Frequently Asked Questions: A100 5 Year Medicine course
How many places do you have for medicine?
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 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.
What qualifications are required for my application to be considered?
Do you accept re-sits?
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 of a science related degree programme, or have completed a science related first degree, 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).
I’ve taken Maths A level a year early, will this affect my application?
No. You must be predicted AAA in a further three subjects at A level, including biology and chemistry, excluding general studies, critical thinking and global perspectives. If you are made an offer to study medicine, our offer would be AAB including A in biology and chemistry.
Will it be acceptable if I take three years to complete my A levels?
We are aware that some schools actively encourage their students to start studying for A level early, eg in Year 11. If a student started one A level in Year 11 and completed it in Year 12, and then went on to study three A levels in Years 12 and 13, this would be acceptable. However, we would not consider an application if one or more subject took three years to complete.
We would appreciate clarification from your school before we make a decision. Please submit an enquiry form with full details.
What qualifications, other than A levels and GCSEs do you accept?
I don’t meet the grade requirements because I was unwell around the exams, will I still be considered?
You should notify your school or college of any extenuating circumstances so that the exam boards can be informed and consider the circumstances 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.
NB – if you have a serious ongoing illness which has affected your school performance, then you should submit an enquiry form with more information and we will assess individually.
If I haven’t achieved many A* grades at GCSE level, is there any point in applying?
Can mature students apply?
Yes, we will consider applications who have already completed a degree in a science related subject and have achieved AAA at A level (including biology and chemistry). We will also consider applicants who are currently studying for a degree providing they are in their final year of study.
We also consider non-graduate mature applications. 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.
Does the Medical School 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 UKCAT?
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (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 UKCAT or the UKCATSEN test. Applicants assessed by an occupational psychologist or a member of the school and granted extra time in written examinations should take the UKCATSEN test and provide the School of Medicine with a copy of the assessment document.
Why do you use UKCAT?
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 UKCAT 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 accept BMAT?
We are not accepting BMAT for entry.
What should I put in my personal statement?
Please see the selection process for guidance on what we look for in a personal statement.
What type of work or voluntary experience do you require?
We expect you to have undergone some form of medical work or voluntary experience to enable you to understand the profession you are entering.
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 when you write your personal statement and before you attend an interview.
Work experience should include:
- At least speaking to your GP to understand the positives and negatives of a career in medicine, if you are unable to obtain work experience
- Experience in a more caring setting such as a hospice, care home, club, society or similar. This will allow you to observe more long-term interactions between people and the skills required in the roles. If you are working in a care home or hospice, consider the patient's position and their requirements and needs and how these may be met by carers.
We'd also like to hear about any paid or unpaid jobs you have had.
How do you select for interview?
Details can be found in the application and in the UKCAT sections above. See selection process.
I was interviewed at Nottingham last year, but was unsuccessful. Can I re-apply?
If you were interviewed, you are not able to re-apply.
I applied to Nottingham 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 are able to accept applicants who just failed to meet the grade requirement. Other years, this isn’t possible.
Information for International Students
Can international students apply?
Yes - we have a fixed HEFCE quota of 25 international students a year (ie not home/EU applicants). International applications will be processed and assessed separately but using the same processes as home and EU applications.
Watch video on advice and tips for international students
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 Foundation Programme.
English language qualifications
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 require either IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element).
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?
No, the medicine course does not enter into UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing.
Is the A100 a problem-based learning course?
No, for the pre-clinical years (years 1 – 2.5) the teaching components are systems-based, although there is some element of problem-based learning during those years. The core components are taught through lectures, full-body dissection classes, and seminar group teaching.
Alongside the above, 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?
No, the application processes are very different and therefore you must apply to both courses in order to be considered for each one.
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