Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB, 6 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code A199

Institute code L34

Medicine degrees aren’t easy to get into. But this doesn’t mean becoming a doctor is out of the question. If it looks like you won’t meet the entry requirements to study medicine at Leicester, this Foundation Year degree is your path to making it happen.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

The MBChB with Foundation Year is aimed at students who wish to study Medicine at the University of Leicester, but whose background makes it less likely that they will be able to meet the entry requirements for our standard five-year MBChB. Successful completion of the integrated Foundation Year will enable you to progress onto the first year of the MBChB course.

We are looking to attract aspirational students, from all backgrounds, who display a caring attitude and values consistent with those of the NHS constitution. We aim to help you become skilled, professional and empathic doctors prepared to make patient care your first priority.

The Foundation Year is taught alongside Biological Science students but includes elements specific to Medicine. You will meet patients and learn clinical skills during your foundation year. The course is designed to enable you to take forward the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are required to practise medicine effectively and successfully in the modern healthcare environment. You will be prepared for the challenges that we are experiencing today and the inevitable changes in practice that will continue to occur in the future.

As a Foundation Year student, you will join our medical school community alongside other medical students. We have more than 40 years' experience of medical education at Leicester, which means that you will benefit from excellent training in an established, supportive environment. Throughout the course, you will learn from expert academics and medical practitioners working day-to-day in the NHS.

Once you complete the Foundation Year, you will join our five-year medical course. We run an integrated curriculum, meaning teaching and learning is based around patients and their needs. It is not a problem-based learning course, but rather a patient-focused curriculum which is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group work and clinical teaching. This ensures that you learn the essential science underpinning how the human body operates, whilst learning how things can go wrong through the study of patients.

Your experience will be hands-on - you will work with real patients from the beginning. It's all designed to be clinically relevant - enabling you to acquire the medical knowledge, along with the professional competencies, that are essential to practise medicine effectively.

Our world-class facilities provide a state-of-the art learning environment and allow you to experience what other medical students don’t. For example, we are one of the few courses to offer full-body human dissection. All first year students are provided with iPads. Study material is delivered directly onto these iPads. All the resources you need will be at your fingertips throughout the clinical phase of the course.

You will also have the chance to develop your clinical procedures in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit. During the clinical phase of the course, we offer a wide range of hospital and community placements in the region, including Leicester’s big city hospitals, and district centres across the Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. This means you gain valuable experience in a diverse range of environments.

If you’re interested in medical research and/or enhancing your career prospects, you can take an intercalated degree by undertaking full-time research with experts at Leicester or elsewhere.

Towards the end of the course, there are additional opportunities to take an elective placement in a location of your choice - it could be anywhere in the world.

Application date

Medical degrees have a UCAS application deadline of 15 October, three months ahead of most other courses.

Download a prospectus (PDF, 6MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

This course is only available for students who meet the widening access requirements designated on our School of Medicine website.

There will be 35 places available. Up to 25 places are open for students who have been resident in the East Midlands while studying A-levels or BTEC. A further 10 places will be available for students applying from anywhere within the UK.

Academic requirements

  • A-levels: BBB including Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. Maths and Further Maths count as one subject. Human Biology and Biology count as one subject
  • GCSEs: Grade C or 5 in English Language, Maths, and two sciences, including Chemistry, or Double Science
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall including three higher level subjects at Grade 5 or above including Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Either alone or in a combination with A-levels. BBB to include Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Scottish Highers are not considered
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Applied Science

Selection process

All candidates are required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Those with a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test are not considered.

You will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades, confirmed (not predicted) A/AS-levels, actual/predicted degree (where appropriate) and your UCAT result. Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates invited for interview. All aspects of applications which score in a borderline group are assessed.

Interview

We run a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) approach, rather than a single, formal interview. Across various stations, you will be assessed on your communications skills, problem-solving abilities and your motivation for a career in medicine.

We are looking for individuals with values which align to those of the NHS constitution and who are prepared to make patients their number one priority.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

A scholarship of £4,000 is available for this course. Applicants from the East Midlands are eligible for an additional scholarship

Find out more about other scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

In your first year you will be given an iPad Air which is included in your tuition fee.

You will need the following, which are not included in your tuition fee: 

  • DBS check (£62) 
  • Stethoscope (£70-£120)

You may also wish to buy a padlock for a locker (£5-£20).

International Students

This course is only available to students living in the UK.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Education Committee of the General Medical Council has approved the Leicester curriculum. Graduation will make you eligible for provisional registration as a doctor.

What's in a name?

Confusingly, there is no consistent name in the UK for a medical degree. At Leicester we use MBChB; other British universities will award you an MBBCh, BMBCh, MBBS, BMBS etc. Each of these is a primary medical qualification (PMQ), equivalent to the American MD (but not the British MD, which is a medical research degree similar to a PhD).

