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Five-year Medicine (A100/A10L) Selection Process (for 2020 entry)

This policy, and the contents within, is for guidance only and subject to change.

The University of Nottingham selection process for each Medicine course assesses applicants for the common core values skills and attributes needed to study medicine as recommended by the Medical Schools Council.

Timeline

Time Stages

15 October

UCAS applications deadline  
September – November

1. A100/A10L entry requirements checked

2. GCSEs* and UCAT scored and ranked

Notes:

  • Applicants who haven’t taken GCSEs will be assessed to ensure that they have achieved the equivalent qualifications.
  • Applicants who achieve a UCAT SJT Band 4 are not considered further
December – March

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Personal Statement and Reference assessed before issuing offers

February – March

Issuing of offers

 

Stages

For 2019 entry, we received around 2500 applications that met the entry requirements for the five-year A100 medicine course. Approximately 1000 applicants were interviewed for 206 Home/EU places and 25 International places.

Initial assessment

Academic ability and the UCAT scores you achieved and are predicted to achieve are assessed at this stage.

The UCAT test must be taken in the same year as the application is made to UCAS. With the exception of exemptions issued by UCAT, if you haven’t taken the UCAT 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: 

double science
triple science
maths
English language
best four other subjects

OR

biology or human biology
chemistry
physics
English language
maths
best three other subjects

The GCSEs are scored as follows:

A* (8 or 9) = 2 points
A (7) = 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

A-levels / IB

The requirement is AAA (or AAB contextual offer*) including biology (or human biology) and chemistry, excluding general studies, global perspective, citizenship studies and critical thinking; or IB 36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component). The third subject can be any other subject. A fourth A level will not benefit your application.  

*If you are eligible for the University of Nottingham WP Flag,

  • you may be accepted with predicted grades of AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry or IB with predicted overall score of 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component
  • If you are successful at interview, you may then be made an offer of AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry, or IB with predicted overall score of 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component) However, this offer will be conditional on you accepting the University of Nottingham as your firm choice for medicine.

Criteria for the WP Flag at the University of Nottingham are:

- students who have spent more than 3 months in care, OR

- students who are attending a state school at the time of application and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme*
  • live in a low participation neighbourhood and disadvantaged area at the time of application (see Postcode checker)
  • are refugees at the time of application

*This includes Nottingham Potential Summer School / Sutton Trust / Realising Opportunities, UNIQ, Birmingham)

A levels (attained or predicted) are NOT scored. 

Please note:

Qualifications must be studied over a two year period. The first-sit grades are considered.

Re-sits

Applicants applying during the 2019 UCAS admissions cycle will be considered if they have taken 1 module re-sit in any of their modular A-levels.

Applicants will be considered who are re-sitting up to two A levels having attained at least ABB with at least one A in either Biology or Chemistry. All students who are applying whilst re-sitting A levels must achieve AAA in A level grades.

UCAT

Applicants may apply for a bursary to cover the full cost of the test. The scheme is open from May to September.  The UCAT website will have full bursary details.

There are five components to the UCAT 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 = Applicants who achieve a Band 4 are not considered further.

Example

To help you work out your score for the UCAT 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. 

UCAT Additional timed tests

Applicants who are entitled to additional time for public examinations may be entitled to take an alternative UCAT test. The UCAT website provides information relating to the range of medical conditions acceptable considered. (Note: The School of Medicine requires applicants who sit this to provide supporting evidence.)

 

Outcome of the initial assessment

The GCSE score and UCAT score are added together and the top % of applicants will be considered for interview.

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. 

 

Interviews

Interviews are held at both Nottingham and Lincoln. The style of interviews will be Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) and will comprise 8 stations. They are the same at both sites. Applicants to both A100 and A10L will have one interview only.

Interview day

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:

    • One minute to read the instructions outside the station
    • In the first station you enter you will be asked 'ice-breaker' questions for two minutes. All applicants are asked the same questions and the answers are not scored
    • After two minutes, the assessment for that station starts and lasts for five minutes
    • There is one minute to exit the station and read the instructions outside the next station
    • Then a five-minute assessment in the next station
  • You will continue to move around the stations, having one minute 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

Format

The eight station formats are:

  • Two stations will involve role play
  • Six stations will involve answering questions based on the instructions or scenarios that are provided outside the station. A copy of the instructions or scenarios are also in the station for you to refer to during the assessment 

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 health care staff, university teaching staff and laypeople. 

Interview schedule

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 some offers will be made early, the remainder will be made when all interviews have been completed.

 

Equal Opportunities

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.

Reasonable adjustments

We welcome applicants with disabilities. If you believe that you require any adjustments to be put in place for your interview then please notify us in advance on mhssupport@nottingham.ac.uk.

Please note we may not be able to make suitable arrangements for your interview day if you do not inform us in advance. We may also request additional independent supporting evidence from you.

 

 

 

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