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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the newest medical school in the United Kingdom and is based in Preston, which is in easy reach from the bustling cities in the North West, including Liverpool and Manchester. The Preston campus boasts outstanding facilities including a state of the art Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre which enables students to practise on two anatomage medical virtual dissection tables during anatomy tutorials. In the early years of the course, students are initially based at the Preston campus but are then placed in one of the partner trusts for the final three years. Students experience clinical placements in a variety of hospitals including the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Burnley General Teaching Hospital and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The tuition fees for 2017 entry were £36,600 annually, and though the programme offered is mainly for international students, there are two scholarships reserved for UK students.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • A-levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 60
  • N/A
  • AAB
  • Not required
  • MMI
  • Essential

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • A-levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 60
  • Minimum 2:1 in a science or healthcare subject
  • N/A
  • Not required
  • MMI
  • Essential
*any notes needed

UCLan offers a 5-year programme which emphasises early patient contact. Clinical placements begin with two two-week blocks in the first year and increase to three days a week in third and fourth year, with the final year largely being spent in placement. In years three to five, students follow assigned patients throughout their care pathways in primary and secondary care in order to give a sense of continuity of care. There are three key themes which run throughout the course: Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine, Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine and Medical Skills and Quality Care. Each theme is revisited each year and focuses on a different aspect of the student’s learning from systems based teaching of the human body to wider social factors which determine health such as epidemiology and health psychology. Teaching is delivered through small group tutorials, laboratory based sessions and clinical placements. There is also an emphasis on inter-professional learning where students work in small groups with other health professions to discuss a number of clinical scenarios.

There is an opportunity to undertake a Masters degree between the fourth and fifth year for those eager to enhance their CV and career opportunities.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

Applicants must achieve a minimum of AAB at A level. This must include at least two science subjects including Chemistry as well as a third academic subject.

Applicants must also provide evidence of a broad study of sciences and mathematics up to the age of 15-16.

IB

Applicants must have a minimum of 36 points overall at Higher Level which must include Chemistry, an additional science subject and one other subject. They must also offer 3 subjects at Standard Level, each at a minimum of 5 points each.

Admissions Exam

No admissions exam is required.

Access to Medicine/Foundation Programmes courses

The university will accept applications from those who hold the following qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (international foundation entry) at UCLan – applicants must achieve 70% overall and possess IELTS 7.0 in each component
  • Cambridge Education Group (CEG) ONCampus Medicine Foundation Programme – applicants must achieve 70% overall and IELTS 7.0 in each component or UCLan equivalent English Language test

Though nearly all places are for international students, the medical school offers 2 scholarships for UK students. These scholarships will cover all tuition fees throughout the programme as well as clinical placement costs, as well as a means-tested bursary which would be equal to the amount the student was entitled to from student finance.

Applicants must:

  • Be resident and attend a school in one of the following areas: Copeland, Allerdale or the wider Cumbria region, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Accrington, Burnley, Pendel, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale
  • Have met or be expected to meet the MBBS entry requirements

Applications are particularly welcome from:

  • Members of disadvantaged groups including
    • Care leavers
    • Estranged students
    • Young adult carers
  • Low income families
  • First generation higher education participants

Applications must be made through UCAS in this case and applicants must also submit a 300 word statement which details their suitability against the widening participation criteria. All scholarship applicants are also invited to an application and interview workshop at the UCLan Preston campus where further advice will be given as well as an opportunity to meet staff and undertake a tour.

International Students

Applicants are expected to have one of the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 in all of the component scores (listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent
  • Grade B in A level English Language
  • Cambridge English: First/Advanced/Proficiency – score of 185 on new scoring system
  • Canadian High School Grade 12 English – 75%
  • Grade A at GCSE or IGCSE English Language
  • 85% at Indian SSSC XII Standard English Language
  • Score of 70 at the Pearson Test of English, with no component score below 70

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email ([email protected]) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at [insert medical school name].

Policy on Re-applicants

Candidates are only able to make one further re-application to the programme.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For 2018/2019 entry, applications through UCAS open on the 6th September 2017 and close on the 15th October 2017.

