Medicine

Foundation

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for 2023 entry to the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB course. There are different entry requirements for applicants applying to the A100 Medicine MBChB course. Please see our scoring document for how we score and select applicants for interview, also refer to our FAQs (PDF, 684kb) which you may find useful.

For the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB course, there will be 35 places available. Up to 25 places are open to those who have been resident in the East Midlands while studying for A-levels or BTEC (or for two years prior to the start of the course). A further 10 places will be available for students applying from elsewhere within the UK.

We consider the East Midlands to be the following counties in the UK:

  • Leicestershire
  • Rutland
  • Derbyshire (including DE13-DE15 representing Burton and surrounding areas)
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Lincolnshire (excluding North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire)
  • Peterborough and surrounding areas (Postcodes PE1-PE9)
  • Rugby, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Atherstone and Coventry (Postcodes CV1-CV13 & CV21-CV23)

Please be aware that you must be a UK student living and studying in the UK. If your home country is not the United Kingdom but you are living in the UK, you must have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom at the time of your application, or have refugee status (a letter from the Home Office is required).

Applicants must meet the academic and widening participation criteria as well as the UCAT, health, age and DBS check requirements.

Academic qualifications

GCSEs

You must have achieved at least a grade C or 5 in English Language (as a first language), Maths, and two sciences, including Chemistry and Biology, or Double Science.

We do not specify a minimum number of A* grades at GCSE. However, we do take GCSE performance into consideration when selecting applicants for interview, as competition for our places is so intense.

GCSE resits

We will consider resits in GCSE English Language and Maths from any applicant. We will only consider resits in other GCSE subjects if there are very significant mitigating circumstances that have been previously agreed by the admissions tutors in writing.

A-levels (predicted/obtained)

We require school leavers to have predicted or obtained minimum A-level grades of BBB in Chemistry or Biology, and one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology, and a third subject excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or Global Perspectives. We will consider applicants with predicted or obtained ABC provided the grade C is in the third subject. All A-levels should be taken within 2 years of your GCSEs.

NB: if the third subject is a language other than English, and you are a native or home speaker of that language you would be made an adjusted offer if you got to offer stage. Candidates with foreign language A-levels or equivalent will be asked to declare whether they are a native speaker.

If you study Mathematics and Further Mathematics, you may only count one of these grades towards your potential offer.

A-levels sat in year 12 will not form part of the pre-interview selection process, nor will EPQs or 4th subject AS levels, except in the rare situation of a candidate being in a borderline group. Candidates must take three subjects in year 13 to show they can cope with the depth and breadth of study required.

We do not accept General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or Global Perspectives (Cambridge Pre-U) or the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

A-levels resits

Applicants who attain BBC or BCC at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one or two subject(s). First sit grades must be declared on the UCAS form. Applicants with lower grades at their first A-level attempt and significant mitigation can apply if their mitigation is accepted in writing prior to application. However, such applicants must apply only after they have attained the required grades of BBB. Predicted grades will not be considered for such applicants.

International Baccalaureate

We also accept the International Baccalaureate, for which we require at least 30 points overall, with 5 points each from 3 Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

BTEC (predicted/obtained)

We accept the BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD in Applied Science. We do not accept other BTEC National Extended Diplomas because they do not cover enough of the required science subject material. We will accept a single BTEC in conjunction with two A-levels, provided that one A-levels is Chemistry or Biology and the other is Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Other qualifications

Candidates with other qualifications or combinations should email medfound@le.ac.uk, listing their qualifications and years of completion.

Please note that we do not consider graduates for the Medicine with Foundation Year. We also do not consider Access to Medicine courses to meet our entry requirements for this course.

Other requirements

Widening participation

For 2023 entry

Applicants must meet the two essential criteria (group A) and meet one or two other criteria (group B) depending on the individual circumstances.

Essential criteria (group A)

must meet both the criteria:

  • You are due to complete, or have recently completed, your A-levels/BTEC/IB/equivalent (completion should be no longer than two years prior to the start of the course) and have not already attended any higher education institution.  
  • You attended a state school for GCSEs  

Other criteria (group B)

meet one of the following:

  • You are, or have previously been, in local authority care/looked after for a minimum of three months or more (a confirmation letter from the local authority, your care worker, or your school/college is required) 
  • You have refugee status (a letter from the Home Office is required)

Or

meet a minimum of two criteria from the following:

  • Live in a neighbourhood with low young participation in higher education within the United Kingdom - your postcode must be in quintile 1 or 2 in POLAR4 young participation (postcode look-up) or Live in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation - your postcode must be in decile 4 or below in the Index of Multiple Deprivation (postcode look-up)
  • Live in a household with an income of no more than £35000 OR Students who receive a UCAT Bursary award OR Students who have been in receipt of free school meals for a period of six months or more (documentary evidence required*)
  • Students who attended a state school for GCSEs where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average. For 2022 entry, GCSE performance in 2020 will be considered according to the Department for Education performance tables. 2019 data will be used if 2020 data is not available 
  • Students who belong to one of the priority engagement groups which include students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, and children of military families (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
  • Students living independently of parents (for at least the last 6 months) due to situations of family breakdown or 'estrangement'. (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
  • Students from a home where neither parent/carer attended university in the UK or abroad. (Declaration form will be required)
  • Students who are the sole carer of a parent(s) or, if living away from home, you are the sole carer of a sibling (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
  • Students who have successfully completed the Realising Opportunities programme. (The Realising Opportunities programme provides additional support to students to ensure they are equipped with all the skills they need to succeed at university. The University of Leicester is proud to be a partner University and supporting these students into university study is part of our Access and Participation Plan. Most students accepted onto the RO programme will also meet other criteria set out above.) 

* For proof of household income we will accept the following:

Child Tax Credit. Tax Credit Award Notice for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 which must include the pages showing total household income (less than £35,000) and the section where the candidate is named. Please ensure you provide both these pages or your application will be rejected.

Universal Credit (if the household income is stated on the award is less that £35,000)Universal Credit Award Notice for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 – please supply the full letter.

Income SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s Allowance paid to your parent or guardian - please supply the full letter. 

For proof of free school meals, please provide a letter from your school.

Widening participation evidence

If you meet the criteria in Group A you may be emailed by the Admissions Team, after 15 October, to provide evidence for the Group B criteria.

Please do not submit this evidence before being emailed as you will have to complete a form to enclose with your evidence.

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot confirm when your evidence has been received. We also cannot send evidence back, so please ensure that you do not send original copies of documents to us.

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.

Age on entry

Applicants must be 18 years old by 1 September of their year of entry. This is due to patient contact during your foundation year.

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, 102kb).

The UK government requires that all medical students in this country must be screened for hepatitis B.

It is likely that the government will require all healthcare staff which includes medical students working in a healthcare setting to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  It is the responsibility of all medical students to put patient safety as their first priority and our NHS providers will require our students will be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

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 (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.

Find further information for applicants with disabilities and learning difficulties.

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

Applicants who have applied to us previously may be considered providing they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants presenting with achieved 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.
  • 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. They will need to demonstrate a significant improvement in their score to be considered for an offer.
  • Applicants who were invited to interview but did not attend and had not submitted a valid reason will not be reconsidered.
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