Widening participation

Our A100 Medicine MBChB degree is a demanding course which is always heavily oversubscribed and consequently requires a very high A-level tariff (AAA). However, we recognise that talented students with the potential to succeed in medicine may not achieve those grades because of their circumstances.

If this applies to you, take a look at our A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB which offers an alternative route onto the medical degree.

We also have a range of other options and initiatives designed to increase the range of students studying Medicine at Leicester Medical School.

Progression programmes

If you have successfully completed a Realising Opportunities Programme (ROP) or Medicine Leicester Enhanced Access Programme (MedLEAP) we will consider making you an alternative offer of ABB at A-level for the A100 course. Please note that no alternative offer is available for Medicine with Foundation Year.

Mitigating circumstances

If you feel that you have suffered substantial educational disadvantage or other personal or close family circumstances that have affected your studies, you can contact us about mitigating circumstances.

Access to HE diploma courses

For some candidates we will consider an Access to Medicine course (see our entry requirements). We don't accept access courses in lieu of poor science A-levels, but we will consider candidates who are re-entering education from another career or have undertaken non-science A-levels.

Please note those with prior degrees will be scored as graduates.

We do not accept Access to Medicine courses for the Medicine with Foundation Year course.


MedReach is our innovative, science-based widening participation outreach scheme, a collaboration between Leicester Medical School and the University of Leicester's School and College Services team. This scheme aims to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in the local community through positive contact with current medical students, many of whom are from widening participation backgrounds themselves.