Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Warwick

 

King’s College London

 

The University of Warwick offers the largest medical programme exclusively for graduates, with around 177 places per year. The medical school has newly built facilities, as well as 4 hospital sites and around 50 GP practices, in order to facilitate teaching throughout the course. Students at the medical school receive early clinical experience and have close 1-1 supervision on any clinical placements. Learning is mainly through small groups working through a case, helping to develop both team work and clinical problem solving skills. Furthermore, it is the only medical school to teach anatomy via Gunther von Hagen’s plastinated prosections – where preparing a whole body plastinate takes around 1000-1500 man hours to produce!

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

4 year programme

 
Graduate applicants only
 
4-year
No. of places
177
Degree
2:1 in any subject
(Master’s/PhD can supplement a 2:2 degree)
GCSEs
No requirements
A levels
No requirements
Exam
UKCAT
Interview
MMI – 6 stations
Work experience
70 hours/2 weeks’
full time work experience in the two years prior to applying

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to the 4-year fast-track programme for Medicine. Teaching at the medical school initially occurs in small groups consisting of around 10 students who work through a clinical case based on a body system each week. As well as the small group learning, teaching is also delivered via lectures and clinical exposure which gradually increases throughout the first two years. In the first two years, students have the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest, through a Student Selected Component (SSC), where they can choose a topic from a number of options. In the third year, there is further opportunity to explore a topic of interest through an 8 week SSC period.

 

In the final 2 years of the course, students spend the majority of their time in clinical placements, rotating through various specialities where they receive one to one supervision. In the final year of the course, students also have a 5-6 week elective which some students decide to spend abroad, as well as an assistantship which ensures the transition from final year to junior doctor goes as smoothly as possible.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree

 

Applicants must have or be predicted a minimum of 2:1 degree in any subject.

 

If applicants hold a lower classification (2:2), they should have either a Master’s degree or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry.

 

The highest achieved academic qualification will be awarded points – note that candidates will only receive points for qualifications which have been completed and awarded by the closing date.

 

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEss

 

A levels or GCSE results are not considered for entry on the course.

 

Work experience:

 

The minimum amount of work experience required by applicants is at least 2 weeks full time (70 hours) or equivalent for the last two years before applying. Applicants must have undertaken at least two relevant experiences with no single experience counting for more than 50 hours. The work experience undertaken should provide the applicant with:

 

• Evidence of providing personal hands-on care to individuals (excluding close friends or family)

• Discovering what it means to be a member of the medical profession

• Experience of a healthcare environment; ideally the NHS

• A named contact – to provide references and evidence of the work experience

 

For further details on what constitutes appropriate work experience, please see the following link from the university: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/ugr/applying/entryreqs

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT which can be sat from July to October with results being valid for 1 year only.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Medicine courses are not used to assess candidates.

 

International Students:

 

The University of Warwick can admit up to 13 international medical students every year. The medical school’s English Language requirements can be met by attaining an overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS, with component scores of a minimum of two sections at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+.

 

Students at International Medical University, Malaysia

 

Students studying at the International Medical University are able to transfer to the University of Warwick after 2 and a half years if they hold a first degree. If students do not hold a first degree, they are required to spend another year and complete the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) before being eligible to transfer. Students who have transferred from IMU will join the Warwick programme for a final 2 and a half years of clinical studies before graduating with a medical degree.

 

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 Warwick Medicine.

 

POLICY ON re-applicants:

 

The university accepts re-applicants.

 

POLICY ON DEFERRALS

 

The university does not accept deferred entry applications.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applicants for 2017/2018 can apply via UCAS from the 1st of September 2016 – 15th October 2016.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process:

 

The Verbal Reasoning result from the UKCAT is checked to see whether applicants have achieved a score which is either at or above the mean for the cohort sitting the UKCAT in the year of application. Applicants with a score below the cohort mean will be rejected. Those who score above the mean will move on to the next stage of the selection process, and will be awarded points based on their total UKCAT score which will determine whether they receive an invitation to interview. The highest achieved academic qualification will also be awarded points – note that candidates will only receive points for qualifications which have been completed and awarded by the closing date.

 

The score needed to gain a place at the Selection Centre depends on the UKCAT performance of the applicants to the medical school for that year. For 2015 entry, the lowest UKCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree was:

 

• 2800 for 2015 entry

• 2940 for 2014 entry

• 2810 for 2013 entry

 

Although the UKCAT exam will a have pilot Decision Making section in 2016, this will not affect candidates’ scores. Candidates will receive a total score based on the other 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning/Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. The Decision Making section will not be allocated a score.

 

Selection Centre/Interview:

 

There are around 380 places for interview which run in January each year. Interviews at Warwick take the format of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), which consist of 6 stations which look at:

 

  • Team working
  • Insight
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Empathy
  • Respect and dignity

 

At each station, applicants will be scored, with those achieving the highest total score being made an offer. Offers are usually made within 1 month of attending the Selection Centre.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

In 2015, 1996 graduates applied for graduate Medicine at Warwick. 340 of these candidates where interviewed and 177 received places on the course beginning in 2016.

 

RANKINGS

 

In the Guardian University Guide 2017, Medicine at the University of Warwick ranks 32nd.

 

In the Complete University Guide 2017, Medicine at the University of Warwick ranks 26th.

 

In the QS World Rankings 2015/2016, the University of Warwick is within the top 50 universities.

 

Year 1 student

 

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

 

"Warwick is graduate entry only which means that everyone on the course has previously completed a degree. This means that everyone comes from different backgrounds and you can feel accepted no matter what you've previously studied. Some of the lecturers are very passionate about teaching and are very popular with the students. One of our lecturers, Jamie, is great in our anatomy labs and explains everything so well (students will rush to join his group!). We also have Peer Support sessions which is where students in other years will teach the students in years below. I've found that it's been so helpful in going over difficult topics and understanding hard concepts in a small amount of time. Everyone is very supportive and make good resources to help with exams. "

 

2. What is not so good?

 

"It is a large course and I find that everyone is very competitive. It's difficult not to compare yourself to other people. We also do Case Based Learning (CBL) as well as lectures which most people I've spoken to dislike. (Although there are some people who love it!) it takes up a lot of hours in the week and sometimes the sessions feel like they drag on and on. Personally, I benefit more from studying and attending lectures, but obviously it depends on the person! Also, the medical school is separate from the main campus so it is easy to feel isolated and only interact with other medical students. I avoid spending time in the medical school as much as possible!" 

 

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine in Warwick

 

"As this course is only 4 years, the first year is condensed and can be very stressful trying to learn in one year what other schools are learning over 2 years. Be prepared! Nobody told me how difficult it would be. Also, you have to travel to different places quite a lot for community days, and in first year we are at UHCW on a Friday. I found that having a car was a lifesaver. "

 

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

 

"Study UKCAT! I personally went through every book and online resource to try and get a high enough score for an interview. "

 

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