Norwich Medical School

MBBS MEDICINE WITH A GATEWAY YEAR

Key details 

MBBS MEDICINE WITH A GATEWAY YEAR

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
UCAS course code
A104
Entry Requirements
BBB or ABC

Assessment for Year 1

We’ll assess your progress on a regular basis throughout the course, to support your learning and development, and to keep you on track to become a qualified medical practitioner. 

In your Gateway Year you will encounter practical write-ups of laboratory experiments, as well as presentations to your fellow students. In your introduction to Clinical Medicine module you’ll be assessed through reflective writing (portfolio). End of module examinations will also be used in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ and ‘script concordance’ formats.  

In order to progress on to the MBBS programme, students need to achieve an average mark of >70% for all modules they study as part of the Gateway Year programme. 

From Year 1 the MB BS is a pass all components course, this means that in order to progress into the next year of study, you must pass all summative assessments in the current year of study. 

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Assessment for Year 2

A wide range of formative assessments run throughout the first year. These include a written exam where you complete ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ questions, a practical Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), presentations through Student Selected Studies Component, Medical Research exam, written Reflective Portfolios as well as Cased Based Discussions collected whilst in primary and secondary care.  Feedback will be provided in written and oral form to guide your learning and development. In line with GMC requirements, all students must engage with formative assessment. 

In order to progress into year 2, you will need to pass 2 summative assessments at the end of year. These are written paper examinations which include ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ papers and a practical OSCE. These summative exams will assess all your knowledge and skills developed throughout year 1. You must also pass the ‘Fitness to Practice’ module, which confirms your professional standing across the year. 

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Assessment for Year 3

During years 2, 3 & 4 you will have a range of formative and summative assessment that includes coursework for your Student Selected Component and Medical Research and you will be introduced to Audit in year 4. For the Elective placement in Year 4, you will be required to submit a risk assessment and elective proposal. You will undertake workplace-based assessments to underpin your clinical learning and maintain a reflective portfolio. In year 4 you will also be provided with a formative opportunity to sit the Prescribing Safety Assessment and the Situational Judgement Test in preparation for these external assessments in Year 5. 

Feedback will be provided in written and oral form to guide your learning and development. In line with GMC requirements, all students must engage with formative assessment. 

In order to progress into the next year of study, you will need to pass all summative assessments. In addition to summative coursework, there are practical OSCEs that will be completed after the first two modules and then after the third and fourth modules. This will enable you to consolidate your learning during the year. At the end of the year, you will also complete an end of year OSCE and written paper examinations which include ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ papers. These end of year exams will assess all your knowledge and skills developed throughout all years of study that you will have completed at that point. You must also pass the ‘Fitness to Practice’ module, which confirms your professional standing across the year. 

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Assessment for Year 4

During years 2, 3 & 4 you will have a range of formative and summative assessment that includes coursework for your Student Selected Component and Medical Research and you will be introduced to Audit in year 4. For the Elective placement in Year 4, you will be required to submit a risk assessment and elective proposal. You will undertake workplace-based assessments to underpin your clinical learning and maintain a reflective portfolio. In year 4 you will also be provided with a formative opportunity to sit the Prescribing Safety Assessment and the Situational Judgement Test in preparation for these external assessments in Year 5. 

Feedback will be provided in written and oral form to guide your learning and development. In line with GMC requirements, all students must engage with formative assessment. 

In order to progress into the next year of study, you will need to pass all summative assessments. In addition to summative coursework, there are practical OSCEs that will be completed after the first two modules and then after the third and fourth modules. This will enable you to consolidate your learning during the year. At the end of the year, you will also complete an end of year OSCE and written paper examinations which include ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ papers. These end of year exams will assess all your knowledge and skills developed throughout all years of study that you will have completed at that point. You must also pass the ‘Fitness to Practice’ module, which confirms your professional standing across the year. 

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Assessment for Year 5

During years 2, 3 & 4 you will have a range of formative and summative assessment that includes coursework for your Student Selected Component and Medical Research and you will be introduced to Audit in year 4. For the Elective placement in Year 4, you will be required to submit a risk assessment and elective proposal. You will undertake workplace-based assessments to underpin your clinical learning and maintain a reflective portfolio. In year 4 you will also be provided with a formative opportunity to sit the Prescribing Safety Assessment and the Situational Judgement Test in preparation for these external assessments in Year 5. 

Feedback will be provided in written and oral form to guide your learning and development. In line with GMC requirements, all students must engage with formative assessment. 

In order to progress into the next year of study, you will need to pass all summative assessments. In addition to summative coursework, there are practical OSCEs that will be completed after the first two modules and then after the third and fourth modules. This will enable you to consolidate your learning during the year. At the end of the year, you will also complete an end of year OSCE and written paper examinations which include ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ papers. These end of year exams will assess all your knowledge and skills developed throughout all years of study that you will have completed at that point. You must also pass the ‘Fitness to Practice’ module, which confirms your professional standing across the year. 

