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WMS seeks motivated students who possess strong academic ability and a willingness and commitment to academic and personal growth.

I liked the fact that lots of time was spent in lectures and group work rather than reading on your own in the library."

Contact Us:

Postgraduate Admissions Team 1
Student Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions Service
The University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 24585
Email: pgteam1@warwick.ac.uk


Academic Qualifications

To apply, you should have, or be predicted to gain, a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree (or overseas equivalent) in any subject. Candidates with a lower second class degree should hold either a Masters or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry to the MB ChB. If you are studying for an undergraduate degree which is Unclassified please contact us directly, prior to the UCAS deadline for applications (mbchb.admissions@warwick.ac.uk). Applications received after the UCAS deadline and without prior contact with us will not be considered. We do not accept deferred entry or transfers from other programmes.

In the case of an Intercalated Masters eg. MEng/MPharm, we require the equivalent of a Pass grade or above at Masters level (minimum 2:2).

We do not consider your A-level or GCSE examination results. Please note that any pending postgraduate qualifications must be fully completed prior to the course start date, with no exceptions.

During the selection process, you will be awarded points for your highest achieved academic qualification. You will only receive points for PhD and Masters qualifications which are complete and awarded by the UCAS application closing date.

We will not consider applications from students who have previously studied medicine and have had to leave the programme of study due to academic failure without successful mitigation (in one or more subjects/modules/blocks) or due the findings of a fitness to practice hearing.

We do not accept deferred entry or transfers from other programmes.

Please note: we are unable to carry out an 'individual review' of an applicant's application to the programme.


UKCAT

All applicants must take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or if appropriate, the UKCATSEN. Candidates with disabilities can often test by taking the UKCATSEN or by UKCAT making adjustments to meet particular examination needs. Candidates who do not think that the UKCATSEN or special examination arrangements will meet their particular needs should contact UKCAT directly and present supporting evidence. Should UKCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact us directly (mbchb.admissions@warwick.ac.uk), prior to the end of the UKCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UKCAT of the inability to accommodate your requirements. We will confirm whether or not we will accept your application without a UKCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received without supporting evidence, without the relevant confirmation from UKCAT or after the end of the UKCAT testing cycle.

UKCAT testing is available throughout the world. Please note that UKCAT will no longer issue exemptions for medical reasons or on geographical grounds.

We advise you to register for the test at the earliest available opportunity. This way, if you have a problem on the day, for example ill health, you will be able to sit the test again before the deadline. Please note that UKCAT will no longer issue exemption for illness or personal circumstaances.

The total UKCAT score required to secure a place at our Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UKCAT performance of applicants to Warwick Medical School. For example, a downward shift in overall UKCAT score could result in a lower UKCAT score needed to achieve a place at Selection Centre, compared to previous years. Please bear this in mind when making your decision to apply.

We use the UKCAT verbal reasoning score as one of the predictors of success in certain examinations at medical school. Our first round of selection therefore identifies those with a verbal reasoning score at or above the mean for the cohort sitting UKCAT in the year of application. Those scoring below the cohort mean will be rejected at this stage. Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UKCAT score, with higher total UKCAT scores receiving higher points.

The lowest UKCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree who was invited to selection centre was 2,650 for 2018 entry, 2,060 for 2017 entry; 2,770 for 2016 entry; and 2,800 for 2015 entry. For the 2016 test cycle (2017 entry), UKCAT introduced a test pilot for the Decision Analysis subtest and candidates only received a score for the remaining three subtests, ranging from 900 to 2700, instead of 1200 to 3600. For the 2017 cycle (2018 entry) candidates and universities will receive a total score for the sum of all four subtests (Verbal Reasoning / Decision Making / Quantitative Reasoning / Abstract Reasoning).

We will not be considering the Situational Judgement section of the test for 2019 entry.


Work Experience

The types of experience that we value include voluntary work in a nursing home, care home, hospice or hospital volunteer, as well as employment in professional healthcare roles and official community-based healthcare. As a general rule, what you have learned from your experience is more important than the overall length of time you spent. However, the minimum commitment we would expect to see is the equivalent of two weeks full-time (70 hours) across the last three years (from 15/10/15 to 15/10/18). Please note - we would not consider any work experience outside this time-frame.

