Medicine at Kings College London & Interview Questions 2023
Overview of King's College London Medicine
King's College Medicine is based in the centre of London, partner teaching hospitals include the renowned Guy’s, St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospitals.
GKT Medical School has three stages: stage one focuses on biomedical sciences and foundations of medicine, stage two covers the principles of clinical practice and takes place in both clinical and academic settings, and stage three focuses on vocational clinical training.
Students generally love studying at Kings where they can engross themselves within acitvities such as KCL Diwali show, debating societies and sports within GKT which takes place at Guys Campus at KCL.
Kings College London Medicine Course Structure
King's College London Medical School's course is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum.
Provides you with a foundation in biomedical sciences and population sciences, along with the skills to begin to integrate them with clinical practice.
Brings together science and clinical practice in blocks organised around the human life-cycle and common pathological processes. It focuses on the care of patients with common conditions in a range of clinical settings. You will also follow patients for prolonged periods of time to learn how to deliver whole-person care.
Is oriented towards future practice, and includes the opportunity to undertake elective study abroad. You will also conduct quality improvement projects and develop skills to transform patient and population health at home and abroad. Inter-professional training and increasingly realistic simulation are important parts of the curriculum.
King's College London Medicine Entry Requirements
Grade 6 (B) in both English and Mathematics required
Must include Chemistry & Biology
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766 including Chemistry and Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade 6/B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL).
AAA Including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A.
King's College Medical School Admission Tests
How Does King's Medical School Look At The UCAT?
Kings UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry
No King's UCAT cut-off score - but it is worth noting they average your score across the subtests and give that more consideration than individual subtest scores, and they consider SJT scores too. There is no cut-off score as UCAT is used in combination with the rest of your application in the shortlisting process.
It is believed that Interview Selection is made up of a score that is made up out of 170:
👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW [ie Kings UCAT Cut Off Score]:
2022 Entry: 2360 (non-WP), 2380 (WP)
2021 Entry: 2510 (non-WP), 2390 (WP)
2020 Entry 2400 (non-WP), 2180 (WP)
👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at King's:
2022 Entry: 2951 (SJT Band 1), 2857 (WP)
2021 Entry: 2953 (non-WP), 2890 (WP)
2020 Entry: 2824 (non-WP), 2751 (WP)
✅ King's College Medicine Selection Process
For ranking in previous cycles, applications which met the entry requirements were ranked according to their UCAT score (average score and SJT band) compared to other applicants with improvement given for GCSE results (number of A*s) and School performance as well as an improvement on ranking if considered a Widening Participation applicant.
Interview selection was scored out of 170 – UCAT 100 + SJT 10 + GCSE 40 + WP 20
UCAT percentile rank (compared to King's applications) multiplied by 100.
✅ SJT Scoring
Points added according to the SJT Band:
SJT Band 1 = 10 points
SJT Band 2 = 5 points
SJT Band 3/4 = 0 points
For GCSEs, points were awarded according to the number of A*s achieved at GCSE (subject is not considered). Less than 5 scored 0, 5 scored 10, 6 scored 20, 7 scored 30, 8+ scored 40. Scores were adjusted according to the GCSE attainment quintile of the school.
School in bottom two quintiles, then A = A*
School in the third quintile, then A = 0.5A*
School in top two quintiles, then A=A
Predicted or achieved A Level grades or equivalent have been used to assess whether applicants would meet or exceed the minimum entrance requirements for the course. Thereafter such grades have not been factored into the ranking process which takes place afterward and has determined who is and is not invited to interview for the course.
Post-interviews, interview score has been the main factor used to decide who offers have been made to.
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- King's College Graduate Medicine
- Study Mode: Full time
- Course Type: Singly Honours
- Length: Four years
- Start date: September
Yes, the intercalated degree is a one-year BSc course which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. The intercalated BSc is a mandatory requirement however students can request to opt-out; the intercalated BSc is taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the course.
Applications : Place
Application Statistics (Home)
Application Statistics (International)
Applications : Interview
International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £48600
Kings Medical Work Experience
We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Personal Statement for King's Medicine
Not used to rank - but looked at.
Personal statements have been used to review an applicant’s commitment to study for a programme of their choice, as well as allowing for an applicant to demonstrate their prior knowledge. Work experience would be considered part of demonstrating an applicant’s commitment to study.
