This profile of Kent and Medway 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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Accepting its first cohort of medical students in September 2020, Kent and Medway Medical School jointly run by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University. The integrated five-year curriculum is systems-based, aiming to prepare doctors for the realities of the NHS in the 21st Century. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, and seminars, using technology to enhance learning.
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Kent and Medway medical school establishment date: 2020
Years of course: 5
Total medical students: 110
Average year cohort: 110.0
Region: South East
A Level typical offer:AAB
Advanced Higher typical offer:Not specified
IB typical offer:34 points
A Levels must include Chemistry or Biology, plus one of Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Psychology or Physics.
General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCSE results must cover 5 subjects at grades 9–6 (A*–B), including English Language and Maths plus Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Double Science and another subject.
IB coursework must include Biology and / or Chemistry at Higher level 6, and one further science subject if both not offered (can include Physics, Maths, Psychology, Computing).
IBCP not accepted.
As explained on the website, this medical school applies "contextualisation to school average" to all applicants. Along with assessing your academic profile, relevant contextual data will be sought that may enhance your application. This "contextualise everyone" method considers every applicant's GCSE or A level attainment in comparison to their school average attainment, with significant effect on widening participation.
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'.
Kent and Medway is a very recently established medical school, where data on medical student cohort numbers is not yet available.
|Admission year||Total students admitted this year||Home places||International places|
|110 students in this cohort||105 Home students||5 International students|
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.
Applicant percentages of success
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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.
BMBS jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.
As explained on its overview of teaching, this medical school " will use individual patient studies to help you to underpin the knowledge, skills and professional values of a doctor. Patient educators are involved throughout our programme to give you critical understanding of the patient’s journey and feedback on your skills. You will use an ePortfolio as part of your continual professional development, which will continue for the rest of your professional medical career. To help develop your skills, patient educators are involved throughout our programme to give you critical understanding and feedback.you will focus on systems-based learning, working individually and in groups for both your academic and clinical teaching. You will learn the core knowledge and clinical skills of a doctor using lectures, tutorials, clinical symposia, cadaveric dissection, e-learning and clinical simulation."
As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "It is ... possible to take a year out and complete an additional degree as a intercalated degree, condensing a three-year BSc into one year. Alternatively, it may be possible to take an MRes or MSc with additional independent study." Students are able to intercalate between third and fourth year, with the opportunity to undertake an individual research project at the end of fourth year and gain an appreciation for research methodology.
The first year of the course includes modules such as: ‘Foundations of Health and Disease', ‘Heart, Lungs & Blood', and ‘Nutrition, Metabolism, & Excretion'. Topics such as primary care, professional development, and clinical skills are a focus of teaching in year one.
Year two introduces students to further systems, such as: ‘Neuroscience and Behaviour', ‘Reproduction and Endocrinology', and ‘Musculoskeletal and Immune Systems'.
Years three and four:
Clinical rotations take place in years three and four, featuring general practice, surgery, medicine of the elderly, and psychiatry. Students are able to intercalate between third and fourth year, with the opportunity to undertake an individual research project at the end of fourth year and gain an appreciation for research methodology.
The final year of the curriculum consists of further clinical attachments, culminating with an elective and a module in Preparation for Clinical Practice.
This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Kent and Medway 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, Kent and Medway has not yet reported demographics data.
This new medical school, established in 2020, is a collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University. This medical school allocates 100 places each year, with up to 8 international, and its partner medical school is Brighton.