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This profile of Edge Hill 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: 

Edge Hill University is one of the newest medical schools in the UK, taking in its first cohort of medical students in 2020. Its course is still in the process of becoming GMC approved, so Edge Hill’s programme is being supported by the University of Liverpool until full approval. Offering a five-year, integrated, course, Edge Hill sets itself apart with extensive early clinical attachments. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical sessions.


Key information dashboard

For convenience, here is an at-a-glance summary of key information related to Edge Hill medical school.

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Edge Hill medical school establishment date:

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Average year cohort:

North West

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

Interview format:

Admissions test:

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated

Anatomy teaching:
Not specified

Intercalation mode:
Not specified

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

No specific work experience required but students will be asked to draw on personal experience as part of the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

Admissions test: UCAT

Applicants who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked according to their UCAT scores.
Applicants who meet the UCAT threshold will be invited to interview
Any candidate scoring within band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected.
The UCAT threshold will be extended for candidates who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Personal statement usage:

Personal statement and and reference are used to distinguish between borderline applicants.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Motivation for applying to Edge Hill University, communication skills, integrity/probity, teamwork/leadership, empathy & compassion, awareness of current health challenges, ethical awareness, awareness of self and others, prioritisation / decision making, and data interpretation.
Offers will be made to candidates who have the highest combined scores.

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 Biology and Chemistry, with passes in the practical elements of both subjects, and one other subject.
While Biology and Chemistry are both required at grade A or above, where Grade A* is achieved in either Biology or Chemistry, the third A Level subject will be accepted at Grade B or above.
General Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship and Key Skills will not be accepted.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include 5 subjects at grade 6 (B) or above (or equivalent) at the time of application, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths.
GCSE Double Science Awards at grades 6-6 or B-B or above will also be accepted in lieu of separate GCSEs in Biology and Chemistry.

Advanced Higher typical offer: AAA

Advanced Highers must include Biology, Chemistry, and one other subject.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAB

Scottish Highers must include Biology and Chemistry, with three other subjects.

National 5 requirements:

National 5 subjects not specified

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve Higher level 6,6,6 in Biology, Chemistry, and one other subject.
Three further subjects required at Standard level, with minimum of 5 points each.

Notes about Widening Access:

Widening Participation (WP) criteria may be used to compensate against your UCAT score.
As explained in discussion of 'Widening Participation' on the website, "Edge Hill University runs a two-year Widening Access to Medicine programme which is designed to support local students from state schools who have the ability and personal attributes to be successful in their application for a place in medical school. For more information on the WAM programme, please visit our dedicated webpages."

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'.

Given that Edge Hill is a very recently established medical school, data on medical student cohort numbers is limited.

Total medical students: 30 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 1 Average cohort per year: 30.0 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
30 students in this cohort 30 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: Edge Hill currently does not report on international applicants, so in our interactive charts and tables 'international applicants per interview' and 'International applicants per place' are recorded as zero.

Ratio of Home applicants per interview: 
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Ratio of International applicants per interview: 
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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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Number of International applicants in latest admissions cycle: 
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Number of International applicant interviews in latest admissions cycle: 
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Not specified

Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated

Integrated, spiral curriculum
Early clinical exposure.
Hybrid model of CBL.
As explained in its overview of course teaching,  "The programme utilises a wide variety of different teaching and learning opportunities. It will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, science-based practical sessions, clinical skills and simulation sessions, tutorials and clinical placements in local healthcare settings. The main educational approach across the first two years will be a hybrid model of case-based learning and team-based learning to equip you with essential inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A spiral curriculum will be adopted, enabling you to revisit topics, build on previous knowledge, link theory to practice, and gain increasing confidence. Students will be required to access learning materials via an electronic smart device."

Overview of course structure

Year one:
Year one at Edge Hill focuses on the scientific basis of Medicine, covering normal structure and function through systems-based teaching. Students learn about each of the seven major body systems, building an understanding of health and normal variation between patients.
Year two:
The second year of the course builds on material from year one, integrating theory and practice with further clinical attachments. Students go beyond normal structure and function to learn about illness, consolidated through general practice and hospital placements.
Years three and four:
In years three and four teaching is mostly delivered through clinical placements, with a handful of teaching weeks at university. Students rotate through a number of specialties in primary and secondary care, focusing on holistic patient-centred Medicine.
Year five:
The fifth and final year at Edge Hill aims to equip students for the foundation programme, with a focus on Acute Medicine. Students are increasingly involved in multidisciplinary teams caring for patients, supported by clinicians. Before graduating, students undertake a special assistantship in order to prepare for FY1.

Reported demographics

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

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Medical school history

As announced in 2018 on the university's website: Edge Hill University will offer an access to medicine course from 2019 and train doctors from 2020, following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health to establish a Medical School at the University.

Medical school location

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
L39 4QP
United Kingdom
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