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Frequently Asked Questions: A108 6 Year Medicine Course with Foundation Year - 2017/18 entry



How many places do you have for medicine?
Please see the online prospectus.  
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.



Qualifications and Additional Criteria

What qualifications are required for my application to be considered?

Please see the online prospectus 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?
Please see the online prospectus under entry requirements.
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?

Please submit an enquiry form for more details.

What are the additional criteria I must meet?

Please see the online prospectus under entry requirements.

If I achieved six or above A grades at GCSE which meets the criteria for A100, 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 BMBS Medicine entry.

Do you accept transfers onto the A108 medical course?
No, we don’t allow students to transfer onto our medical programme.
Can graduates apply for the A108 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?

No, you should notify your school of any extenuating circumstances at the time of your examinations so that the exam boards can be made aware of the situation and can take this into consideration when grading the exam papers. We are unable to consider extenuating circumstances retrospectively.

NB – if you have a serious ongoing illness which has affected their school performance over a long period of time, please submit an enquiry form with more information and your circumstances would be assessed individually.

If you have received an offer to study medicine and then have extenuating circumstances, you must notify the Examination Board and also send us the detailed information.

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.


UKCAT Clinical Aptitute Test (UKCAT)

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 Admissions Sub-Dean.



Selection for Interview

How do you select for interview?

Please refer to our selection process for more information.



Personal Statement

What should I put in my personal statement?

Please see the section process for guidance on what to include in your personal statement.



Work Experience

What type of Work Experience or Voluntary Experience do you require?

Medical applicants are expected to have undergone some form of medical work or voluntary experience to enable them to understand the profession they 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 experience session will enable 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 or voluntary experience should include:

  • at least speaking with your GP if you are unable to obtain hospital experience.  This will help you to understand the positives and negatives of working in the NHS. 
  • Experience in a more caring setting – a hospice or care home or similar. This will allow you to observe more long-term interactions between carers and patients (including doctors and nurses) and the skills required in this particular role. Consider what it would be like to be in the patient’s position and think about their requirements and needs and how these may be met by carers.



I was interviewed at Nottingham last year, but was unsuccessful. Can I re-apply?
We do not consider applications from applicants who were interviewed in the previous year.
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?
If you are holding an offer and do not achieve the grade requirements, you will not be accepted onto the course.


General Queries

Is the A100/A108 a problem-based learning course?

Having successfully completed year 0, you will progress to year 1 of the A100 course. For the pre-clinical years (years 1 – 2.5) the teaching components are systems-based with some problem-based learning components. The core components are taught through lectures, full-body dissection classes, and seminar group teaching.

Alongside the theory, 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?

Please refer to the University's Fees webpages for the most up to date information. 

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 still be 16 at the start of the 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:

  1. We have exchange schemes with other medical schools around the world
  2. 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




Term dates

Term time dates for students on A100 and A108 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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