Frequently Asked Questions:
Applying to the MBChB Course
Disabilities, Special Needs and Medical Conditions
Fees and Bursaries
Graduates applying to the 4 year or 5 year course
Access to Medicine
Visiting the Medical School
A. The naming of medical qualifications can seem rather confusing. The letters 'MB', despite their order, stand for 'Bachelor of Medicine'. The letters 'ChB' stand for 'Bachelor of Surgery'. ('Ch' meaning 'Chirurgia' which is Latin for Surgery) There is no difference between a medical degree entitled MB ChB and others, for example MBBS, MB BCh.
A. In America, the standard medical degree is 'Doctor of Medicine (MD)'. In the UK, the standard medical degrees are Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, abbreviated to MB ChB, MBBS, etc. Holders of these qualifications are referred to as 'Doctors' The degree of 'Doctor of Medicine' (MD) in the UK is a postgraduate qualification obtained after a period of research.
A. We have an integrated modular curriculum. Clinical work commences in Year 1 and gradually increases over the ensuing years.
A. During Phase I there will be approximately 20 hours per week of contact teaching on the five-year course. It would be unusual for more than 10 hours to be taken up by lectures. In addition students are expected to undertake at least 18 hours of self-directed learning per week.
A. Phase I - Two written assessments are taken at the end of each semester. There is an additional Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) at the end of the first year and at the end of Phase I (ie during January of the final Phase I semester).
Phase II - OSCE Single Best Answer (SBA) and written paper in March of the fourth year. Final Examination in March of the Final Year (OSCE and written paper).
A. No, but hospital accommodation is provided for students free of charge for the duration of their attachment. Students can therefore stay on site for the whole of the placement and only need to make the return journey once.
A. Students must be 18 years old by 1 October of their entry year. This is due to patient contact from Semester 1.
Applicants who will be not be 18 years old by the above date may still apply and we will consider their application in the normal way. However, we will ask such applicants to defer starting until our age requirement has been met.
A. Applications for entry in September 2014 must be submitted between 1 September 2013 and 15 October 2013. All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Please note that you should use ‘Institution Code’ L34 on your UCAS application and ‘Course Code’ A100 (5 year) or A101 (4 year).
A. We do not consider late applications.
A. You may, if you wish, apply for deferred entry. If you have not applied for deferred entry but subsequently wish to defer, you should notify us immediately in writing: email@example.com
We are happy to accept deferrals for the 5 year course. However, we do not consider deferred entry to the 4 year course.
A. Yes. The inclusion of such courses will make no difference to our consideration of your application for medicine.
A. For the majority of applicants, additional information is not required. However, non-EU applicants should provide certified transcript copies of Year 10/11 qualifications at the time of a UCAS submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
However, graduate and mature applicants may have additional experience, which does not readily fit into the UCAS form. We are, therefore, willing to consider additional information in such cases.
When contacting the Medical School, please quote your UCAS ID number and full name.
A. The minimum entry requirements are surpassed by many more applicants than the number of places available. Attaining the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview.
Applications are assessed by the admissions tutors on the basis of academic attainment and the UKCAT. A high rating in all of these areas is required in order for an applicant to be considered for interview. Click here for our Selection Procedure 2014.
A. If you have applied to us before and been rejected, you should contact the Medical School for advice before making a further application: email@example.com
A. Yes you can reapply through UCAS but would need to sit the UKCAT again.
In the case of the A100 5 year course, applicants who were unsuccessful following interview, would need to demonstrate a significant improvement in their interview, in order to receive an offer.
In the case of the A101 4 year course, applicants would only be considered for interview again if there is a substantial improvement in their UCAS application.
A. Yes, we will reject any applicants who have not taken the UKCAT and have not been classed as 'exempt' by obtaining an official exemption certificate number from UKCAT.
Applicants may be exempt from the test on geographic grounds if they live and are educated in a country where the UKCAT is not offered. Please ensure that you check the UKCAT website.
Applicants are entitled to sit the UKCATSEN if they normally require additional time for public examinations based upon a medical diagnosis or report from a specialist teacher. This is likely to relate to applicants with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, attention deficit disorder or working memory deficit. This may also apply to a range of other medical conditions.
Please Note: Applicants who sit the UKCATSEN will be required to provide supporting evidence before any potential offer is made.
Please visit the UKCAT website for all queries regarding the UKCAT.
A. The central question when considering an applicant who has dyslexia, is whether the condition is of sufficient severity to prevent that person practising safely as a doctor.
In general the requirements for admission to medical school are so high that we are dealing with a self-selected group of people who, have largely, learned to compensate for their dyslexia. The approach we take is to try to explore, with the applicant, the extent to which we try to judge the level of insight that the student has about difficulties that might be encountered with important matters such as drug prescribing.
The University has extensive learning support facilities. The Medical School allows limited amount of extra time in academic examinations.
A. We aim to be as inclusive as possible when considering applicants. We must, however, bear in mind the physical demands of the course and the future fitness to practice as a doctor. Individuals who have any concerns should contact the Medical School Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. The University is required to use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for an Enhanced Check to assess the suitability of applicants to medicine. Applicants are also required to declare all cautions and convictions.
Applicants who have previous or pending convictions are advised to contact the Medical School in writing. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence: email@example.com
A. Click here for information regarding fees at The University of Leicester.
Click here for information regarding NHS bursaries for both courses.
