Widening access to medicine

The Medical School is committed to widening access to the Medicine course.

The Medical School on a sunny day. Foliage in front.

Through the Discover Medicine 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. 

In addition to these two widening participation schemes we also have created routes of entry for students from Widening Participation backgrounds who are studying on certain courses at the University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University.

Our MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine programme is open only to Home students from Widening Participation backgrounds. We also encourage applications from mature students and consider people from a variety of backgrounds and of differing ages.

Access Sheffield

The Medical School participates in the University's Access Sheffield scheme. Depending on their circumstances, MBChB Medicine (A100) applicants who are residents of neighbourhoods with low participation in higher education, care leavers, students who are estranged from their families and carers may be eligible for an alternative offer equivalent to one grade below the standard A Level entry requirements provided they make Sheffield your Firm choice with UCAS.

Discover Medicine

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

GCSE Requirement

Discover Medicine and RO applicants for the MBChB Medicine (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 Language.

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

Discover Medicine 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:

  • Discover Medicine 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. 
  • For Discover Medicine applicants, the Adjusted Offer will apply if the applicant completes the Discover Medicine 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;
  • For RO applicants, the Adjusted Offer will apply if the applicant completes the RO programme and is not dependent on whether the applicant firmly accepts the offer;
  • 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.
Discover Medicine and RO Applicants offering A Levels and an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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

  • Discover Medicine and RO applicants who receive offers will receive Standard Offers of AAA at A Level and AAB at A Level plus A or A* grade EPQ and an Adjusted Offer of ABB at A Level. 
  • The standard offers are not dependent on the applicant accepting the offer as their Firm choice.
  • For Discover Medicine applicants, the adjusted offer will apply if the applicant completes the SOAMS programme and firmly accepts the offer.  If the applicant chooses to accept the University of Sheffield as an insurance choice, the standard offers will apply;
  • For RO applicants, the adjusted offer will apply if the applicant completes the RO programme and is not dependent on the applicant firmly accepting the offer;
  • 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 a Discover Medicine or RO applicant is taking an EPQ alongside A Levels but is predicted to attain less than an A grade in their EPQ, they will be required to have or be predicted ABB at A Level.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Requirement

Discover Medicine and RO applicants are required to meet the same UCAT threshold of 2420/3600 as all other applicants. Discover Medicine 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.  Discover Medicine and RO applicants are not ranked on their UCAT 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 about Discover Medicine, please contact:

Rebecca Haire - Outreach Coordinator

Tel: 0114 222 1021

Email: r.haire@sheffield.ac.uk

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

Denise Brooks - Outreach and Widening Participation Officer (Partnerships)

Tel: 0114 222 1027

Email: ROSheffield@sheffield.ac.uk

University of Bradford Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine students (UCAS code B991) or BSc Clinical Sciences (UCAS code B990)

We will consider for entry to Year 1 of our A100 MBChB programme 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. 

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 2020Interviews will be held in July 2020

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 UCAT requirements:

Widening Participation Requirements

This route of entry to the Medicine - MBChB (A100) 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;
  • Lived in local authority care during their secondary education;
  • Was estranged from both 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 n.l.harrison@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 2020 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 4 (grade C) or above in Mathematics and English Language.

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 studying the University of Bradford Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine programme (UCAS code B991) are required to have attained an overall score of 70% or more, and to have scored 70% or more in the Chemistry for Clinical Sciences module (Module code CLS3003-B).  Applicants studying the University of Bradford BSc Clinical Sciences programme (UCAS code B990) are required to have attained an overall score of 70% or more in their end-of-year one examinations.

Please note:

  • Applicants must meet the above academic entry criteria at the point of application to be considered for interview;
  • 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 not specifically listed on these webpages;
  • We do not consider applicants from the first year of any other degree programme not specifically listed on these webpages.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Requirement

Applicants are required to meet the same minimum UCAT threshold as all other applicants. If you took the UCAT in 2019 you will need to have attained a score of at least 2420/3600.  Applicants who did not take the UCAT in 2019 will be considered if they take the UCAT in July 2020.  Such applicants will need to attain the minimum UCAT threshold that will be set for the 2021 admissions cycle and published on our webpages in April 2020 and any offer made will be conditional on their meeting this requirement. 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 July 2020. Applicants applying via this route will only be ranked on their UCAT score if we receive more applicants than we can invite to interview. Please note that an invitation to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview does not guarantee an offer of a place.

Sheffield Hallam Biomedical Science with a Foundation Year students (UCAS Code A049) or BSc Biomedical Sciences (UCAS Code B940)

We will consider for entry to Year 1 of our A100 MBChB programme UCAS applictions from Home/EU students from Widening Participation backgrounds who have completed the first year of the Biomedical Science with a Foundation Year Course (UCAS Code A049) or Year 1 of the BSc Biomedical Sciences (UCAS Code B940) at Sheffield Hallam University.  

Applicants from these two course should apply to us via UCAS once they have their end-of-year results, and no later than 1st July 2020

Please note that we do not accept other Foundation or Access courses not listed on these webpages.  We will not normally consider applications from students in Year 2 of the Sheffield Hallam University Biomedical Sciences course.  Applicants are required to demonstrate that they meet all of the following widening participation, academic and UCAT requirements:

Widening Participation Requirements

This route of entry to the Medicine - MBChB (A100) 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;
  • Lived in local authority care during their secondary education;
  • Was estranged from both of 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 out above, you can find a copy of the form here for information.  You may download the form and submit it to n.l.harrison@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 2020 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 4 (grade C) or above in Mathematics and English Language.

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 consiered 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 qualifications and required levels of achievement.
A Level Requirement

A Levels are not considered for applicants applying from the Sheffield Hallam University Biomedical Science with a Foundation Year (A049) or BSc Biomedical Science (B940) Year 1.

Biomedical Science with a Foundation Year or BSc Biomedical Science Year 1 Requirements

Applicants studying the Sheffield Hallam University Biomedical Science with a Foundation Year programme (UCAS code A049) are required to have attained an overall score of 70% or more in the end-of-first-year examinations.  Applicants studying the Sheffield Hallam University BSc Biomedical Sciences course (UCAS code B940) are required to have attained an overall score of 70% or more in their end-of-year one examinations.

Please note:

  • Applicants must meet the above academic entry criteria at the point of application to be considered for interview;
  • 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 Biomedical Sciences with a Foundation Year of the BSc Programme;
  • We do not accept any other Foundation courses or Access courses not spefically listed on these webpages;
  • We do not consider applicants from the first year of any other degree programme not listed on these webpages.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Requirement

Applicants are required to meet the same minimum UCAT threshold as all other applicants.  If you took the UCAT in 2019 you will need to have attained a score of at least 2420/3600.  Applicants who did not take the UCAT in 2019 will be considered if they take the UCAT in July 2020.  Such applicants will need to attain the minimum UCAT threshold that will be set for the 2021 admissions cycle and published on our webpages in April 2020 and any offer made will be conditional on their meeting this requirement.  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 July 2020.  Applicants applying via this route will only be ranked on their UCAT score if we receive more applicants than we can invite to interview.  Please note than an invitation to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview does not guarantee an offer of a place.

Jessop West

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