All applicants to Leicester Medical School are required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) 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 18 years old by 1 September of their year of entry. This is due to patient contact from Semester 1.
Applicants who do not meet our age requirement may still apply and we will consider their application in the normal way. However, we will ask such applicants to defer starting their degree until they meet our age requirement.
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 OccupationalHealth Services Information document (PDF, 274kb).
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.
Applicants who have applied to us previously may be considered providing they meet the following criteria:
- Applicants presenting with achieved or predicted A-levels, IB or equivalent who have applied once before, but have not been interviewed, will be considered and scored as usual on their second application. Subsequent applications will not be considered without further qualification at degree level.
- Applicants presenting with achieved or predicted degree who have applied once before with their degree, but have not been interviewed, will be considered and scored as usual on their second application. Subsequent applications will not be considered without substantial evidence of paid employment in a caring role.
- Applicants presenting via the Access to Medicine route who have applied once before, but have not been interviewed, will be considered and scored as usual on their second application. Subsequent applications will not be considered without substantial evidence of paid employment in a caring role.
In all cases, applicants who have been rejected following interview will only be considered in a subsequent application if their interview score was no more than 10% below the level required for an offer in the year that they applied.
The UCAT will need to be resat in the year of application.
Candidates who were invited to interview but failed to attend, and did not inform the medical school as to why, will not be considered again.
Your application will not be considered if you are resitting the whole of your AS-level year or your A2-levels, unless you have already contacted us about significant mitigating circumstances and you have been given permission to apply.
AS module resits within the two years are acceptable.
If you previously held a conditional firm offer with us and are now repeating your A-levels because of major mitigating circumstances we may consider a re-application, although our recommendation in this case will often be to take an honours undergraduate degree and then apply as a graduate.
We do not take applications through Clearing.
You cannot transfer from a medical degree at another university because of the fully integrated nature of the medical curriculum.