Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code A101
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Medicine

Any questions?

Undergraduate admissions team
School of Medicine
Telephone +44 114 222 5534
Email medadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/aume

Course description

This course is for graduates with an appropriate life sciences degree who come from a widening participation background. Students on this course bypass phase 1 (the first year) of the A100 Medicine degree. Students start in Phase 2 with an introductory module instead of a research project.

Based on a patient-centred approach, the course is designed around common and important clinical conditions. It relates clinical medicine to the underlying medical sciences. You'll have the opportunity to develop your clinical competencies from the very start.

The course includes clinical teaching on wards in hospitals, clinics (both in general practice and in hospitals), lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work, full body dissection and personal development supported by experienced teachers and personal academic tutors. We aim to ensure you're well prepared for a career in medicine.

Structure of the MBChB programme
Phase 1:
Students on the A101 degree bypass Phase 1 (the first year) of the A100 MBChB programme.

Phase 2a: October year two to December year three
Research Project, Longitudinal Early Years General Practice Placement, Introduction to the Clinical Sciences, Systems-based learning and teaching in the Clinical Sciences, Integrated Clinical Demonstrations, Clinical Skills teaching and assessment. Basic Clinical Competencies, Clinical Attachments, SSC in medical ethics and law.

Phase 3: January year three to December year four
Extended Clinical Competencies, Child Health, Women's Health, Psychiatry, Care of Older People, Neurology, Acute and Critical Care, General Clinical Care, Community Health, Public Health, Palliative Care, Specialty Attachments, Medical Audit, SSCs, ILAs, and Medical Sciences. Two elective periods (one in year three and one in year four).

Phase 4: January to June year five
Advanced Clinical Competencies, Clinical Attachments in Medical and Surgical specialties,
SSC and Student Assistantship. Graduation is in July of year five. Your year as a Foundation Year 1 doctor begins in August, during which you remain under the supervision of the relevant postgraduate deanery. Following successful completion of this year you'll be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Graduate entry
There is no upper age restriction for entry to the course. However, students should be of an age where they are able to commit to the medical profession and NHS for a number of years.

Pre-admission test
We are a founding member of UCAT, a consortium of medical schools across the country that has developed a pre-admission test for entry to study medicine. All applicants must take this test. Please visit the Medical School web pages for further information:

UCAT pre-admission test

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB, to include Chemistry or Biology and any two other subjects
International Baccalaureate 32, 5 in three Higher Level subjects to include Chemistry or Biology
BTEC Not accepted
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 2:1 or 1st Class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate life sciences subject (for example, Biomedical Science, Clinical Science, Dentistry). UCAT attainment: applicants must meet the same UCAT minimum entry requirement set for the A100 5-year MBChB programme. This is calculated annually. Plus, 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 completed their A Levels (or equivalent qualifications): they lived in a area with a low progression to higher education; they lived in a deprived area; they received free school meals in years 10-13; they received a 16-19 bursary or similar grant; they were a young carer; they were estranged from their parents or legal guardians during their secondary/further education; they have parents who do not hold higher education qualifications; they have a disability
  • A Levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not accepted
  • GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 English Language
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Academic Unit of Medical Education

Our courses offer extensive, clinically-based education and training, to prepare you for a career in medicine.

You'll go out to primary and secondary care providers in the region, learning about best current practice. You will be part of an academic, clinical and scientific community.

Academic Unit of Medical Education website

What our graduates do

After graduating, you may become a Foundation Year 1 doctor, working primarily in hospitals to consolidate your knowledge. This is followed by a further foundation year. These two years give a structured and comprehensive continuation of undergraduate studies and lead on to speciality training.

You might choose to become a General Practitioner (GP) or train to become a hospital consultant. Some graduates become academic teachers of medicine or go into research. Others join the pharmaceutical industry, while some become managers in the health service. Whatever route you follow, the undergraduate course prepares you for the lifelong learning needed in medicine.

Graduates can provisionally register with the GMC. This gives you a licence to practise, providing you meet all of the GMC's Fitness to Practise guidelines. See our department web pages for more information.

Student profile


"I didn't want to go into a nine-to-five office job. I wanted to do something a bit different, a bit exciting, something new every day, working with people. It's a great career with fantastic prospects."

Tom Cash
Medicine

Disclosure and Barring Service check
All medical students are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course. Admission to the courses offered by the University of Sheffield Medical School is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and the Department of Health Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks. All offers will therefore include a condition relating to a satisfactory DBS check.

On the UCAS form, you will need to tell us about any criminal convictions, including spent sentences, cautions (including verbal cautions), reprimands and bind-over orders.

If you have any queries regarding the DBS check please contact the Medical Admissions Office on 0114 222 5531.

Health requirements
All medical students are required to show that they are not infectious carriers of hepatitis B and will be required to complete a course of hepatitis immunisation after enrolment. Students undergo occupational health screening and vaccination as appropriate on arrival.

So that we can provide effective support, disabled applicants, applicants with serious health problems, or applicants who know that they are infected with hepatitis C or HIV must disclose this on their UCAS form. All potential students with significant support needs will be individually assessed to ensure that the University is able to support them on their chosen course of study.

If you have a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty, including dyslexia, please indicate this on your UCAS form. Contact the Medical Admissions Office for details of our admissions policy or visit our department website for more information.

All the above procedures must be followed precisely to avoid prejudicing your entry to the course.

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