Medicine at University of Leicester Medical School & Interview Questions 2023
University of Leicester Medical School Overview
The University of Leicester Medicine has been teaching medical students for more than 40 years. Their experience ensures an excellent standard of teaching and a supportive community and excellent modern facilities provide a state-of-the-art learning environment which can be seen on The University of Leicester Medical Open Day. Leicester University Medicine's curriculum has been revised to make it even more patient-focused. The course is designed to be clinically relevant throughout and integrates learning, enabling students to acquire the medical knowledge and professional competencies that are essential to practise medicine effectively. Students also receive hands-on experience, working with real patients from the beginning. Please note that Leicester University does not offer dentistry as a course at present.
Leicester Medicine Course Structure
5 years. Integrated with 2 pre-clinical and 3 clinical years. There is the opportunity to intercalate. Phase 1 comprises Years 1 and 2 of your course. The teaching is integrated so that you learn all disciplines (anatomy, physiology etc.) within the context of a patient's presentations. For Phase 2 (Years 3, 4 and 5), your clinical learning evolves through apprenticeship: Year 3: 12-week placements in hospital medicine, hospital surgery and primary care Year 4: Speciality blocks including child health, mental health and cancer care Year 5: Foundation assistantships in hospital and community placements to hone skills before working as a doctor
Leicester Medicine Entry Requirements
Grade B (6) in English Language, Mathematics, Two Sciences Resits: Will consider resits in GCSE English Language
GCSE scoring will be as follows, 8 GCSEs are looked at [max 32 points]:
9 = 4 point
8 = 3 point
7 = 2 point
6 = 1 point
Including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives. The A* must be in one of the science subjects.
Will consider AAA plus EPQ at grade A or B
Resits: AAB can resit the B. ABB can resit the two Bs if significant mitigating circumstances (need prior approval).
34 points, with 7,6,6 in the HL subjects
36 with 6,6,6 in the HL subjects; and the higher level subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, and one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology.
They will not consider you if you are only taking Scottish Highers.
Leicester will consider Scottish Advanced Highers either alone or in combination with A-levels. Our standard offer is AAA, to include Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology.
University of Leicester Medical School Admission Tests
How Does Leicester Medical School Look At The UCAT?
Leicester UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 entry:
UCAT will form 50% of the pre-interview scoring system, with academics forming the other 50% of scoring
Interview Selection at Leicester:
UCAT (50%) - 32 Marks
Academics (50%) - 32 Marks
Leicester Interview Cut-Off Score:
2023 Entry: 59.5 (for those with predicted A-Levels), 60 (for those with achieved A-Levels), 59 (for internationals)
2022 Entry: 58.5 (for those with predicted A-Levels), 58 (for internationals).
The bottom two deciles are automatically rejected.
🚩 SJT Band 4 = rejection.
👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score INTERVIEWED at Leicester (ie Leicester UCAT Cut-Off Score):
2023 Entry: 2510 (Home), 2570 (International)
2022 Entry: 2510
2021 Entry: 2310
👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score INTERVIEWED at Leicester:
2023 Entry: 2836
2022 Entry: 2773
2021 Entry: 2648
👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score OFFERED A PLACE at Leicester:
2023 Entry: 2510 (Home), 2680 (International)
2022 Entry: 2520
2021 Entry: 2420
👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score OFFERED A PLACE at Leicester:
2023 Entry: 2817
2022 Entry: 2785
2021 Entry: 2595
Leicester Medical School Selection Process 2023 for 2024 entry
Academic ability will be scored on the basis of 8 GCSE results including the mandatory subjects of English Language, Maths, Chemistry and Biology (or Science and Additional Science). It will form 50% of the preinterview score.
Your academic score will be combined with a score based on your UCAT results, again up to 32 points, giving a maximum possible score of 64 points overall.
Your combined score will determine whether you are invited for interview. In order to distinguish between 'borderline' applicants, we may also take into account your 'personal qualities' based on your personal statement and reference.