A. Most of our international students still apply with A Level qualifications, with the same requirements as for home students. Applicants should contact the medical school if they have qualifications other than GCE A Level or International Baccalaureate: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. The most popular qualification outside of A Levels is the International Baccalaureate. The minimum level of 36 points, including Chemistry and Biology, plus one other subject at HL and 3 subjects at SL is required.
Excluding core or bonus points, at least grade 6 is required in each of the 6 subjects.
There are a wide variety of individual national qualifications, all of which have equivalence to the two 'gold standard' qualifications, (A Levels and International Baccalaureate). Enquiries should be made in writing to the Medical School Office: email@example.com
A. USA - High School Diploma; (including Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English) – at least grade 4 PLUS 3 Advanced Placements (AP); (including Chemistry) – each subject should be scored at Grade 5.
CANADA - We consider 6 x Grade 12 subjects including Chemistry and Biology. Each of the 6 subjects should be a minimum 85%.
We also consider applicants offering an honours degree with a minimum 3.6/4 gpa or 7.5/9 gpa, which is equivalent to the US system.
A. No - you need to have resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for other than educational purposes. You can request a Fee Assessment Questionnaire from the Medical School Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Applicants should check the UK Border Agency website for up-to-date information.
A. IELTS - An overall minimum score of 7.5
TOEFL - An overall minimum score of 110 (internet)
A. We are interested in academic potential as well as previous achievements. We do not specify a minimum number of A* grades at GCSE. Click here for our 2014 Selection Procedure.
Applicants must have achieved at least a C grade in English Language*, Mathematics and Double Science. It is important to remember, however, that many of our applicants have achieved a very high standard at GCSE.
*Non-EU students - GCSE/IGCSE English Language at Grade B or IELTS: 7.5 overall or TOEFL (internet) minimum 110.
A. We normally require students to study four AS subjects in the first year. These should include Chemistry and Biology. Three of the chosen subjects must be continued to A2 level, including Chemistry but excluding General Studies.
We will accept the Extended Project in place of one AS level (excluding Chemistry and Biology).
No additional credit will be given to students offering more subjects at AS or A2 level. We do not require the Key Skills qualification.
Our standard offer is AAA at A Level (completed in the same year), including Chemistry and two other subjects (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Click here for our 2014 Selection Procedure.
Applicants offering other qualifications should contact the Senior Tutor for Admissions: email@example.com
A. We do not consider applications from applicants who are resitting the full year of AS levels unless there are significant mitigating circumstances and prior agreement has been sought from the Admissions Tutor: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. We do not accept resit applicants. However, we will occasionally accept applications from applicants who are repeating their A Levels if they previously held a conditional firm offer with us and major mitigating circumstances are submitted to the Medical School.
An alternative would be to take another Honours Degree and apply for a shortened medical course. We strongly recommend that you consider this route.
A. We are happy to consider applicants who take a 'gap year'. This does not influence our decision.
A. We acknowledge the difficulties in finding work experience placements in hospitals. There are many ways in which you can gain experience of dealing with people, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
We do not make specific recommendations as to the type of work experience you should follow; the important point about work experience is what you learn from it.
A. The 4 year course at Leicester is specifically designed for graduates with a 2:1 honours degree in any discipline with full-time employment in a caring role for a minimum of one year following graduation.
Applicants who do not have paid employment in a caring role but are undertaking or have obtained their first honours degree with at least 2:1 (predicted or achieved) and have a background in Biology and Chemistry, may apply for the A100, 5 year course.
Q. I have a 2:1 degree but will someone who has a 1st degree have more of a chance of getting a place? (A100)
A. Your degree level will contribute to your score. However a poorer score in this section of the UCAS form can be compensated for by excellence in other areas. Click here for our 2014 Selection Procedure.
A. We do not consider any graduates with a lower second class degree for either the 4 or 5 year medical courses.
A. Higher qualifications are not considered to ameliorate a 2:2 for either the 4 or 5 year medical courses.
A. We are prepared to consider applications from mature applicants who are able to meet our usual entrance requirements (in the case of a graduate, a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject). There is no upper age limit.
A. We are willing to consider applicants offering Access to Medicine qualifications from the following institutions:-
Sussex Downs College
College of West Anglia
The Manchester College
City & Islington College
Or, an Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professions) Diploma from:- Stafford College/New College Telford
Or, an Access to Medical Studies (SWAP) from Stow College
Applicants need to obtain distinctions or the equivalent in all subjects.
A. We do not consider any foundation courses.
A. We do not consider any pre-med courses.
A. We do not accept transfers from medical or non-medical courses. Furthermore, we do not consider students restarting medicine at Leicester from Year 1 (or any other year of the course) if they have already studied/or are studying medicine elsewhere.
A. Students must reside in Leicester or within easy commuting distance of the city for the duration of each semester. The Medical School considers a 20 mile radius from the centre of Leicester as the limit beyond which commuting is not feasible. Click here to determine which towns fall within this radius.
Please click here for Student Accomodation at the University of Leicester.
A. An e-mail account and internet access is provided free for every student. All new students will be given an iPad on arrival. These must be brought to all group work sessions. Teaching rooms have wireless internet access.
In addition, students can use PCs in Open Access computer areas, connected to central fileservers providing uniform access to a wide range of standard supported software applications. This service is based on Microsoft Windows 2010 system. Open Access computer user areas are provided in most of the main teaching buildings, as well as in the library, and are freely available to students. Some are also available 24 hours via a card access system. Click here for more information.
A. Most hospital sites have facilities.
A. No. The security arrangements at this medical school, and the huge demands on staff time, mean that we cannot accommodate requests for individual visits. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of our Open Days.