Widening participation criteria for the Gateway Year to Medicine
Because this course is open only to Widening Participation applicants from the UK, in addition to the academic requirements specified below, further criteria must be met in order to be eligible. These can be found here.
Values based recruitment is carried out across our vocational programmes. Candidates who apply to more than one vocational course in the School of Medicine will only be considered for one course. Please note that if a candidate demonstrates motivation and insight for another non-School of Medicine vocational course e.g. nursing or dentistry they will be rejected without further consideration. Candidates therefore cannot apply to the Gateway to Medicine and Medicine programmes in the same application cycle.
Where possible, candidates who apply for multiple programmes within the School of Medicine will be informed that they must choose one course only.
This course is not open to international applicants.
A Level: BBC including Chemistry or Biology at B grade. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken.
Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically:
Applicants predicted ABB or greater with the A in Chemistry or Biology, who also meet the Widening Participation criteria, are not eligible to apply to A101 and should apply via the Access to Leeds route to the A100 course.
Applicants predicted ABB without the A in Chemistry or Biology are not eligible to apply to A100 or and should therefore apply to the Gateway course.
Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage over those taking three.
Applications from applicants re-sitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required and a rationale for resitting should be provided in the academic reference. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.
GCSE: A minimum of 6 GCSEs grade C or above (or 4 or above) required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Science/Double Science).
• Lower achieved or predicted grades at A level will be rejected.
• BTECs are not accepted.
• Candidates who have studied previous access or foundation courses will not be accepted onto this programme.
• Graduate applicants will not be accepted onto this programme.
The School of Medicine recognises that some applicants may have studied a more flexible curriculum, where they have been able to progress through their educational development at an appropriate rate according to their ability. Where a Level 2 (for example, GCSE) or Level 3 (for example, A Level) qualification has been taken ‘early’ the academic reference should include the reasons for this so that it can be taken into consideration by the admissions team. Please note that A levels sat in Year 12 will not form part of the shortlisting scoring for interview and offers will be made on 3 A levels taken in Year 13.
Other course specific tests:
Medical schools are aware that work experience opportunities open to you have been affected and will take this into account. Additionally, keep in mind that clinical work experience is not generally a requirement for applying to medical school in any year. Further information on work experience can be found here.
Applying for the Medicine is very competitive. You need to make sure your application does you justice. Read advice on personal statement and reference, non-academic achievements and personal qualities on the Medical Schools Council website.
The Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT)
All applicants for the MB ChB course are required to take BMAT in the autumn of application.
We do not accept other aptitude tests instead, e.g. the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).
The BMAT is a 2-hour computer-based test administered by the Admissions Testing Service in schools, colleges and accredited testing centres world-wide.
We strongly recommend you prepare for the test. There are many materials to help you, including on the BMAT website. Find out more about BMAT on the Admissions Service website, including advice, practice tests and past papers. Reimbursement for fees is available via BMAT for widening participation applicants directly from Cambridge Assessment.
29 overall including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall including 16 at Higher Level are not eligible for this course.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB at Advanced Higher including Biology or Chemistry, and BBBBC at Standard Level. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, are not eligible for this course.
We do not accept T Level qualifications for this course.
This course is not open to international applicants.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website. The application closing date for medicine is earlier than for many other courses – all full-time undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website by 15th October of the year preceding entry. The School of Medicine does not normally accept applications after the initial UCAS closing date.
All applicants will be sent an online form to indicate their Widening Participation criteria once their UCAS application has been received. A referee will be required to validate this information.
A successful application passes through several stages before we make an offer:
We assess your application form against academic criteria, considering your past and predicted grades, and your BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) score. We take into account any issues regarding mitigating circumstances raised in your personal statements and academic reference. Read more about BMAT on the Admissions Service website.
The top-ranked applicants are invited for interview. Interviews are through multiple mini interviews, where we further assess applicants’ non-academic qualities. There are currently eight interview stations, which applicants progress around. The format of stations varies. At the end of each station the interviewers award marks, according to a pre-determined standardised scale. After the completion of all stations we calculate a ranked score.
Offers are made on the basis of merit and the ability of each applicant to meet the academic and non-academic criteria for admission. The decision to make an offer after interview depends entirely on your performance at interview, not on your predicted or achieved academic performance, or other scores.
Health and criminal record screening
The University of Leeds is obliged to refuse admission to applicants for certain courses which are regulated by national or statutory bodies where enhanced DBS checks or Certificates of Good Conduct reveal prior criminal behaviour giving rise to concern for the protection of the public.
As part of your application to study you are required to declare any criminal convictions in order that certain checks with the DBS can be undertaken. The University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process where such checks are required.
The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, then a criminal record check from your home country is required in addition to the UK DBS check. This may be referred to as a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ (CoGC) but the name varies.
Occupational Health Clearance
Any offer of a place to study on this course is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation status and needs, which includes COVID-19, will also be arranged before beginning your studies.
HEOPS offers guidance on occupational health resources and health surveillance.
School of Medicine undergraduate admissions policy 2022
UK: To be confirmed
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