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Aston Medical School have made some adjustments to ensure the health and safety of potential applicants, current students and staff:
Our application processes employ fair, consistent and transparent procedures to recruit students with both the intellectual capacity and personal attributes to become safe, competent and caring doctors who are able to play a full role in whichever health system they choose. We are looking for applicants who are well rounded individuals with the ability to cope with an intensive course and a demanding career.
The design of our selection processes incorporates the values of equality and diversity, and minimises the risk of direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of the protected characteristics defined in the 2010 Equality Act.*
In November 2016 we launched the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. Designed to prepare students to enter medical school and other healthcare professions at Aston or elsewhere. Students who complete this programme and meet our academic entry criteria will be eligible for a reduced academic offer on our undergraduate medicine degree.
All applications are made via the UCAS website and must be received by the UCAS medical school deadline date of October 15 each year. Click here to visit the UCAS website.
If you meet our academic and other requirements, you will be invited to the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) which are a compulsory part of the selection process.
Normally, we do not allow Skype/remote interviews as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is important, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our MMIs will take place online using a suitable platform. The format of the interviews will be the same as face to face MMIs and will consist of 8 to 9 of stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution. The stations will assess attributes including:
Performance at each station is scored according to a check list, defined in advance, by the trained interviewer who may be a doctor, scientist or simulator. The number of marks available at each station are the same. For each applicant a total score is cumulated across stations and applicants are ranked according to total score. The rank of an applicant is part of the main factors influencing whether an offer of a place is made.
We are aware that some candidates may not have a quiet space or appropriate equipment to undertake an MMI, and we would like to reassure these applicants that we will work with them to find alternative space, possibly at Aston University, COVID-19 permitting.
We require all applicants to take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) in 2020 for 2021 entry, this will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. Results of these will be sent to us from UCAT, so you will not be required to send us your result.
We do not provide specific score requirements for the UCAT as your score will be considered alongside all other entry requirements. Therefore we do not have a lower cut off score for UCAT or the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) section of the UCAT.
Please note, Prior to 2019 the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) was known as the UKCAT. Whilst the name has changed, the test content remains the same.
For more information on this test you can visit our advice zone.
While it is desirable to have experience of medically related placements, Aston Medical School understands that this is not always possible and voluntary or community related work is equally valuable. It is important that you are able to demonstrate continuity of commitment for example helping in a care home, work with young children, helping at youth clubs etc over a period of time.
Find out more in our advice zone.
Applicants who have resat, or are resitting GCSEs, A Levels, or equivalent qualifications, with or without repeating an academic year, will only be considered where there are exceptional circumstances. The referee must provide a brief explanation in the accompanying UCAS reference. Both the referee and applicant must also provide evidence to support the exceptional circumstances if requested to do so.
Applicants must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.
We are only able to consider applications from graduates who have successfully completed their degree or in the final year of their degree and meet the criteria for graduate applicants as set out in our admissions policy. Aston Medical School will not consider applicants in the following circumstances:
1. Applicants who wish to transfer from a medical degree at another University
2. Applicants who have previously withdrawn from a medical degree at another university
3. Applicants who have withdrawn from a degree in any subject
4. Applicants who wish to transfer from a degree in any other subject
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate an excellent command of the language.
Full details on English language requirements can be found here.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online using a suitable platform.
Please contact our admissions team for more information.
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