Undergraduate courses: Frequently asked questions

I applied to Sheffield Medical School but have not received an acknowledgement to say that you have received my application.

Providing that you have been issued with a UCAS number after submitting your application to UCAS rest assured that we will have received your application in the office. The University sends out central acknowledgments of receipt, if you have not received this, please contact the Applicant Information Desk.


I submitted my application to UCAS before the closing date but have still not heard the outcome of my application. When might I expect to hear?

We start processing applications once the application deadline has passed in mid-October. Applicants that are to be invited to interview will be notified directly by email between 11th and 18th November 2017.  Applicants who are not going to be invited to interview will be notified via UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful in December 2017. Our selection process will run to the timetable shown on the page What Happens to your Applications.

Can I send you any additional information to go with my application form?

The Medical School will not normally consider additional information not included in the UCAS form when deciding which candidates to invite to attend Multiple Mini Interviews.  However, if you have any extenuating circumstances or health problems that we need to be aware of when assessing your application you may send additional information about this directly to us. We will then ensure that it is matched with your application.  If you have extenuating circumstances or health problems that we need to be aware of, you are encouraged to submit a Disrupted Studies Form.

Do you score the UCAS Personal Statement?

We do not read or score UCAS Personal Statements as part of the selection process.  However, the activities, interests and values that candidates express in their Personal Statements are commonly explored during the Multiple Mini Interviews.

I want to take a gap year. What should I do during that year? We do not specify exactly what you should do during your gap year except that you should do something constructive. This may not necessarily mean that you have to do something that is medically related but, for example, you may plan to work for a year to help finance you during your medical studies.  You can find more information here.
What sort of work experience should I do? We do not specify the exact sort of work experience you should do or how much work experience you should have because it depends on what is available where you live. It should however be something within a caring environment. Some applicants may have experience of shadowing hospital staff or GPs but if this is not available to you try doing some voluntary work in a local hospice or working with children with disabilities. We want to see what you have gained from your work experience - that you are able to communicate with people, have a caring nature and are able to work as part of a team. You can find more information here.
I just missed getting the necessary grades can I still apply?

Applicants who do not meet our minimum academic requirements are normally unsuccessful in our selection process. Application to Medicine is extremely competitive and most of the people who apply meet or exceed the minimum academic requirements. If you do not meet the A Level requirements, you may have to look at doing an alternate degree with a view to applying to Medicine after you graduate.

Can I compensate for a low UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) score with a higher level of academic attainment? No. Applicants must meet both the minimum academic and the minimum UKCAT entry requirements. You cannot compensate for a UKCAT score that is below the minimum accepted level with higher academic attainment, or vice versa. Applicants who meet the thresholds for academic performance and UKCAT performance are ranked on their UKCAT performance to determine who is invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  The cut point at and above which an applicant's UKCAT score will be sufficient to merit an invitation to attend a Multiple Mini Interview cannot be known until after the application deadline, as applicants are in competition with each other at this stage.
I have been exempted from the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) on geographic grounds. Can I apply? Applicants who have been exempted from the UKCAT on geographical grounds will not normally be considered.
I have been exempted from the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) on medical/health grounds.  Can I apply? Applicants who have been exempted from the UKCAT on medical/health grounds should submit their UCAS application with a Disrupted Studies application.  Where it is agreed that the applicant has had a significant disruption they will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview, provided that they meet the academic requirements.  In the event that the Disrupted Studies are not accepted, the application will be deemed unsuccessful.
Are UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) scores adjusted if I have mitigating circumstances? We normally make no adjustment to the UKCAT (or UKCATSEN) scores for applicants who have mitigating circumstances.
How was the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) minimum threshold determined?

We determine the UKCAT minimum threshold by considering the performance of test takers in previous years.  Typically we set the minimum threshold at the 40th centile.  In 2016, the test was scored out of 2700.  In 2017, the test is scored out of 3600.  Therefore, we have determined our minimum thresholds by considering the 40th centile scores in previous years.

Year
40th Centile Score
2012 2470/3600
2013 2590/3600
2014 2450/3600
2015 2470/3600

In 2013 the 40th centile score was considerably higher than in other years.  Therefore we have derived our threshold this year by taking the mean (average) of the 40th centile scores in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and rounding down to the nearest 10.

What evidence will I have to supply if I take the UKCATSEN?

The UKCATSEN is an extended version of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) for applicants who have special educational needs.  If you sit the UKCATSEN you will be asked to provide us with evidence that you were eligible to sit this version of the test.

If you are currently in education, you will be asked to provide an official letter from your school, college or university stating that on the basis of a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher that you are currently entitled to additional time in public examinations (or that you have had additional time in public examinations in the last two years).

If you are no longer in education you will be asked to provide a post-16 year's diagnosis or report from a qualified  medical practitioner or educational psychologist that explicitly recommends additional time in public examinations.

Reports should not be authored by family members.

What happens if UKCAT annotates my results? UKCAT will annotate a candidate's results if they have experienced a significant issue that may have affected their test performance but which does not warrant a resit (e.g. where small amounts of time have been lost from a particular subset).  The annotation will be factual and will refer to specifics such as the amount of time lost and the subset affected.  In the event that your UKCAT result is annotated, the Medical School Admissions Team will consider this annotation in the same way that it considers applications for Disrupted Studies.
I would like to come to Sheffield and have a look at the Medical School Can I arrange this? Whilst we are unable to arrange individual visits there are a number of general University Open Days that allow you to have a look around the campus and there is a talk at the Medical School. Please click here for further information.
Do you accept transfers from other Medical Schools? No. The University of Sheffield Medical School does not usually accept students wishing to transfer from a degree course at another institution. Applications will also not be considered from applicants who have failed to complete a medical degree at any university. For full details of our transfer policy, please click on the following link:

MBChB Transfer Policy

I have had an A Level certificated after one year of study. If I take it again the following year, does this count as a resit? Yes. The Medical School considers an A Level taken after 2 years study to be a resit examination if the applicant has already completed that A Level and received a certificate after one year of study. The Medical School does not accept resits or examinations taken early.
Do you accept applicants through UCAS Extra/Clearing? No. The Medical School does not process applications through UCAS Extra/Clearing.
I have been invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview but am unable to attend on the date specified. What should I do? Applicants are required to be available throughout the interview period. If you are unable to attend on the date requested you must contact the Medical Admissions Office as soon as possible. Interview spaces are limited. While we will attempt to reschedule the Multiple Mini Interview this may not be possible and cannot be guaranteed. The Medical School is not able to offer Multiple Mini Interviews outside of the interview period, and any applicant who is unable to attend during that period will have their application deemed unsuccessful.
My application to the University of Sheffield Medical School has been rejected. How can I obtain feedback? If your application is rejected you may request feedback by contacting the Medical Admissions Office. We aim to answer such requests within three weeks.
My application to the University of Sheffield Medical School has been rejected. May I apply again next year? Applicants who are unsuccessful are welcome to apply again next year if they wish. You should take steps to address any issues that resulted in your application being rejected.