For those applying directly to the university, applications open from the 1st September 2017 with no set deadline. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to guarantee the location for their interview if they have a preference.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form or direct online application form
  • Transferable Skills Statement (TSS) – this must be sent directly to UCLan, even applicants are applying through UCAS.
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • One satisfactory academic reference
  • Copy of passport (photograph page) and any visas held in the UK
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent – if invited for interview

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed by the international admissions team in order to ensure that applicants meet the minimum academic requirements. If applications meet the required standard, they will then be given an academic score. Candidates will be assessed on their personal statement, reference and transferable skills statement in order to determine who will be invited for interview.

There is a strong emphasis on the personal statement therefore applicants are encouraged to produce a personal statement written at a high standard which should cover the following:

  • Reasons for applying to study MBBS
  • Understanding of the role of a doctor including any health-related/caring work or work shadowing or volunteering experiences specifying the roles undertaken
  • Depth of experience in a role involving personal interaction and reflection on what was learnt from these experiences
  • Examples of the following characteristics
    • Initiative/enterprise
    • Work/life balance
    • Working in teams
    • Communication – especially outside your peer group
  • Any exceptional circumstances (if applicable)

The transferable skills statement will be the focus of one of the interview stations. It should be sent directly to UCLAN and should detail the applicant’s non-academic achievements and aptitude for a career in medicine. This may include examples of:

  • Work experience/shadowing/voluntary work or experience in a caring role which should detail the impact and value of the work undertaken as well as the level of responsibility taken during this role
  • Examples of where the candidate has done something which has had a significant outcome for a person being cared for
  • Any achievements the candidate may want to highlight from the above experiences

INTERVIEW

Interviews are held at the UCLan Preston campus between December and March. They will follow a multiple mini interview format of which there will be 8 stations. One of the stations will be focused on the Transferable Skills Statement submitted. Applicants will be scored on each station and will be ranked according to their performance. Those who have passed 6 out of 8 MMI stations will be ranked and offers will be made to the top ranking applicants until all places are filled. Note that a small number of applicants who perform exceptionally well during the interview may be made an early offer.

Those invited for interview will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent.

In 2016, 30% of applicants were interviewed and 75% of those interviewed received an offer.

The University of Central Lancashire is ranked 34th by the Complete University Guide for Medicine in 2018.

UCLan offers a 5-year programme which emphasises early patient contact. Clinical placements begin with two two-week blocks in the first year and increase to three days a week in third and fourth year, with the final year largely being spent in placement. In years three to five, students follow assigned patients throughout their care pathways in primary and secondary care in order to give a sense of continuity of care. There are three key themes which run throughout the course: Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine, Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine and Medical Skills and Quality Care. Each theme is revisited each year and focuses on a different aspect of the student’s learning from systems based teaching of the human body to wider social factors which determine health such as epidemiology and health psychology. Teaching is delivered through small group tutorials, laboratory based sessions and clinical placements. There is also an emphasis on inter-professional learning where students work in small groups with other health professions to discuss a number of clinical scenarios.

There is an opportunity to undertake a Masters degree between the fourth and fifth year for those eager to enhance their CV and career opportunities.

Degree

Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in any science subject OR in a healthcare professional with at least one year’s professional work experience.

Note that a subsequent Masters or a higher degree qualification will not compensate for these degree requirements.

Admissions Exam

No admissions exam.

Access to Medicine/Foundation Programmes courses

The university will accept applications from those who hold the following qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (international foundation entry) at UCLan – applicants must achieve 70% overall and possess IELTS 7.0 in each component
  • Cambridge Education Group (CEG) ONCampus Medicine Foundation Programme – applicants must achieve 70% overall and IELTS 7.0 in each component or UCLan equivalent English Language test

Though nearly all places are for international students, the medical school offers 2 scholarships for UK students. These scholarships will cover all tuition fees throughout the programme as well as clinical placement costs, as well as a means-tested bursary which would be equal to the amount the student was entitled to from student finance.