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Assessment for Year 6

During Year 5, you will undertake formative and summative workplace based assessment that includes practical procedures, case based discussions and observed clinical examination and skills. You will need to have demonstrated satisfactory attendance and engagement with the three modules in year 5, which will be assessed through tutor reports. You will also have a formative portfolio review to support you in looking ahead to your future career. You will be required to be successful in both summative Written and Clinical OSCE assessments, as well as the fitness to practice module. On completion of all these elements you will be put forward fror graduation in Medicine. 

There are two external assessments during year 5 that you will be supported to undertake; the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) and the Situational Judgment Test (SJT). These respectively prepare you for your future career as a doctor and form part of the application process for your first post. 

We’ll assess your progress on a regular basis throughout the course to support your learning and development, and to keep you on track to become a qualified medical practitioner. Assessment includes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) which are practical tests to assess your knowledge and clinical ability. 

The course also includes annual written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ formats, research method assignments, and an audit project on the Student-Selected Study component of your course. 
 
During your time with us you’ll also build a working portfolio, reflecting on your own personal and professional development 

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YEAR 0

Compulsory Modules

Code BIO-3002A (Credits 20)

The topics covered on the module will give you a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills which may include lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations.
 

Code MEDA3009A (Credits 20)

The module looks at different aspects of psychosocial health. This means considering individual factors that may contribute to health and illness and how these may interact with the social environment around us to inform how we experience health, wellbeing and illness and how we may respond to diagnoses and treatments. Individual factors may include perceptions, thoughts, feelings, coping strategies and past experience. Specific topic areas will include the Biopsychosocial model, Coping, Social Prescribing, Health Psychology Models, Psychological interventions for psychological impacts of physical illness, Addiction, Individual Issues Affecting Health and Developmental psychology across the lifespan. Medical research and Ethics will be embedded within the module.
 

Code BIO-3001B (Credits 20)

The topics covered will give you a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations.
 

Code MEDB3010B (Credits 20)

This module is one of the key introductory module in the Medicine with a Gateway programme, specifically designed to introduce our A104 students studying at the Norwich Medical School. This module will introduce our Foundation Year students to aspects of Clinical Skills and professional practice that are applicable to medicine. The course intends to give you an opportunity to interact with patients and to learn important clinical skills. It is also designed to provide a context for your theoretical learning so that you can see how your learning about medical and social sciences applies to the care of patients. Time spent in clinical placements will also help you to understand how to take a holistic approach to health care and to build your understanding of the skills need to be professional in your role as a medical student. As is the nature of clinical placements, and especially at this current time the exact learning experiences of each student may not be identical to their peers. However, all students will receive the same broad opportunities to allow them to achieve the learning outcomes of the module, and it is expected that students will take responsibility for making the most of the opportunities provided.

Code MED-3002Y (Credits 40)

This module is part of a 1-year MB BS Gateway course designed to prepare students to join our MB BS 5-year course. The module takes place over the whole year and introduces the students to a range of health related issues that will be more fully explored in the 5-year MB BS course. The module uses a problem based learning approach (Norwich Medical School’s learning method) to explore a new clinical case scenario (e.g. diabetes, asthma, obesity) each week. Students explore these case scenarios in groups of 9-10 students. Importantly, students will learn how to work effectively within a team and develop communication skills. The course will also allow students to develop a broad and balanced foundation of scientific knowledge related to the practice of medicine but you will discover that there is a lot more to Medicine than just the science and you will gain an appreciation of the importance of behavioural and population sciences in healthcare. Students will develop a range of transferable skills but particularly those learning and study skills needed for successful completion of the MBBS programme. Clinical aspects There is no practical clinical aspect to this module, but this module will give you a taster of what being a doctor is all about.


Code MED-3001Y (Credits 0)

All MB BS Gateway students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to Year 1 of the MB BS course can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the Foundation Year Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Blackboard site.

 

YEAR 1

Compulsory Modules

Code MEDA4001Y (Credits 120)

This year long Module combines study of the fundamental clinical sciences necessary as a foundation to study the 5-year MBBS course and is combined with study of musculoskeletal medicine, rheumatology and othopaedics. The sciences covered include clinical anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, biochemistry, physiology, diet and health, genetics, ethics, health economics, law, pathology, psychology, public health, and sociology. Communication skills are also covered.

Code MEDA4002B (Credits 30)
To consolidate and integrate what has been learned in the first year of the MB BS degree programme.

Code MEDA4002Y (Credits 0)


All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

Code HSCI4001Y (Credits 0)


Interprofessional collaboration & working is proven to improve outcomes in health & social care. In this module you’ll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment & communication difficulties across the lifespan. You’ll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate & work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You will be able to follow up this session & learn more about other professional roles by accessing the Interprofessional Role Map on Blackboard. You’ll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness & Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.

