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Selection process - Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS (A108 and A18L) - 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.


Time Stages

15 October

UCAS applications deadline  
September – November
  1. Postcode and A108/A18L course entry requirements checked
  2. GCSEs and UCAT scored and ranked


  • 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

Invitation to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Personal statement and reference assessed before issuing offers

February – March

Issuing of offers



For 2019 entry, we received around 250 applications that met the entry requirements for the Medicine with Foundation Year (Nottingham/Derby pathway) course. Approximately 125 students were interviewed for 27 places.

Unfortunately we receive many applications every year that do not meet the course entry requirements. These applicants are rejected in the initial assessment stage.

Additional criteria

  1. You must be a United Kingdom student living in the UK. If your home country is not the UK but you live in the UK, you must have indefinite leave to remain at the time you make your application, or have refugee status (a letter from the home office is required).
  2. To be eligible to apply for this course, you must currently be attending a state school AND meet one of the following criteria at the time of application:
    • Live in an area which is of low progression to higher education and/or a disadvantaged area - see our online postcode tool.
    • Have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme (eg, Nottingham Potential Summer School, Sutton Trust, Realising Opportunities, UNIQ, Birmingham).
    • Be a refugee. 

       have spent more than three months in care.
  3. Applicants for this course must not meet the full A level and GCSE requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine course. If you meet either the A level or GCSE requirements and meet one of the conditions above, you may still be considered for the foundation course.
  4. Students who have already attended university are not eligible to apply for this course. If you are studying for a degree, or have completed a degree, you should apply to the A101 graduate entry medicine course.

Applicants must meet these additional criteria as well as the GCSE and A level requirements

You will NOT be considered for this course if:

    • your GCSE AND A level profile meets the requirements for the A100 five year medicine course
    • you have already studied at a higher education institution

Initial assessment


The information given for selection to the A100 5-year medicine course also applies to the A108 medicine with a foundation year, with the exception of the following:

The GCSE/IGCSEs scored are limited to the highest 6 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, maths, English language, best two other subjects


biology or human biology, chemistry, physics (or triple science award), English language maths plus best one other subject

The GCSE’s are scored as follows:

A* (8 or 9)   = 3 points A  (7)  = 2 points B  (6)  = 1 point

A levels

The requirement is BBC including B in biology or human biology, and B in chemistry, and C in a third subject, 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 (attained or predicted) are NOT scored. 


  • Qualifications must be studied over a two year period. The first-sit grades are considered.
  • Applicants applying during the 2020 UCAS admissions cycle will be considered if they have taken 1 module re-sit in any of their modular A-levels.
  • For applicants who have taken linear A levels, no resits will be allowed.


Further assessment is the same as for A100 5 year medicine course. 


Outcome of the initial assessment

The aforementioned scores are totalled 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 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 A108 and A18L 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


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

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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School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
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