This is additional admissions information. If you are looking for information about the course please see http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/degree/detail/mbbs-medicine

FAQs - A100 MB/BS Medical Degree - 2017 entry

1. What is unique about your course? 

2. How many places are there on the course?

3. How many applications did the Norwich Medical School have for 2016 entry? 

4. How many applicants did the Norwich Medical School interview and how many offers were made for 2016 Entry? 

5. What is the Staff / Student Ratio? 

6. What are the minimum academic entry requirements? 

7. When should I take the UKCAT Test? 

8. How do you use the UKCAT?

9. To whom do the GCSE requirements apply?

 10. Do you require A-Level Chemistry? 

11. What is your policy regarding Mathematics? 

12. What is your policy regarding A-level re-sits? 

13. What is your policy regarding A-levels taken at different sittings? 

14. I have started at another Medical School/degree in the UK or abroad, can I apply/transfer to UEA? 

15. I am a Graduate, do I apply as a Postgraduate? 

16. I already hold an undergraduate degree, do I still need to meet your GCSE and A level requirements?

17. My degree result was a 2.2/3rd/Pass will you still consider me? 

18. I am currently studying a higher degree, may I apply? 

19. Where can I take an Access to Medicine Course? 

20. I am an international applicant with non-UK qualifications. 

21. How do I apply? 

22. When do I apply? 

23. What is your policy on deferred entry? 

24. Do I have to put all my Academic qualifications onto my UCAS form? 

25. What if there is a mistake on my application?

26. What if my predicted grades change?

27. Can I send in additional supporting documents? 

28. How do I report extenuating circumstances? 

29. I will still be 17 at the start of the course ..../..

30. Should I gain some voluntary or paid experience in the Healthcare professions? 

31. What personal/non-academic qualities are you looking for? 

32. What percentage of mature students do you take? 

33. How will you process my application? 

34. When will the interviews be? 

35. What does the interview consist of? 

36. What should I do if I have a Criminal Conviction? 

37. What should I do if I have a disability? 

38. What other requirements do offer holders have to meet? 

39. Do you give feedback on unsuccessful applications? 

40. If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply? 

41. Once on the course, what are your progression requirements?

42. Will I be able to take an Intercalated degree? 

43. Will there be guaranteed campus accommodation? 

44. Do you have any information regarding Funding and Scholarships?#Q45

45. When is Medicine Open Day?

46. Does the Norwich Medical School have an Admissions Policy?

1. What is unique about your course?

We offer an integrated curriculum with early and regular patient centred teaching in both primary and secondary care starting in week two of the course. We also use PBL (Problem Based Learning) within our course, Each week's learning is triggered through small group discussion of a relevant clinical scenario, and supported by a comprehensive programme of lectures and seminars. Anatomy dissection is offered throughout years 1-3 of the course.

2. How many places are there on the course?

154 Home/EU places for 2017 entry. (subject to confirmation from Department of Health)

13 international places for 2017 entry. 

3. How many applications did the Norwich Medical School have for 2016 entry?

We received approximately 1,400 applications for 2016 entry. The course is highly competitive.

4. How many applicants did the Norwich Medical School interview and how many offers were made for 2016 Entry?

We invited approximately 600 applicants to interview and made approximately 300 offers

5. What is the Staff / Student Ratio?

The staff / student ratio is 13:9.  Each student in each year has a Personal Advisor, a PBL Tutor and a GP Tutor. The Personal Advisor will be the same academic for the whole five years of the course, with the PBL and GP Tutor changing each year.  Every student will know at least three members of academic staff well each year and eleven members of staff over the five year period.

6. What are the minimum academic entry requirements?

The qualifications specified on our website are the minimum entry requirements.  All qualifications and educational experience are taken into account. As this is a highly competitive course, with many more applications than places available, meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of an interview. No place is offered on the programme without an interview.  When selecting applicants, we consider both academic and personal values and other characteristics indicative of a person's potential to succeed on the programme (see FAQ 33).

