MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine (A101)

This course is for graduates with an appropriate life sciences degree who come from a widening participation background. Students on this course bypass phase 1 (the first year) of the A100 Medicine degree.

Doctor with patient

We have fifteen places available to Home applicants from widening participation backgrounds for our four-year Graduate Entry Medicine - MBChB (A101) programme. 

Students entering the A101 Graduate Entry Medicine programme all come from widening participation backgrounds. Whilst they can apply for a loan to part-cover their tuition fee, they must pay the first £3,500 of their first year fees themselves. We are delighted to announce that, thanks to generous donations from our alumni, all 15 students entering the four-year Graduate Entry Medicine (A101) programme in September 2020 received a scholarship worth £3,500 to cover this funding gap. This was made possible as a result of six Toby Moses Postgraduate Scholarships and nine scholarships made possible by legacy donations from Sheena Waitkins and Harold Schofield. This allowed these students to commence their medicine studies without worries about paying any fees upfront. We cannot as this time state whether such bursaries will be available for students entering the Graduate Entry Medicine (A101) programme in 2021.

Applicants for this programme will be required to demonstrate that they come from a widening participation background and that they meet our minimum academic and UCAT requirements. The requirements set out on this page are the minimum required in order to be considered for entry to the A101 Graduate Entry Medicine programme. 

Please note our entry requirements are the minimum required in order to be considered for entry to the Medicine - MBChB programme. For 2021 entry we have a total of 15 places for Home/EU students and none for International Students. For 2020 entry we recieved 229 applications for 15 places.

Meeting the minimum academic, UCAT and widening participation entry requirements does not guarantee an invitation to interview or the offer of a place. If you wish to also be considered for the 5-year Medicine - MBChB (A100) programme you will need to apply to that course via UCAS as a separate choice.

Widening Participation Entry Requirements

This degree programme is only open to Home students from Widening Participation backgrounds.  The A101 Graduate Entry Medicine MBChB programme is not open to Home students who are not from a Widening Participation background.  There are no International places available for this programme.

We will consider applicants to meet our widening participation criteria if they met any two or more of the following criteria at the point they completed their A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications):

  • Lived in an area with a low progression to higher education;
  • Lived in a deprived area;
  • Received free school meals in years 10-13;
  • Received a 16-19 Bursary or similar grant;
  • Was a young carer;
  • Lived in local authority care during secondary education;
  • Was estranged from both of their parents or legal guardians during their secondary/further education;
  • Have parents who do not hold higher education qualifications;
  • Have parents who were unemployed or working in unskilled jobs;
  • Have a disability.

We will determine whether applicants meet our widening participation entry requirements by sending them a simple form to complete, which includes definitions for the criteria set out above. You can find a copy of the form here for your information. You may download the form and submit it to n.l.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk. Alternatively, we will send this to applicants to complete on receipt of their application. Applicants will be required to return the form to us by 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020 at the latest. We will not be able to process the application if the completed form is not received.  Applicants who receive offers will be required to provide supporting evidence at registration or a statement to indicate why such evidence cannot be provided

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to meet both our minimum A Level and our minimum Degree academic entry requirements. (We do not consider GCSEs or AS Levels for this programme.) Applicants are also required to meet our minimum English Language requirements. We do not rank applicants on the basis of their academic attainment.

A Level Qualifications

Applicants must have grades of at least BBB at A Level at the time of application, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology.

Please note:

  • The requirement for BBB at A Level means at least a B grade in each of the three A Levels;
  • All three A Levels must have been taken in the same first sitting;
  • We do accept A Level resits.  Any and all A Level resits must be taken in one sitting, and only one resit per A Level is permitted.  Only those A Levels that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • A Levels in Further Mathematics, Critical Thinking and General studies are not accepted for the A101 programme; 
  • For applicants who took four A Levels in a two year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we will accept the Mathematics A Level, even if it is taken in Year 12, and irrespective of whether the A Level is certificated in Year 12 or 13.  It is expected that Chemistry or Biology and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) will be taken in Year 13;
  • Where a graduate applicant has BBB or better at A Level but the pre-degree A Levels do not include Chemistry or Biology we will consider their application provided they have taken an A Level in either Chemistry or Biology during or after their Bachelor's degree and achieved (or are predicted to achieve) a Grade B or higher.

For applicants not holding A Levels, our usual requirement for other qualifications is:

  • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate - grades M2, M2, M2 including Chemistry or Biology;
  • Scottish Highers - Advanced Highers grades BB including Chemistry or Biology;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - grade B, plus grades BB in two A Levels, subjects must include Chemistry or Biology;
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - H3,H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 with H3 in Chemistry or Biology;
  • International Baccalaureate - 32 points overall with 5's in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology) and no less than 4 in each of the Standard Level subjects.

