Medicine MBChB

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    5 years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    The normal requirement is a minimum of AAA-AAB including chemistry and biology (including passing the practical elements) and any third subject excluding general studies and critical thinking. If you are taking more than three A Levels, the chemistry, biology and the next best grade in a science subject, if taken, will be the grades considered.
  • BTEC
    Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally need to obtain a minimum of DDD in the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grades A and B in any order.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Total of 35 points with grades of 6,6,5 in three subjects which must include chemistry and biology at Higher Level and the remaining points from Standard Level subjects and Diploma Programme Core.
  • GCSEs
    The normal requirement is a minimum of five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B / grade 6 or above, which must include English language, mathematics, chemistry, biology or double science (or overseas equivalent).
  • UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test)
Apply via UCAS

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Aston medical School: MBChB course overview, aims and future career prospects

Find out more about Aston Medical School at: www.astonmedicalschool.com

Study at a University rated Gold for Teaching Excellence (TEF, 2017)

Opportunity to complete a Health Leadership certificate in conjunction with Aston Business School

Integrated placements in clinical and community settings

Patient-centred curriculum

Course summary

This course is for you if you aspire to study medicine at a truly unique and ground-breaking institution.

Entry requirements

For 2019 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 aim to offer a minimum of 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 the 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. 

Discover more in our application advice zone and FAQ pages

All candidates must normally have: 

  • GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications: The normal requirement is a minimum of five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B / grade 6 or above, which must include English language, mathematics, chemistry, biology or double science (or overseas equivalent).
  • UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test): We require all applicants to take the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) in 2018 for 2019 entry, this will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. For more information on this test please visit www.ukcat.ac.uk 
  • Results will be sent to us from UKCAT, so you will not be required to send us your result.
  • English language requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate an excellent command of the English language. Find out more about accepted tests and scores.

Academic qualifications:

  • A Levels: The normal requirement is a minimum of AAA-AAB including chemistry and biology (including passing the practical elements) and any third subject excluding general studies and critical thinking. If you are taking more than three A Levels, the chemistry, biology and the next best grade in a science subject, if taken, will be the grades considered.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total of 35 points with grades of 6,6,5 in three subjects which must include chemistry and biology at Higher Level and the remaining points from Standard Level subjects and Diploma Programme Core.
  • BTEC: Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally need to obtain a minimum of DDD in the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grades A and B in any order.
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA-AAB, to include chemistry and biology, in any order.
  • Overseas equivalents: Discover the wide range of recognised equivalent overseas qualifications that Aston Medical School accepts.
  • Foundation programmes: We only accept certain UK foundation programmes, please see here for more information. 
  • Access courses: We do not currently accept any access courses. 
  • Postgraduate applicants: For applicants taking a degree, normally a minimum of an upper second class degree (2:1) is required. Either a BSc in a biological sciences related subject OR an alternative subject, plus A Levels in Chemistry and Biology at grades A. The undergraduate degree must be from a recognised university. In addition applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as above.  Although we are happy to consider applications from graduates but there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston.
  • Deferred entry and gap years: Deferred entry and gap years are permitted with prior agreement from the Admissions Team, however interviews, UKCAT and academic qualifications must be obtained in the year of application.
  • Resits: Resits for GCSEs, A Levels and equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis, please contact us first before applying to discuss things further
How to apply

All applications must be made via UCAS. 2019 entry will open in September 2018

Applications for 2019 entry:

  • All applications must be made via the Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS).
  • 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 (Equality and Diversity in UK Medical Schools BMA, October 2009; Gateways to the Professions, GMC 2014.)

UKCAT:

  • All applicants must take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or if appropriate, the UKCATSEN. 
  • Candidates with disabilities can either take the UKCATSEN if additional time is needed, or the standard UKCAT with provision for reasonable adjustments. Please contact UKCAT for further information. Should you be eligible for the UKCATSEN you will be required to present your supporting evidence to us via email to medicalschool@aston.ac.uk.
  • Should UKCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact us directly medicalschool@aston.ac.uk, prior to the end of the UKCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UKCAT of the inability to accommodate your requirements. We will confirm whether or not we will accept your application without a UKCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received without supporting evidence, without the relevant confirmation from UKCAT or after the end of the UKCAT testing cycle.

Interviews:

  • Applicants meeting our academic and other school requirements will be invited to our on campus Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). No Skype/ remote interviews will be possible as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is an important part of the selection process.
  • The MMIs will consist of a number of six to eight minute stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution Framework. 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. 

Disabilities, additional needs and medical conditions:

  • If you consider yourself to have a disability, additional needs (for example dyslexia) or any relevant medical conditions, you must declare this on your UCAS application form and inform our admissions team if any matters arise subsequent to submission of your application, this information will help us to ensure we provide appropriate support to you. Academic assessment for all applicants will be independent of any declaration of disability. 
The Enabling Team at Aston will contact applicants who have declared a disability to assess support and need for reasonable adjustment. Applicants will also be assessed in view of the requirement to meet the competencies set by the General Medical Council. We encourage applicants with disabilities and will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all applicants are considered equally in the selection process including the MMIs and successfully complete their studies. We will contact all applicants with a disability who are invited for interview to discuss their requirements ahead of the interview date.