7. When should I take the UKCAT Test?

The UKCAT exam should be taken in the summer of the year in which you submit an application to UCAS.  You do not need to advise the Admissions Office of your results as these are supplied directly to us. It is helpful if you use the same details on your registration for the UKCAT test as your UCAS application. Please note UKCAT no longer issue exemptions to sitting the test for medical, personal or geographical reasons.

8. How do you use the UKCAT?

We do not set a minimum cut-off score for the UKCAT, but consider the component scores within the academic screening processes.  Whilst a high UKCAT score may be advantageous, a low score in an otherwise strong application, will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.  From our experience, it is unusual for an applicant with a UKCAT score of less than 2400 to be invited to interview.

Applicants who take the UKCAT (SEN) test will be required to provide evidence to the University detailing their entitlement to the extra time.  This evidence can take the form of a Psychologist, medical (GP) or a dyslexia report. Further information will be sent to relevant applicants once a UCAS application has been received.

9. To whom do the GCSE requirements apply?

Our GCSE requirements apply to all applicants.  We require six GCSE passes at grade A to include English, Mathematics and two Science subjects. If the applicant has achieved a grade A in English Literature, then they must also have a minimum grade B in English Language. GCSE Short Courses, OCR Level 2 and BTEC Level 2 are not accepted.

When considering your application we will usually review your best 8 results. We will include only one maths, up to two English and up to three single science subjects or a double science award. Repeat GCSEs are accepted.

For GCSE Methods of Mathematics/Application of Mathematics we would require the grades AA in order to be considered.  For Secondary Screening we would only consdier one of the grades.

We do not accept GCSE General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship Studies.  We will only accept one of the following GCSE subjects: Learning for Life & Work, Expressive Arts, Catering, Child Development, Business & Communication Systems (ICAA), Health & Social Care and Leisure & Tourism. 

10. Do you require A-Level Chemistry?

A2 Biology is our required subject along with a second A-Level Science from Chemistry or Physics.  Chemistry is not mandatory as the relevant Biochemistry required for our degree is taught in A Level Biology.

 11. What is your policy regarding Mathematics?

We are looking for four separate subjects, three at full A level and one at AS level as a minimum. Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-Level or AS Level will be considered.

At GCSE Level, only one Mathematics GCSE will be counted in the top eight GCSEs. Applicants taking Methods in Maths and Application in Maths will need a grade A in both to apply, although only one grade will count towards the top 8 GCSEs.

12. What is your policy regarding A/AS-Level re-sits?

It is expected that students complete their full A levels (AS and A2) over two years.   If a student completes study outside of this period, including repeating the AS Year, we will still consider an application from them.   However, they would be expected to demonstrate a higher level of achievement, reflecting the longer study period, as detailed in our entry requirements. Any applicant resitting all or part of an A level is required to include their original grade on the UCAS application form.  A level resits will only be considered if a minimum of ABB or A*A*C was achieved in the first sitting.


13. What is your policy regarding A-levels taken at different sittings?

Applicants who have taken A levels at different sittings will be considered on an individual basis.

14. I have started at another Medical School/degree in the UK or abroad, can I apply/transfer to UEA?

Applicants who have previously or are currently studying at another Medical School in either the UK or abroad will not be considered for entry.

We do not accept inter-University transfers. Due to the highly integrated nature of our course we require all students (irrespective of prior experience/qualifications) to complete their current degree study and then apply as a Graduate to year 1.

15. I am a Graduate, do I apply as a Postgraduate?

We do not have a separate Graduate entry programme, although we welcome applications from Graduates for our 5 year programme. All applications should be made through UCAS .

16. I already hold an undergraduate degree, do I still need to meet your GCSE and A level requirements?

Yes, Graduates will need to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a First class or 2.1 degree. All applicants, including those with a degree are expected to sit UKCAT and meet Graduate A level and GSCE requirements.

