Entry requirements

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ASTON MEDICAL SCHOOL APPLICATION

Aston Medical School will admit a small cohort of 60 medical students in September 2018.
The majority of our places are reserved for high achieving international fee paying students with the remainder of places allocated to a small number of talented local UK students who successfully complete our Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. We will not be accepting applications from any other UK or EU fee paying students*.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel on our course. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation.

All candidates must have:

  1. GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications: The normal requirement is a minimum of five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B or above, which must include English language, mathematics, chemistry, biology or double science (or overseas equivalent).
  2. UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test): This must be taken in the year of application. Your result will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. Visit www.ukcat.ac.uk for more information.
  3. English language requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate an excellent command of the English language.Find out more about accepted tests and scores.

Academic qualifications:

  • A Levels: The normal requirement is a minimum of AAB in three subjects including chemistry and biology (in any grade order). The third subject may be any other subject, excluding general studies and critical thinking. A pass in the practical element of your science A Levels is required. If you are taking more than three A Levels, the chemistry, biology and the next best grade in a science subject, if taken, will be the grades considered.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Applicants will normally be expected to achieve or to have achieved an overall score of at least 35 points with a mark of 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including chemistry and biology and the rest from three Standard Level subjects.
  • BTEC: Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally be considered on a case-by-case basis but will need to obtain a minimum of DD in the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grades A and B in any order.
  • Overseas equivalents: Discover the wide range of recognised equivalent overseas qualifications that Aston Medical School accepts.
  • Foundation programmes: We do accept some UK foundation programmes and these are considered on a case by case basis. Find out the foundation programmes that we accept.
  • International applicants with a previous undergraduate degree: We will require at least an upper second class degree (2:1) or overseas equivalent. This will need to be in a suitable science subject from a recognised university. Students will be required to have an adequate knowledge of chemistry and biology equivalent to B grade passes at A Level. Please note that there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston.
  • Deferred entry and gap years: Deferred entry and gap years are permitted, however interviews, UKCAT and academic qualifications must be obtained in the year of application.
  • Resits: Resits for GCSEs, A Levels and equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis, please contact us first before applying to discuss things further.
  • Frequently asked questions: Discover more in our FAQ

How to apply
There are 60 places available in our first cohort.

The majority of our places are reserved for high achieving international fee paying students with the remainder of places allocated to a small number of talented local UK students who successfully complete our Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme.

We will not be accepting applications from any other UK or EU fee paying students*

The application form:

  • All applications must be made via the Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS).
  • Applications will open in the September of the year before the start of the course and all applications must reach UCAS by the published closing date, usually 15 October of that year, i.e. applications for entry in September 2018 will open in September 2017 and close on the 15 October 2017.
  • Our application processes employ fair, consistent and transparent procedures to recruit students with both the intellectual capacity and personal attributes to become safe, competent and caring doctors who are able to play a full role in whichever health system they choose. 
  • We are looking for applicants who are well rounded individuals with the ability to cope with an intensive course and a demanding career.

The design of our selection processes incorporates the values of equality and diversity, and minimises the risk of direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of the protected characteristics defined in the 2010 Equality Act (Equality and Diversity in UK Medical Schools BMA, October 2009; Gateways to the Professions, GMC 2014.)

UKCAT:

  1. All applicants must take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or if appropriate, the UKCATSEN.
  2. Candidates with disabilities can often test by taking the UKCATSEN or by UKCAT making adjustments to meet particular examination needs. Candidates who do not think that the UKCATSEN or special examination arrangements will meet their particular needs should contact UKCAT directly and present supporting evidence. Should UKCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact us directly medicalschool@aston.ac.uk, prior to the end of the UKCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UKCAT of the inability to accommodate your requirements. We will confirm whether or not we will accept your application without a UKCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received without supporting evidence, without the relevant confirmation from UKCAT or after the end of the UKCAT testing cycle.
  3. UKCAT testing is available throughout the world. Please note that UKCAT will no longer issue exemptions for medical reasons or on geographical grounds.
  4. Interviews:
  5. Applicants meeting our academic and other school requirements will be invited to our on campus Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). No Skype/ remote interviews will be possible as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is an important part of the selection process.
  6. The MMIs will consist of a number of five minute stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution Framework. The stations will assess attributes including:
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Listening
  • Compassion, respect and dignity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Problem solving
  • Motivation
  • Disabilities, additional needs and medical conditions:

If you consider yourself to have a disability, additional needs (example: dyslexia) or any relevant medical conditions you must declare this in your UCAS application form and communicate it in writing with the school recruitment team if any matters arise subsequent to submission of your application. You will enter the screening process in the same way as all other applicants and the declaration of your disability/ additional need/ medical condition will not be made available to the screening selectors.

However, knowledge of your disability/ additional need/ medical condition will enable us to make any reasonable adjustments for your interview. We make it a priority to ensure that all of our students have access to a wide variety of support from our small friendly community including specific support for international students, access to our visa and disability team and our dedicated school academic and support teams. If you would like to discuss any specific needs you have please contact medicalschool@aston.ac.uk.

Successful applicants:

If you are successful and you are made a conditional offer, you will be sent an email outlining the terms you will need to meet for your offer to be made unconditional. Conditions will include:

  • Confirmation on your educational results
  • The submittal of a health questionnaire and occupational health clearance
  • Completion of a DBS check (UK Criminal Records Check). If you have lived outside of the UK for longer than six months in the last five years then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (for each country you have lived in).
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK we have a team of qualified immigration advisors to guide you through this process.

Fees:
International students: £37,000* per academic year
UK (Pathway to Healthcare Programme graduates): £9,250* per academic year
International Students: Fees for each year of study can be paid either in full at the start of each academic year or in three termly instalments of 50% at the beginning of Term 1 (September), 25% in Term 2 (January) and 25% in Term 3 (May).

UK students: You will be apply for a student loan to cover tuition fees and to support living costs via the Student Loans Company.

Each year we will have a range of small financial awards and prizes for the most talented students both entering their first year at Aston and in subsequent years of study. Full scholarships covering all or the majority of tuition fees will not be available.

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