 

YEAR 2

Compulsory Modules


Code MEDB6005Y (Credits 30)

This module encompasses Haematology and Dermatology, or more concisely “Blood and Skin”. This is one module covering two specialties. This is divided into weeks with lectures and seminars, during which GP and PBL also take place, with a secondary care placement in Haematology and Dermatology in between. At the end of each week of lectures and seminars there is a clinical relevance session to consolidate that week’s teaching. By the end of the module you should have an understanding of blood disorders, especially anaemia in all its forms. You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the most common skin complaints. Students will be able to take a history from a patient presenting with a blood or skin condition and examine the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin systematically. 

Code MEDB6006Y (Credits 30)

You will learn how to take a history and examine a patient with lung disease; to understand the pathophysiology, presentation; the management and psychosocial impact of common lung diseases, and gain experience of respiratory related clinical skills.
 

Code MEDB6007Y (Credits 30)

The Module will encompass Cardiovascular medicine. Teaching structure; Following the typical module outline of the MBBS at Norwich Medical school, students will learn in campus based teaching sessions utilising small group teaching, for example PBL and communications skills with interactive sessions and on line teaching. Students will also be placed in primary and secondary care in General practices in the region and in hospitals; e.g. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the James Paget Hospital The overall module learning outcomes are: 1) Explain the basic and social science relevant to diseases of the circulatory system and demonstrate how application of such knowledge can guide the practical management of patients. 2) Demonstrate competent use of consultation skills in dealing with patients presenting with circulatory disorders, particularly with regards to listening and eliciting the relevant history and providing appropriate information and advice. 3) Demonstrate competence in taking a history, performing a clinical examination, and carrying out appropriate investigations and management for the following groups of patients: a. Patient with chest pain, myocardial infarction or angina. b. Patient with shortness of breath, or heart failure. c. Patient with valvular heart disease (which may include valve replacement). d. Patient with a cardiac arrhythmia presenting as palpitations or blackout. e. Adult patient with congenital heart disease, to understand the potential problems f. Patients with shock, collapse or cardiac arrest. The proposed plan for campus based teaching is as follows: Week 1 Chest pain Week 2 Valvular heart disease Weeks 3 Arrhythmias Week 4 Cardiac failure Week 5 Collapse
 

Code MEDB6008Y (Credits 30)

The Module will encompass vascular surgery and stroke medicine. Teaching structure Following the typical module outline of the MBBS at Norwich Medical school, students will learn in campus based teaching sessions utilising small group teaching, for example PBL and communications skills with interactive sessions and on line teaching. Students will also be placed in primary and secondary care in General practices in the region and in hospitals; e.g. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the James Paget Hospital and the rehabilitation centre at the Colman Hospital Topics Week 1 Hypertension and cardiovascular risk Week 2 Stroke TIA and rehabilitation Week 3 Acute and chronic limb ischaemia Week 4 Varicose veins and Leg ulcers Week 5 Aortic aneurysms Overall learning outcomes: Explain the basic and social science relevant to diseases of the circulatory system and demonstrate how application of such knowledge can guide the practical management of patients. Demonstrate competent use of consultation skills in dealing with patients presenting with circulatory disorders, particularly with regards to listening and eliciting the relevant history and providing appropriate information and advice. Demonstrate competence in taking a history, performing a clinical examination, and carrying out appropriate investigations and management for the following groups of patients: Students will learn about the following conditions: stroke, transient ischaemic attack, peripheral vascular disease, leg ulcers, varicose veins, abdominal aortic aneurysm and hypertension.

Code MEDB6001B (Credits 30)

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

Code MEDB6009Y (Credits 0)

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

 

YEAR 3

Compulsory Modules


Code MEDC6001Y (Credits 30)

You will learn about digestive diseases in all settings, over all ages. This encompasses both medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition improving nutrition in health and diseases will also be explored. During this module you will have opportunity to gain general surgical experience as well as developing your gastroenterological knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to learn about diagnostic and therapeutic investigation including radiological interventions.