👉🏼 GCSE scoring will be as follows, 8 GCSEs are looked at [max 32 points]:
9 = 4 point
8 = 3 point
7 = 2 point
6 = 1 point
The GCSEs looked at will include: English language, Maths, Double Science (2), and the best four other subjects
👉🏼 UCAT Scoring as follows (confirmed for 2024 entry)
3,200 = 32 points
3150 – 3199 = 31.5 points
3100 – 3149 = 31 points
3050 – 3099 = 30.5 points
3000 – 3049 = 30 points
2950 – 2999 = 29.5 points
2900 – 2949 = 29 points
2850 - 2899 = 28.5 points
2800 - 2849 = 28 points
2750 - 2799 = 27.5 points
2700 – 2749 = 27 points
2650 - 2699 = 26.5 points
2600 – 2649 = 26 points
2550 - 2599 = 25.5 points
2500 - 2549 = 25 points
2450 - 2499 = 24.5 points
2400 - 2449 = 24 points
2350 - 2399 = 23.5 points
2300 - 2349 = 23 or 16* (depending on where bottom two deciles are
If you have achieved A-Levels (ie in a Gap Year Now)
**PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A-LEVELS - YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE INVITED TO INTERVIEW IF:**
UCAT Score: Top 2 Deciles
SJT Band 1-3
In your first gap year
Otherwise, your application will be scored using your GCSEs and UCAT score. Bonus points will be awarded for more than one A* at A level as follows: A*A*A = 1, A*A*A* = 2, with the academic score capped at 32.
If you are in your second gap year, unless there has been for instance significant illness, or mandatory national service, we will expect you to have evidence of paid employment in a caring role
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University of Leicester Medical School Intercalation Year: BSc With the approval of the BSc Intercalated Degree Committee, students registered for the Degrees of MBChB may intercalate one year of additional study leading to the BSc Degree in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology. The additional year of study should be taken after completion of the second or third year of the course for the MBChB.
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Application Statistics (Home)
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International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £23900 (Preclinical)
Work Experience at University of Leicester Medical School
Medical work experience is not essential but you should be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken some kind of work where you are able to communicate with the public.
Personal Statement for University of Leicester Medical School
Not routinely read although they can be used in a borderline or tiebreaker situation.
The personal statement and reference are not routinely used in selection for interview but are used for refinement of the ranking for borderline candidates either prior to the interview and/or when making an offer. Predicted grades (including degrees) must be stated in the academic qualification part of the UCAS form and not in the reference.
We cannot guarantee that predictions or mitigation will be picked up if they are in the reference. Mitigation must be submitted as described in section 5 of this document.
The following attributes will be considered:
Appreciation of challenges of a medical career
Contribution to school/college life
Contribution to wider community
Written communication skills
Support from teachers/staff
Confirmation of some aspects of personal statement in reference
Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?
The Access to Medicine course at Leicester for their medical School is great for anyone whose background makes it unlikely for them to meet the higher entry requirements on the A100 course. There is automatic progression onto the full medicine course if conditions are met. You must have distinctions or the equivalent in all graded L3 subjects. Please note there are 35 places available, with 25 places reserved for students who have studied in the East Midlands.
University of Leicester Foundation Medicine - typical offer:
A Levels: BBB
GCSEs: Grade C or 5 in English Language, Maths, and two sciences, including Chemistry and Biology, or Double Science
IB: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall including three higher level subjects at Grade 5
Scottish Advanced Higher: Either alone or in a combination with A-levels. BBB to include Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Scottish Highers are not considered.
UCAT: must be completed, Band 4 SJT is rejected.
Length: 6 years with medicine degree
Applicants must meet the two essential criteria (group A) and meet one or two other criteria (group B) depending on the individual circumstances.
Essential criteria (group A)
Must meet both the criteria:
You are due to complete, or have recently completed, your A-levels/BTEC/IB/equivalent (completion should be no longer than two years prior to the start of the course) and have not already attended any higher education institution.
