Frequently Asked Questions: 5-Year Medicine course (A100 and A10L - 2020 entry)
How many places do you have for medicine?
Can I apply to both Nottingham and Lincoln five-year courses (A100/A10L)?
Yes, you can apply for both courses. The admission process is the same for both courses and you will only have one MMI interview at the site of your choosing. It is possible to get offers from both, or one or other of the courses depending on your MMI performance and ranking.
Do you consider gap year students?
Yes. We consider applicants who are either on a gap year or wish to take one before they join the course. During gap years, we would expect their time to be used constructively to gain more work experience, to spend some time travelling or working.
Gap year applicants are considered in the same way as applicants applying straight from sixth form. Academic entry criteria must be met as explained below.
If I make a change from another medicine course to Nottingham’s medicine course within the UCAS 14 day substitution criteria, would my application be considered?
If the change is made before the 15th October deadline for medicine, then we would consider your application. However if the change is made after the deadline, even if the original application was submitted through UCAS prior to the deadline, the application would be considered as a late application and your application would be unsuccessful.
Do you make Unconditional Offers for the A100/A10L medicine course?
All offers are made after interview. Offers made will either be:
- ‘conditional’ (where an applicant is still studying for the required qualifications and their referees have provided predicted grades) or
- ‘unconditional’ (where an applicant has met the academic requirements)
All offers are subject to satisfactory police (DBS) and health checks.
Do you make contextual offers?
Yes. Please see the A100
online prospectus for more information under "Entry requirements".
Can I apply to both the five-year and six-year courses (A100/A10L and A108/A18L)?
Applicants cannot apply for both A100 and A108, or both A10L and A18L.
Applicants who meet the A100/A10L medicine GCSE and A-level requirements cannot apply for the A108/A18L course.
However, if applicants only meet GCSE OR A levels requirements for the A100 /A10L course they may be able to apply for the A18L or A108 courses if the additional non-academic requirements are also met.
I was interviewed at Nottingham/Lincoln last year, but was unsuccessful. Can I re-apply?
Yes, you may re-apply once. However, applicants who apply again may not reach interview stage the second time round, and applicants who have had significant reservations raised at interview would have their application rejected.
What qualifications are required for my application to be considered?
Do you accept re-sits?
If you make an application while studying A-levels, your application will be considered if you have taken one module re-sit in any of your modular A-levels.
We will consider resits of no more than 2 A-levels under the following conditions:
- You have completed your A-levels in the last 12 months
- You have already obtained at least ABB
- At least one A is currently in Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry
- You are predicted and must achieve AAA after taking your resits
For students taking the International Baccalaureate, we will consider resits of a maximum of 2 subjects under the following conditions
- You have completed your IB in the last 12 months
- You have achieved 34 total points overall
- You have obtained 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a 6 in Chemistry or Biology – the other one being at level 5.
- Students must be predicted and achieve 666 (including Biology and Chemistry)
If I am in the first or second year of a degree course while applying for medicine (or registered to start a degree programme), will you consider my application?
No. You must be in your final year, or have completed a 2:1 degree in any subject, before we will consider your application.
Please see the online prospectus for information on what qualifications we accept.
Do you accept transfers onto the medical course?
No, we don’t allow students to transfer onto our medical programme.
Would you consider my application if I had previously been studying on a medicine course at this, or another medical school, and was unable to complete the course, even if I had extenuating circumstances?
No, we would not consider your application.
I completed 3 A levels at A grade but didn’t include biology (or chemistry or both). Can I take the subject a year later and still apply?
Yes, provided you achieved AAA in the three completed subjects and you are predicted to achieve a grade A in biology (or chemistry or both).
What happens if I have taken an A-level earlier than the others?
In a situation where your school has recommended you take an A-level early, this will not affect your application. You will need to continue to study a further 3 A-levels in Years 12 and 13, so you have a ‘full academic workload’. You must be predicted, or have achieved, AAA including biology and chemistry. If you have taken biology or chemistry a year early then the grade achieved must be A. A-level subjects that have taken 3 years to complete are not usually accepted.
What qualifications, other than A levels and GCSEs do you accept?
We accept a range of alternative qualifications that are equivalent to the entry requirements for the A100 medicine course.
Please submit an enquiry form for more details.
I don’t meet the grade requirements because I was unwell around the exams, will I still be considered?
If you were unwell during earlier exams, we would have expected you to have informed your school or college of the extenuating circumstances. The school or college, would inform the relevant exam boards so your circumstances could be considered when grading the exam papers. We are unable to consider extenuating circumstances retrospectively.
If you have extenuating circumstances while you are holding an offer to study medicine at our University, you must provide details to us as well as the Examination Board.
If I haven’t achieved many A* grades at GCSE level, is there any point in applying?
Can mature students apply?
Yes. Mature applicants can apply.