Code MEDC6002Y (Credits 30)

The renal system: Renal medicine covers the diagnosis and management of patients with acute and chronic renal disease. Students will need a good understanding of renal physiology, acid base balance, fluid balance and electrolyte regulation. In the UK in 2014 there were 2.6 million people (95% CI: 2.3–3.0) aged 16 years and older are living with CKD stage 3-5 (diagnosed and undiagnosed). This is equal to 6.1% (95% CI: 5.3-7.0%) of the population of this age group. Up to 20% of critically ill patients will experience an episode of acute kidney injury during the course of their illness so it is something students will need to be aware of and act to reduce. Of those admitted to critical care with acute kidney injury, roughly 5% will require renal replacement therapy (haemofiltration or dialysis). In the UK, the annual incidence of end stage renal disease doubled from 1995 -2005 mostly due to an ageing population and an increase in type 2 diabetes. By the end of the module, students will be able to describe the different presentations and causes of acute and chronic renal disease, the diagnostic investigations, management options and prognosis. The urological system: Urology is one of the most varied branches of surgery. It covers diseases of the kidney, bladder and prostate and covers both sexes and all ages. Urology accounts for up to 10% of all GP visits. Twenty percent of acute hospital surgical referrals involve patients with urological problems. Urology is divided in to endourology, oncology, functional urology, andrology, reconstruction and academic urology. By the end of the module, students will be able to list the common urological conditions both benign and malignant and describe common presentation, diagnostic investigations, management and prognosis of each. Benign conditions include lower urinary tract symptoms, urinary tract infections, renal stones, urinary retention, incontinence, erectile dysfunction and embryological anomalies. Malignant conditions include cancer of the kidney, bladder, ureter, urethra, testis and penis. A good working knowledge of embryology of the renal tract is required from the outset to enable students to understand further conditions.

Code MEDC6003Y (Credits 30)

Neurology Neurology deals with diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerve roots, peripheral nerve and muscle. Neurological symptoms and problems are common in primary and secondary care so a good understanding of neurology is important for most branches of medicine. Historically, neurology had a reputation for being one of the more difficult medical specialties, with comments like “rare,” “intimidating” and “there are no treatments.” We hope to dispel some of these myths during your time with us. During the module you will begin to master a number of skills required for neurology including being able to recognize when a patient has a neurological problem, evaluation of the common neurological presentations, performing a neurological examination and communicating the important aspects of the history and examination to other medical staff. You will also learn the principles of making a neurological diagnosis and how to recognize neurological emergencies and initiate treatment. The teaching will look at the common neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as the underlying neuroanatomy and physiology. This will include the main motor and sensory pathways, the concept of upper and lower motor neurons and the function of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cranial nerves, and the effects various conditions have on them. During the primary and secondary care attachments you will have the opportunity to see a range of patients with common, and less common, conditions through structured patient teaching, booked sessions, ward teaching and on call shifts. Please use this time to see as many patients as possible, and practice your history taking, examination and case presentation skills. Ophthalmology Ophthalmology is unique amongst medical specialties. The eye, its surrounding structures and the visual pathway may be affected by a variety of clinical conditions. One of the fundamental properties of the eye is that many of its components are transparent, enabling details of its structure and any abnormalities to be observed directly. Disorders of the eye and visual system commonly cause reduction in vision and one of the major rewards of the profession is to be able to restore or improve sight. There are around two million people in the UK with a sight problem with around one million of these registered, or eligible to be registered as blind or partially sighted. Some people are born with sight problems whilst others inherit an eye condition that deteriorates with age such as retinitis pigmentosa. Others lose their sight as the result of an accident or conditions elsewhere in the body such as diabetes. In the UK, some form of glaucoma affects about two percent of people over the age of 40, and five percent over the age of 75. With screening and regular eye tests the condition can be detected early allowing treatment to reduce further sight loss. Age related eye conditions are the most common cause of sight loss in the UK and eighty percent of people with sight problems are over 65. Their eyesight is affected by conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts. In recent years, ophthalmology has rapidly incorporated new technologies; developments in optical instruments have improved the clarity and magnification with which the components of the eye can be observed and imaged, and the use of lasers allows procedures that used to require admission to hospital to be performed on an outpatient basis.

Code MEDC6004Y (Credits 30)

