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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 cant find the answer on our MBChB course page then please contact us at medicalschool@aston.ac.uk 

Aston Medical School opened for postgraduate research students in October 2015 with the 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 2019 entry we will offer 100 places for UK/EU applicants. In addition we will continue to offer places to international fee-paying students however the number of places is yet to be confirmed.

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 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.* 

*Equality and Diversity in UK Medical Schools BMA, October 2009; Gateways to the Professions, GMC 2014.

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

Students starting in Year 12 in September 2018, who are from the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country areas and who meet a minimum of one of our widening participation criteria are eligible to apply. 

Details on 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 a minimum 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 fulfill 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 deadline date of October 15, 2018 for equal consideration. 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. 

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 UKCAT 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 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. Results of these will be sent to us from UKCAT, so you will not be required to send us your result.


We do not provide specific score requirements for the UKCAT as your score will be considered alongside all other entry requirements. Therefore we do not have a lower cut off score for UKCAT or the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) section of the UKCAT.

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.

Aston Medical School will accept applications from students who resit their A Level or equivalent examinations once. Applicants who have more than one resit due to extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis

Yes, deferred entry is permitted with prior agreement from the admissions team, however interviews, UKCAT and academic qualifications must be obtained in the year of application

We will not accept direct transfers from medical or any other degrees.

All applicants even if they are attending a university or medical school in the UK or abroad will have to apply through UCAS and will be subject to the established admissions criteria and MMIs. If successful, they will enter the first year of study as for all applicants.

While we are happy to consider applications from graduates there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston. Those applying to us as graduates will be expected to hold an upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. In addition, students will normally be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge in chemistry and biology with grades B, at A-levels and GCSE or equivalent.

We will not take applicants via the Clearing process.


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. Accepted tests and scores include:

  • IELTS (Academic test): 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each area.
  • TOEFL: Overall 109  with a minimum of the following in each component,  Reading 26, Listening 26, Speaking 23, Writing 28

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