Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Leicester Medical School

University of Leicester Medical School Overview


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 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.


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

A Levels


Will consider A*AB provided they have at least an A in Chemistry or Biology. Resits: AAB can resit the B. ABB can resit the two Bs if significant mitigating circumstances (need prior approval).


36 points overall (excluding core or bonus points), and a minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects (including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). We do not consider bonus points.

Scottish Higher

They will not consider you if you are only taking Scottish Highers.

Scottish Advanced

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?

At Leicester, the UCAT forms 50% of the pre-assessment before the university. 

The bottom two deciles are automatically rejected. 

Band 4 SJT is rejected.






Course Information

Graduate Entry




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.


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

Although not routinely read, your personal statement may be assessed in some situations and so should be clear and concise. It should outline your ambitions and experiences, and how they have shaped your personal development. 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.


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

2022 entry

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


- Number of stations: 8 

- Length of each station: 7 minutes


Between December and March


Leicester Medical School Interview Questions / Topics

  • Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession

  • Your skills and personality

  • Problem solving

  • Communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking

  • Teamwork abilities

  • Empathy and the ability to care for others

  • Honesty

  • Ethical judgement