Applicants must:

  • Be resident and attend a school in one of the following areas: Copeland, Allerdale or the wider Cumbria region, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Accrington, Burnley, Pendel, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale
  • Have met or be expected to meet the MBBS entry requirements

Applications are particularly welcome from:

  • Members of disadvantaged groups including
    • Care leavers
    • Estranged students
    • Young adult carers
  • Low income families
  • First generation higher education participants

Applications must be made through UCAS in this case and applicants must also submit a 300 word statement which details their suitability against the widening participation criteria. All scholarship applicants are also invited to an application and interview workshop at the UCLan Preston campus where further advice will be given as well as an opportunity to meet staff and undertake a tour.

International Students

Applicants are expected to have one of the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 in all of the component scores (listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent
  • Grade B in A level English Language
  • Cambridge English: First/Advanced/Proficiency – score of 185 on new scoring system
  • Canadian High School Grade 12 English – 75%
  • Grade A at GCSE or IGCSE English Language
  • 85% at Indian SSSC XII Standard English Language
  • Score of 70 at the Pearson Test of English, with no component score below 70

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email ([email protected]) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at [insert medical school name].

Policy on Re-applicants

Candidates are only able to make one further re-application to the programme.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For 2018/2019 entry, applications through UCAS open on the 6th September 2017 and close on the 15th October 2017.

For those applying directly to the university, applications open from the 1st September 2017 with no set deadline. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to guarantee the location for their interview if they have a preference.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form or direct online application form
  • Transferable Skills Statement (TSS) – this must be sent directly to UCLan, even applicants are applying through UCAS.
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • One satisfactory academic reference
  • Copy of passport (photograph page) and any visas held in the UK
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent – if invited for interview

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed by the international admissions team in order to ensure that applicants meet the minimum academic requirements. If applications meet the required standard, they will then be given an academic score. Candidates will be assessed on their personal statement, reference and transferable skills statement in order to determine who will be invited for interview.

There is a strong emphasis on the personal statement therefore applicants are encouraged to produce a personal statement written at a high standard which should cover the following:

  • Reasons for applying to study MBBS
  • Understanding of the role of a doctor including any health-related/caring work or work shadowing or volunteering experiences specifying the roles undertaken
  • Depth of experience in a role involving personal interaction and reflection on what was learnt from these experiences
  • Examples of the following characteristics
    • Initiative/enterprise
    • Work/life balance
    • Working in teams
    • Communication – especially outside your peer group
    • Any exceptional circumstances (if applicable)

The transferable skills statement will be the focus of one of the interview stations. It should be sent directly to UCLAN and should detail the applicant’s non-academic achievements and aptitude for a career in medicine. This may include examples of:

  • Work experience/shadowing/voluntary work or experience in a caring role which should detail the impact and value of the work undertaken as well as the level of responsibility taken during this role
  • Examples of where the candidate has done something which has had a significant outcome for a person being cared for
  • Any achievements the candidate may want to highlight from the above experiences

INTERVIEW

Interviews are held at the UCLan Preston campus between December and March. They will follow a multiple mini interview format of which there will be 8 stations. One of the stations will be focused on the Transferable Skills Statement submitted. Applicants will be scored on each station and will be ranked according to their performance. Those who have passed 6 out of 8 MMI stations will be ranked and offers will be made to the top ranking applicants until all places are filled. Note that a small number of applicants who perform exceptionally well during the interview may be made an early offer.

Those invited for interview will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent.

In 2016, 30% of applicants were interviewed and 75% of those interviewed received an offer.

The University of Central Lancashire is ranked 34th by the Complete University Guide for Medicine in 2018.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    Being a student in a small cohort is one of the key things to study medicine in this university. You get the chance to practice clinical and communication skills many times. You also have the chance to ask questions in lectures without fear or discomfort.

    The other good thing is that the course has a mix of theoretical and practical approaches from the first year. So you learn the theory and get the chance to apply it during placement.

  2. 2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

    From my experience some of the modules were not very organized and they need more development. Also some of the lecture notes are uploaded the night before they are taught, which doesn't give us the time to prepare the lesson before attending.

  3. 3. What advise do you have for someone thinking of studying at uclan?

    Time management is very important. I'd highly recommend to be as up to date as possible with lectures and not to postpone. This will give you the time for your social life without worrying much about the academic one.