The endocrine system Diabetes and Endocrinology itself includes wide variety of conditions. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in parallel with increasing prevalence of obesity. In addition to their therapy of glycaemic control, focus should also include preventing and management of their cardiovascular risk and microvascular complication. From the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Scottish Diabetes Survey (SDS) with estimates from the Diabetes Prevalence Model 2016 (Public Health England) and 2012 APHO Diabetes Prevalence Model, estimates that there are 4.6 million people with diabetes in the UK, of which 90% have Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, it is believed that there were over 1 million people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. As a result, diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today and the 5th most common cause of death. Left untreated it can cause heart disease, stroke, blindness and renal failure. Almost 1 in 3 people with type 2 diabetes will develop kidney disease and it is the single most common cause of end stage renal failure. The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales. In total, an estimated £14 billion pounds is spent a year (2016) on treating diabetes and its complications, with the cost of treating complications representing the much higher cost, so it is vital that we, as clinicians, understand this condition and act to prevent the development of diabetes and its devastating complications (Diabetes.org.uk). Endocrinology covers the concept of hormone homeostasis and the clinical management of patients with abnormal endocrine function. Please spend some time to understand physiology of each system, and how individual hormones are controlled and their feedback mechanism. Endocrinology integrates developmental events with proliferation growth, and differentiation within a living organism. physiology of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and hormones is essential to link together and understand module. By the end of the module, students will be able to understand and manage diabetes and its complication, understand the concept of hormone regulation on growth and metabolism, recognise the common presenting features of hormone overproduction and deficiency and describe specific diagnostic tests and management. ENT ENT deals with all aspects of disease relating to the ear, nose and throat. This specialty evolved due to the close interconnection between these areas in terms of anatomy, physiology and functions and the disease processes that can result. Though primarily a surgical specialty we are also physicians looking after this unique area of a patient. The specialty is subdivided into Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology/Head & Neck and Paediatric ENT. Otology includes hearing loss and balance disorders which are very common and involve a close liaison with Audiology. Rhinology includes nose and sinus problems which affect large numbers of the general population and are a common complaint in primary care. The senses of smell and taste also fall to ENT and disorders of smell, whilst very common, often go unrecognized. Laryngology/Head and Neck surgery covers voice disorders as well as benign and malignant tumours of the head and neck. There are also many paediatric cases which will give you an insight in to the care and management of children that you may not have experienced so far. Like other departments we rely on teamwork and ENT will begin to understand the role of audiologists, audiological scientists, physiotherapists, specialist nurses and speech and language therapists in the provision of care to our patients. The ears, nose and throat together with surrounding structures are frequently involved in both local and systemic disease. Our specialty works closely with the following departments: Maxillo-facial surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, haematology, respiratory medicine and paediatrics to name but a few. In the second year you will have covered some aspects of the specialty (nose and throat conditions) when doing respiration and this will be revisited during your time with us.

Code MEDC6005B (Credits 30)

The integrative period comprises 3 sections. Research protocol Portfolio report SSS (student selected Study) presentation Research protocol: during this part of the course you will write a research protocol aided by lectures and workshops. (This is separate from the clinical audit project in year 4) The assessment marking sheet is provided to students before they start their work to ensure they are aware of the standards of work expected. Portfolio report A portfolio is a journal or a private collection of thoughts and ideas based on personal experiences which you are encouraged to collect during this course. It is an important component of professional development forming the basis for self-directed learning and reflective practice. Developing skills in reflective practice during the course is an important part of a students professional development and will be useful to a future medical career since this is the model used both in the Foundation Programme (Year 1-2 after you have qualified) and the GMC’s Revalidation process. creating a written record of memorable experiences. These experiences may be derived from any part of the course but clinical placements provide a particularly rich source of appropriate material. Students should also write some commentary on the contents of their student held record of assessments and any other feedback received from various sources such as tutors, patients, actors and student colleagues. Student Selected Studies Compulsory Student Selected Studies (SSS) is the part of our course where students develop academic skills such as literature review and critical thinking; presenting and teaching; and developing a clinical or research question. In year 3, students will be asked to choose 4 SSS themes of interest and will be allocated one of the 4. It is our aim to offer the majority of students their first choice topic. They will then be introduced to the tutor for the year. The topics available for the year Anatomy Biochemistry Clinical Biochemistry (yr. 2 and 3), Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Colorectal Surgery, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Nutrition (Includes research option in years 2&3), Pathology, Physiology, Research in clinical, laboratory or population medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health (Includes research option in years 3), Ethics, Health Economics, Law, Medical Education, Psychology Health (Includes research option in years 3), Sociology Health (Includes research option in years 3), At the end of their third year, students of most themes will have to prepare an abstract and a conference-style poster for their SSS. On the assessment days, students will not be giving a formal 10 minute presentation, instead posters will be displayed and each student will give a short oral summary of their poster (for approximately 5 minutes) and will then discuss it with the assessors and the other students. Students studying ethics in year 3 the assessment will be in the form of a 2000 word essay.

Code MEDC6005Y (Credits 0)

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

 

YEAR 4

Compulsory Modules

Code MEDD6001Y (Credits 30)

Your focus will be on reproduction and female health. Human reproduction is a fascinating subject; obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery; gynaecology is the science of the physiological functions and diseases of women. It is essential you have a good grasp of knowledge in basic anatomy and physiology concerning human reproduction to understand childbirth and its complications and manage diseases in women at different stages of their life.

Code MEDD6002Y (Credits 30)

All doctors will come across children and families in their work and it is essential that newly qualified doctors can competently interact with, assess and care for children and young people. In this module you will develop a broad understanding of child health and consider the wider issues of children’s place in our society, and the value society places on childhood. There will be a particular focus on the development and application of your clinical reasoning skills in the context of children and young people. This will include the recognition and management of common and important conditions which present in childhood and adolescence; communicating with children, young people and families; and integrating your understanding of basic sciences and pathology into the clinical context of child health.
 