Successful applicants:

  • If you are successful and you are made a conditional offer, you will be sent an email outlining the terms you will need to meet for your offer to be made unconditional. Conditions will include:
    • confirmation on your educational results
    • the submission of a health questionnaire and occupational health clearance
    • completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (UK Criminal Records Check)
    • if you have lived outside of the UK for longer than six months in the last five years then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (for each country you have lived in)
    • if you require a visa to study in the UK we have a team of qualified immigration advisers to guide you through this process.

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Course overview

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An overview of the Aston Medical School MBChB from Professor Helen Cameron, Aston Medical School Dean of Medical Education 

Our curriculum is patient-centred. It will help you to develop the core competencies in medicine, gain key teamwork skills and understand the workings of the internationally admired NHS (National Health Service).

It has been designed to equip you with the clinical expertise and confidence needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a Foundation doctor, while encouraging you to develop into an independent life-long learner with critical thinking skills and a caring and compassionate attitude.

Student support

Medicine is a demanding subject so it is important to look after yourself and have a good support network. You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who can offer advice on study-related or personal issues and we have a dedicated Student Support Lead to help you cope with the unique requirements of a medical student. In addition, there is a wide range of university support services. You will have many opportunities to explore new interests, develop hobbies and make new friends: these form an important part of university life and provide a balance to the work.

Quality assurance

We have successfully completed several stages of the rigorous General Medical Council (GMC) approval process and have been approved for undergraduate recruitment starting from 2018. The GMC has 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. Read more here

What you will learn: Years 1 & 2 (Phase 1)

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In a small, intimate community of students, your first weeks at Aston will be spent getting to know Aston, the curriculum, the educational methods used, and most importantly, one another. This will help you settle in and work together with your fellow students and our staff as the course progresses.

Throughout Phase 1 you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge in blocks such as Physiology & Pharmacology, Public & Global Health the Musculoskeletal System.. The Very Early Clinical Experience placement gives you an opportunity to develop understanding of what it’s like to be a patient and to gain real-world experience of the work of doctors and other members of the general practice team. In the block Introduction to Clinical Practice, running throughout Phase 1, you will learn how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other health professionals, develop consultation skills and be introduced to diagnostic reasoning.

In the Introduction to Clinical Practice blocks, running throughout Phase 1, you will learn how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other health professionals, develop consultation skills and be introduced to diagnostic reasoning.

Year 1: Fundamentals of Medicine 1

  • Medical Cell Biology & Genetics
  • Sociological & Psychological Aspects of Health
  • Fundamentals of Body Structure
  • Public & Global Health 
  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular System 
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Infection 
  • Metabolism, Endocrinology & Haematology 
  • Pathological Processes 
  • Introduction to Clinical Processes 1a 
  • Introduction to Clinical Processes 1b.

Year 1 clinical placements: two one-week placements in a primary care setting. The first takes place early in Term 1 to give you insight to UK clinical practice and the experience of patients. In Term 3 you have an opportunity to practise some of your early clinical skills.

Year 2: Fundamentals of Medicine 2

  • Gastrointestinal / Immune System
  • Reproductive System
  • Urinary System
  • Respiratory System
  • Head, Neck & Neuroanatomy
  • Clinical Pharmacology & Prescribing
  • Sociological & Psychological Aspects of Health  
  • Integration for Clinical Applications
  • Nervous System & Neuropsychiatry
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice 2a
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice 2b.

Year 2 clinical placements: a total of nine days are spent in primary care throughout Year 2. This experience focuses on developing your consultation skills to carefully explore medical problems while taking into consideration the needs and wishes of the patient.

What you will learn: Years 3, 4 & 5 (Phase 2)

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An overview of Phase 2 from Dr Shagaf Bakour, Aston Medical School Director of Medical Education and Phase 2 Lead.

Much of your learning in years 3, 4 and 5 will take place in real life clinical environments, working with practising doctors and medical professionals. Your progress will be supplemented and supported with lectures, workshops, independent study and other learning opportunities.

The Student Selected Components, delivered in years 3, 4 and 5, offer the chance to study an area of particular interest including our Health Leadership module,  delivered in conjunction with Aston Business School. Successful completion of the module will lead to an additional certificate. You will also have the opportunity to complete a research based Student Selected Component with the Aston Medical Research Institute whose four themes of research include: maternal health, mental health, cardiovascular medicine and regenerative medicine.  

Year 3: Clinical Apprenticeships 1

  • Hospital specialties 1: such as Cardiology, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Renal, Infection, Diabetes
  • Hospital specialties 2: such as Musculoskeletal, Urinary, Perioperative care
  • General Practice
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership.

