Widening access to medical course - 2018 Entry

The Medical School is committed to widening access to the Medicine course. Through schemes such as SOAMS (Sheffield Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme) we aim to encourage applications from under-represented groups and from those who have the ability to become good doctors but would not normally consider this as a serious option. We also encourage applications from mature students and consider people from a variety of backgrounds and of differing ages.

Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS)

This is an exciting scheme which gives local students in years 12-13, from under-represented groups, the opportunity to enter the degree course in medicine. It has become increasingly evident that pupils from lower socio-economic groups are disadvantaged when applying to medical education. Their schools do not usually have a record of academic achievements and many pupils have a family background that may prevent them from progressing into post-16 education. Those who work hard to overcome these barriers do not often have the opportunity to undertake suitable work experience and therefore, may have difficulty in demonstrating commitment to caring, and that they are suitable for a career in a caring profession.

The academic entry requirements for SOAMS students are different to those of other applicants. SOAMS students are required to complete the SOAMS programme and meet the following academic and UKCAT standards.

GCSE Requirement

SOAMS applicants for the A100 programme must meet the following GCSE minimum requirements:

  • A minimum of eight GCSE passes at grade A*-C, including at least six A*-B grades obtained in one sitting with a C grade or above in Science (Double Award accepted), Mathematics and English.

Please note:

  • The GCSE requirements should have been met by the point of application;
  • The relevant GCSEs should be studied for no longer than two years;
  • The six A*-B grades must all be obtained in the same sitting;
  • The required C grades in Mathematics, English and Sciences do not need to be obtained in the same year as the six A*-B grades;
  • We do not accept GCSE resits;
  • Non-GCSE qualifications (such as Level 2 OCR qualifications) taken alongside GCSEs are not considered as equivalent and do not count towards meeting the GCSE requirement.  If you have not studies GCSEs, please contact the Medical Admissions Office for information about alternative acceptable qualifications and required levels of achievement.
A Level Requirement

SOAMS applicants are required to be predicted to attain at least ABB at A Level, including Chemistry and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology and Psychology).  The A grade does not have to be in Chemistry.

Please note:

  • SOAMS applicants who receive offers will receive a Standard Offer of AAA at A Level and an Adjusted Offer of ABB at A Level.  The Adjusted Offer will apply if the applicant competes the SOAMS programme and firmly accepts the offer.  If the applicant chooses to accept the University of Sheffield as an insurance choice, the standard offer will apply.
  • The three A Levels should be studied for no longer than two years, must be passed on the first attempt and must all be taken in one sitting.
  • Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component is required and a passing grade must be obtained.
  • We are unable to consider A Level resits or examinations taken early.
  • Please note that A Level Further Mathematics, Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Requirement

SOAMS applicants are required to meet the same UKCAT threshold of 2460/3600 as all other applicants.  SOAMS applicants who meet the above requirements bypass stage 2 of our selection process and are guaranteed to be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  SOAMS applicants are not ranked on their UKCAT score.

As a result of widening participation initiatives, the Medical School has 20 places reserved for pupils who would not normally be considered for entry to Medicine.

Contact

If you would like more information on the scheme, please contact:

Rebecca Haire - Outreach Coordinator (SOAMS)

Tel: 0114 222 1021

Email: r.haire@sheffield.ac.uk

Realising Opportunities Scheme (RO)

Realising Opportunities (RO) is a national Widening Participation Scheme in the United Kingdom.  It is a collaboration of 15 leading research-intensive universities that are working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups that are under-represented in higher education.

The academic entry requirements for RO students are different to those of other applicants.  RO students are required to complete the Realising Opportunities Scheme and meet the following academic and UKCAT standards.

GCSE Requirement

These are the same as for standard applications.

A Level Requirement

RO applicants are required to have at least ABB at A Level, including Chemistry and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology and Psychology).  Applicants who do not yet hold A Levels at the time of application must have predicted grades of at least ABB.

Please note:

  • RO applicants who receive offers will receive a Standard Offer of AAA at A Level and an Adjusted Offer of ABB at A Level.  The Adjusted Offer will apply if the applicant successfully completes the Realising Opportunities scheme and firmly accepts the offer.  If the applicant chooses to use the University of Sheffield as an insurance choice, the standard offer will apply.
  • The three A Levels should be studied for no longer than two years, must be passed on the first attempt and must all be taken in one sitting.
  • Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component is required and a passing grade must be obtained.
  • We are unable to consider A Level resits or examinations taken early.
  • Please note that A Level Further Mathematics, Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement.
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Requirement

RO applicants are required to meet the same UKCAT threshold of 2460/3600 as all other applicants.  RO applicants who meet the above requirements bypass stage 2 of our selection process and are guaranteed to be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  RO applicants are not ranked on their UKCAT score.

Contact

If you would like more information on the scheme, please contact:

Denise Brooks - Outreach and Widening Participation Officer (Partnerships)

Tel: 0114 222 1027

Email: ROSheffield@sheffield.ac.uk