What Happens To Your Application? 2020 Entry

Our Admissions Selection process comprises three stages, according to the following timeline:-

01.05.2019 University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Registration and Bursary Scheme opens (testing begins 01.07.2019)
18.09.2019 UCAT Registration and Online Booking Deadline
02.10.2019 UCAT Last Testing Date
15.10.2019 UCAS Application Deadline
16.10.2019-05.11.2019

Stage 1a: All applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum academic requirements (the academic thresholds).  A101 applications are also checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum widening participation requirements.

01.11.2019

Deadline for submitting Widening Participation forms to the Medical School (A101 applicants only).

05.11.2019 Medical School receives test scores from UCAT.
05.11.2019-15.11.2019

Stage 1b:  All applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum UCAT requirement (the UCAT threshold). End of Stage 1.

Stage 2:  Candidates meeting both the academic and the UCAT thresholds are ranked on their UCAT score (not including the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements and have the highest UCAT scores are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview. 

Applicants who meet our Academic entry requirements (and, for A101 applicants, who also meet our Widening Participation requirements) whose UCAT score meets or exceeds these UCAT cut points will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  We send our MMI invitations by email.

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 15.11.2019 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 20.12.2019. End of Stage 2.

Nov 2019 - Jan 2020 Stage 3:  Multiple Mini-Interviews

Multiple Mini-Interviews will be conducted on weekdays in Sheffield 25-27 November and 2-13 December 2019 at our Clinical Skills Centre on the Northern General Hospital Campus.

Panel-based Interviews in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place in the week 10 January 2020.  Interviews in Singapore will take place in the week 13-17 January 2020.

21.01.2020-14.02.2020

MMI/Interview score sheets and UCAS references reviewed.

14.02.2020 End of Stage 3:  
17.02.2020-21.02.2020 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.
July 2020 Multiple Mini Interviews for applicants applying via the Sheffield Hallam Univ Bradford Widening Participation routes will be held in July 2020 (date to be confirmed).
13.08.2020 A Level results day.

STAGE 1: Academic Attainment, Widening participation status (A101 applicants) and University Aptitude Test (UCAT) 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. Additionally, applications for the Graduate Entry Medicine - MBChB (A101) programme will be reviewed to determine whether they meet the minimum widening participation requirements.  Applications that meet the minimum academic requirements (and, if applicable, the minimum widening participation 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 UCAT requirement 2420/3600 (the UCAT threshold).  This threshold has been determined by considering the 40th centile score attained by those who took the test in 2018.  (In 2018-19 the UCAT was called the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

There is no compensation between academic attainment and UCAT attainment - exceeding the academic threshold will not compensate for a lower UCAT score.

STAGE 2: University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Ranking
  1. SOAMS applicants and Realising Opportunities applicants to the A100 course who meet both the academic and UCAT minimum requirements bypass this stage and are invited to attend for a Multiple Mini-Interview.  Applications from people in SOAMS or Realising Opportunities applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be deemed unsuccessful.
  2. All other A100 applicants meeting both the academic and UCAT thresholds are ranked according to their UCAT scores.  Home/EU applicants are ranked separately to International applicants.  The applicants who have the highest UCAT scores will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview.  The remaining applicants will be deemed unsuccessful.
  3. A101 applicants meeting the academic, UCAT and widening participation thresholds may be ranked by UCAT score, but this will only be undertaken if there are more applicants meeting all three threshold than we have places at interview.  If A101 applicants are ranked by UCAT score, they will be ranked separately from A100 applicants.

It is not possible to know with any certainty where the UCAT 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-points lie will depend on the UCAT scores of all of the applicants meeting the academic and UCAT thresholds.  We will only calculate the cut points once all applications have been received.  The following information is provided for guidance.  The UCAT cut point in the 2019-20 cycle may differ from the values given below.

  1. The 2019-20 admissions cycle is the fourth time we have used the UCAT in this way.
  2. In the 2016-17 admissions cycle, the minimum threshold was 1850/2700.  After ranking, Home/EU applicants who scored 2000/2700 or higher and international applicants who scored 1990/2700 or higher were invited to interview.
  3. In the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the minimum threshold was 2460/3600.  After ranking, Home/EU applicants and International applicants who scored 2690/3600 or higher were invited to interview.
  4. In the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the minimum threshold was 2470/3600.  After ranking, A100 Home/EU applicants and International applicants who scored 2630/3600 or higher were invited to interview.  A101 applicants were not ranked by UCAT score as we were able to invite all those who met the minimum requirements to interview.

We are not able to determine how the scores above will equate to the 2019 UCAT.  However, we note that the UCAT cut points in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 fell around the 70th-73rd centile.  The UCAT 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 2020 entry.  We aim to invite approximately 1100-1150 A100 Home/EU applicants, approximately 100-150 A100 International applicants and 50-100 A101 applicants to interview. 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 2019. For applicants from South East Asia, Medical School staff will be conducting panel-based interviews in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in January 2020.

The Multiple Mini-Interviews comprise a series of eight 8-minute stations. In the event that you are invited to attend an interview we will send you the MMI questions with your invitation.  The questioning in these stations is typically based around the following areas:

  • communication skills
  • depth and breadth of interests (achievements in specific fields)
  • evidence of commitment for caring
  • knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
  • medical work experience/Extended Project Qualification
  • motivation for medicine
  • understanding the nature of medicine
  • values and attitudes
  • outside interests

Each station in the MMI is scored as follows:

MMI Score
Description
5 Excellent
4 Good
3 Satisfactory
2 Borderline
1 Unsatisfactory

In addition to the eight stations in the circuit, applicants' scores in the UCAT Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will be considered as a ninth virtual station. The UCAT SJT will contribute to the MMI as follows:

MMI Score
SJT Quartile Description
5 1st Excellent
4 2nd Good
3 3rd Satisfactory
2 4th Borderline
1 Not applicable

Not applicable

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, patients (who are members of our Patients as Educators programme) 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-Interviews can be found on the Medical Schools' Council website here.  The MMI in Sheffield may differ from the format demonstrated by Medical Schools' Council.

Values-based Recruitment

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:

  • Working together for patients, putting the needs of patients and communities first and speaking up when things go wrong.
  • Respect and dignity, valuing every person - whether patient, their families or carers, or staff - as an individual and taking what others have to say seriously.
  • Commitment to quality of care, earning the trust placed in the profession by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care - safety, effectiveness and patient experience - right every time.
  • Compassion, ensuring that compassion is central to the care provided and respond with humanity and kindness to each person's pain, distress, anxiety or need. We search for the things we can do, however small, to give comfort and relieve suffering. We find time for patients, their families and carers, as well as those we work alongside.
  • Improving lives, striving to improve health and wellbeing and people's experiences of the NHS. We cherish excellence and professionalism wherever we find it - in the everyday things that make people's lives better as much as in clinical practice, service improvements and innovation.
  • Everyone counts, maximising resources for the benefit of the whole community, and making sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.
Applicants are encouraged to read the full text of the NHS Constitution before attending for interview.
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.  Applicants placed on a reserve list will be notified of this by email.

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.