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have studied academically within the past three years.

 17. My degree result was a 2.2/3rd will you still consider me?

Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications from Graduates who have a 2:2 or a 3rd class honours degree in their academic background.  This cannot be outweighed by an Access, further BSc, Masters or PhD qualification.

18. I am currently studying a higher degree, may I apply?

Applicants with Masters or PhD will need to have achieved either a First class or a 2.1 Undergraduate Degree and meet our GCSE and A-level requirements as detailed in FAQ Question 16.

Applicants studying for a Master's degree at the time of application must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above and have fully and successfully completed their Master's degree with satisfactory verification by 31st August 2016. If you are in this situation, please check the completion date of your Master's course and the availability of the official result before applying for place on MB BS course

Those studying for a PhD at the time of application should ensure that they have submitted their dissertation and completed any Viva or other requirements and received a verifiable result by 31st August 2016.                                                                                                 

19. Where can I take an Access to Medicine Course?

A full list of approved courses and entry requirements are detailed on our Norwich Medical School website at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/degree/detail/mbbs-medicine#requirements

For local enquiries please contact The College of West Anglia in Kings Lynn (Tel: 01553 815225).

20. I am an international applicant with non-UK qualifications.

Applications from overseas are welcome. We offer 13 places to overseas students. Overseas qualifications are considered on an equivalence basis. Applicants for whom English is a foreign/second language require evidence of a high level English language qualification, such as an IELTS 7.5 (with 7.5 in each component) to be achieved by 31st July 2016.

If you are a European or International applicant we require that you include details of formal qualifications taken up to age 16, together with current/completed studies on your UCAS form. See EU/International Chart.

21. How do I apply?

All applications should be made through UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. 

22. When do I apply?

Applications should be made between 1 September and 15 October for entry in the following September, for full details see the UCAS website. Late applications are not accepted under any circumstances.

23. What is your policy on deferred entry?

We encourage deferred entry as long as it is declared from the outset on a UCAS application. We cannot guarantee that a deferral request made later on in the application cycle will be granted.

24. Do I have to put all my Academic qualifications onto my UCAS form?

Yes, it is UCAS policy and UEA also require that all academic qualifications achieved and those that are currently being taken must be entered on your UCAS application form.  This should include any courses that an applicant has started and then withdrawn from.

25. What if there is a mistake on my application?

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

 26. What if my predicted grades change?

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.

27. Can I send in additional supporting documents?

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 Office as soon as possible but additional information provided after submission of the UCAS form cannot be considered. Please note that we are unable to accept any unsolicited additional references or CVs.

28. How do I report extenuating circumstances?

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. Any circumstances after this should be notified to the Admissions Office as soon as possible.

29. I will still be 17 at the start of the course…

This is not a bar to studying Medicine at UEA. However, the course at Norwich Medical school involves considerable patient contact within year one. In view of this, students who will not be 18 years old at the time that they are projected to start the course may wish to consider applying for deferred entry.

30. Should I gain some voluntary or paid experience in the Healthcare professions?

If possible, but this is not a specific requirement. However, it is important that, prior to committing to 5 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. 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.

31. What personal/non-academic qualities are you looking for?

Successful applicants will have demonstrated, amongst other things, an understanding of healthcare, of the skills, values and responsibilities expected of a doctor, evidence of personal suitability to join the profession and good communication and organisational skills.

32. What percentage of mature students do you take?

We do not have a set number of places assigned to mature students. Places are allocated on merit, and we welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. Each applicant will be assessed against the admission criteria, and all applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of recent academic study (within the past 3 years).

33. How will you process my application?

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 UKCAT test in the summer prior to submitting the application.

Those meeting Primary Screening requirements progress to Secondary Screening, where academic qualifications (achieved and predicted, including UKCAT scores) are assessed and ranked against the applicant cohort, with the strongest applicants invited to interview (from December onwards). 

