Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Sheffield

 

University of Sheffield

 

 

Sheffield Medical School was initially founded back in 1828 as the Independent Sheffield School of Medicine, before becoming part of the University of Sheffield in 1905. Over the years the university has strived for excellence in every department, earning it not only a place in the World Top-100 Universities, but also recognition as a Russell Group university for its cutting-edge research. The university has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners, including Sir Hans Krebs (who developed the theory of the Krebs Cycle, which explains how life-giving energy is set free in cells by oxidation of glucose to carbon dioxide and water). The medical school continues to place emphasis on research, teaching and practising Medicine and has a proven track record of discovery and innovation. 90% of Sheffield’s work was graded as 'internationally recognised' in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The timetable of the medical programme at Sheffield encompasses a variety of learning opportunities in different environments. This includes teaching practical skills on the ward, teaching in clinics (both in General Practice and in hospitals), lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and full body dissection. All the teaching is supported by experienced teachers and every student is assigned a dedicated personal academic tutor. The medical school centres around a superb open-plan social learning hub, where students and staff can meet to discuss work, or just unwind over a coffee. The Health Sciences Library has been rebuilt too, providing a beautiful new space, perfectly fashioned for study and research.

 

With more than 1200 members, the Medical Society is the biggest student-run society at Sheffield. MedSoc offers guest lectures, welfare support, help choosing your elective, legendary social events and even a buddy scheme to help you settle in. Within MedSoc there are 12 sports teams offering training sessions around the timetable and opportunities to compete against other medical schools. There are also over 20 sub-societies offering volunteering opportunities and the chance to learn more about different medical specialties such as CardioSoc, DermSoc and GP Soc.

 

The University of Sheffield was ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2014-15 Times Higher Student Experience Survey. Not only does Sheffield offer a world-class university, it is also a vibrant, colourful and welcoming city. From award-winning theatre to striking art spaces; arena-filling concerts to independent cinema; the great outdoors to inner city pampering - whatever you want to do, Sheffield has it covered!

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
237
237
Degree
N/A
2:1
GCSEs
Min. B 6As + 2 A*-Cs
Min. B N/A
A levels
AAA
BBB
Exam
UKCAT
UKCAT
Interview
MMI
MMI
Work experience
*Desirable
*Desirable
*The medical school is aware that opportunities to access work experience are not equal across the board, and so they will consider experience in a number of different caring environments (see ‘Selection Process’ below)

 

Note that the 6-year programme (A104) with a foundation year is not running in 2017.

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduate applicants can apply to the A100 5-year programme. The course structure at Sheffield follows a patient-centred approach. Throughout the five years, students will build their knowledge around common and important clinical conditions. There is emphasis on both the clinical aspect of Medicine, and the underlying medical sciences. For applicants looking for early clinical exposure, Sheffield offers the opportunity to develop clinical competencies from the very first few weeks.

 

At Sheffield University there is an option to apply to study for an extra year to complete an intercalated BMedSci. This intercalated degree will expose students to the world of research as well as boosting their applications for future job opportunities. A broad range of research subjects with associated funding is available each year, including Cancer Studies, Physiology, Psychiatry, Immunology, and Pathology.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

The typical A Level offer is AAA to include Chemistry and one other science (Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Psychology). AS Level results are not used in the admissions process. The three A Levels should be studied for no longer than two years, must be passed on the first attempt and should all be taken in one sitting. Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component should be passed. Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted as a third A level subject, and only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics will be considered.

 

Applicants should have at least eight GCSE subjects at grades A*- C. Of these, they must have at least six A grades in subjects that have been taken in one sitting. A minimum of grade C is required in GCSE Mathematics, English and the Sciences. Acceptable science GCSEs include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sciences (dual awards).

 

IB

 

Applicants should have a minimum of 37 points overall with 6,6,6 at Higher Level (to include Chemistry and one other science subject). No less than 4 points should be scored in any Standard Level subject.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants must sit the UKCAT exam, which is valid for one application cycle only. For 2017 entry, the cognitive component of the UKCAT will be marked out of 2700 (as the pilot Decision Making test, which replaces the Decision Analysis section, will not count towards the overall score in the 2016 exam). The university have stated that they will have a minimum cut-off score of 1850/2700 for 2017 entry.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The Cambridge Pre-U Certificate is accepted. The minimum grades in the Principle Subjects are D3, D3 and D3, to include Chemistry and another science subject.

 

BTEC qualifications are not accepted as a route of entry.