You attended a state school for GCSEs
Other criteria (group B)
Meet one of the following:
You are, or have previously been, in local authority care/looked after (a confirmation letter from the local authority is required)
You have refugee status (a letter from the Home Office is required)
Meet a minimum of two criteria from the following:
Live in a neighbourhood with low young participation in higher education within the United Kingdom - your postcode must be in quintile 1 or 2 in POLAR4 young participation (postcode look-up) OR Live in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation - your postcode must be in decile 4 or below in the Index of Multiple Deprivation (postcode look-up)
Live in a household with an income of no more than £35000 OR Students who receive a UCAT Bursary award OR Students who have been in receipt of free school meals (documentary evidence required)
Students who attended a state school for GCSEs where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average. For 2022 entry, GCSE performance in 2020 will be considered according to the Department for Education performance tables. 2019 data will be used if 2020 data is not available
Students who belong to one of the priority engagement groups which include students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, and children of military families (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
Students living independently of parents (for at least the last 6 months) due to situations of family breakdown or 'estrangement'. (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
Students from a home where neither parent/carer attended university in the UK or abroad. (Declaration form will be required)
Students who are the sole carer of a parent(s) or, if living away from home, you are the sole carer of a sibling (a confirmation letter from your school is required)
Students who have successfully completed the Realising Opportunities programme. (The Realising Opportunities programme provides additional support to students to ensure they are equipped with all the skills they need to succeed at university. The University of Leicester is proud to be a partner University and supporting these students into university study is part of our Access and Participation Plan. Most students accepted onto the RO programme will also meet other criteria set out above.)
Leicester University Medicine Interview Questions 2023
Likely online interviews for 2024 entry
7 minutes each
Leicester MMI Interview Dates: 8-16 December 2022, 5-13 January 2023, 9-17 February 2023. Results are usually provided between January to May 2023.
🎓 Leicester Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023
There are a number of topics that are more likely to come up at the University of Leicester Medical School MMI Interview, which can be derived from past Leicester MMI stations, including:
Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
Ability to reflect on your own work
Ability to deal with uncertainty
Ability to manage risk and deal effectively with problems
Ability to take responsibility for your own actions
Insight into your own health
Communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
Ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity
Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations
Empathy and the ability to care for others
💯 Leicester Medical MMI Interview Questions Scoring 2023
Each station at the Leicester Medical MMI will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of those scores. Where two or more applicants are equally ranked, your UCAS form score may be used as a tie-breaker.
❓ Leicester 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 Leicester 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 challenges do doctors face?
What are your hobbies?
What are the negatives of a career in medicine?
What’s your greatest non-academic achievement?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
How do you manage stress?
What have people criticised you for? How do you respond to criticism?
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.
Example of a time when your personal influence has changed the outcome of a situation
An example of a time when you demonstrated empathy
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would your friends describe you?
Tell us about an article that you have recently read.
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 is it like to be a doctor?
How do you deal with overpopulation?
In your opinion, what has been the greatest advancement in medicine in the last 20 years?
What do you know about the local area here in Leicester?
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?
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]
If you notice that a colleague has turned up to work drunk, what would you do?
Who can you escalate concerns to within a hospital?
Video observation: why is the role of a GP important? What did the GP do well in this consultation?
What are the 3 main challenges that GPs face?
Role play: breaking bad news
Role play: explain to someone how to draw this picture
Role play: substance abuse
Data interpretation: simple calculations usually on drugs
Talk us through this article
Role play: guide someone on how to tie shoelaces, or create a paper origami sculpture
🗣️ Leicester Medicine Interview Tips 2023
Practice video scenarios - This is fundamental as it comes up year after year at Leicester, they love using video scenarios in their interviews. Practice watching consultations (like in the BSMS work experience and the RCGP Observe GP work experience) and comment on them, practice writing down your thoughts on the way the consultation was conducted, what was good, and what was bad.
Calculation station - You will be asked to undertake simple mathematical calculations involving data that has clinical relevance. The mathematical skills that are being tested are at or below GCSE level, and those taking A-level Mathematics are not necessarily at an advantage. The sophistication of each task is to recognise which piece or pieces of data need to be manipulated at a particular stage and to determine the precise logical and mathematical approach that needs to be applied. There will be a number of stages in the calculations, and establishing the order in which these are performed is important, too.
Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at Leicester 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 - Leicester is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during the MMI interview. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these. Leicester 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 Leicester 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 Leicester Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. It is paramount that you know about the different topics covered each year. 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 Leicester? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Leicester - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - Leicester is a diverse region of England, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the Leicester 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 Leicester 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 Leicester - 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 Leicester 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 Leicester, 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 - Leicester 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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