Code MEDD6003Y (Credits 30)

The Mind addresses biological and psycho-social aspects of mental health and illness. It aims to equip students’ with knowledge and clinical skills to recognise mental health problems and identify evidence-based methods for their management. The Mind Module places emphasis on transferable skills and professional attitudes, such as working within a multidisciplinary team, respecting patient individuality and reducing stigma, that are prominent in mental health care but also relate to all other areas of clinical practice.

Code MEDD6004Y (Credits 30)

An introduction to the specialties of Older People’s Medicine, Oncology and Palliative Medicine. Alongside this, the primary care attachment will be used to give the students experience of following and caring for patients over a longer period while based in primary care, providing an authentic experience of general practice. The aim is to gain a more holistic view of patient centred care for chronic long term conditions in the community, for cancer care, health and illness in older people and in end of life care. Consultation Skills and Sociology will be integrated to give the students more insight into the impacts of chronic and endstage diseases and how to manage these as a doctor. This longer module also gives more scope to gain a better understanding of all the different approaches to managing cancer with modern techniques. The students will have a campus-based introductory week, followed by 3 weeks in General Practice and a week in each of Older People’s Medicine, Oncology and Palliative Care. There will be a week’s reflection / review at the end.

Code MEDD6001B (Credits 10)

The main objective of this elective is to provide an additional and more autonomous opportunity for the student to undertake a placement that fits with their own interests and professional development; to do something different; and to take responsibility for the planning and delivery of this experience. During this period, you are expected to engage in self- directed learning, reflect on your professional development, and experience medical practice in a context that is different from that provided by the Norwich Medical School and its teaching hospitals. It can be undertaken anywhere in the world as long as your choice does not incur excessive risk – assessing this is part of the learning process, and the tutors will help you with this aspect. There will be lectures and seminars on how to prepare for an elective, how to stay healthy during the placement, and related topics of global public health and mental resilience. Many students use the elective as a chance to experience medicine in a different setting, often overseas, with all the new cultural and clinical challenges that this involves. Others use it to deepen their understanding of a particular area of knowledge, or to develop new academic and technical skills. The main domains that students can consider are: Clinical – a new speciality, or further in-depth experience of a known speciality but in a different service, geographical or cultural context Research – a placement in an environment with an academic focus – for example, undertaking a community project, an epidemiological survey, or a lab-based study Service development and delivery – an internship or similar attachment to a unit offering management input, educational, strategic or technical development to the health system. Involvement with publishing, community projects, and exchanges can also be considered under this heading. The generic aims are that the elective will assist the student to:- • develop greater ownership of the learning process • challenge and improve your organisational skills, including risk appraisal • facilitate further development of attitudes appropriate to the practice of medicine • broaden your minds and refresh you as you approach the final year of MBBS.

Code MEDD6028B (Credits 20)

The learning objectives are: to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior modules and to demonstrate a holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

Code MEDD6005Y (Credits 0)

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

 

YEAR 5

Compulsory Modules

Code MED - 7001Y (Credits 30)

How do we deal with seriously ill patients that need emergency medical care? What are the fundamental ways of managing airways, giving anaesthetics, and delivering critical care? Module 5A is an opportunity for you to apply skills and knowledge developed over the previous 4 years and build upon them in an emergency setting. Though different from the apprenticeship module, you will be taking on some responsibility in helping the team assess and treat patients in a hands-on manner. During placement you will get to experience a variety of environments where emergency medicine is used. From primary care and the A&E department to the intensive care unit and theatres, you will have opportunities to learn from a variety of specialists. The Module will equip you to manage with patients who are seriously ill, and to recognize who and when to seek help from. It will enable you to perform practical procedures and gain other skills that are relevant to the role of a foundation doctor.

Code MED-7002Y (Credits 30)

This is your opportunity to “learn on the job” the FY1/FY2 role. The Module is often called the “apprenticeship” module. It is an important basis for becoming a doctor, and is a chance to start honing your skills for the Finals examinations. The Module is ten weeks in total split into blocks in surgery and medicine. The Module blocks take place either at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Over those 5 weeks you will be attached to a FY1/FY2 and their team. You will be an integral member of that team, helping with all the duties of a Foundation Year doctor. One of the consultants in the team will be nominated as your supervisor and will be expected to write a short report on your 5 week placement. You will therefore end the Module with two tutor reports: one from medicine and one from surgery. You are not expected to spend all your time with the supervising consultant; in fact that would be counterproductive. The report will be made by the supervising consultant having discussed your aptitude and attendance with the team. Whilst in your placements you will also be attached to a generic Module 5B tutor at your hospital (NNUH, QEH or JPH) who will arrange to meet with you in groups in a classroom setting, to discuss topics covered by the module. There are normally four of these tutorials but more sessions can be arranged locally. These tutorials are compulsory, and your team and supervising consultant realise that you have to attend them. The medicine and surgery attachments are in most specialities, and requests for certain specialities can be made. However, the speciality is of secondary importance to the purpose of the Module, which is to learn the trade of the Foundation Year doctor. We will try to match your placement to your request of speciality and hospital, but for logistic reasons these cannot always be guaranteed.