 

Widening Participation

 

Sheffield Medical School is committed to widening access to the Medicine course for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may not ordinarily consider Medicine as a career option. The medical school recognises that there are educational and familial barriers which can prevent students with the potential to be doctors from pursuing this career (for example a family in financial difficulty may expect their son or daughter to leave school at 16 to get employment). The medical school is involved with the following programmes:

 

1. Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMs). This scheme aims to give local students from Sheffield and the surrounding area in Years 12-13 support to apply for and study Medicine at the University of Sheffield. To be eligible, students must attend schools that do not usually have a record of high academic achievements, and have a family background that may prevent them from progressing into higher education.

 

2. Realising Opportunities is a national Widening Participation Scheme in the United Kingdom.  It is a collaboration of 15 leading research-intensive universities that are working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups that are under-represented in higher education.

 

Students who have completed either of these scheme will be eligible for a lower grade offer for entry onto the medical programme (ABB at A level and 6 A*-B grades in lieu of 6As at GCSE). They are still subject to the minimum UKCAT cut-off. However unlike the standard selection process, all applicants from these schemes who have met the minimum academic and UKCAT cut-offs, will be guaranteed an interview. For more information on this scheme, please contact Rebecca Haire: r.haire@sheffield.ac.uk (Outreach Co-ordinator at Sheffield).

 

International Students

 

There are 18 spaces for international applicants on the 5-year programme. Note that international applicants will be ranked separately to home applicants (looking at their academic achievements and UKCAT scores), when selecting applicants for interview. The medical school offers international applicants the option of scheduling their interview in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as Sheffield. Students who are non-native English speakers should be able to demonstrate proficiency in English Language, e.g. through the IELTS, with an overall score of 7.5 and no less than 7.0 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 in Medicine at Sheffield.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants who have previously not received an offer are welcome to apply again in subsequent years.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Deferred applications are welcome. The university expects applicants to use their gap year constructively.

 

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
  • International students may be requested to provide transcripts of their previous academic records
  • Applicants who have had personal, social or health issues which have affected their studies should fill in the ‘Disrupted Studies’ form and send it to the admissions team: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/applying/disrupted

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants have their academic achievements reviewed to make sure they meet the minimum entry requirements. Their UKCAT scores are then checked to ensure that they are above the cut-off of 1850/2700 for 2017 entry. Those who meet these minimum requirements will then be ranked in order of their UKCAT score from highest to lowest and the top 800-900 applicants will be invited to interview. The Situational Judgement Test component of the UKCAT will be reviewed for those applicants invited to attend interview. The personal statement is not scored prior to interview, but will be used during the interview.

 

Interview

 

The interview at Sheffield consists of 8 eight-minute mini multiple interview (MMI) stations which assess the following criteria:

 

  • Communication skills
  • Depth and breadth of interests (achievement in specific fields)
  • Evidence of commitment for caring
  • Knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
  • Medical work experience/Extended project qualification (as appropriate)
  • Motivation for Medicine
  • Numeracy
  • Understanding the nature of Medicine (including Ethics and Good Medical Practice)
  • Values and attitudes (including those set out in the NHS Constitution).

 

The Medical School recognise that it is not always possible for students to obtain work placements in a medical environment, given the limited availability of volunteer placements in hospitals. However, in addition to shadowing healthcare practitioners, there are many other areas related to Medicine and the caring professions, in which you can gain experience. Some examples of these are listed below:

 

  • Paid or voluntary work experience in a residential care home, hospice or similar.
  • Working in a youth centre or working with young children.
  • Participating in community volunteering schemes.
  • Working with a diverse range of people (whether on a paid or voluntary basis).

 

‘Hands-on’ experience is extremely valuable. Many applicants arrange to undertake paid or voluntary work as a Healthcare Assistant. The admissions team are looking for applicants to reflect on their experiences, on what they have learned about themselves, others and Medicine as a career.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry, Sheffield Medical School received approximately 2200 applications for 237 places. They interview between 800-900 students per year.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Sheffield is ranked 29th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 29th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

 

It is among the top 150 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduate applicants can apply to the 5-year programme, alongside undergraduate applicants. The course structure at Sheffield follows a patient-centred approach. Throughout the five years, students will build their knowledge around common and important clinical conditions. There is emphasis on both the clinical aspect of Medicine, and the underlying medical sciences. For applicants looking for early clinical exposure, Sheffield offers the opportunity to develop clinical competencies from the very first few weeks.

