Medicine BMBS (A100) Selection Process
The following provides guidance on our assessment processes for the A100 - 5 year undergraduate medicine course. This policy, and the contents within, is for guidance only and subject to change.
|UCAS applications deadline
|October – November
GCSEs* and UKCAT scored
- Applicants who haven’t taken GCSEs will be assessed to ensure that they have achieved the equivalent qualifications.
- Applicants who achieve a UKCAT Band 4 are not considered further
November – December
- Personal Statement assessed
- GCSEs, UKCAT and Personal Statement ranked
|December – March
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)
February – April
Issuing of offers
We generally receive around 2000 applications for the 5 year A100 medicine course. We interview approximately 1000 applicants for the A100 course.
Academic ability and the UKCAT scores you achieved and are predicted to achieve are assessed at this stage.
The UKCAT test must be taken in the same year as the application is made to UCAS. With the exception of exemptions issued by UKCAT, if you haven’t taken the UKCAT test your application will not be considered.
Applicants who have completed GCSEs or IGCSEs and are studying, or have completed, A levels will be assessed as follows:
The GCSE/IGCSEs scored are limited to the highest 8 subjects (first sit results only – we do not consider re-sit results). GCSESC and BTEC/Diplomas are not included. The following GCSE/IGCSE subjects included are:
best four other subjects
best three other subjects
The GCSEs are scored as follows:
A* = 2 points
A = 1 point
A maximum of 16 points will be awarded.
Achieved AS Levels: AS level grades are not considered.
EPQ: EPQ qualifications are not scored
The requirement is AAA including biology and chemistry, excluding general studies, global perspective, citizenship studies and critical thinking. The third subject can be any other subject. A fourth A level will not benefit your application.
A levels are NOT scored.
Please note: Qualifications must be studied over a two year period. The first-sit grades are considered.
Applicants may apply for a bursary to cover the full cost of the test. The scheme is open from May to September. The UKCAT website will have full bursary details.
There are five components to the UKCAT test which will be scored. The four cognitive components (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision making) are each scored as follows:
801 – 900 = 9 points
701 – 800 = 8 points
601 – 700 = 7 points
501 – 600 = 6 points
401 – 500 = 5 points
301 – 400 = 4 points
The weighting for each of the four components is equal.
The fifth component, SJT is scored as follows:
Band 1= 4 points
Band 2 = 2 points
Band 3 = 1 point
Band 4 = 0 point
Applicants who achieve a Band 4 are not considered further.
To help you work out your score for the UKCAT test, please follow this example:
An applicant who has achieved the following scores will be awarded the following number of points:
Verbal Reasoning score of 680 = 7 points
Quantitative Reasoning score of 500 = 5 points
Abstract Reasoning score of 710 = 8 points
Decision Making score of 580 = 6 points
SJT Band 2 = 2 points
Total points awarded for UKCAT = 28 out of a maximum of 40.
Applicants who are entitled to additional time for public examinations are entitled to take the UKCATSEN. The UKCAT website provides information relating to the range of medical conditions acceptable.
The School of Medicine requires applicants who sit the UKCATSEN to provide supporting evidence.
Outcome of the initial assessment
The aforementioned scores are totalled and the top % of applicants will be considered further and have their personal statement and reference read and scored.
The lower % of applicants will not be considered further, and may be offered a range of similar courses at the University of Nottingham to consider.
Personal quality assessment
A maximum score of 16 can be achieved for the personal statement and reference.
The following attributes are considered:
- An understanding of the challenges of a medical career
- Voluntary experience
- Extracurricular activities
- School/College contribution
- Supporting evidence in reference
Final selection for interview
The score given for personal statement and reference is added to the previous scores for academic ability and UKCAT.
Applicants with the highest overall score at this stage are invited for interview.
The style of interviews will be Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) and will comprise 8 stations.
An interview day will run as follows:
You will be given an arrival time. When you arrive you will be met by medicine students who will take you to registration.
After registration you will be taken to a briefing room to learn more about the interviews.
After briefing you will be taken to the interview area. When entering an interview circuit you will be positioned in front of one of the stations. From then the interviews will run as follows:
- Two minutes to read the instructions outside the station
- In the first station you enter you will be asked 'ice-breaker' questions for three minutes. All applicants are asked the same questions during the three minutes, this is an opportunity for you prepare for the assessments. The answers to the 'icebreaker' questions are not part of the MMI assessments
- After three minutes, the assessment for that station starts - lasting five minutes
- Two minutes to exit the station and read the instructions outside the next station
- Five minute assessment in the station
- You will continue to move around the stations, having two minutes to read the instructions outside the stations and five minutes in each station.
- The MMI interview will last approximately one hour
- After your interview you will have the opportunity of a tour of some of the medical facilities
The eight station formats are:
The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities we consider essential for the practice of medicine. You will be expected to have good communication and listening skills, an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.
Interviews are conducted by a combination of medical practitioners, university academics and laypeople.
The dates of the interviews will appear on the website once they have been scheduled.
Outcome of interviews
Applicants will be scored based on performance in each station. Although a few offers will be made early, the majority will be made when all interviews have been completed.
It is important that the process of student admission onto a medicine course at the University of Nottingham is free from unlawful discrimination of any kind. Our guidelines are based on those prepared by The University of Nottingham Medical School Admissions Committee. These guidelines are consistent with The University of Nottingham Code of Practice on Admissions and Recruitment.
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(UPDATED: 20 September 2017)