Code MED-7001B (Credits 20)

Module 5C has been developed to give students the opportunity to explore or further develop an aspect of their future medical career. This may place them in a better position to succeed during their FY1 post or when applying for specialty training. It is six weeks long and will predominantly consist of clinical experience. Students may also spend 50 % of their time in one of the following: • research • management • patient safety and effectiveness. For students needing to resit finals, M5C will consist of a placement at the NNUH/JPUH hospitals together with revision tutorials organised by MED. These students will need to inform their intended placement supervisor that their planned elective will no longer be taking place.

Code MED-7154B (Credits 40)

M13 is emergency medicine, M14 is student assistantship M15 an internal (home elective)

Code MED-7003Y (Credits 0)


All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School’s Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

 

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

BBB or ABC in any subjects, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): DDM in any subject, excluding BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.

Access course

Not accepted

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 3 subjects at Higher level 5 in any subject

GCSE offer

Six GCSEs at grade B/6 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and either a single science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or double science. Applicants who do not meet the GCSE requirement MUST be resitting GCSE’s and predicted to achieve the required grade. This should be evident from their UCAS application. 

International Baccalaureate (UK based only): IB Middle Years (in lieu of GCSEs) with 6 passes at 6 including English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects. 

GCSE short courses, BTEC Level 2, OCR Level 2, Functional Skills not accepted. 

GCSE resits are considered. Applicants who do not meet the GCSE requirement MUST be resitting GCSE’s and predicted to achieve the required grade. This should be evident from their UCAS application.

Additional entry requirements

 This course is a ‘Widening Access’ programme for students who are in the 13th year of education or left school no more than three years prior to the course start date. Applicants must have completed their GCSE and Level 3 qualifications in the UK. It is designed for students whose circumstances or educational opportunities have prevented them from realising their academic potential. 

All applicants must meet the academic criteria and the following contextual criteria:  

Your secondary school (GCSE education) achieved an Attainment 8 score of 50 or less, in the year you sat your GCSEs (see note below) according to the Department for Education data (www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/) AND one of the following:  

  • You live in an area with low progression to higher education with Polar Data 1 or 2 from Polar 4.  

  • In receipt of the UCAT Bursary.  

  • Your combined household income is under £35,000 per year, excluding Government benefits. We use the same criteria as the UCAT Bursary eligibility. We are unable to accept payslips or P60’s.  

  • You currently live locally to UEA (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Lincolnshire).  Evidence taken from UCAS application.  

 OR meet the academic criteria and ONE of the following contextual criteria:  

  • Successfully complete the UEA Medical Aspirations Programme  

  • You have been in Local Authority care. Examples of evidence accepted: Letter from Social Worker/Local Council.  

NOTE: The Government will not be publishing performance data for 2020 due to the pandemic therefore, we will use the Attainment 8 score in 2019 for students who achieved GCSE’s in 2020. 

Further information 

Applicants must meet both GCSE and A Level requirement.  

GCSE resits are considered. 

A Level Resits are not considered. 

Not accepted: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, GCSE short courses, BTEC Level 2, OCR Level 2, Functional Skills. 

Applicants who have started or completed study post A level (degree study or equivalent) will not be considered. 

Applicants predicted to meet the MB BS Medicine (A100) academic requirements are unlikely to benefit from this course and should apply directly to A100. 

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and are attending the UEA Medical Aspirations Programme will be guaranteed an interview. 

Autumn Exam Series 2021

Applicants who received Teacher Assessed Grades in Summer 2021 and are sitting the Autumn Exam Series may apply through UCAS for September 2022 entry. They will be subject to the usual admission process including the UCAT Test and an interview would be required. 

University Clinical Aptitude Test 

How do you use the UCAT? 

ALL applicants are required to take the UCAT in the year of application, prior to applying. UEA does not have a cut off score. A high score is advantageous; a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration. Further information is available at www.ucat.ac.uk. 

The overall score is used to rank the applicants for selection for interview. 

The overall score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made. 

The SJT component score is included within the interview score. 

Essential Information For All Applicants 

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided to the applicants at interview and if they are successful in receiving an offer. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards is available. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health) should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have, and may be subject to an early occupational health check, for the following reasons: 

Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health. 

Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty. 

A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course. 

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Norwich Medical School will consider all requests for adjustments in line with the UK Equality Act 2010. Any student can graduate as long as: they are well enough to complete the course; they have no student fitness to practice concerns (having a health condition or disability alone is not a fitness to practice concern); they have met all the Outcomes for graduates, with adjustments to the mode of assessment as needed. 

