Please note that a student cannot be interviewed twice for the medical undergraduate programme in any given year: this means we would not be able to accept an application from a candidate for both the Gateway to Medicine programme AND the Interdisciplinary Science Foundation programme.
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.
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 in any subject combination, who also meet the Widening Participation criteria, should apply via the Access to Leeds route to the A100 course. Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage over those taking three. We do not rate A* as being any higher than A i.e. we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA.
GCSE: A minimum of 6 GSCEs at grade C 4 or above will be required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Science.
Other course specific tests:
The Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT)
All applicants for the MB ChB course are required to take BMAT in either September or November each year. The result from first sitting only will be accepted.
We do not accept other aptitude tests instead, e.g. the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).
The BMAT is a 2-hour paper-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.
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.
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 recieved. A referee will be required to validate this information.
A successful application passes through several stages before we make an offer:
We assesses 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. Each station currently lasts 7 minutes, with 1 minute to move between stations and read the next task. The format of stations varies. At the end of each station the examiners 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
Before starting clinical placements all successful applicants will also need to pass health and criminal record screening.
The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. Find out more about the current Criminal Records policy and Guidance for Applicants with Criminal Convictions. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Progression to study onto the MB ChB part of the 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 needs will also be arranged before beginning medical studies.
We understand that applicants and may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus situation and how this might impact their plans to study with us at Leeds. We want to reassure you that we are continually reviewing this and taking all the necessary steps to be as flexible as we can to support those of you looking to study with us.
We are also aware that there is reduced capacity for applicants to carry out work experience at this time and this will be taken into consideration in future applications.
There are a number of ways that applicants can try to gain experience. An information sheet on the Medical Schools Council website outlines different opportunities and the Royal College of General Practitioners has a virtual work experience package that is free to access. For the latest news from the Medical Schools Council, we also encourage you to visit their website for further updates.
To find out more, please visit our coronavirus FAQs website.
Please see the latest School of Medicine Admissions Appeals and Complaints Procedure.
School of Medicine undergraduate admissions policy 2021
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