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This profile of Keele 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: 

Keele's medical programme is highly integrated, with learning centred around continuous feedback. Teaching is delivered through lectures, PBL, seminars, and cadaveric dissection, set in a modern spiral curriculum, in which core themes are revisited in increasing clinical detail each year.  Anatomy is taught through dissection and prosection.


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Keele medical school establishment date:

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Average year cohort:

West Midlands

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (acceptable option)
Chemistry (acceptable option)

Interview format:

Admissions test:

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
35 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Home applicants are selected for interview on the basis of a roles & responsibilities (R+R) form, which should include details of experiences involving direct engagement with people in one or more caring or supportive role(s).
Applicants are expected to have gained experience of working directly with people, preferably in a supportive or caring role.
Includes voluntary roles in care settings, community groups, charities, schools or paid employment involving interaction with the public.
Experiences do not have to be gained in healthcare settings and no credit is given for shadowing or other forms of observation.
Experiences should be gained in applicants' own communities if at all possible; undertaking international travel to gain experience is discouraged.

Admissions test: BMAT, UCAT

UCAT: Home/EU applicants,  Applicants with a total UCAT score < 2280 or SJT Band 4 will not be considered, Applicants not ranked on UCAT scores
BMAT: International applicants
GAMSAT: Graduate applicants not meeting A-Level / GCSE requirements must also sit UCAT or BMAT, as appropriate.

Personal statement usage:

Not assessed, but may be used at interview station to discuss relevant experiences.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Understanding of NHS values, communication skills, numeracy,  empathy, ethical reasoning, insight into a career in Medicine, awareness of challenges associated with a career in Medicine, and resilience.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (acceptable option), Chemistry (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 be completed within a two-year period, including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Further Maths, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Statistics) and a third academic subject.
Only one from Maths, Further Maths and Statistics considered.
Passes required in Science A Level practical elements.
A Levels in General Studies, Citizenship and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include a minimum of 5 subjects at grade 7 (A).
English Language, Maths and Sciences must have been passed at a minimum of 6 (B).

Advanced Higher typical offer: AB

Advanced Highers must include two subjects (both sciences), sat in S6.
Any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAB

Scottish Highers must include Chemistry or Biology plus a second science, both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5.
Any additional subject sat at Higher Level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher.

National 5 requirements:

National 5 results must include a minimum of 5 subjects at grade A/1.
Minimum of grade B/2 required in English Language, Maths and any science not offered at Higher grade B or better.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 35 points

IB applicants must achieve 6,6,6 at Higher level, including Biology or Chemistry plus a second science.
Extended essay and Theory of Knowledge marks are not included in this total, but these components must have been completed satisfactorily.
Standard level grades of 6,6,5 expected.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, students with specific indicators of educational and socio-economic disadvantage may be eligible for adjustments to entry criteria.

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'.

Total medical students: 730 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 146.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 94.1% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 5.9%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
170 students in this cohort 160 Home students 10 International students
160 students in this cohort 155 Home students 5 International students
145 students in this cohort 135 Home students 10 International students
125 students in this cohort 115 Home students 10 International students
130 students in this cohort 120 Home students 10 International students
125 students in this cohort 120 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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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: 2030
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated, PBL

Early clinical experience.
Integrated communication and clinical skills teaching.
Practical sessions, including dissection.
Problem-based-learning (PBL), lectures, and seminars.
As explained in its overview of teaching, "Problem-based learning is one major component of the Keele curriculum. Students work in small groups to study written descriptions of clinical situations. Using a specific set of study skills, students use those scenarios to guide them towards relevant theoretical and practical learning. Normally, each scenario is the focus for learning for a week, with two tutorials (tutor in attendance) devoted to it. This process starts at entry to the medical school. From Year 3 onwards PBL develops into case-based learning where the written scenarios are augmented using discussions of patients encountered by students in their clinical placements."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "Medicine students can opt to take a year out of their undergraduate medical studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth, before returning to complete the medical course.... Undergraduates may suspend their medical degree for a period of 12 months and depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to undertake, after Year 2, a bachelor's degree and after Year 4 a bachelor's degree or master's degree. Keele students may choose to stay at Keele to complete the intercalated degree or apply to another University, depending on the area they are interested in."

Overview of course structure

Phase one (years one and two):
Phase one at Keele introduces students to biomedical, behavioural, and social science. Students have early clinical contact, with a longitudinal general practice placement in which each student is supported by a GP tutor to improve examination skills. Intercalation is available after years two or four, allowing students to specialise in an area of interest.
Phase two (years three and four):
The second phase of the course is delivered through teaching in general practice and hospital placements. Specialties include paediatrics, surgery, and mental health. Medical students learn to assess ill patients, with emphasis on history and examination skills that build on the scientific basis of medical symptoms and signs.
Phase three (year five):
Phase three is centred around student assistantships in primary and secondary care, lasting between ten and twenty weeks. These assistantships are based in North Staffordshire, Shropshire & Mid-Wales and South Staffordshire. Prior to graduating, students return for a one week course focussed on preparation for clinical practice.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Keele 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.

Demographic data collection: 

For comparison, we also include below all demographic data reported by this medical school to General Medical Council.

Reporting year Female students Male students Students with declared disability Students without declared disability
2017-18 59.1% female students 40.9% male students 18.5% students with disability 81.5% students without disability
2016-17 57.8% female students 42.2% male students 18.4% students with disability 81.6% students without disability

Medical school history

This medical school began teaching undergraduate clinical medicine in 2003, using the Manchester curriculum, with the MBChB degree  awarded by the University of Manchester until 2011. From 2012 (2007 intake) the MBChB degree was awarded by Keele University itself.

Medical school location

Keele University School of Medicine
David Weatherall building
University Road Keele University
United Kingdom
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