Personal statements would be taken into consideration during the assessment phase of the application cycle, alongside the aforementioned factors. However, the personal statement review has not informed the ranking process of applications ahead of interview invitations in previous cycles.
We look for personal statements that are clear, concise and relevant. They should demonstrate and include where possible:
Your rationale for medicine
Shadowing doctors, voluntary work in healthcare setting etc
Our advice is to be honest about yourself, demonstrate that you’ve reflected on what you’ve learnt, what that tells you about yourself and why you want to study medicine. Ask someone you trust to read it and feedback. Make sure everything you say is true and don’t try too hard to stand out.
Personal statements are used as part of the interview short-listing process.
Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?
King's College London - Extended Medical Degree Programme
The Extended Medical Degree course (MBBS) EMDP is specifically designed for students studying A-Levels or Access to Medicine at a non- selective state school or who are participants of Realising Opportunities across England. The course offers a more graduated introduction to medical study than the standard MBBS degree and provides greater academic and pastoral support.
Foundation Year Medicine King's College London:
A Levels: ABB
Duration: 6 years with MBBS degree (7 if intercalating)
To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:
You must have attended only non-selective state education since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application, even if some previously attended schools were not in the UK.
You cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting your application.
You must have sat the UCAT prior to submitting your application.
You must have a Home fee status.
Special consideration will also be given to the following:
Applicants from schools with low attainment
Applicants from low participation areas as determined by ACORN* and POLAR
Participants in Realising Opportunities
Participants who have completed King’s K+ or Medview programmes
Applicants who are care experienced
Applicants with other widening participation backgrounds
*You are able to check your ACORN profile by checking your postcode using the CACI website. You will be asked to register but the service is free.
King's College London Medicine Interview Questions 2023
MMI Interview (not confirmed for 2023 entry)
Was a panel Interview during COVID
7 station MMI, each station lasting 6 minutes with 2 minutes of preparation time
King’s College London interviews most candidates from November 2022 - May 2023. Results are sent out on a rolling basis, and most will have heard by May 2023 - some will be placed on a waitlist.
🎓 King’s College London Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023
Suitability to be a health professional
Knowledge of ethical issues
Interviews are held between November and May and you must be available for an interview in order to be considered for admission. A large number of applications are received for Medicine and although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.
Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health-related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.
Interviews for the 2021/22 admissions cycle were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers.
King’s operates a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview that you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team at the time.
Popular King's Medicine Interview Questions / Topics:
Motivation and Insight into Medicine
Personal statement/General Stations
Case Article Review
Your opinion on recent health news
Role play Station
💯 Kings Medical Interview Questions Scoring 2023
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.
❓ Kings (KCL) Medical Interview Past Questions 2023 & Likely Topics
Please find below a list of suggested questions that could come up at your interview this year, created by our team to help guide your preparation.
Motivation to study medicine
What did you learn from your work experience?
What qualities of a doctor did you see from your work experience?
What do you know about the Kings Medicine course? How is it taught?
Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?
Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?
Tell us about your volunteering
What are your hobbies?
What are the negatives of a career in medicine?
How has King’s College London contributed to modern medicine?
What can you contribute to the atmosphere at King’s College London?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
How do you manage stress?
Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated resilience?
Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated teamwork.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would your friends describe you?
Tell us about an article that you have recently read.
What is your opinion of the … case?
What were the main issues raised in this case?
NHS & Local Area
What changes would you make to the NHS if you could?
What are the NHS values and why are they important?
What are the common barriers to healthcare faced by people?
What is it like to be a doctor?
How do you deal with overpopulation?
What do you know about the local area here in Kings?
What are the main challenges that face the NHS?
How has COVID changed the way the NHS operates?
What do you think are going to be the long-term consequences of COVID on the NHS?
Common healthcare topic – something from the news or topics such as world health
How does the healthcare system differ here compared to other areas in the UK?
Understanding of the four ethical principles
Understanding of the GMC’s good medical practice
What is the debate surrounding euthanasia, should it be legalised?
Who would you give this organ to? [Prioritisation]
What are the arguments that surround the pro choice and pro life abortion debate?
