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This profile of Aston 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: 

Aston University, based in the centre of Birmingham, is home to another new medical school.  With their first medical students starting in 2018, this initial cohort will graduate in 2023. Aston’s medical programme is five years, emphasising compassionate patient care and working in multi-disciplinary teams. Medical students learn through lectures, group work, workshops, independent study, with increasing amounts of patient contact as the course progresses. Course highlights include a student selected component, with the option to obtain a postgraduate qualification from Aston Business school.


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Aston medical school establishment date:

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Average year cohort:

West Midlands

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

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IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Applicants are not required to have healthcare related work experience but are expected to have some exposure to a work place.

Admissions test: UCAT

The UCAT will be considered alongside other required qualifications
No further information given

Personal statement usage:

All personal statements are read, but not scored or used in ranking of applicants.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Oral and written communication skills, listening skills, empathy, compassion, respect and dignity, emotional intelligence, problem solving, motivation, team working, leadership, and understanding of limitations & when to ask for help.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (strictly required), Chemistry (strictly required)

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 and Biology, with a pass in the practical elements

GCSE requirements: GCSE results must achieve grade B/6 or above, which include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science (or overseas equivalent).
Advanced Higher typical offer: AAA

Advanced Highers must include Biology and Chemistry

Scottish Higher typical offer: Not specified
Scottish Higher subjects not specified
National 5 requirements:

National 5 requirements not specified

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve 6,6,6 in three subjects, which must include Chemistry (HL6) and Biology (HL6).

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained in discussion of 'Widening participation' on its website, "In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer 40% of our UK/EU places each year to students who meet specified widening participation criteria. Preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme."

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'.

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

Total medical students: 310 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 3 Average cohort per year: 103.3 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 83.3% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 16.7%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
120 students in this cohort 100 Home students 20 International students
120 students in this cohort 100 Home students 20 International students
70 students in this cohort 20 Home students 50 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.

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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: 1268
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

Integrated, systems-based course
Early clinical experience.
As explained in its overview of teaching, "at Aston Medical School you will be taught by medical professionals from a wide range of practice, industry and research backgrounds. During your time on campus, you will encounter a variety of learning and teaching methods, including: face to face and online lectures,group work and problem-based learning,seminars,clinical skills training,independent study,practical sessions,interactive workshops and tutorials,online resources. In addition to these learning methods, you will also spend time each year on a series of placements."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website: "Intercalated degree programmes are one-year courses for students who have completed two or three years of a medical degree. At Aston University this enables you to learn about a new area of biological science or cognitive neuroscience. After successfully completing two or more years of your medical degree, the following programme is available: BSc Biological Sciences....  After successfully completing three or more years of your medical degree,the following programmes are available: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience MSc Health Psychology MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc Drug Delivery MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine."

Overview of course structure

Phase One (Years One and Two):
Students learn clinical skills early at Aston, with specialised placements helping development of consultation skills and clinical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on patient-centred care from the start.
Phase Two (Years Three, Four, and Five):
The majority of learning occurs in clinical attachments in phase two, where medical students work alongside practising doctors and allied health professionals. Medical students can also undertake research at Aston Medical Research Institute, with major themes including: regenerative medicine, maternal health, mental health, and cardiovascular medicine. Before graduating, students undertake a six week foundation assistantship to develop diagnostic and management skills.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Aston 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, Aston has not yet reported demographics data.

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Medical school history

Originally planned as an independent private medical school, mainly for international students, Aston since 2018 has received Government funding for Home / UK students. The first undergraduate MBChB students commenced studies in September 2018, following approval of its programme by the UK General Medical Council. In 2019, 'Widening Access' students were allocated 40% of places.

Medical school location

Aston University Medical School
Aston Express Way
B4 7ET
United Kingdom
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