How will I study?
There are three routes at Nottingham by which you can graduate as a doctor – the five-year course (A100), the six-year course with a foundation year (A108) and the graduate entry four-year course (A101). The objectives are the same, namely to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviour to allow you to graduate with the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree and to practise as a new doctor on the foundation training programme. In addition, if you are on the five-year or six-year course, you will also obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree.
Essentially, we want our junior doctors to learn from real-life patients and not exclusively from books or the internet. We have access to teaching hospitals in the region with over 4,000 beds in total, and a catchment population of almost two million people for our teaching in primary care and community health services.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, visits to general practices and hospitals, and a diverse range of clinical placements. During the clinical phases, you will rotate through a series of placements at major teaching trusts in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and in the community. Experiencing different sites across the counties is an educational and desirable feature of your training. Currently the placements include the following hospitals:
Queens Medical Centre, City Hospital, Highbury Hospital, Nottingham
Newark Hospital, Newark on Trent
Kings Mill Hospital and Millbrook Hospital, Mansfield
Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield
Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
The final module of your course is Transition to Practice. This module comprises Careers events, Foundation Year 1 Preparation Course, Medical Assistantship (MAST) and Elective Period. MAST takes place over 6 weeks; students are allocated to a site, specialty and firm working with a current FY1 doctor. For the Elective period, a period of 7 weeks is allowed, of which, a minimum of 6 weeks (which must include at least 240 contact hours) attendance at your approved elective institution(s) is required.
Progression is assessed by formal exams and your performance on clinical placements.
Career prospects and employability
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification. This entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved foundation year one posts. Successful completion of the foundation year one programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
In 2014, 99% of first-degree graduates from medical courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,645 with the highest being £50,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.
Application and interview
Applicants for A100 or A108 must complete the UKCAT. Interviews are arranged once candidates’ academic and non-academic criteria have been assessed. Offers are only made after interview. We accept applications from students who wish to defer entry but constructive experience will be expected (eg travel or work in a medicine-related field). Applicants for A101 are required to complete the GAMSAT. Applications to the three courses must be made through UCAS.
A100 and A108 applicants invited for interview will be given a tour of the School. Tours also take place during the University-wide open days, where you can talk to representatives and students from the School – for details, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays
The A101 course also runs regular open days, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.