Person-focused work experience also exposes you to the expected values of the NHS (including working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care). Your work experience should provide you with the following:

  • Experience of providing personal hands-on care to individuals (excluding close friends or family)
    Your experience should provide evidence that you understand and empathise with how it feels to be a patient. It will also allow you to develop an understanding of the roles of the other professionals who make up the healthcare team. We believe that caring for a relative or close friend whilst valuable in itself, draws upon a different set of values and insights.
  • Discovering what it means to be a member of the medical profession
    We expect all applicants to have completed a period of work experience that involves hands on contact with patients as well as an opportunity to shadow doctors and other health care professionals. This is to ensure that an applicant has a realistic understanding of what patients, health professionals and peers expect of them as a student and then as a doctor, as well as an enhanced understanding of the challenges they will face during training and working in the medical profession. This should also help applicants to identify how their qualities suit them to this work as well as identifying areas to be enhanced.
  • Experience of a healthcare environment, ideally that of today’s NHS
    This includes shadowing of doctors and other healthcare professionals. The most important aspect of the experience is not the length of time you spend doing it, but the extent to which you gain insight into what is expected of doctors in today’s NHS and how your strengths and weaknesses relate to this.
  • A named contact at your place of work experience
    You will be asked to provide references to evidence your work experience which you will need to bring with you should you be invited to attend our selection centre. We recommend that you ask for references at the time of your placements. References should include details of your role, how what you did met our criteria and the total number of hours you completed.

Additional information related to work experience for 2019 Entry

  • Your work experience must include experience of the healthcare environment, ideally of the NHS, and of direct hands-on care of people/patients (not friends or family members) with healthcare needs.

  • You must demonstrate at least two relevant experiences. Shadowing is an acceptable experience. However, as there is little benefit of repeated periods of direct observation of health care, shadowing can only count for a maximum of 20 hours against the minimum requirement of 70 hours. Your other work experiences must be roles with direct hands-on care of people/patients with healthcare needs.

  • In general, if an experience has not provided you with insight into the roles and demands placed on doctors, the NHS and care environment or of patients with a wide range of healthcare needs, it is most likely not acceptable.

  • Your experiences (a minimum of two) must demonstrate different aspects of the caring environment and/or be different roles. No single experience can count for more than 50 hours against the total minimum requirement of 70 hours. For example, you might have completed 1200 hours as a healthcare assistant, this will therefore count as a maximum of 50 hours against your minimum 70 hours requirement.

  • The requirement for 70 hours experience over 3 years is a minimum. There is no maximum. 70 hours is equivalent to two weeks full time employment and is necessary to ensure that you are exposed to a broad range of situations whereby you gain a realistic understanding of working in the medical profession. Please note that you should not view the work experience requirement as a box-ticking exercise, rather an opportunity to investigate and experience the challenges and rewards of directly caring for people and a career in healthcare. This will enable you to make an informed decision about a medical career. Some applicants find that after doing this they do not want a medical career.

  • Acceptable experiences cannot normally be a part of your degree, Masters or PhD, and cannot be part of your current job if this job does not involve the hands-on care of patients/people with healthcare needs. We accept a range of healthcare related jobs that provide you with direct experience of hands-on care of people/patients (e.g. nurse, health care assistant, physiotherapist, physician’s assistant).

  • See table 1 for examples of acceptable and unacceptable experiences

Acceptable Experiences
Unacceptable Experiences

You must have worked (paid or voluntary) as a care-giver providing direct hands-on care* of people/patients with healthcare needs; this can be within the community if via an official organisation. You must also have experience (paid or voluntary) of the healthcare environment, ideally of the NHS in primary and secondary care environments. Examples include:

  • Working as a care-giver to people with healthcare needs, this can be within the community if via an official organisation e.g. care home, home assistance to an unwell patient, care giver to disabled patients/pupils
  • Employed in the allied health professions with direct patient contact and care giving e.g. nurse, physiotherapist, paramedic etc.

  • Health care assistant (e.g. hospital, hospice, care home)

  • Physician’s Assistant/Associate

  • Shadowing** doctor/healthcare professional

* The term care specifically refers to the act of carrying out tasks that directly assist/benefit people/patients with their healthcare needs. It does not include the provision of peripheral activities such as teaching/instructing/tutoring/ coaching.

