Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a selection of answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, if your question isn't on here and you can't find the answer on our MBChB course page then please contact us at ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

 

Aston Medical School opened for postgraduate research students in October 2015, our first MBChB cohort starting in September of 2018.

The MBChB Bachelor of Medicine is a five year course. Please note we do not offer a shorter postgraduate entry course for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

Aston Medical School has achieved recruitment approval by The General Medical Council (GMC) who have now committed to undertaking a programme of further quality assurance, including annual visits and following the first cohort of students as they progress through their course until they graduate in 2023. 

For 2020 entry we will offer 100 places for UK/EU applicants, in addition we will continue to offer places to international fee-paying students.

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we will offer up to 40% of our UK/EU places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria; preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. Full details of our widening participation criteria can be found here

We welcome applications from candidates who have the skills and capability to excel on our course. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 

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.* 

*Welcomed and Valued: supporting disabled learners in medical education and training. GMC. May 2019


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 

Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Full details of our entry requirements and all qualifications accepted can be found on our course page.

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to of 40% of our UK/EU places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria. Full details on eligibility can be found here.
Priority will be given to applicants who fulfil selected widening participation criteria and are from non-selective schools. However they are still welcome to apply and be considered with the wider UK population.

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.

Please note you can apply to a maximum of four medical schools to do medicine and one non-medical degree.

  • Meeting the academic requirements
  • Applicants who are open to others and new situations
  • Curiosity
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Attitudes to be an interactive student keen to learn through discussion and working with others
  • Willing to have a go at things as long as they are safe
  • Empathic, compassionate, good communicator
  • Keen to know what patients really want and willing to work with them in partnership to solve their problems.

 

We hold open day and study events throughout the year to give you the opportunity to come onto campus and meet the team. See our university open day and events page to find out more and book your place.

 

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, no Skype/remote interviews will be possible as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is important. The MMIs will consist of a number of stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution. The stations will assess attributes including: 

  • understanding of studying and practising medicine 
  • motivation 
  • verbal communication 
  • listening skills
  • understanding of compassion, respect and dignity 
  • problem solving.

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.

Find out more about our MMIs here

Our admissions process consists of a number of steps, including reviewing your full UCAS application. We take achieved academic qualifications and UCAT score into consideration for calling to interview and we then use both these and MMI results to offer a place to study medicine. We do not score personal statements although we do read them with the referees’ comments and take these in to consideration.
We do not score applicants based on predicted A level grades. However, we advise that this is a very competitive course, with our typical offer being AAA at A level.

We require all applicants to take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) in 2019 for 2020 entry and 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.

Each year we will have a range of small financial awards and prizes for the most talented students both entering their first year at Aston and in subsequent years of study. 

Full scholarships covering all or the majority of tuition fees will not be available.

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.

Deferred entry and gap years are permitted with prior agreement from the Admissions Team. Please note that interviews, UCAT, academic qualifications and other conditions of offer (namely satisfactory Occupational Health questionnaire and Enhanced DBS check) must be obtained in the year of application.

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

We expect all applicants to declare their complete educational history with past and present place of study, qualifications and grades in their UCAS application. If there is additional information for which there is no specific area on the form, it is required that applicants email additional information to the Admissions Office. By 21st October.

While we are happy to consider applications from graduates there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston. Please see the entry requirments section of our course page for more details. (hyperlink to course page).

 

 

International students

We accept applications from a number of UK foundation courses, see here for full details.
In addition to A Levels and IB grades we accept a range of equivalent overseas qualifications such as the Canadian High School Diploma or the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). For a full list of accepted qualifications and required grades see here.
Currently we do not offer an in house foundation course which leads to an application for the medical course.

If you do not hold a British or EU passport you will require a UK visa, visit www.ukcisa.org.uk for more information. The University has a team called The Hub which is made up of of qualified immigration advisers to guide you through this process.

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

Anyone wishing to come to the UK for an interview will have to apply for a standard visitor visa.  We will agree the dates for entry and provide you with an invitation letter. The visa will normally be issued for 6 months and the duration of stay cannot exceed the total amount of time required to be in the UK (plus a few days to allow for leaving and entry). For example if the interview is for one day, it is reasonable to come for a week but unreasonable to stay for 2-3 months.

You will not be able to study or work on this visa.

 

For any media enquiries, please contact the press office:

  • Rebecca Hume: Press & PR Officer (School of Life & Health Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Medical School)
    0121 204 5159 / r.hume@aston.ac.uk