We will consider:
- Applicants who have already completed a 2:1 degree* in any subject and have achieved AAA at A level (including biology and chemistry)
- Those who are currently studying for a degree* providing they are in their final year of study
- We also consider non-graduate mature applicants. There is no fixed upper age limit, but we will consider the length of the course and the expected length of service after you qualify. You must also have evidence of academic study within three years of application.
*Graduates may wish to consider the graduate entry medicine (A101) course.
Does the School of Medicine accept GCSEs that are taken over multiple years if I am home schooled?
For home schooled students, we do accept GCSEs that were taken over multiple years but you must achieve the required grades at first sit.
What is UCAT?
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT, previously known as UKCAT) comprises two components, cognitive and non-cognitive. The cognitive component contains the following four sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision making. The non-cognitive components contain "situational judgement tests" to measure your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
Applicants can take the UCAT, or an extended version of the test. Applicants assessed by an occupational psychologist or a member of the school and granted extra time in written examinations should take an extended version of the test and provide the School of Medicine with a copy of the assessment document.
Why do you use UCAT?
This test helps us to address the imperative to widen participation, particularly for students whose predicted A-level grades are too low to be considered for medicine, but who may go on to achieve the required results in August. An aptitude test would be open to all applicants regardless of A-level predictions.
The UCAT test is a requirement for this course. In the unlikely event you are unable to take the test, you must provide evidence to support this which will be considered by the Director of Admissions.
Do you publish the UCAT cut off score for those students being considered for an interview?
The UCAT score that is used by the University of Nottingham is not the UCAT ‘raw score’. How it is calculated is explained on our medicine selection web page as follows:
The ‘University of Nottingham calculated’ UCAT score is added to the GCSE score* and applicants with the highest combined score will be considered for interview.
We do not publish UCAT scores or combined GCSE/UCAT scores from past years as they would not be helpful and might be misleading for potential applicants for the current year of entry.
*Those students without GCSE/iGCSE qualifications will be assessed in a separate group where only their UCAT is scored.
Do you accept BMAT?
We are not accepting BMAT for entry.
I had some extenuating circumstances that may have affected my UCAT performance. Will you take these into consideration during the selection process?
If you were unwell or had some unforeseen personal circumstances that might have affected your UCAT test, we would expect you to have informed the UCAT Team and to have rescheduled your test. If you were unable to sit the UCAT test because of unforeseen medical or personal issues we will not consider your application. We are unable to consider extenuating circumstances retrospectively.
Will my personal statement be scored?
No, whilst we are interested to see your personal statement, this is no longer formally scored.
What type of work or voluntary experience do you require?
You should have ongoing voluntary experience in a caring setting when you apply. For example in a care home, and you should try to get some NHS work experience or talk to your own GP. You can also gain valuable experience from paid or unpaid jobs that involve working with people.
We want you to have gained an understanding of:
- The realities of working in a caring profession and the skills and attitudes that are needed to be a good doctor
- The needs of people who are being cared for and also the needs of their carers
- Your own strengths and weaknesses and whether or not you want to be a doctor
Keeping a reflective diary will enable you to write down your experiences and what you have learnt from them.
Keeping this up-to-date at the end of each work experience session will help you to remember your experiences and will provide you with preparation material for writing your personal statement and attending for interview.
The Medical Schools Council provides useful guidance.
How do you select for interview?
Details can be found in the application and in the UCAT sections above. See selection process.
I applied to Nottingham/Lincoln last year but wasn’t offered an interview. Can I re-apply?
Yes, we will consider a further application. We will treat the new application as if it was the first and score it in the same way.
If I get an offer and fail to get the grades, what will happen?
It is difficult to know what will happen in advance of the exam results. Some years we find that fewer offer holders meet the grades and therefore we may be able to accept a small number of firm offer holders who just failed to meet the grade requirement. Other years, this isn’t possible.
Do you provide feedback?
No we do not normally provide individual feedback to students about their interview performance.
Information for International students
Can international students apply?
Yes. International applications for the A100 and A10L courses will be processed and assessed separately but using the same processes as home and EU applications.
NB: If you have a general enquiry relating to International students, please visit the homepage at www.nottingham.ac.uk/international
The following information is also relevant to international students:
International offers are made to applicants who are classed as international for fee purposes. If an applicant who has accepted an international offer provides evidence to support a reclassification to home fee status before the student registration date in September, the offer will remain valid only if the applicants achieved a threshold score for interview and an interview score equal to, or greater than, the score home applicants had to achieve to receive an offer.
Funding Requirements to study in the United Kingdom
You will require a tier 4 visa to study in the United Kingdom. To successfully apply for a student visa/entry clearance you must be able to show that you have sufficient money to cover your tuition fees for Year 1 and living expenses in the United Kingdom for up to one year. Information on fees can be found on our student fees and finance webpages.
