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 (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.
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.
|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.
|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:
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.
If you would like more information on the scheme, please contact:
Rebecca Haire - Outreach Coordinator (SOAMS)
Tel: 0114 222 1021
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
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:
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 email@example.com. 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.
Applicants for the A100 programme are required to have a grade C (grade 4) or above in Mathematics and English.
|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.
|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.|