 and the ratio of applicants to offers is approximately 7:1 for home students and 9:1 for international students.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Liverpool is ranked 31st in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is placed 32nd by The Complete University Guide for 2016.

 

It is ranked 51st worldwide by QS World University in 2016.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme (to which undergraduates also apply) or the 4-year programme, which is an accelerated course specifically for graduates. After a two-week summer school, the graduates on the 4-year programme join the Year 2 students on the 5-year programme. The curriculum is based on a spiral model, with integration of basic and clinical sciences. The early years of the programme focus on building a strong knowledge foundation and theoretical application of knowledge, along with core clinical skills, while Years 3-5 see students apply that knowledge in clinical practice. The medical school uses a combination of traditional teaching and problem-based learning. The university offers a variety of intercalated degree options for medical students to enhance their expertise in a particular area.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

To apply to the 5-year programme, graduates should hold at least a 2:1 degree and BBBb in A levels (to include Chemistry and Biology if not components of degree).

 

To apply to the 4-year programme, graduates should hold at least a 2:1 degree in a biomedical/health science subject and BBBb in A levels (to include Chemistry and Biology). Note that Further Mathematics is not accepted to meet the fourth subject requirement when in combination with Mathematics.

 

For both programmes, if candidates have re-taken A levels, they should have a minimum of grade C in the first sitting of the exam.

 

GCSEss

 

To apply to the 5-year programme, candidates should have at least a C in English and Mathematics.

 

To apply to the 4-year programme, candidates should have at least a C in English and Mathematics.

 

IB Eligibility

 

Applicants should have a minimum of 32 points with no less than 5 in Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level and no less than 3 in any subject offered.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The GAMSAT is required for graduates applying to both the 5-year programme and the 4-year programme.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Higher Education (Medicine) qualifications from local further education colleges (City of Liverpool College, Halton, Hugh Baird, Wirral Metropolitan and Southport) are considered. Also considered are: qualifications from Manchester College, the Staffordshire Access to HE course (Medicine and Health Professionals) and the West Anglia College of Medicine access course. Applications are also accepted from students on the A900 pre-medical course at Lancaster University and from the foundation course at Liverpool University (listed under Programmes above).

 

International Students

 

There are up to 23 spaces on the 5-year programme for Medicine, comprising of both undergraduates and graduates. There are no spaces for international students on the 4-year programme. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English through either IELTS (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component), or a TOEFL (IBT only) score of 100 (with a minimum of 24 in writing and reading, 22 in listening and at least 25 in speaking).

 

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 Liverpool

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If an applicant is not successful in their first application, they may only make one further consecutive application.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Deferred applications may be considered for the 5-year programme, but not usually for the 4-year programme.

 

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
  • Online form provided by the university to assess non-academic criteria for the 5-year programme (see selection process below)

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Graduates are initially assessed to ensure they meet the minimum academic criteria. They are then ranked by the GAMSAT score and those above the cut-off score (which varies each year according to the pool of applicants – in 2016, the overall cut-off was 55, with a minimum of 50 in each subsection) then have their applications reviewed against the following non-academic criteria, before being selected for interview:

 

• Health care career awareness/insight

• A caring contribution to the local community

• A critical, coherent and informative approach to written communication

• The values that embody and underpin good health care practice

 

Interview

 

The interview for medical school at the University of Liverpool consists of seven 6-7 minute MMI stations, where the following criteria need to be assessed:

 

• Modern medical practise

• Medical ethics

• Teamwork

• Health care career awareness/insight

• A caring contribution to the local community

• A critical, coherent and informative approach to written communication

• The values that embody and underpin good health care practice

 

Numeracy may be assessed

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 293 places on the 5-year programme (for both graduates and undergraduates). The ratio of applicants to interview is approximately 2:1, and the ratio of applicants to offers is approximately 7:1 for home students and 9:1 for international students.

 

There are 32 spaces for home graduates on the 4-year programme, with a 2:4 ratio of applicants to interviews, and a 12:1 ratio of applicants to offers.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Liverpool is ranked 31st in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is placed 32nd by The Complete University Guide for 2016.

 

It is ranked 51st worldwide by QS World University in 2016.

 

Dominic Elliott, final year student

 

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

 

"At Liverpool we have very early clinical contact from as early as first year in community and second year in hospital. By third year you are in hospital everyday. In Liverpool we have some of the best hospitals in the country, alder hey children's - second largest children's hospital in the UK, Liverpool women's - largest women's hospital in Europe and Walton Neuro centre - national centre for neurology, as well as major trauma centres Liverpool Royal and Aintree hospitals. We sit our final medical exams at the end of 4th year, which yes makes early years very intense but gives us 5th year to work in unison FY1/2 doctors in preparation for working and also pick clinical rotations of our own choice, whatever interest you may have. Lastly, scousers (Liverpudlians) are some of the friendliest people on the planet and Liverpool is a fantastic city to live, work and party in amounts the other 1000's of students. "

 

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

 

"The years are very long, Liverpool gets very little holiday in comparison to many other universities. This is because we do some much more clinical work than other medical schools and have much more patient contact throughout the 5 years. You have to be very work motivated to be a Liverpool student, it is not a lecture based course, it is cased based, therefore the Liverpool curriculum involves a lot of self-directed learning!"

 

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

 

"Be prepared to have to do a lot of self-directed learning. Yes, you receive a lot of teaching whilst in hospital from clinicians but being a non-lecture based course this means come exam time you have to spend a lot of time covering everything yourself! Throw yourself in to clinical attachments - this is where you learn the most and become confident at dealing with patients, making decisions and developing skills. Doctors will give you lots more responsibility and a better experience the more effort you throw in to attachments. Make the most of a fantastic city with fantastic people and the great medical school society (LMSS), one of the oldest and most well-known societies in the country!"

 

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

 

"Get as much experience as you can and in your statement don't just say what you've done but say what you gained from it. Liverpool place most emphasis on interview for selecting their students - it's an individual interview (interviewed by 2 medical school faculty) you need to show them who you are, your personality and who you can add to the medical school as well as why you want to do medicine. Brush up on all the usual interview questions but more importantly show your personality and show why you are the best person to deal with all types of patients day in day out."

 

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