We are not able to consider the following qualifications for entry to our Graduate Entry Medicine course:

  • Bedales Examinations
  • BTECs
  • HE Diplomas
  • International Certificate of Christian Education
  • Foundation courses
  • Access courses
  • Bachelor's degrees that are not in Life Sciences subjects
  • Masters degrees
  • PhDs.

Degree qualifications

Applicants for this programme will need to have attained, or be predicted to attain, an upper second class or first class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate life sciences subject. We are looking for applicants whose degrees will have given them an appropriate level of understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

Please note:

Appropriate life sciences degrees include, but are not limited to the following degrees (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • BMedSci
  • BSc Anatomy and Physiology
  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • BSc Clinical Science
  • BSc Healthcare Science
  • BSc Human Physiology
  • BSc Medical Science
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BDS (Dentistry)
  • MPharm

We do not consider the following degrees to be appropriate life sciences degrees and they do not meet our entry requirements:

  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Botany
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Orthoptics

We do not consider postgraduate Masters degrees (i.e. when taken as a second degree) or PhDs when determining whether you meet our academic entry requirements.

If your degree does not appear on the lists above we may still be able to accept it.  We strongly recommend that you contact the medical admissions team (medadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk) prior to submitting your application with a copy of your degree transcript and/or syllabus. We will then be able to advise you whether we will accept your degree or not.

If your degree does not appear on the lists above, we will require you to submit a degree transcript to us with your application for consideration.

Graduates and soon-to-be graduates who have (or are soon to have) a Bachelor's degree in a subject other than an appropriate life sciences subject, or who do not come from a widening participation background, are not eligible to apply for our graduate entry programme, but are welcome to apply for the A100 five-year programme.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) requirements

Everyone applying to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield will need to undertake the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Medicine and Dentistry (UCAT) in order to be eligible for admission.  The test must be taken prior to your application in the year of application.  Details of test dates and how to register can be found on the UCAT website which can be accessed from the link on the right.  Please note that test results are only valid for the current admissions cycle: if you re-apply to this Medical School you will need to sit the test again.  In addition to the academic requirements, candidates must have achieved a score of 2420/3600 or above to be given further consideration.  Candidates must meet the UCAT entry requirements AND the academic entry requirements AND the widening participation criteria.  The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component is only considered for those applicants who are invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview. UCAT have produced a guidance video to help you prepare for the test:

Please note:

  • We will aim to invite approximately 60 A101 applicants for interview. In the event that we receive more applications than we have interview spaces for, applicants who meet or exceed the minimum academic requirements, the minimum UCAT requirement and the widening participation criteria will be ranked based on their UCAT score after the application deadline to determine which of these applicants are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.
Disrupted Studies

If you have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected either your post-16 studies, or any qualifications that are cited in our course entry requirements, you can let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form.  Details of the Medical School's Admissions Policy on Disrupted Studies are available here, and you are encouraged to read this carefully before submitting a Disrupted Studies form.  You can find more information via the following link: Disrupted Studies

    Course structure 

    (Sept Year 1 - June Year 1)

    Students on this course bypass phase 1 (the first year) of the A100 Medicine degree.

    (September Year 2 - Dec Year 3)

    Basic Clinical Competencies

    • Introductory module
    • Early Years General Practice Placement
    • Clinical Attachments 
    • SSCs
    • Clinical Medical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills

    Phase 2a of the course lasts for one academic year. Students joining Phase 2a from the A100 programme begin the phase with a six-week research project. Students joining Phase 2a from the A101 programme begin with a six-week introductory module that recaps some key elements of Phase 1 of the programme. This includes anatomy (using prosection specimens), histology, physiology, etc. 

    Medical Sciences feature strongly in Phase 2a. Your knowledge and understanding will be developed through both lectures and clinical experience in ten half-day general practice placements. You will build on your basic medical sciences knowledge by learning about the clinical presentation of disease (symptoms and signs), pathology, microbiology, immunology, the investigations that are used in diagnosis and the way that specific diseases are treated (pharmacology and therapeutics). Medical sciences are assessed in written examinations (multiple choice and clinically-related scenario short answer questions) at the end of Phase 2a.

    In Phase 2a, you will also receive training in a large number of procedural clinical skills in simulation (e.g. obtaining a 'blood' sample from a manikin arm).  Your ability to perform these procedures safely will be assessed in simulation during Phase 2a, so that you are ready to perform them under supervision in clinical practice for the remainder of the course.

