Leicester Medical School

Why study Medicine at Leicester?

  • We have outstanding facilities. Our main medical teaching building, the £42 million George Davies Centre, is a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly building that harnesses the very latest technology and resources, creating an outstanding learning environment for our medical students.

  • Our integrated course is patient-focused from the very beginning, with clinical attachments in each year of your studies, starting with Year 1.

  • All first year students are provided with iPads. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated. All the resources you need will be at your fingertips.

  • Unlike many medical schools, we still believe that the best way to learn anatomy is through full body dissection. Our newly enhanced dissecting room benefits from the latest technology such as Apple TVs and video recording equipment.

  • Our Clinical Skills Unit offers high tech simulated manikins (iStan® and SimMan®) to enable you to practice procedures in a safe environment before having to perform them on patients.

  • Our curriculum includes training on the applications of digital technology to patient care, ensuring that your knowledge of the digital resources available is always up-to-date.

  • From the start of your third year, teaching is designed around extended clinical placements in hospitals or the community, allowing you to learn from those at the front line of their speciality.

  • We have many partnerships with hospitals in the region, from Leicester's big city hospitals to hospitals in Lincoln and Northampton, meaning you gain experience in a diverse range of environments.

  • You will be fully prepared to work as a Foundation Doctor. The last six months of the course is dedicated to preparing you to work in hospital and community environments, making the transition from student to doctor as seamless as possible.

  • We offer different ways to study for an intercalated degree, so you can choose one that suits your strengths and aspirations.
  • Our students will be the first in the UK to be taught a groundbreaking empathy-focused curriculum, with the purpose of educating doctors who will be able to, and appreciate, seeing the situation from their patient’s perspectives. Training in empathy has been shown to improve patient outcomes while making doctors more resilient. Our aim is to provide the NHS with the most empathic, compassionate and resilient junior doctors possible who are ready to meet the challenges of complex healthcare systems.

Information for 2020 CAG/A2 students applying for 2021 entry 

Course Information

Does Leicester Medical School offer full cadaveric dissection?

Yes, each group of students has their own cadaver. As well as timetabled sessions in the dissection room, there are optional drop-in sessions. We also have an extensive collection of prosections and models and students can use the dissection room in their own time.

Watch a 360 degree video about our dissection facilities

Does Leicester Medical School run a problem-based learning (PBL) course?

Our course is not PBL but does offer many active learning opportunities. Group work is done in groups of 8-9 students and you will work together in that group on a daily basis through the first two years. Your group will have cadaveric practical sessions in the dissecting room, as well as practical sessions learning skills such as ECG and spirometry.

What hands-on practical experience will I get to develop my skills as a doctor?

In Phase 1 you will learn clinical skills including; history taking and physical examination skills. Our clinical skills unit allows you to learn techniques such as venepuncture in a safe setting.

In Phase 2, you are on full-time clinical placements learning from patients and clinicians. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Simulation Centre, with its virtual wards, sophisticated simulation manikins and other equipment allowing a wide range of low to high fidelity simulation activity to be undertaken.

Where will my hospital placements be?

Your placements will be in the three main teaching hospitals in Leicester (in-blocks) and in a number of district general hospitals in the surrounding area (out-blocks). Students will have a mixture of in-blocks and out-blocks. Free accommodation is provided when you are on out-blocks.

What is special about Leicester Medical School?

Our blend of innovative technology-enhanced learning, great traditional learning such as full cadaveric dissection, and the patient focus of our curriculum, provides an excellent learning experience for our students.

We have dedicated Medical School student support teams with an Academic Support Unit led by dedicated academic and clinical staff and a Pastoral Support Unit lead by expert clinical academic staff. Watch a video about our support for students

Do many students intercalate?

This is an increasingly popular option, although it is not at all mandatory and the financial implications need to be considered. Students can intercalate internally or externally. We offer a intercalated BSc and an intercalated Masters programmes. An intercalated Masters can only be done after year 3 is completed.

Centre Assessment Grades process

How will you be dealing with awarded A-levels this year?

We will aim to treat all our offer holders in a fair way and have outlined some scenarios that offer holders may be wondering about below

  1. Offer Holders from 2020 cycle:

    If your centre-assessed grades were below the AAA required and you were holding an offer with us, which you accepted as your firm choice, we will accept the outcome of an autumn or summer sit for deferred entry for 2021. You should write in to notify us of your intention to do this.  

    If you accepted our offer as your insurance choice, you should first approach your FIRM institution.

    Please email medadmis@le.ac.uk with the following subject heading: AUTUMN SIT OR SUMMER SIT

    You must include your full name and UCAS ID as well as your University of Leicester ID.  This will enable us to track such emails.

    You do not need to resit UCAT, nor will you need to have another MMI. 

    Please tell us if you are currently enrolled on another course or holding a deferred place with another course at the University of Leicester.

    If you have accepted a change of course offer with the University of Leicester for 2020 entry and meet our requirements in an Autumn or Summer sit, we will be able to make an internal transfer for 2021.

    If you have a change of course offer which you accept as a deferred offer, again we will be able to transfer this to Medicine for starting in 2021 should you get the grades we require in the Autumn or Summer sit.

    If you are not holding a deferred place with another course at the University of Leicester, you will need to reapply through UCAS though as we have no other way of keeping your application live. 

    If you sit in the autumn, and then again in the summer the latter will be classed as a resit. If you take either the autumn or the summer sit alone, this will be considered a first sit.

  2. First or New application for 2021 entry:

    (Applicants that did not apply in 2020 cycle or previous applicant not getting to interview stage, offer stage* or declining a previous offer)

    If your awarded / CAG grades were below our AAA requirement you will need to apply as usual through UCAS having sat UCAT. You will need to state on your UCAS form your awarded / CAG grades, your predicted grades, and whether you are planning to sit in the autumn or summer. You must be predicted at least AAA or A*AB in our required subjects by the end of the exam series (you only need to sit the subjects not already at grade A).

    Your form will be scored as per our scoring document and you will be ranked against other predicted A level candidates to determine if you will be invited to interview.

    *if you were interviewed for 2020 entry but then not made an offer you need to have had an interview score within 10% of the score to be made an offer to be considered again.

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