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
You must have achieved at least a grade B or 6 in English Language (as a first language), Mathematics, and two sciences (including Chemistry and Biology or Double Science), achieved in your first sitting - unless in the case of significant mitigating circumstances that have been previously accepted by the admissions tutors.
Leicester University Medicine Entry Requirements for GCSE Resits: Leicester will consider resits in GCSE English Language from any applicant. They will only consider resits in other GCSE subjects if there are very significant mitigating circumstances that have been previously agreed by the admissions tutors in writing.
AAA at A-level, in three subjects including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology.
The standard offer is AAA, although Leicester will consider applicants with predicted or obtained A*AB provided they have at least an A in Chemistry or Biology.
Applicants who attain AAB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one subject.
Applicants who attain ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with resits in two subjects if there was significant mitigation that the admissions tutors have accepted and agreed to in writing prior to application.
Applicants with lower grades at their first A-level attempt and significant mitigation can apply if their mitigation is accepted in writing prior to application. However, such applicants must apply after they have attained the required grades of AAA. Predicted grades will not be considered for such applicants.
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.
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
University of Leicester Medical School UCAT will form 50% of the pre-interview scoring system (less from Access candidates). Applicants with band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected pre-interview.
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.
Foundation Year / Gateway
Access to Medicine
Applicants must meet minimum GCSE requirements and have studied one of our approved Access to Medicine courses at any of the following institutions. You must have distinctions or the equivalent in all graded L3 subjects.
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.
- Length: 6 years with medicine degree
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
The personal statement and reference are not routinely scored except for candidates applying with an Access to Medicine qualification.
Where appropriate, the Personal Qualities score will be added to the academic and UCAT score in order to determine the final ranking and selection for interview.
The following attributes will be considered: Motivation Commitment Appreciation of challenges of a medical career Work experience Extracurricular activities 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
Leicester University Medicine Interview
- Type: Multiple Mini Interviews
- 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
- Ethical judgement
- Address: The University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom
- Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2969/2966/2985/3015