Key values and qualities (NHS values), e.g. teamwork, kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making and integrity.
If you notice that a colleague has turned up to work drunk, what would you do?
What do you know about the Charlie Gard case?
Who can you escalate concerns to within a hospital?
Role play: bullying
Role play: breaking bad news
Role play: explain to someone how to draw this picture
Role play: eating disorders
Describe a picture, and explain why you were asked to do so?
Describe this picture of a kitchen to an actor? Why have you been asked to do this?
Data interpretation: draw this graph
🗣️ University of Kings Medicine Interview Tips 2023
Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at King's are example-based, ie, they require you to draw on certain examples from your personal life, medical work experience and medical volunteering to help make key points that the selectors are looking for. As such, it is paramount that you spend time learning about these examples and thinking about different scenarios that you can use at the interview. It is helpful if these scenarios are malleable and can be applied to a number of different questions e.g. being a football captain, deputy head girl or playing in the school orchestra.
Personal Attributes - King's is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during the MMI interview. They especially like to ask about teamwork and communication. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these. King's have repeatedly focussed on your strengths and weaknesses as a person, so make sure that you have suitable examples for this. Check out our 420+ interview question and answer guide for dealing with such interview questions.
Know the doctor training pathway: this is useful to mention in answers to show awareness about the career in medicine - and demonstrates that you have a considered approach, fortunately, we have a guide to the NHS and the doctor’s training pathway in 2023 here.
Read the MMI instructions carefully - you get enough time to read the instructions provided before the MMI station. Make sure that you don’t miss anything from this. Try and plan how you will structure your answer thereafter in the reading time that you get. Therefore it is really important that you practice MMI questions and ensure that you think about your structure for as many questions as possible before your interview.
MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at King's is independent of the other. Therefore it is paramount that you try to treat them as such, if you have a bad station, try to forget about it and reset for the next station, this gives you the best chance of scoring well overall. Read our ultimate guide to preparing for medicine MMIs here.
Know the King's Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. King's has an integrated course. How does this differ from other universities? What is their policy on intercalation? Have you any idea about what you would plan to intercalate in at King's? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at King's - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - King's is a diverse region of London, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the London Bridge region from the rest of the UK. Ensure that you research both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the area. How might this impact healthcare provision in the area?
Reflect Well - the King's Medicine selectors love reflection, make sure that you are good at not just stating what you have learnt, but also how this helped and what you benefitted from, and what you will carry forward about this at medical school and in clinical medicine. This is especially true when reflecting on your medical work experience during the medicine interview.
Practice Role Plays: Role plays are unique to medicine MMI interviews as they do not tend to occur in panel interviews. The only way to ace these stations is to practice! There are so many different medicine role-play scenarios that can come up, such as breaking bad news in the medicine interview, it is paramount that you read about tips for answering role-play scenarios. You might want to also consider practising this with a medicine interview tutor, or booking a 1-1 online mock interview.
Don’t over-rehearse - this is a common theme amongst interview students and is very obvious to a trained examiner. As such, we would recommend focusing on the structure of your answer, and then naturally letting it flow when speaking to the answers, concentrating on the delivery of your interview answers. Read about our top tips for medicine interviews here. If you are struggling with this, consider booking sessions with an expert medicine interview tutor.
Learn about the non-academic societies at King's - this is really important and might augment your Why Medicine question as well as help you formulate an answer to how you will contribute to life at King's University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.
Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at King's, so there is no excuse not to brush up on your knowledge on these topics, especially the four pillars of medical ethics. Learn how to provide a balanced argument on this. Check out some of our free articles on NHS Hot Topics here. It is good if you have an opinion on them, as long as you present a balanced and well-reasoned argument, ultimately, which side you choose does not matter, but is helpful to have. Check out our bank of 420+ medicine interview questions.
Learn the NHS Core Values - This can be drawn into different answers about personal qualities or qualities of a doctor, which has formed a feature of stations in the past, and a good understanding of these core values will help you stand out against others. It is important to know about the NHS in general for your medical interviews - read our article here on this.
Good Medical Practice - King's also puts emphasis on knowing the values and qualities of a good doctor, which can be found in this document and are likely to come up at the interview in the MMI stations. This is universal to many universities, and something that we always recommend students cover during their medicine interview preparation.
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