Frequently Asked Questions: 6-Year Medicine Course with Foundation Year (A108/A18L - 2020 entry)
How many places do you have for medicine?
Can I apply to both Nottingham Lincoln Foundation Year courses (A108/A18L)?
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.
How is my application assessed?
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 A108 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.
If I have completed a foundation programme at this or another university would I be able to apply for the A108 (or A18L) course?
No, this course is for applicants who have not previously completed a foundation programme. If you started but did not complete a foundation programme, then you should contact the Director of Admissions and she will consider the reasons on a case by case basis. You must provide evidence to support the reasons why you were unable to complete the course.
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.
Qualifications and Additional Criteria
What qualifications are required for my application to be considered?
Please see the online prospectus for A108 and A18L under entry requirements.
If I have achieved a B in core science and a B in advanced science do I need to take A level biology?
Both biology and chemistry are required at A level.
Do you accept re-sits?
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.
I completed three A levels at BBC or higher but didn’t take chemistry. Can I take this subject a year later and still apply?
Yes, you must be predicted to achieve, or have achieved, at least a grade B in chemistry.
What qualifications, other than A levels and GCSEs do you accept?
What are the additional criteria I must meet?
If I achieved six or above A grades at GCSE which meets the criteria for A100/A10L, but I am not predicted to achieve AAA at A level, would I be considered for the A108 course?
You would be considered, providing you meet the additional criteria outlined on the online prospectus
and do not meet direct A100/A10L BMBS Medicine entry.
Do you accept transfers onto the A108/A8L medical course?
No, we don’t allow students to transfer onto our medical programme.
Can graduates apply for the A108/A18L course?
No, this course is for applicants who have not previously entered Higher Education.
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.
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.
University Clinical Aptitute Test (UCAT)
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 the extended 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?
We do not have a cut off or threshold score for UCAT.
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 process 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
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 Experience 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?
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?
If you are holding an offer and do not achieve the grade requirements, you will not be accepted onto the course.
Do you provide feedback?
No we do not normally provide individual feedback to students about their interview performance.
Is the A108/A8L a problem-based learning course?
No. We offer a clinical theme based integrated course.
Having successfully completed year zero, you will progress to year 1 of the A100/A10L 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. Submit an enquiry form
for further advice and include further 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 further details.
How much will the fees be?
Can I take a year out to intercalate?
Students on our course complete two degrees, Bachelor of Medical Sciences, and the doctor’s degree, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery within the six years so do not need to take a year out.
Occasionally students will study a PhD or a Masters degree between completing the BMedSci and the BMBS degrees.
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 your choice of project. There are normally around 17 home bases that offer projects, an example is Biomedical Sciences, and 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 two opportunities on the course itself:
- 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
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 the Nottingham sport scholarship 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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