Year 3 clinical placements: Three 12-week blocks are undertaken, with one in primary care and two across a range of medical and surgical specialties in hospitals giving you an excellent experience of the general principles of clinical practice, and building on your theoretical learning in Phase 1.

Year 4: Clinical Apprenticeships 2

  • Senses: Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology
  • Child Health 
  • Community Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Nephrology and Neurology
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership.

Year 4 clinical placements: Spend five weeks in seven specialty placements such as obstetrics and gynecology, child care and psychiatry to gain comprehensive experience in these specialist areas.

Year 5: Foundation Apprenticeships 3

  • Acute Medicine / Medicine of the Elderly
  • General Practice
  • Emergency Medicine / Intensive Care Unit / Anaesthetics
  • Foundation Assistantship
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership / Elective.

Year 5 clinical placements: before your Finals you will complete three blocks of six weeks: one in primary care and two in hospital settings. After your Finals you will complete a 6-week Elective which may be undertaken anywhere suitable worldwide, and a 6-week Foundation Assistantship where you will undertake Foundation level work under very careful supervision. The focus on Year 5 is on developing your diagnostic and management skills in preparation for your Foundation training posts.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will encounter a variety of learning and teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • group work and problem-based learning
  • seminars
  • clinical skills training
  • independent study
  • practical sessions
  • interactive workshops and tutorials
  • clinical placements.

Much of your learning will take place in real life clinical environments. Working with medical staff will allow you to get first-hand experience and you will apply the knowledge that you have already gained. We are partnered with a number of carefully selected NHS trusts and primary care providers who serve an exceptionally diverse range of communities and settings such as inner city areas, towns and rural locations. This means you will encounter a wide range of patients and experiences, giving you an excellent foundation for your future medical career. Learning how to recognise and manage a broad spectrum of conditions as well as understanding the importance of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team will give you a wider perspective of clinical practice. 

You will be assessed throughout the course via a variety of methods in each year, including:

  • Written/computer exams
  • In-course work
  • Clinical exams (OSCEs)
  • Professionalism. 

Please note that all written assessments will be conducted via desktop computers or iPads and therefore reasonable keyboard skills and an ability to view display screens for periods of time will be essential.

Your future career

Once you have completed your five year MBChB degree with us you will have a variety of training options available to you depending on what you want to achieve from your career.

Staying in the UK

Currently, upon successful completion of the MBChB course all of our students (UK and international fee paying) will have equal opportunity to apply for the UK Foundation Programme. This is a two year integrated training programme for newly qualified Foundation doctors who are eligible for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). 

When applying for your Foundation Programme you will have the opportunity to register your interest in a variety of rotations and settings. In line with our ethos to positively impact communities we will encourage our students to apply for rotations with a primary care focus. If you require a visa to study in the UK our qualified visa team will be on hand to provide you with advice and support should you wish to take this career path. 

The basic starting salary for a UK F1 doctor is currently set at £26,614*. Additional banding pay scales may apply. Visitwww.bma.org.uk for further information. 

Currently in the UK full registration with the GMC occurs on successful completion of Foundation Year 1. However, Foundation Year 2 must be completed before entering into specialist training. The length of this training varies according to specialty. For example, three years of specialist training is required for general practice, with three to seven years required for hospital specialties. 

Continuing your training and career elsewhere

If you decide to continue your training outside of the UK, you will need to refer to that country’s government body guidelines for details on eligibility, application and processes. 

We will support you by offering you a multistaged appointment with our medical careers lead to discuss your future plans and provide you with relevant information and advice. In order to provide our students with the best opportunities we are establishing specific international career structures and routes by building links with educational establishments and hospitals globally. An example of this is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we have signed with the largest American healthcare provider in China. As we continue to grow so will these links and opportunities.

Career guidance

Our careers lead works with the British Medical Association’s (BMA) careers advice and support, and working abroad teams to support you in deciding the best career path for you. We also work with the careers team for Health Education England in the West Midlands to provide you with a comprehensive structure around careers. This will include assistance with your UK Foundation Programme application. All core career resources that will assist you with taking your next step, such as CV surgeries, application advice and interview practice will be available to you through Aston’s award winning careers service.

Fees

UK/EU: £9,250* per academic year

International: £38,850 per academic year

Funding: You will be apply for a student loan to cover tuition fees and to support living costs via the Student Loans Company.

Self-funding students: Fees for each year of study can be paid either in full at the start of each academic year or in three termly installments of 50% at the beginning of Term 1 (September), 25% in Term 2 (January) and 25% in Term 3 (May).

Scholarships: 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.

*Confirmed 2018 entry fees. Tuition fees will be reviewed each year and may be subject to increase in line with government recommendations (including an international student levy on clinical placements) for 2019 entry.
Teaching staff

We have attracted a team of high achieving and experienced staff from both clinical and research backgrounds. During your time with us you will learn from their real world experience and ground-breaking research. The wider team is made up of academic tutors and professors supported by administrative staff to ensure that you receive the support, knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to become a safe and caring doctor.

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