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to a provisional registration with the General Medical Council. 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 course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, 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 excessive 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.

Medical Licensing Assessment

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - from 2023 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

The MLA will be in two parts: there will be an applied knowledge test, which will be set by the GMC but run at the Medical School, and a clinical and professional skills assessment, delivered by medical schools.

Graduate profiles

Navin Leanage

"The opportunities Leicester presents to its students has a unique feel. A mix of lectures and group work encouraged me to manage my time as well as helping me to learn through discussing questions. I found this way of learning suited me, and it has prepared me for clinical practice and continuous learning on the job. Early exposure to patients helped me to understand sympathy and empathy as well as appreciate the patient journey. I particularly enjoyed dissection, this allowed us to learn anatomy in a way that no textbook could do justice. Having experienced this I have found that my understanding of anatomy has stuck with me and is something I have found easier to apply every day.

"I completed my foundation training having worked in all three Leicester hospitals which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am also an Emergency Medicine trainee in the East Midlands. The hospitals here provide experience with some of the most diverse patient and staff demographic in the country with one of the biggest and busiest Emergency Departments that excels in teaching on a national level. We are lucky to have an incredible Cardio-Respiratory tertiary centre at Glenfield Hospital on top of the other outstanding departments. With all this on the doorstep of a friendly and empowering medical school it was not a difficult to decision to come here to study and start my career."

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Course structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Phase 1: Laying the foundation

Phase 1: Laying the foundation

Phase 1 lasts two years. You will take a series of integrated, interdisciplinary modules related to human structure and function in health and disease. You will also undertake community attachments to illustrate the social and psychological context of medicine. Theoretical study of social and behavioural science supplements this learning in the community.

By the end of Phase 1 you will:

  • Be able to communicate with patients and examine them clinically
  • Have a good understanding of the structure and function of the human body and how this relates to health and illness
  • Appreciate the psychological and social context of health and illness

Knowledge and Skills

The learning in Phase 1 provides you with essential knowledge and skills that will underpin your clinical practice throughout life. You will learn skills of professional communication and physical examination by working first with 'simulated patients' – actors trained to help you learn, and other volunteers. Very soon you will begin working on hospital wards with real patients. You must pass a formal clinical examination at the end of Phase 1 to demonstrate that you have the basic clinical skills necessary for the clinical phases.

Understanding People

You will learn how the human body is put together, and how it works in health and illness, but you will also come to understand that patients are not just the illnesses they suffer from. They have social and psychological dimensions to their lives that affect how they become ill, how they react to illness, and the consequences of illness for them. Learning about social and behavioural medicine will help you to understand the whole person in the context of health care. Early patient contact will help you to understand these issues.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Phase 2: years 3-5

Phase 2: years 3-5

We believe that the best way to learn medicine is to work with practising doctors. You will spend virtually all of your time in Phase 2 working full-time in clinical environments. Working with medical staff in hospitals and the community is the best way to apply your knowledge, gain experience and learn more. In each placement you will be part of a team caring for patients – the range of patients and illnesses you see will reflect the demands on doctors, preparing you for the working environment after you qualify. We have placements in various hospitals in the city, county and region, as well as community attachments. This means you will experience a diverse range of environments, colleagues and patients.

In year 3 you will have longer apprentice style placements in medicine, surgery and general practice, learning from experts in hospital or GP practices. Year 4 focuses on specialty blocks such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health, Cancer Care and Psychiatry. In year 5 you will have time for an extended foundation assistantships designed to fully prepare you for work as a foundation doctor. Learning in each placement will include structured activities, procedural training, and simulation experience.  Your learning will be guided by workbooks and led by experienced clinical teachers.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

Learn from leading clinicians at the front line of their speciality. Our many partnerships in the region offer a wide range of clinical placements in hospitals or in the community. You'll experience working in a diverse range of healthcare environments - from big city hospitals to smaller, district centres - preparing you fully for life as a Foundation Doctor.

We have outstanding facilities, including a large dissecting room where you will learn anatomy through full body dissection on cadavers. Perfect your clinical skills in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit.

Our integrated course offers the best of both worlds. Learn through a mix of traditional lectures, small group work and clinical skills training. Our course is truly patient-focussed and hands-on, so you'll meet real patients from Year 1.

The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 20 in the world (and the top 5 in the UK) for clinical medicine, according to the 2020 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Medicine at Leicester

Heidi appreciates Leicester's distinctive teaching techniques including patient interaction.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will focus on developing core study skills necessary for successful university level study: including problem solving, team working, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, information handling and IT skills, solving patient problems.

Assessment will be via a variety of methods including continual assessment and formal exams.

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