Widening access to medical course - 2019 Entry

The Medical School is committed to widening access to the Medicine course. Through the Sheffield Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) and Realising Opportunities (RO), 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 exciting scheme 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 study Medicine. 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.

Realising Opportunities

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 SOAMS and RO students are different to those of other applicants.  In addition to completing either the SOAMS or RO programme, these applicants are required to meet the following academic and UKCAT standards.

GCSE Requirement

SOAMS and RO applicants for the A100 programme are required to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-B (grades 9-6) with grade C (grade 4) 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 relevant GCSEs do not have to be obtained in the same sitting or year;
  • We accept GCSE resits.  Any and all GCSE resits must be taken in one sitting, and only one resit per GCSE is permitted.  Only those GCSEs that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • 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 studied GCSEs, please contact the Medical Admissions Office for information about alternative acceptable qualifications and required levels of achievement.
A Level Requirement

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

Please note:

  • SOAMS and 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 completes the SOAMS or RO 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 and must all be taken in one sitting;
  • We are unable to consider A Level examinations taken early;
  • We 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;
  • Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component is required and a passing grade must be obtained;
  • Please note that A Level Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement;
  • We do not accept A Level Further Mathematics.  For applicants who take 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.
SOAMS and RO Applicants offering A Levels and an Extended Project Qualification

Our offer for applicants from SOAMS and RO offering an EPQ taken alongside A Levels is BBB at A Level plus an A or A* grade EPQ.  Please note the following:

  • SOAMS and RO applicants who receive offers will receive a Standard Offer of AAB at A Level plus an A or A* grade EPQ and an Adjusted Offer will apply if the applicant completes the SOAMS or RO 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 same subject requirements for A Levels that apply to applicants without an EPQ (see above) apply to applicants offering an EPQ.
  • A level 3 extended project qualification is required and this must have been taken alongside A Levels.  (Typically this is in Year 12 or 13 at school.)
  • The EPQ can be in any subject;
  • Level 3 EPQs taken alongside GCSEs, Level 2 EPQs, BTECs, City and Guilds Level 3, Level 3 NVQs and OCR Nationals are not accepted;
  • No adjustment is made to the GCSE entry requirements for applicants offering an EPQ;
  • Where an applicant is taking an EPQ alongside A Levels and is predicted to attain a Grade A or A*, predicted A Level grades of BBB are acceptable.
  • Where a SOAMS or RO applicant is taking an EPQ alongside A Levels but is predicted to attain less than a grade in their EPQ, they will be required to have or be predicted ABB at A Level.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Requirement

SOAMS and RO applicants are required to meet the same UKCAT threshold of 2470/3600 as all other applicants.  SOAMS and 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.  SOAMS and RO applicants are not ranked on their UKCAT score.  Please note that an invitation to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview does not guarantee an offer of a place.

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

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

Denise Brooks - Outreach and Widening Participation Officer (Partnerships)

Tel: 0114 222 1027

Email: ROSheffield@sheffield.ac.uk

Bradford Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine students (UCAS Code B991) or BSc Clinical Sciences (UCAS Code B990)

We will consider UCAS applications from Home/EU students from Widening Participation backgrounds who have taken the Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine Course (UCAS Code B991) or Year 1 of the BSc Clinical Sciences (UCAS Code B990) at the University of Bradford for entry to Year 1 of our A100 MBChB programme. Applicants from these two courses should apply to us via UCAS once they have their end-of-year results, and no later than 1st July 2019. Please note that we do not accept other Foundation or Access courses and we do not consider applicants in Year 1 from other degree programmes. We will not normally consider applications from students in Year 2 of the Bradford BSc Clinical Sciences course. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they meet all of the following widening participation, academic and UKCAT requirements:

Widening Participation Requirements

This route of entry to the A100 MBChB programme is only open to Home students from Widening Participation backgrounds. It is not open to Home students who are not from a Widening Participation background or to International applicants.

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 left Further Education:

  • 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;
  • Was estranged from their parents or legal guardians during their secondary/further education;
  • Were the first in their family to enter higher education;
  • 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 our above. You can find a copy of the form here for information. You may download the form and submit it to medadmissions@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 7th July 2019 at the latest, and 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.

GCSE Requirements

Applicants for the A100 programme are required to have a grade C (grade 4) or above in Mathematics and English.

Please note:

  • The relevant GCSEs should have been studied for no longer than two years;
  • The GCSEs do not have to be obtained in the same sitting or year;
  • We accept GCSE resits. GCSE resits should have been studied for not longer than two years and must be taken in one sitting. Only one resit per GCSE is permitted. Only those GCSEs that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • Non-GCSE qualifications (such as Level 2 OCR qualifications) are not considered as equivalent and do not count towards meeting the GCSE requirement. if you have not studied GCSEs, please contact the Medical Admissions Office for information about alternative acceptable qualifications and required levels of achievement.
A Level Requirement

A Levels are not considered for applicants applying from the University of Bradford Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine (B991) or BSc Clinical Science (B990) Year 1.

Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine or BSC Clinical Science Year 1 Requirements

Applicants are required to have attained an overall score of 70% in the University of Bradford Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine programme, and to have scored at least 70% in the Chemistry for Clinical Sciences module (Module code CLS3003-B). Alternatively, we will consider applicants who have attained an overall score of 70% or more in their end-of-year one examinations in the University of Bradford BSc Clinical Sciences course.

Please note:

  • Applicants must meet the above academic entry criteria at the point of application to be considered for interveiw;
  • We will consider applicants who have taken resits to obtain the required scores, including applicants who have had to have one repeat year of either the Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine programme or the BSc Programme;
  • We do not accept any other Foundation courses or Access courses;
  • We do not consider applicants from the first year of any other degree programme.
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Requirement Applicants are required to meet the same UKCAT threshold of 2470/3600 as all other applicants. 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. These interviews will be held in the Summer. Applicants from the Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine programme are not ranked on their UKCAT score. Please note that an invitation to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview does not guarantee an offer of a place.