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MB ChB Admissions 2013/14. The Process. MBChB Selection. Aim of Admissions Process To select students academically able to complete the MBChB degree course and to practise as a Foundation Year doctor To select students that will make the best doctors

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Mb chb admissions 2013 14

MB ChB Admissions2013/14

The Process

Mbchb selection

MBChB Selection

Aim of Admissions Process

To select students academically able to complete the MBChB degree course and to practise as a Foundation Year doctor

To select students that will make the best doctors

To use a fair and equitable process to achieve this

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MBChB Selection

Aim of this talk

To help you understand the process by which your application is assessed

To help you understand how that assessment is used

To help you prepare an application which gives you as fair a chance as possible

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MBChB Selection

What makes a good doctor?

GMC 2011

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Admissions 2013/14

Admissions 2013 141

Admissions 2013/14

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MBChB Selection

The selection system takes a look at:

  • Academic criteria

    • Better of GCSEor AS results (if declared)

    • A levels (or equivalent)

    • (Degree result of graduate)

    • UKCAT result

  • Non-academic criteria

    • Personal statement

    • Interview

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  • 3500 +

  • Top 1000 forms

  • Scored 2 assessors

  • 3rd assessor if 2 or more difference

  • Better of GSCE or AS + A2 + UKCAT

  • UCAS received

MBChB Selection

  • Triaged for minimum criteria

  • Academic scoring

  • +


  • Non-academic attributes

  • from

  • the personal statement

Mandatory academic criteria

Mandatory Academic Criteria

For school leavers predicted 3 As, we had >2200 with better than 9 GCSE As

  • GCSE

  • At least 6 grade Bs must be offered including:

    • English

    • Maths

    • Dual Science/Double Science, or Chemistry and Biology

Ranking academic criteria

Ranking Academic Criteria

  • GCSE-level

  • We consider your nine best results

  • If your school “cashes in” AS results, we will consider those instead of your GCSEs

  • We calculate scores for each and take the higher (3 As at AS = 9 A* GCSE)

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Ranking Academic Criteria

  • A-level

  • Grades AAA – A* no advantage

    • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable.

    • No Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology.

    • No Chemistry with Maths and Further Maths

We use achieved grades if available (and offer, if made, will be unconditional), otherwise we use predicted grades. Almost all candidates are predicted AAA, which is our standard conditional offer.

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MBChB Selection

A levels subjects of successful applicants

Academic ukcat

Academic - UKCAT

  • The typical applicant score is around 2500 (lowest year mean score was 2463 in 2009, highest was 2553 in 2013)

  • A score based on UKCAT performance is combined with a score based on GCSE/AS/A2 performance or prediction

  • A high academic score can compensate for a low UKCAT

  • The mean score of those invited for interview is slightly higher (2724 last year) but there is no “cut off”

  • In 2013 we invited to interview a candidate with a score of 2160, but didn’t invite the candidate with the highest UKCAT score!

Ukcat performance

UKCAT Performance

Non academic criteria

Non-Academic Criteria

  • Personal Statement

  • Interview

Evidence will be sought from all sections of the UCAS form and at interview.

Writing a personal statement

Writing a Personal Statement












Mitigating circumstances, Access

What evidence do you need

What evidence do you need?

  • How have you looked into a career in medicine?

  • Have you taken positions of responsibility?

  • Do you know a bit about the world outside your friends and family?

  • Do you know how to relax and de-stress?

A typical applicant

A typical applicant

  • Excellent GCSE or AS grades

  • Predicted or achieved 3 As at A level (orABB for A2L)

  • A good UKCAT score

  • A good personal statement

A typical applicant who gets to the interview stage would have all of the following:

But there is room for compensation between any of these fields!

What does the interview do

What does the interview do?

  • Assess further some of the non-academic attributes

MMI (Multiple Mini-Interview)

Our mmi


  • 8 stations, 4 groups per day, 64 candidates per day

  • Each stations- 1 minute reading, 7 minute task

  • Each station tests 1 or more attributes

  • Includes:Communication skills, UCAS statement, ethical reasoning, negotiation, current affairs, situational judgement test, written station…….

Alternative access routes

Alternative Access Routes

  • "We have always believed that anyone with the talent and ambition to succeed should be able to come to Leeds...”

  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur

  • Access to Leeds

    Bradford Programme

  • Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme

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Alternative Access Routes

Access to Leeds

  • Alternative admissions scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone

    Realising Opportunities

    • Operated by the charity Brightside in collaboration with 12 universities and enabling increased access.

  • Work alongside standard UCAS application

  • Typical offer 2 grades lower

Foundation courses

Foundation Courses

  • Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO)

  • Full-time, 1 year

  • At least 70% chemistry, successful interview

  • Foundation Course in Clinical Sciences

    • University of Bradford

    • Up to 20 enter 1st year

    • Up to 20 enter 2nd year

Clinical sciences bsc

Clinical Sciences BSc








BSc (Hons)

Clinical Sciences







20-40 intake

20 transfer



20 transfer



223 intake

40 intake

Access to medicine courses

Access to Medicine Courses

  • College of West Anglia

  • Sussex Down’s Adult College

  • They have to reach a certain standard in these courses: overall mark 70% and 70% in Chemistry

Plan b

Plan B……….

Second time re sit applications

Second time/re-sit applications

  • Assessed in competition with all the first-time applications

  • Examination re-sit results are only accepted in exceptional circumstances – evidence of circumstances is needed

  • If you want to reapply:

  • Ask yourself WHY your application was rejected. We do provide some feedback – but we won’t rewrite your application for you!

  • Think about what you can do to make the necessary changes


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Alternative Access Routes

UCAS Closing Date for Medicine is earlier than for other programmes

Institution Code: L23

Course Code: A100

UKCATregistration deadline is different from the UCAS deadline.


Other sources of information

Other sources of information

  • NHS Careers Website – www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/‎

  • General Medical Council Website - www.gmc-uk.org/‎

  • Medical Schools Council Website - www.medschools.ac.uk/‎

  • Leeds Medicine Admissions website -

  • www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/admisisons/

Final words of wisdom

Final words of wisdom….

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