Applying to Leicester Medical School

Stage 1: UCAS form

All applications, including those of overseas students and mature students, must be made through UCAS.

We have minimum academic requirements (see entry requirements) and also require the UKCAT exam to be sat in the year of application. Leicester Medical School is highly rated, so competition for places is keen and we expect high grades in appropriate A-levels or equivalent.

Your UCAS form should detail your academic qualifications (achieved and pending), a current academic reference and a personal statement, plus details of any employment. Although not routinely read your personal statement may be assessed in some situations and so should be clear and concise outlining your ambitions and experiences, and how they have shaped your personal development. Medical work experience is not essential but you should be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken some kind of work where you are able to communicate with the public.

From the information on your UCAS form we will calculate a numerical score. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to and interview.

Stage 2: Interview

The interview will take the format of multiple mini interviews (MMIS). The process will last just over an hour, and through a number of stations (manned and unmanned) the attributes laid down in the GMC document 'Tomorrow's Doctors' will be assessed, eg communication, motivation, empathy, comprehension and numeracy.

Based on consideration of both your UCAS form and your interview, we may then make you an offer.

Stage 3: Offer

Your offer will be conditional if you are still awaiting the results of your degree, A-levels, IBacc or equivalent.

Who is not eligible to apply?

We're sorry, but because of the nature of the course...

  • We do not take applications through clearing.
  • You cannot transfer from a Medical Degree at another university, this is because of the fully integrated nature of the medical curriculum.
  • Your application will not be considered if you are re-sitting the whole of your AS-level year or your A2-levels, unless you have already contacted us about significant mitigating circumstances and you have been given permission to apply. AS module re-sits within the two years are acceptable.  If you previously held a conditional firm offer with us and are now repeating your A-levels because of major mitigating circumstances we may consider a re-application, although our recommendation in this case will often be to take an Honours Degree and then apply as a graduate.

 

Postgraduate Foundation Training and Beyond

At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBChB degrees, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.

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