 

At Sheffield University there is an option to apply to study for an extra year to complete a intercalated BMedSci. This intercalated degree will expose you to the world of cutting world research as well as boosting your applications for future job opportunities. A broad range of research subjects with associated funding is available each year including Cancer Studies, Physiology, Psychiatry, Immunology, and Pathology.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

Graduates will be expected/predicted to hold at least a 2:1 degree in any discipline. In addition, graduate applicants must have grades of at least BBB at A Level. If a graduate has A level Chemistry at grade B (either taken in school or subsequently), they can apply for the 5-year programme.

 

GCSEss

 

There are no minimum GCSE requirements for graduate applicants.

 

IB Eligibility

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants must sit the UKCAT exam, which is valid for one application cycle only. For 2017 entry, the cognitive component of the UKCAT will be marked out of 2700 (as the pilot Decision Making test, which replaces the Decision Analysis section, will not count towards the overall score in the 2016 exam). The university have stated that they will have a minimum cut-off score of 1850/2700 for 2017 entry.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The Cambridge Pre-U Certificate is accepted. The minimum grades in the Principle Subjects are D3, D3 and D3, to include Chemistry and another science subject.

 

BTEC qualifications are not accepted as a route of entry.

 

International Students

 

There are 18 spaces for international applicants on the 5-year programme. Note that international applicants will be ranked separately to home applicants (looking at their academic achievements and UKCAT scores), when selecting applicants for interview. The medical school offers international applicants the option of scheduling their interview in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as Sheffield. Students who are non-native English speakers should be able to demonstrate proficiency in English Language, e.g. through the IELTS, with an overall score of 7.5 and no less than 7.0 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 in Medicine at Sheffield.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applicants who have previously not received an offer are welcome to apply again in subsequent years.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Deferred applications are welcome. The university expects applicants to use their gap year constructively.

 

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
  • International students may be requested to provide transcripts of their previous academic records
  • Applicants who have had personal, social or health issues which have affected their studies should fill in the ‘Disrupted Studies’ form and send it to the admissions team: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/applying/disrupted

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants have their academic achievements reviewed to make sure they meet the minimum entry requirements. Their UKCAT scores are then checked to ensure that they are above the cut-off of 1850/2700 for 2017 entry. Those who meet these minimum requirements will then be ranked in order of their UKCAT score from highest to lowest and the top 800-900 applicants will be invited to interview. The Situational Judgement Test component of the UKCAT will be reviewed for those applicants invited to attend interview. The personal statement is not scored prior to interview, but will be used during the interview.

 

Interview

 

The interview at Sheffield consists of 8 eight-minute mini multiple interview (MMI) stations which assess the following criteria:

 

  • Communication skills
  • Depth and breadth of interests (achievement in specific fields)
  • Evidence of commitment for caring
  • Knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
  • Medical work experience/Extended project qualification (as appropriate)
  • Motivation for Medicine
  • Numeracy
  • Understanding the nature of Medicine (including Ethics and Good Medical Practice)
  • Values and attitudes (including those set out in the NHS Constitution).

 

The Medical School recognise that it is not always possible for students to obtain work placements in a medical environment, given the limited availability of volunteer placements in hospitals. However, in addition to shadowing healthcare practitioners, there are many other areas related to Medicine and the caring professions, in which you can gain experience. Some examples of these are listed below:

 

  • Paid or voluntary work experience in a residential care home, hospice or similar.
  • Working in a youth centre or working with young children.
  • Participating in community volunteering schemes.
  • Working with a diverse range of people (whether on a paid or voluntary basis).

 

‘Hands-on’ experience is extremely valuable. Many applicants arrange to undertake paid or voluntary work as a Healthcare Assistant. The admissions team are looking for applicants to reflect on their experiences, on what they have learned about themselves, others and Medicine as a career.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry, Sheffield Medical School received approximately 2200 applications for 237 places. They interview between 800-900 students per year.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Sheffield is ranked 29th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 29th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 150 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

Final year student

 

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

 

Nice city to be a student in, good early patient contact, good emphasis on patient communication.

 

2. What are the not so good things about studying here?

 

The medical school can be quite disorganised.

 

3. What advice do you have for someone wanting to study here?

 

It is a really nice university, make the most of the opportunities and be proactive on placement, you get out as much as you put in.

 

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

 

Sheffield look for personality over knowledge at the interview stage, be confident and be yourself.

 

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