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This profile of Anglia Ruskin highlights this medical school's entry requirements, typical offers, student numbers, competition ratios, teaching and learning methods, course structure, demographics and history.

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Summary overview: 

With its first cohort of medical students starting in 2018, Anglia Ruskin is among the newest medical schools in the UK. The course was accredited by the GMC in 2017, meaning that Anglia Ruskin’s course is able to produce licensed doctors. Anglia Ruskin’s five-year medical programme is integrated and systems based, with the main campus situated in Chelmsford. The medical school takes pride in its innovative, community based, and student-centred curriculum. With a mixture of rural and urban clinical attachments, Anglia Ruskin offers students a wide-range of medical attachments. Centres of Excellence available for student placements include St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. There is early clinical contact, with five days of GP placement each year from year one to three.


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Anglia Ruskin medical school establishment date:

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East of England

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (acceptable option)
Chemistry (acceptable option)
Maths (acceptable option)
Physics (acceptable option)

Interview format:

Admissions test:

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

It is desirable for applicants to have undertaken work experience in the healthcare sector, whether that be shadowing, volunteering, paid work or observing. Clinical and non-clinical experience are important, which could be in a nursing home, nursery, charities, voluntary organisations, pharmacy as well as GP surgeries and hospitals. Work experience will be discussed during MMIs.

Admissions test: UCAT

Applicants will be ranked by their UCAT score and a certain number will be invited to an Interview Day, provided they meet our main academic entry requirements.
Applicants with an SJT score of Band 4 (lowest band) will not be invited for interview for September 2019 entry onwards.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement is not taken into consideration when shortlisting for interview
Candidates who are invited to interview can expect to be asked about their personal statement at that stage

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: communication skills, critical thinking, moral reasoning, teamwork & leadership, empathy, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
For the 2021 cycle, Anglia Ruskin is running interviews remotely, but still following the MMI format. Candidates are invited to a 'preparation session' in the week prior to interview, ensuring that they are comfortable with the technology.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (acceptable option), Chemistry (acceptable option), Maths (acceptable option), Physics (acceptable option)

For more details about subjects expected by this medical school, see the notes below regarding typical offers.

Typical offers

A Level typical offer: AAA

A Levels must include Chemistry or Biology and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics
A Levels must be taken within two academic years prior to the time of application

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include a minimum of 5 passes at grades 9-6 (A*-B) or equivalent, including Mathematics, English Language and two science subjects

Advanced Higher typical offer: AAB

Advanced Highers must include Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject
Grades AA to come from Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAA

Scottish Highers must include Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject

National 5 requirements:

National 5 requirements not specified

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve a minimum of 36 points 
6,6,6 at Higher Level in Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science subject

Notes about Widening Access:

Depending on their circumstances, applicants eligible for the Widening Access to Medicine Scheme (WAMS) may be offered (if successful at interview) a lower conditional offer at A level of ABB rather than AAA.
As explained on its 'Widening Access to Medicine' questionnaire,  "Anglia Ruskin University is committed to widening access as part of our educational mission. Recruitment of students to the School of Medicine will reflect this mission but students will always be subject to meeting the course entry requirements or lower Widening Access to Medicine Scheme Conditional offer and the demonstration of aptitude and ability."

Total students and cohort sizes at UK medical schools

For uniform comparison of medical student admissions each year across all UK medical schools, we rely on annual reports from the Office for Students (OfS) entitled 'Medical and dental intakes'.

Anglia Ruskin is a recently established medical school, where complete data on student numbers over five years is not yet available.

Total medical students: 320 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 3 Average cohort per year: 106.7 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 100.0% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 0.0%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
120 students in this cohort 120 Home students 0 International students
100 students in this cohort 100 Home students 0 International students
100 students in this cohort 100 Home students 0 International students

Competition data

Competition ratio data reported here is from the 2019-20 admissions cycle, as confirmed by MedSchoolGenie Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from this period.

Please note: Due to ongoing impact of Covid-19 since March 2020, UK medical schools have not yet released competition ratio data for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Applicants should keep in mind that coronavirus-related lockdowns and other restrictions affected the entire UK education sector, so competition ratios were most likely distorted during 2020-21. MedSchoolGenie will update here when further competition data becomes available.

Note: Anglia Ruskin currently admits only UK applicants, so in our interactive charts and tables 'International applicants per interview' and 'International applicants per place' are recorded as zero.

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Applicant percentages of success

From reported competition ratios, it's possible to calculate percentages of success at various stages of the application process.

Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle

Based on reported numbers of applicants securing places, we can use competition ratios to estimate how many applicants have been competing at each stage of the most recent admissions cycle.

Please note: Estimates of competition factors from 2020 onwards may be less reliable than in previous years because UK medical schools have not yet reported competition ratios for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. MedSchoolGenie will update here when more recent data on competition ratios becomes available.

Total number of all applicants in latest admissions cycle: Not specified
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated

Integrated, systems-based.
Includes student-selected components, giving you the chance to study an area of your choice.
As explained in the website overview of teaching methods, this medical school uses "a systems-based approach, and is part of a fully integrated course that focuses on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour, basic and clinical sciences and hospital and community perspectives on health..... The systems are taught in a way that integrates theoretical, practical and clinical aspects. This comprises lectures, anatomy dissection, clinical skills, laboratory work, small group work, placement exposure and private study time."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained by ARU representative in a discussion of intercalation, "Anglia Ruskin intends to offer Intercalated degrees, subject to demand. This would be on offer after third year of study; further information will be available on the Anglia Ruskin website in due course."

Overview of course structure

Phase one (year one):
Phase one takes place in the first year at Anglia Ruskin, utilising a systems based approach that covers ‘Principles of Medicine’ and the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.
Phase two:(years two and three):
Phase two marks the transition to the clinical phase of the course. Students undertake ten systems based blocks, applying knowledge from Phase One through clinical rotations.
Phase three (years four and five):
Phase three takes place in years four and five. Teaching is mostly through case-based learning, with core-specialty clinical placements and a ‘Preparation for Practice’ placement prior to graduation to ease the transition to FY1.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Anglia Ruskin to the General Medical Council (GMC), which has compiled this information into spreadsheets as part of its medical school annual return (MSAR) data sets.

Please note this data is retrospective, and that future numbers can vary from preceding years.

 As a new medical school, Anglia Ruskin has not yet reported demographics data.

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Medical school history

Anglia Ruskin's first cohort of medical students started in the academic year 2018-19.

Medical school location

Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine
Chelmsford Campus
Bishop Hall Lane
United Kingdom
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