Interviews for the BMBS with foundation course for the 2018/19 admissions cycle will be conducted on 14, 15, 16, 23 and 24 January 2019.
We aim to build a picture of the circumstances that may have adversely affected an applicant’s education and academic potential. When assessing an application we will consider a range of educational, social, family, and individual characteristics and experiences.
Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course. However, if you meet either the GCSE or A level requirements for A100 but not the other, then you would be considered for the foundation course.
At least seven GCSE passes (grades A-C/4-9) to include Maths, English language and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science.
- A level/AS level
BBB to include Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
- BTEC National Extended Diploma
DDM. Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science.
- BTEC National Diploma
DM. Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science. To be accompanied by GCE A level Biology at grade B.
Access to Higher Education at level 3
45 level 3 credits with a minimum of 33 at Distinction and 12 at Merit, including a minimum of 15 in Biology.
- Welsh Baccalaureate
A Pass or grade B in the WB in addition to BB at GCE A Level, which must include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Higher level grades BBB to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Maths.
- Irish Leaving Certificate
ILC – H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include Biology
A2, A2, B2, B2, B2, B2 or B1, B1, B3, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level, to include A2 or B1 to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths. Ordinary Level Grade C in Maths and English also required.
- International Baccalaureate
International Baccalaureate IB Diploma score– 28-32 minimum including 5 at higher level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
Not required for this course.
We welcome applications from home/EU direct school leavers, students who have not achieved a first degree, and refugees currently residing in UK/EU. All applicants must have achieved the required A levels, or equivalent level qualification, no more than five years prior to submitting a UCAS application.
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. Minimum attainment in the majority of cases cannot exceed more than 2 grade drops from our published typical offer. For example: A level candidates applying for the Medicine with Foundation Year need to have achieved BCC in the first attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at email@example.com. Please note that applicants undertaking re-sits must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.International student admissions
We welcome and encourage applications from suitably qualified international students with proven disadvantage who are in receipt of a bursary for fees from their country of origin. International applicants need to meet the equivalent admissions criteria described for home students.
All teaching at our school is in English, so if English is not your first language and you do not have a GCSE or IGCSE pass at grade C/4 in English language, you must have one of the following qualifications:
Contextual entry requirements
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band 7.0 or above with at least 6.5 in each of the speaking and listening sections taken within 12 months prior to entry.
- IB score of 5 in English B at the standard level.
All applicants, in addition to meeting or exceeding the published academic criteria above will need to meet a minimum of four from the following seven contextual indicator options:
Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
- Indices of Mass Deprivation
Living in an area categorised as being in Indices of Mass Deprivation (IMD) 1–4 or 20% most deprived as determined by your English postcode. Northern Ireland postcode, Scottish postcode, and Welsh postcode.
- School type
Attending or attended a state or scholarship funded school whilst completing your level 3 qualifications (scholarship to fee paying school only) – Evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- School performance
Attending or attended a low performing school/college whilst completing your level 3 qualifications e.g. 16–18 performance in the ‘below’ or ‘well below average’ classifications. If you attend a secondary school or college in Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, please contact email@example.com.
- UKCAT, EMA or 16-19 bursary
In receipt of one or more of these bursaries. UKCAT downloaded from source. EMA or 16-19 bursary entitlement to be evidenced by an official award letter or a school letter submitted at the point of UCAS application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Free school meals
Being in receipt of free school meals – Evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to email@example.com
- In care/care leaver
Being in care or a care leaver – Evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject to the quantity and quality of applications received, the faculty reserves the right to refer to additional contextual indicators in order to select suitable applicants for interview. These additional contextual indicators could include being a Carer, Refugee, belonging to a Romany/Gypsy/Traveller community, local resident in the South West of England. Please note this additional list is not exhaustive and is for indication purposes only.
Candidates that meet the necessary admissions requirements, as above, will be invited to attend an interview before an offer is made. The interview will follow our standard BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (5 Year) course selection method. Details of the interview process