Further guidance and advice specific to undergraduate medicine courses, including clinical exams, can be obtained via med.senioradviser@uea.ac.uk . Further information regarding accessibility, written exam concessions and confidential advice and guidance on health and disability can be obtained via: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service. 

After the Course 

Postgraduate Foundation training and beyond

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Briefly, all on-time applications proceed to primary screening, where checks are made to see that applicants meet, or are predicted to meet, our minimum academic entry criteria, have a satisfactory personal statement and reference and have taken the UCAT test in the summer prior to submitting the application. Applicants are then invited to interview (from late November/December onwards). 

If the number of applications received exceed the number of interview places available those meeting primary screening requirements will also undergo secondary screening, where the UCAT scores will be ranked against the applicant cohort, with the strongest applicants invited to interview. 

Following the completion of interviews, interviewed applicants are ranked (by interview score – which includes the UCAT SJT subsection score - and UCAT overall scores) within the applicant cohort. The top ranking applicants will receive offers. 

Following the closing date, any errors or omissions should be notified to the Admissions Service immediately for consideration, and verified by an official letter from your school. However, if notification is made after 15 October, we reserve the right not to consider the application further. 

Your application will be processed using the information provided on your UCAS form. Any changes in predicted grades will not be considered once processing has commenced following the UCAS deadline.

Only information submitted on the UCAS form will be considered, unless supplementary information is requested by the Admissions Team. Factual errors on the form should be notified to the Admissions Service as soon as possible but additional information provided or errors highlighted after submission of the UCAS form cannot be considered. Please note that we are unable to accept any unsolicited additional references or CVs.

These should be indicated on the UCAS application. Supporting evidence may be requested. Please note: adverse events potentially impacting on performance at A level (or equivalent) or degree classification, should be notified to the relevant examination board.  

If possible, but this is not a specific requirement. However, it is important that, prior to committing to 6 years intensive study, that you find out as much as you can about being a doctor.  Any experience that gives you an insight into your suitability to the profession is valuable.   Such experience may include work experience in a health care organisation (e.g. a hospital, hospice, or primary care setting), a regular commitment as a volunteer in a care-related setting, or paid employment as a health care assistant or similar. Please see current guidance from the Medical School Council regarding work experience during a pandemic. This list is not exhaustive, but at interview, you will be expected to draw on your personal experiences to demonstrate your suitability to be a doctor. If invited to interview, you are required to bring with you our work experience form.

Applicants to Medicine at UEA will only be considered for two consecutive years. All applicants must have achieved successful academic study within the past 3 years. Please note that entry requirements may change each year and we would advise you to check our website before submitting an application. You will be required to retake the UCAT test as this is only valid in the year of application.

 

Interviews

We hope to be able to offer interviews on campus subject to following the latest Government guidance.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. 

Typically, we look for applicants to demonstrate at interview; 

  • An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information 

  • The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership 

  • A caring and supportive attitude 

  • An empathetic and caring approach 

  • Insight into Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession 

  • Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness. 

We will individually email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview. Interview arrangements are still being finalised and we will update our website in due course. Interviews usually take place between November 2021 and February 2022. 

Work Experience 

If you are invited to interview you are required to provide two examples of work experience which have informed your decision to study Medicine. We understand that it might be difficult to gain experience in a pandemic but the first thing to remember is that all applicants to medicine will be in the same situation. The second thing to remember is that clinical work experience is not generally a requirement for applying to medical school in any year. We are aware that the opportunities open to you have been affected and will take this into account when considering applications for cohorts that have been impacted. 

The Medical Schools Council has published some very useful guidance for gaining relevant experience during the pandemic and we will follow their guidance. 

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 

Intakes

This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.   We have 40 places for 2022 entry. 

Course Reference Number: 4478770

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated on our Fees and finance webpages

Course Reference Number: 4478770

How to Apply

 Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.  

UCAS Apply is an online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.  

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.  

FURTHER INFORMATION   

Please contact us by email at Admissions@uea.ac.uk or via the Admissions Live Chat Service  

Course Reference Number: 4478770
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
UCAS course code
A104
Entry Requirements
BBB or ABC
Walk out into the world as a highly competent, empathic and confident doctor, with a course that gives you hands-on experience and rigorous training in modern practices from the very start. Medicine at UEA is supportive and inclusive. We want everyone who has the passion and potential to succeed to have the chance to study here. Our MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year is our widening access to medicine route and may be the perfect first step to a successful career in medicine. We’re more interested in your potential to succeed, so as well as looking at your results, we’ll look at the school you studied at, your family income, your area of residence, and whether you live in the East Anglian region.

Course Variants

Schools
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