Other requirements

UCAT*

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.

*If UCAT does not offer testing in 2020 because of COVID-19, we will amend our policy accordingly.

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.

Health

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, 66kb). 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, 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 document Outcomes for Graduates: Practical skills and procedures (PDF, 450kb) delineates all the mandatory practical procedures for completion of the course and preliminary registration. These should be read in conjunction with the GMC's Welcomed and Valued document.

Further information for applicants with disabilities and learning difficulties can be found here.

DBS 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.

Re-applications

We will consider repeat applications in the following circumstances:-

  • 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 cycle if their interview score was no more than 10% below the level required for an offer in the year that they previously applied and were interviewed.

The UCAT will need to be resat in the year of application.

Candidates who were invited to interview but did not attend, and had not submitted a valid reason for their non-attendance will not be reconsidered. 

Transferring

You cannot transfer from a medical degree at another university because of the fully integrated nature of the medical curriculum.

Deferred entry

Undergraduate applicants applying for deferred entry will be treated exactly the same as standard applicants. We will consider late applications for deferral up to 1st April.

We will not consider later applications for deferral unless there are significant unforeseen circumstances affecting the individual only that have been agreed by the Admissions Tutors. We do not consider deferral requests from graduate applicants. 

Work experience

We do not have minimum work experience requirements. We are more interested in what you have learnt from any life experience, rather than what you have done. 

Please bear in mind that all applicants for 2021 entry will have had the same restraints regarding patient facing experiences. There are online work experience options available, for example - rcgp.org.uk/observegp and many community volunteering options.