All applicants to Leicester Medical School are required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the year of their application. This test helps universities widen access and make fairer choices amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for medical degrees.
Age on entry
Applicants must be 17 years old by 1 September of their year of entry. This is because you will need to be 18 years old by 1 September the following year, due to patient contact from Semester 1 of the medical degree proper.
Academic scoring and the interview process are undertaken without consideration of any health or special circumstances. However, if you are made an offer and you accept, you will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire (Word document, 87kb). You may be contacted by the University's Occupational Health team if it is deemed appropriate. More information can be found in the Occupational Health Services Information document (PDF, 102kb).
The UK government requires that all medical students in this country must be screened for hepatitis B.
Under current GMC rules it is not possible to omit any part of the medical course curriculum, so you must have adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to undertake the entire curriculum. The GMC's 2015 document Tomorrow's Doctors (PDF, 453kb) delineates all the mandatory practical procedures for completion of the course and preliminary registration, and their more recent 2018 document Outcomes for graduates (PDF, 450kb) contains more general guidance.
DBS (formerly CRB) checks
The University is required to use the government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to assess the suitability of applicants to medicine. If you have previous or pending cautions or convictions you should contact us in writing. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.