** Only 20 hours shadowing experience will be accepted.

An experience that does not provide direct hands-on care of people/patients with healthcare needs or of the healthcare environment. Being a first-aider or member of a first-aid associations e.g. St John Ambulance is no longer acceptable since we are unable to verify the actual quantity of hands-on care provided within the role vs. the time an applicant has been registered as first aider or the time simply attending events without having to provide care.

  • Care-giving that is not specific to the healthcare needs of an individual e.g. childminding/sports coach
  • Non-caring role within a healthcare organization e.g. receptionist/medical secretary
  • Clinical researcher/lab worker/researcher/clinical trials
  • All forms of teaching e.g. Tutor / instructor / personal trainer / trainer / life coach / nursery nurse / teacher / lecturer
  • Marshalling / stewarding at events
  • Charity work e.g. fundraiser, shop-based
  • Call centre operative (including 111 and 999)
Due to the number of enquiries we receive, we are unable to provide a comprehensive review service on whether your work experience would be acceptable to us. If you are still unsure whether your work experience will meet our criteria please review our Work Experience FAQs. If your work experience does not directly involve hands on care of people/patients in a healthcare environment, then is is most likely not acceptable.

We strongly encourage you to attain a variety of work experiences, as this will provide a better insight and understanding of the demands and requirements of a medical career. We fully support the principles in The Medical Schools Council's guidelines on work experience (2017 update) and Selecting for Excellence Report. The BMA have also published guidance on Work Experience Advice for students. It is recommended that you read these for further information about what we expect and why.

If you are shortlisted, you will be required in mid-December to provide us with details of your work experience placements including a named contact who can confirm what you did and for how long. You are advised to regularly monitor your email around this time, especially since we occasionally need to send out a late request for work experience information to a small number of applicants in order to fill all places at our Selection Centre. Any such late request will have a short deadline.

At Selection Centre you will be asked to reflect on your work experience; drawing out what you have learned about your own abilities and what is required of someone aiming to be a doctor.

When attending Selection Centre candidates will be required to provide verification of their work experience placements. This must include written evidence of the number of hours, dates and your role. All work experience verification must be on the official letter headed paper of the organisation that you worked for. Please DO NOT send work placement references to our Admissions Team. We will accept email verification which must come directly from your employer, we cannot accept forwarded messages. If you do not provide this evidence on the day that you are required to attend the Selection Centre your application may be withdrawn. We therefore strongly recommend that you ask for references at the time of your placements, or soon after. A template for this can be found in the 'Work Experience FAQ' document link above.


Personal statement

Your UCAS personal statement will not form a central part of the 2019 entry selection process.


References

You will need to provide us with one reference from a person (not a relative) who holds/has held a position of responsibility and who can comment on your suitability for studying medicine. If you have been in higher education during the last two years you should provide an academic referee. Your reference will not form a central part of the selection process, but will be considered before we make you an offer.

We recognise that it is difficult to obtain an academic reference after you have been left university for some time. If your date of graduation was more than two academic years ago (ie prior to June 2016), you may substitute a reference from an employer. A current employer is preferred. If the reference is from a previous employer, it must not be more than two years since you worked for them.

Your reference should comment on:

If you have not yet graduated, your predicted grade* How prepared you are to study medicine. Your potential for studying a full-time accelerated graduate-entry level programme. Your engagement with and success in tackling new and challenging learning opportunities.

* Important: Your predicted grade should be from a member of academic staff at your current institution if you are still studying. Your referee should indicate your predicted grade in the relevant section of the UCAS form not in the body of the reference. If you fail to provide us with a suitable prediction from a suitable referee by 19 November 2018, we may withdraw your application.


International Students

Warwick Medical School is permitted by the Department of Health to admit a certain number of international candidates each year. They are required to meet the same entry criteria and go through the same process as home/EU candidates, and must satisfy the University that their standard of English is acceptable for study. As a condition of your offer you will be required to submit an English Language test certificate confirming a score of (or equivalent to) IELTS 7.0 with a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 or 6.5.

Further information on English language requirements

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