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- COVID-19 guidance
How has COVID-19 affected Aston Medical School?
We have made some adjustments to ensure the health and safety of potential applicants, current students and staff, including:
- Conducting online virtual open days to minimise the amount of people on campus.
- Moving MMI’s (Multiple Mini Interviews) to an online setting until further notice.
- Adjusting in-person teaching to adhere to health and safety guidelines.
COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation and the University is committed to providing a safe environment for all staff and students. Please see our current coronavirus guidance for support through these challenging times.
- Aston Medical School and MBChB
How long is the undergraduate MBChB course at Aston?
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.
What accreditation does the MBChB have?
Aston Medical School has achieved recruitment approval by The General Medical Council (GMC). The Council has committed to undertaking a programme of further quality assurance that includes annual visits and monitoring of our first cohort of students as they progress through their course, until they graduate in 2023.
What will be covered on the MBChB course?
Visit the course page for full details of our curriculum.
- Applying for the MBChB at Aston?
Who can apply for a place at Aston Medical School?
Our 2021 intake has 100 places for home students and 20 places for international students. From 2021, EU students will be classified as international students.
If you are an EU student but believe you meet the criteria to be a Home fee payer, you should contact the Tuition Fee Assessment Team at email@example.com after you have submitted your application. Please state your UCAS number or Aston Student Number, and the team will arrange for a Fee Status Assessment. If the assessment outcome is that you are a Home fee payer, your application will be considered as part of the 100 places available for Home students.
Exclusion criteria for applying to Aston Medical School. We do not accept applications from candidates who have or are:
- Previously enrolled on a Medicine programme.
- Currently studying on a Medicine programme.
- Previously enrolled on any degree without completing.
- Currently studying for a degree but not in the final year.
- Failed to meet entry requirements.
- Omitted key information on their UCAS form such as qualifications, dates, personal statement, or reference.
- Evidence of dishonesty on the application form.
- Previously been rejected due to one or more red flags at Aston Medical School MMIs.
What is the entry criteria for the undergraduate medicine degree at Aston Medical School?
Full details of our entry requirements and all qualifications accepted can be found on our course page.
What is the application and selection process at Aston Medical School?
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 process 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
Do you have a widening participation offer?
In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to of 40 per cent of our UK/EU places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria. Full details on eligibility can be found here.
What is the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme and can I apply?
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.
If I am a student at grammar school can I apply as a widening participation applicant?
Priority will be given to applicants who fulfil selected widening participation criteria and are from non-selective schools. However all are welcome to apply and be considered.
How and when can I apply for the MBChB?
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 study Medicine and one non-medical degree.
What aspects of an applicant are most important to Aston Medical School?
- Meeting the academic requirements
- Being open to others and new situations
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Keen to learn through discussion and working with others
- Willing to have a go at things as long as they are safe
- Empathic and compassionate
- Keen know what patients really want and willing to work with them in partnership to solve their problems.
- Interviews and assessments for MBChB at Aston
What are MMI's (Multiple Mini Interviews)
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 eight or nine 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
- Verbal communication
- Listening skills
- Understanding of compassion, respect and dignity
- Problem solving.
Performance at each station is scored according to a checklist, defined in advance, by the trained interviewer who may be a doctor, scientist or simulator. The number of marks available is the same at each station. For each applicant a total score is cumulated across stations and applicants are ranked accordingly. The rank of an applicant is one 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 virtually, and we would like to reassure these applicants that we will work with them to find alternative, COVID-safe space, possibly at Aston University.
Find out more about our MMIs here.
How does Aston Medical School decide who to interview?
Our admissions process consists of a number of steps, including reviewing your full UCAS application. We take achieved academic qualifications and UCAT scores into consideration for interview shortlisting, 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 those into consideration.
Do you use predicted grades?
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.
What is the UCAT and what score does Aston Medical School require?
We require all applicants to take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) in for 2021 entry. UCAT results will be considered alongside the other entry requirements. Results will be sent to us directly from UCAT.
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. While the name has changed, the test content remains the same.
For more information on this test you can visit our advice zone.
What are the extracurricular requirements for entry to Aston Medical School?
While it is desirable to have experience in 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, working with young children, volunteering at youth clubs etc) over a period of time.
Find out more in our advice zone.
Will resits be accepted for entry to Aston Medical School?
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 one resit attempt only.
- Other questions
Will Aston Medical School accept deferred entry/gap years?
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.
Will Aston Medical School accept transfers from other universities/medical schools?
We are only able to consider applications from graduates who have successfully completed their degree or are 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 the following circumstances:
- Applicants who wish to transfer from a medical degree at another university
- Applicants who have previously withdrawn from a medical degree at another university
- Applicants who have withdrawn from a degree in any subject
- Applicants who wish to transfer from a degree in any other subject.
We expect all applicants to declare their complete educational history in their UCAS application, to include past and present place of study, qualifications and grades. If there is additional information for which there is no specific area on the form, applicants should supply this via email to the Admissions Office by 21 October.
Will there be a postgraduate-entry route for Medicine?
While we are happy to consider applications from graduates, there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston. Please see the entry requirements section of our course page for more details.
- International Student FAQs
Does Aston Medical School accept foundation programmes?
We accept applications from a number of UK foundation courses – see here for full details.
What international qualifications does Aston Medical School accept?
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.
Does Aston Medical School offer a foundation course for medicine?
Currently we do not offer an in-house foundation course which leads to an application for the Medicine degree.
Will I need a visa to study at Aston Medical School?
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.
What are Aston Medical School's English language requirements?
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.
Will I require a visa to attend my Aston Medical School interview?
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.