What Happens To Your Application? 2019 Entry
Our Admissions Selection process comprises three stages, according to the following timeline:-
|01.05.2018||UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Registration opens (testing begins 02.07.2018)|
|18.09.2018||UKCAT Registration Deadline|
|01.10.2018||UKCAT Booking/Rescheduling Deadline|
|02.10.2018||UKCAT Last Testing Date|
|15.10.2018||UCAS Application Deadline|
Stage 1a: Applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum academic requirements (the academic thresholds).
Medical School receives test scores from UKCAT.
Stage 1b: Applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum UKCAT requirement (the UKCAT threshold). This stage has been completed (08.11.2018)
Stage 2: Candidates meeting both the academic and the UKCAT thresholds are ranked on their UKCAT score (not including the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements and have the highest UKCAT scores are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.
We have now completed our UKCAT ranking, and this resulted in the following cut points. (Each of the following groups were ranked separately.)
A100 (Home): UKCAT cut point = 2630/3600.
A100 (Overseas): UKCAT cut point = 2630/3600.
A101: UKCAT cut point = 2470/3600 (i.e. no UKCAT ranking was needed).
Applicants who meet our Academic entry requirements (and, for A101 applicants, who also meet our Widening Participation requirements) whose UKCAT score meets or exceeds these UKCAT CUT points will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview. We send our MMI invitations by email, and we started this process on 09.11.2018. We will update this page again when we have finished sending out these invities.
Unsuccessful applications may be considered by the University for a Change of Course to Biomedical Science and/or Orthoptics. This process may take 2-3 weeks. Unsuccessful applicants are then notified via UCAS.
Successful applicants can expect by 16.11.2018 to receive an email from the Medical School admissions team (not UCAS) inviting them to attend an interview. Unsuccessful applicants can expect to be notified via UCAS by approximately 16.12.2018. 19.11.2018 We have now sent out all our interview invites, with the exception of a small number to applicants where communication is delayed because of a convictions declaration/missing declaration of a lack of a conviction. Those remaining applicants we intend to invite to interview can expect to hear from us by 21/11/2018. End of Stage 2.
|Nov 2018 - Jan 2019||Stage 3: Multiple Mini-Interviews
Multiple Mini-Interviews will be conducted in Sheffield between 26-30 November 2018, 3-7 December 2018 and 12-14 December 2018 at our Clinical Skills Centre on the Northern General Hospital Campus.
Panel-based Interviews in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place in the week 7-11 January 2019. Interviews in Singapore will take place in the week 14-18 January 2019.
MMI/Interview score sheets and UCAS references reviewed.
|18.02.2019||End of Stage 3:|
|19.02.2019-25.02.2019||Offers/Unsuccessful decisions notified to students via UCAS. Unsuccessful applications may be considered by the University for a Change of Course to Biomedical Science and/or Orthoptics. This process may take 2-3 weeks. Unsuccessful applicants are then notified via UCAS.|
|15.08.2019||A Level results day.|
Our Admissions Selection process comprises three stages, according to the following timeline:
|STAGE 1: Academic Attainment and UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Attainment (thresholds)||
Stage 1a: Applications will initially be checked to determine whether they meet our minimum academic requirements (the academic threshold). We will look at the results of all your previous qualifications and the predictions of any qualifications that you are currently studying for. On the basis of this, we will determine whether or not you meet our minimum academic requirements. Applications that meet the minimum academic requirements progress to Stage 1b. Applications that do not meet the minimum academic requirements are deemed unsuccessful.
In Stage 1a, applicants compete against the minimum academic requirements. While many applicants exceed the minimum academic requirements, we do not rank applicants according to academic attainment, and there is no advantage in our selection process to those who exceed the minimum requirements.
Stage 1b: Those applications that meet the minimum academic thresholds are reviewed to determine whether they also meet the minimum UKCAT requirement 2470/3600 (the UKCAT threshold). This threshold has been determined by considering the 40th centile scores of the test in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and taking the mean of these. (The UKCAT scores from 2016 were not considered as in that year the test was out of 2700).
There is no compensation between academic attainment and UKCAT attainment - exceeding the academic threshold will not compensate for a lower UKCAT score.
|STAGE 2: UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Ranking||
It is not possible to know with any certainty where the UKCAT cut point (at and above which applicants will be invited to interview) will land prior to the application deadline. This is because in Stage 2, applicants are in competition with one another. Where the cut-point lies will depend on the UKCAT scores of all of the applicants meeting the academic and UKCAT thresholds. We will only calculate the cut point once all applications have been received. The following information is provided for guidance. The UKCAT cut point in the 2018-19 cycle may differ from the values given below.
We are not able to determine how the scores above will equate to the 2018 UKCAT. However, we note that the UKCAT cut points in 2016-17 and 2017-18 fell around the 70th-73rd centile. The UKCAT cut point may fall on different centiles in this selection cycle.
|STAGE 3: The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI)||
The Medical School will interview approximately 1300 candidates for Medicine for 2019 entry. (Approximately 1150 Home/EU applicants and approximately 150 International applicants will be interviewed). The Medical School uses Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) as evidence has shown that these are a more reliable and fair means of assessing applicants. Our MMIs will be held in November and December. For applicants from South East Asia, Medical School staff will be conducting panel-based interviews in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in January.
The Multiple Mini-Interviews comprise a series of eight 8-minute stations. The questioning in these stations is typically based around the following areas:
Each station in the MMI is scored as follows:
In addition to the eight stations in the circuit, applicants' scores in the UKCAT Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will be considered as a ninth virtual station. The UKCAT SJT will contribute to the MMI as follows:
Interviewed candidates can therefore attain a total score of 10-45/45. This score is used to rank applicants when deciding which applicants will receive an offer.
Interviewers are drawn from medical educationalists, medically qualified senior members of staff, biomedical scientists, junior hospital doctors, senior nurses, senior medical students and lay people. Interviewers will not have read your Personal Statement, but some of the questions asked commonly relate to the sorts of things people typically write about in their UCAS Personal Statement. You are encouraged to prepare by reading the NHS Constitution, the General Medical Council's publication 'Good Medical Practice', and by keeping up to date with recent medical breakthroughs, topical controversies, ethical issues and NHS politics.
We do not set a dress code for the Multiple Mini-Interviews but of course your appearance at interview is important. You should dress appropriately and in a professional manner. The conduct of applicants is assessed from the moment that they arrive for their MMIs.
Generic advice on preparing for Multiple Mini-Interivews can be found on the Medical Schools' Council website here. The MMI in Sheffield may differ from the format demonstrated by Medical Schools' Council.
In addition to the values and characteristics mentioned above, the University of Sheffield Medical School is committed to selecting applicants able to demonstrate at Multiple Mini-Interview the core values set out in the NHS Constitution. These core values are summarised as:
|What Happens after the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI)||
During your MMI you will be graded on your performance at each station. Based upon this grading the Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions will then make the final decision as to whether you are offered a place on the course, or are unsuccessful. Some unsuccessful applicants may be placed on a reserve list.
Offers are dependent on the applicant having a satisfactory UCAS reference.
Offer decisions are made only once all of the MMIs have been completed.
If you are made an offer of a place you will receive notification of your offer directly through UCAS. All the offers that we make are also subject to the receipt of a satisfactory health questionnaire and a satisfactory enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (or equivalent). Please read the sections of this website on Health Requirements and Criminal Record Checks for further details. We will send you details about how to arrange your DBS check and about the health requirements questionnaire if you firmly accept our offer. You will also be required to sign a student entry agreement prior to starting the course.