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This profile of King's College 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: 

King's College London offers an integrated five-year medical degree, in partnership with famous institutions such as Guy's, St Thomas's, and King's College Hospitals. The course boasts a wide breadth, teaching students in non-core subjects such as humanities and social sciences. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, cadaveric dissection, and clinical placements.


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Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

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IB typical offer:
35 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Expectation of experience in a caring environment and / or observation in a medical clinical setting.
If this is not possible, evidence desired that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public (for example, in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant).
It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Admissions test: UCAT

No threshold UCAT score in any particular year.
The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores in shortlisting for interview.
 SJT is also considered when shortlisting.

Personal statement usage:

Personal statements are used as part of the interview shortlisting process.
No consideration given to applicants whose personal statements are not focused on Medicine.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Communication skills, ethical reasoning, motivation to study Medicine at King’s College London, potential contribution to university life.
Candidates rotate through six five minute stations.

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: A*AA

A Levels must include Chemistry and Biology.
Passes in practical element required in science subjects.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics.

Advanced Higher typical offer: AA

Advanced Highers must include Chemistry and Biology.
Results must include grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAA

Scottish Highers must be in one sitting.
For Scottish Highers, if only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A.

National 5 requirements:

National 5 results must include English and Mathematics with grade B if not offered at Higher.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 35 points

IB applicants must achieve 7,6,6 required in Higher level, including Chemistry and Biology.
Offer of 35 points includes Theory of Knowledge / Extended Essay.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website. numerous widening participation schemes are available.
Prospective applicants who have taken part in widening participation programmes within King's, are part of Realising Opportunities, or who believe they meet any other widening participation criteria should contact the admissions team for advice before making an application.

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: 2080 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 416.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 93.3% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 6.7%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
445 students in this cohort 415 Home students 30 International students
425 students in this cohort 395 Home students 30 International students
425 students in this cohort 385 Home students 40 International students
395 students in this cohort 370 Home students 25 International students
390 students in this cohort 360 Home students 30 International students
390 students in this cohort 365 Home students 25 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

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Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle

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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: 3241
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated

Integration of medical science with clinical teaching throughout.
Mandatory intercalated BSc in year 3.
Mixture of lectures and seminars, including cadaveric dissection.
Small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks.
As explained in this medical school's summary of its course structure and teaching programme, King's "provides an innovative and integrated curriculum ... of medical science with clinical teaching throughout with focus on learning in close contact with patients.... [Years 2 -5 include] small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "The course is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an optional intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3." There is a broad range of intercalated degrees available, taken between years three and four.

Overview of course structure

Phase one (year one):
Phase one introduces students to biomedical and population sciences through modules such as ‘Physiology and Anatomy of Systems' and ‘Genes, Behaviour, and Environment'. Students also receive teaching in clinical skills in preparation for phase two.
Phase two (years two and three):
Phase two brings together science and clinical practice, teaching students about the human life cycle and common disease processes. Students attend clinical placements to gain an appreciation of holistic patient care. There is a broad range of intercalated degrees available, taken between years three and four.
Phase three (years four and five):
Phase three takes place in years four and five, preparing students for clinical practice through simulated teaching and inter-professional training. Opportunities are available to conduct quality improvement projects and develop research skills.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by King's College 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 56.4% female students 43.6% male students 13.8% students with disability 86.2% students without disability
2016-17 56.1% female students 43.9% male students 10.9% students with disability 89.1% students without disability

Medical school history

This medical school in its current structure was formed by the 1998 merger with the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals.  Until 2005 it was known as GKT School of Medicine.

Medical school location

Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
King's College London
United Kingdom
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