Frequently Asked Questions
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-with-a-foundation-year
1. How many places are there on the course?
25 Home student places for 2016 entry.
2. How many applications did the University of East Anglia have for 2015 entry?
We received approximately 220 applications for 2015 entry and invited 94 to interview.The course is highly competitive.
3. 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, along with contextual data (which will be requested from candidates who meet, or are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements). Meeting the entry requirements on their own, is not a guarantee of an interview or a place on the programme. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements cannot be considered.
4. Who do the GCSE requirements apply to?
GCSE requirements apply to all applicants. Short courses are not accepted. Those taking double science award or additional science at GCSE will be required to obtain grades BB.
5. I have already achieved my A level results, can I apply for this course?
Applications can only be considered from those who are currently studying in Year 13 of their education or have left within the last three years prior to the start of the course. If you are no longer in year 13 please provide full details on your UCAS applications form for the reasons why, e.g. gap year experience, family circumstances. We do not accept applications from those who have already started a degree elsewhere.
6. I am predicted to achieve AAA at A2 level and am considering applying for this course in case I do not secure a place on a five year medicine course. Is this a good idea?
No, we do not advise this. Applicants presenting with AAA predicted at A2 level are unlikely to benefit from the foundation year. A104 candidates should be able to demonstrate why they would benefit from the foundation year.
7. What is your policy regarding A-level re-sits?
Your full A Level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. We are unable to consider applications from candidates who have completed re-sits outside of this period
8. Do you accept module resits?
Your full A level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. We will consider individual module re-sits within the two years. However, we are unable to consider applications from candidates who have completed re-sits outside this period.
9. What is your policy regarding A levels taken at different sittings?
As long as these are not resits, Year 13 candidates who have taken A levels at different sittings will be considered on an individual basis.
10. 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. Please ensure that the name you use on your UKCAT registration matches your UCAS application.
11. How do you use the UKCAT?
We have not set a cut-off score for the UKCAT test. We will consider scores from the test within the academic screening processes in the School. Whilst a high UKCAT score could be advantageous a low score will not automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration. If the rest of the application is strong then the applicant could still be short-listed for interview with a lower UKCAT test score.
Those who take the UKCAT (SEN) test, will be required to provide supporting evidence detailing their entitlement to extra time when requested. This evidence may take the form of a Psychologist, medical (GP) or a Dyslexia report. Further information will be sent to relevant candidates when UKCAT results are received.
12. I only meet one of the Social/Contextual Criteria – can I still apply?
All applicants need to meet the Secondary School criteria, and one other criteria from the list. Original evidence will be requested as proof of meeting criteria. The criteria are:
1. Your Secondary School (GCSE level education) had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths the year you sat your exams - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/. . PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS CRITERIA.
AS WELL AS THE CRITERIA ABOVE, ALL APPLICANTS MUST ALSO MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
2. Your household income is less than £35,000 per year excluding Government benefits.
3. You have been in Local Authority Care.
4. You live in the East Anglia region - i.e. Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
13. What is different about your course?
We offer a PBL (Problem Based Learning) integrated curriculum supported by a comprehensive programme of lectures and seminars
14. If I obtain AAA at results time, can I transfer to the 5 year MB BS Medical degree course at UEA?
The A100 MB BS Medical degree course (A100) has a different application process. Therefore it is not possible to transfer to this course at results time. If you are predicted to obtain AAA you would be expected to apply for the 5 year course.
15. How do I apply?
All applications should be made through UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
16. When do I apply for entry?
Applications should be made between 1 September and 15 October 2016 for entry in September 2017. For full details see the UCAS website. Late applications are not accepted under any circumstances.
17. What is your policy on deferred entry?
We will consider deferred entry as long as you declare this from the outset on a UCAS application. We cannot guarantee that a deferral request made later on in the application cycle will be granted.
18. Do I have to put all my Academic qualifications onto my UCAS form?
It is UCAS policy and UEA also require that all academic qualifications achieved and that are currently being taken must be entered on your UCAS application form. This should include any courses that a candidate has started and then withdrawn from.
19. What if there is a mistake on my application?
Following the closing date, any factual errors or omissions should be notified to the Admissions Office immediately for consideration and verified by an official letter from your school. However, additional information provided after submission of the UCAS form cannot be considered.
20. 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 of 15th October.
21. 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. Please do not send any extra references etc. as these cannot be considered.
22. 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 should be notified to the relevant examination board. Any circumstances after this should be notified to the Admissions Office as soon as possible.
23. Should I gain some voluntary/paid experience in the Healthcare professions?
Yes if possible – it will give you an insight into your suitability to the profession, and you will find this very valuable. Such experience would include relevant work/ volunteer experience in health care environments. We do not specify any particular type of work/shadowing/ placements but you will need to be able to display to us that you have researched medical careers and have some experience in a Healthcare environment such as a hospital, hospice, GP surgery, St John's Ambulance or volunteer work with people with disabilities/elderly etc.
24. What personal/non-academic qualities are you looking for?
Successful applicants will have demonstrated, amongst other things, an understanding of healthcare and the role and responsibilities of a doctor, evidence of suitability to join the profession, good communication and organisational skills.
25. What is your Application Process?
Applicants who have passed primary screening (meet minimum academic entry requirements) will then be asked to provide evidence of the Social/Contextual Criteria required. Applicants are then ranked using a combination of performance at GCSE, UKCAT, and social/contextual criteria. References and personal statement will be considered as part of this process. The strongest applicants will then be invited for interview.
26. When will the interviews be?
Interviews are normally held in late February/early March.
27. 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.
28. What should I do if I have a Criminal Conviction?
Applicants with a criminal conviction should declare this on their UCAS form from the outset of their application. Applicants are treated equally alongside all others within the admissions process, but such applicants may be subject to further requirements to confirm their fitness to practise. If an applicant wishes to inform the Admissions Office in advance, they are encouraged to write in confidentially stating their name, UCAS ID, and the nature of their offence.
29. What should I do if I have a disability?
Applicants with a known disability should declare this on their UCAS form from the outset of their application. Applicants are treated equally alongside all others within the admissions process. Those who are invited to interview and have special requirements should inform the Admissions Team of any requirements. Independent of the admissions process, applicants who have declared a disability in advance may be offered a confidential occupational health assessment on the day of their interview. This is to identify any "reasonable adjustments" which may need to be made for a candidate to start the Medical Degree. This information is not disclosed to the Admissions Office and is not part of the selection process.
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.
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
30. 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 - formerly known as CRB). Offer holders will be contacted by the UEA Student Disclosure Service 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.
31. 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.
32. If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply?
We will only consider one application for this course.
33. Once on the course, what are the requirements to progress to A100?
To progress to Year 1 of the MBBS Medicine course, Foundation Year students need to obtain 75% overall with 75% in the Medicine module, passing all modules and achieving 120 credits.
34. 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 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
35. 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
36. 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 at the main University Open Days. For further information please go to: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/open-days
37. Do you have a Norwich Medical School Admissions Policy?