Please Note: we do not operate a minimum UKCAT cut off score, but from our experience, it is unusual for an applicant with a UKCAT score of less than 2400 to be invited to interview.

Following the completion of interviews, interviewed applicants are again ranked (by interview and UKCAT scores) within the applicant cohort. The top ranking applicants will receive offers. For 2016 entry we made approximately 300 offers.

34. When will the interviews be?

Interviews are normally held between December and March.

35. What does the interview consist of?

Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are  invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as 'stations', They will spend  5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. 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 in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession

Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness.

36. What should I do if I have a Criminal Conviction?

Applicants with a criminal conviction should declare this on their UCAS form. Such applicants are treated equally alongside all other applicants within the admissions process, but may be subject to further requirements to confirm their fitness to practise. If an applicant collects a criminal conviction after the submission of the UCAS form, but during the application process, they should inform the Admissions Office, quoting their UCAS number in any correspondence.


37. What should I do if I have a disability?

Applicants with a disability should declare this on their UCAS form.  Such applicants are treated equally alongside all other applicants within the admissions process. Those who are invited to interview and have special requirements should inform the Admissions Team in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be put in place.

Independent of the admissions process, applicants with a disability may request a confidential occupational health assessment (usually arranged on the day of their interview). This is NOT part of the selection process, but is to facilitate the identification of any adjustments that may be necessary for successful study.

The Student Support Service is responsible for the provision of information and advice and for co-coordinating the support needed by students.  The Disability Team aims to offer information, advice and the co-ordination of support required by students both before and during their studies.  The more information they have in advance of your arrival, the easier it is for any necessary preparations to be made.  This can include any reasonable adjustments which are required for your studies or accommodation.  For more information in regards to our Student Support Service, please visit their website at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/dos

38. What other requirements do offer holders have to meet?

All offers made will be subject to a clearance check from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). Offer holders will be contacted by the UEA SBS Team approximately 3 months prior to the course start date. UEA Student Disclosure Service website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/disclosure

Offers are also subject to passing an Occupational Health assessment. This includes undergoing testing for and/or immunisation against a range of infectious diseases prior to patient contact.

39. Do you give feedback on unsuccessful applications?

Feedback is posted on UCAS Track and indicates to unsuccessful applicants at what stage their application was rejected.

  40. If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply?

Applicants to Medicine at UEA will only be considered for two consecutive 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 UKCAT test as this is only valid in the year of application.

41. Once on the course, what are your progression requirements?

Students who fail, at first attempt, three or more assessments in the first three years of the programme, will not be allowed to progress to year four and will exit the programme.

42. Will I be able to take an Intercalated degree?

Students in the top half of their year group academically are encouraged to consider an intercalated degree, usually after year three or four of the programme. Within UEA, there is the opportunity to take a Masters in Research or in Clinical Education. In addition, students who meet the eligibility criteria may take any of the MSc courses available in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, or undertake a relevant intercalated course at another institution.

For further information on our Intercalated Masters please visit our website at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/medicine/intercalated-medical-degrees.

43. Will there be guaranteed campus accommodation?

Students who are offered a place on the course are guaranteed accommodation in their first year (if eligible) provided they apply for accommodation by the published deadline and choose Medicine at UEA as their Firm choice. For further details regarding UEA accommodation, please  visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/accommodation/undergraduate-accommodation

44. Do you have any information regarding Funding and Scholarships?

You can find information regarding funding and UEA Scholarships at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/finance or the Directgov website at: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/Gettingstarted/index.htm

For Graduates, useful information can be found at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/finance/mature-independent-students  or www.money4medstudents.org

45. When is Medicine Open Day?

We hold a number of University Open Days where you can meet current Medical students and academics from the course and Admissions staff.  For further information please go to: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/open-days

46.  Does the Norwich Medical School have an Admissions Policy?

You can find information about our Admissions Policy for the Norwich Medical School here.  The University Admissions policy can be found on these pages.