    Phase 2b commences in June of the second academic year and is the stage of the course where students really begin to feel like trainee doctors.  You will spend most of your time in hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatient clinics, learning the skills that you will need to join the medical profession.

    At the start of Phase 2b, you will receive a three-week introduction to basic clinical skills.  You will receive training from specialists in history taking and physical examination of all of the major body systems.  This teaching is delivered to students in small groups, at the bedside, with the assistance of real patients who volunteer to assist with your training.  This introductory course will equip you with the basic skills that you need before you start your clinical attachments.

    You will then undertake a 12* week longitudinal integrated clinical placement (LICP1) in one of the hospitals in or around Sheffield.  (*14 weeks duration with a 2 week holiday at the start of August).  LICP1 is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills that are fundamental to clinical practice (history and physical examination.  You will be encouraged to use the information that you have already gained to formulate diagnoses.  You will become part of the clinical team and will attend and participate in many of the everyday activities of the team, such as ward rounds, surgical operation, pathology meetings, and outpatient clinics.  In addition you will gain broader experience in other departments in the hospital and develop your knowledge and understanding of clinical medicine in regular classes in the medical education departments in the hospitals.

    During this time, you will also continue to develop the professional attributes that are essential to becoming a successful practicing doctor.  You will also complete an SSC in medical ethics and law, based on a real case that you have seen in clinical practice and the ethical issues this case raised (e.g. end of life care).

    Phase 2b will give you a firm foundation for all future clinical Phases of the course.  By the end of Phase 2b, you will have gained a knowledge and understanding of disease and a set of clinical skills (history-taking, physical examination, procedural skills in clinical practice) that you will continue to use throughout your career.  The assessment at the end of Phase 2b is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in which you will demonstrate your clinical learning by taking histories and performing physical examinations on simulated and real patients.

    Students who pass the Phase 2b OSCE at the first sitting will complete an SSC in social accountability in which they will complete some voluntary work with patient or community groups in Sheffield or the surrounding area and through this, will increase their understanding on health inequity and the role of medicine in society.

    (Jan Year 3 - August Year 4)

    Extended Clinical Competencies

    • Clinical Team Attachments
    • Child Health
    • Women's Health
    • Mental Health
    • SSCs (including Community-based and an Elective)
    • Medical Sciences
    • Acute Clinical Care
    • Continuing Clinical Care
    • Community and Public Health
    • Specialty Clinical Attachments
    • Further SSCs including Medical Audit

    Phase 3 lasts just under two years and is clinically based. It is a period of study and clinical experience taking students into both primary and secondary care of the patient with an emphasis on 'hands-on' medicine.

    The primary care element involves community placements centred on General Practice.

    The secondary care of patients covers mainly hospital work in sub-speciality subjects including child health (Paediatrics), women's health (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), mental health (Psychiatry) and General Practice.  Students rotate in small groups through these disciplines and receive various forms of back up including small group work, seminars, tutorials and lectures.

    The emphasis is on evidence-based learning and you are encouraged to learn by investigation and teamwork. The speciality teaching includes projects and team presentations. You also have an opportunity to study areas of particular interest to you in the Student Selected Components elements of the course.

    (Year 5)

    Advanced Clinical Competencies

    • Final Preparation for becoming a Junior Doctor
    • LICP2 and LICP3
    • Student assistantship

    The final year of the course will provide you with the opportunity to prepare for clinical practice after graduation.  The year begins with a series of lectures that will allow you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge over a wide area of clinical medicine.

    You will then undertake the two longitudinal integrated placements (LICP2 and LICP3) which will be in a different hospital and clinical area from LICP1.  The structure of LICP2 will be similar to LICP1 (attached to a clinical team, defined role and responsibilities, additional experiences in other departments and regular classes) but will reflect your increased experience and competence.  After the Christmas break, you will continue to develop your competence in LICP3 in another hospital and clinical area.

    Most graduates continue their medical training in postgraduate foundation programmes.  The student assistantship will provide you with 6 weeks of experience in the post you will take up in August (this can only be guaranteed for students who will be staying in the local area).

    The confidence of the University in you will be demonstrated when it awards you the degree of MBChB after you have been successful in the clinical examination in May. Phase 4 s an exhilarating, exacting and rewarding time and will prepare you well for your duties as a junior hospital doctor.

    A101 Admissions Policy 2020-21

    Disrupted Studies 2021 Entry

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Information last updated: 18 May 2020


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