Rules after Graduation
On successful completion of the BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, students will be eligible to apply for the UKFP Foundation Programme.
English language requirements
Medical students need to be fluent in English, both to understand the course and communicate with patients.
If English is not your first language, we only accept one of the following:
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 73 (minimum 67)
- Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
- International Baccalaureate diploma: either GCSE English language grade B(6) or IB standard English language grade 5.
- Applicants who are studying their curriculum (i.e. all subjects) in the English medium are required to have GCSE English (first) language grade B (6). IELTS will compensate for a grade lower.
- Applicants who are studying their curriculum in their home language can take IGCSE English however they must have IELTS as well
How many places do you have for international students?
We will have 25 international places for A100 and 2 international places for A10L, 2020 entry.
For 2019 entry we received 260 international applications that met the entry requirements for the 5 year A100 medicine course. 105 applicants were offered an interview of whom 87 attended for interview for 25 places on the course.
Can international applicants be interviewed by Skype or in a country other than the UK?
No. All interviews for A100, 2020 entry will be held at the University of Nottingham in the UK. All interviews for A10L, 2020 entry, will be held at the University of Lincoln.
At both sites international applicants will be able to talk to current students and staff and have a tour of the Medical School and University campus.
Do you guarantee accommodation in Nottingham (A100 course) and Lincoln (A10L course) for international students?
If my application has been unsuccessful and I accept an alternative course offer at the University, would I be able to apply for the Graduate Entry Medicine course at the end of the first degree?
The Graduate Entry course will consider applications from students who have completed a degree in any discipline. (See FAQs for the A101 Graduate Entry Medicine
course.) We do not have a preference for particular degree subjects.
If I do not have a place to study medicine, would I be considered by the school through UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing?
The A100 medicine course at Nottingham does not enter into UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing. However, depending on the rising numbers of applicants to the new Lincoln Medical School, this may be available for the A10L medicine course
Is the A100/A10L a problem-based learning course?
No. We offer a clinical theme based integrated course.
In the early years students will be taught subjects in themes based upon an over-arching clinical problem. The core components are taught through lectures, full-body dissection or prosection classes, seminar groups and online learning. Students receive early clinical experience from the first year, with visits to hospitals and GP practices.
I have a caution from the Police, can I apply?
It would depend on the circumstances. Contact the enquiry centre
for further advice. When emailing, include all the details.
I have an ongoing health issue, can I apply?
It would depend on the circumstances. Submit an enquiry form for further advice and include all the details.
How much will the fees be?
Please refer to the University's Fees webpages for the most up-to-date information for both Home/EU and International students.
Can I take a year out to intercalate?
On our course, students complete two degrees, Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci), and the doctor’s degree, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) within the five years.
There are some medical schools that offer a six year programme, where students will intercalate i.e. take a year out of their medical studies to complete a second degree. We do not offer this type of course.
However, occasionally students have been allowed to study a PhD or a masters degree in a specialist subject between the BMedSci degree and the BMBS degree.
I will be under 18 if I joined the medical course, will I still be considered?
Yes, we accept students who are 17 years old or above onto the course. If we wish to make an offer to a student who is younger than 18 we will obtain permission from parents before making that offer.
We do not consider applications from students who would be in their 16th year on the 1st September of the year they start their course.
Can I decide what BMedSci project I do?
You will have some input into the choice of project. There are approximately 17 home bases that offer projects which currently include cancer, drug action, brains and behaviour, cell signalling, anatomy, public health and education. You will be able to rank your home base preferences. Once you have been assigned to a home base, there is a wider selection of projects available to you.
Are there opportunities to study abroad?
There are several opportunities to study abroad on the course.
- We have exchange schemes with other medical schools around the world
- The elective in the final year. You would organise this yourself during the fourth year and can travel to any country the Foreign and Commonwealth Office deems safe
If I apply to A101 graduate entry medicine and I am unsuccessful will I automatically be considered for A100/A10L?
No, the application processes are very different and therefore you must apply to both courses in order to be considered for each one.
As well as your webpages, is there any other help and advice for applying for medicine?
Can Lincoln Medicine School (A10L/A18L) students apply for a University of Nottingham Sports Scholarship?
Lincoln-based students will have access to both Nottingham and Lincoln’s sports facilities and can choose to train with, and represent, either university’s sports teams. However, eligibility for Nottingham sports scholarships would be contingent on a student-athlete training and playing with a University of Nottingham sports team. We recommend looking into the logistical requirements of studying at Lincoln and competing at Nottingham by contacting our Sports team at email@example.com.
Term time dates for students on the A100/A10L and A108/A18L courses are the same as the University term time dates for Years 1, 2 and the start of Year 3.
The term time dates for students starting the Clinical Phases of the course in Semester 6 are included in an ‘Introduction to the Clinical Phases booklet’ which they will receive towards the end of Semester 5.
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