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This profile of Newcastle 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: 

Newcastle offers a five-year integrated programme, utilising case-led teaching to integrate course teaching with the realities of clinical practice. As a centre of excellence for translational research, Newcastle prides itself on its teaching in academic medicine. The course uses a spiral curriculum, in which concepts are revisited each year with increasing clinical detail. Anatomy is taught by full body dissection, with input from specialists in radiology, surgery, and emergency medicine, to maximise clinical relevance.


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Newcastle medical school establishment date:

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North East and Cumbria

Subject prerequisites:

Not specified

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IB typical offer:
38 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Emphasis on applicants being able to show a commitment to caring, which can be accomplished in a number of ways other than in a hospital or general practice setting, such as volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate. The medical school is also interested in individuals who have shown commitment to working as part of a team over a prolonged period of time in any area, including voluntary, sports, other extra-curricular activities.

Admissions test: UCAT

Threshold for interview based on total UCAT score.
Threshold may differ in each admission cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to this Medical School in the current cycle. The UCAT score is an integral part of the Newcastle admissions process. The A100 threshold for 2020 entry was 2730.

Personal statement usage:

Not used prior or at interview. Read prior to offers being made, but is not scored.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: honesty & probity, communication, empathy & self-awareness, motivation & commitment to be a doctor, compatibility with Newcastle’s medical programme, teamwork, personal organisation, and persistence & resilience.
Candidates rotate through seven-minute stations, with an extra two-minute ice breaker question in the first station. One station involves a role play scenario.
Note: Whereas Home applicants have Multiple mini-interviews, panel interviews are used for International applicants (who can opt to have a virtual interview in their home country or attend a panel interview on campus in Newcastle).

For more details about subjects expected by this medical school, see the notes below regarding typical offers.

Typical offers

A Level typical offer: AAA

No specific A Level requirement for science subjects.
A Level subjects that are not acceptable: General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture, and Critical Thinking.
For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element.
Note: Newcastle does not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE subjects not specified

Advanced Higher typical offer: AA
No specific Advanced Higher requirement for science subjects.
Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAA
No specific Scottish Higher requirement for science subjects.
National 5 requirements:

National 5 subjects not specified

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 38 points

IB subjects graded less than 5 will not be accepted.
No specific IB requirement for science subjects.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, contextual data (socioeconomic, school or college and/or personal or family circumstances) is considered to set each student’s academic achievements in context. Together with information from the UCAS application, this informs the offers throughout the admission process.
PARTNERS scheme applicants may attract a slightly lower UCAT threshold for interview.
Those made an offer must pass a summer school and would have received a lower A level conditional offer.

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: 1795 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 359.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 90.1% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 9.9%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
405 students in this cohort 365 Home students 40 International students
370 students in this cohort 335 Home students 35 International students
365 students in this cohort 335 Home students 30 International students
330 students in this cohort 305 Home students 25 International students
325 students in this cohort 305 Home students 20 International students
330 students in this cohort 305 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: 2747
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated

Early clinical experience.
Contact with patients and visits to GPs and hospitals.
As explained in its overview of teaching, "To help you integrate your learning, we adopt a 'case-led' approach to our teaching. During the first two years, you will learn about normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour. We show clinical relevance by the use of clinical cases. This allows you to make the links between the basic science and clinical practice."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "Our Medicine ... students have the opportunity to intercalate. They can choose a postgraduate programme after their 4th Stage of study. After Stage 2, students may also undertake the final year of one of our molecular bioscience degrees. This would lead to a BSc Honours degree."

Overview of course structure

Years one and two:
Based at Newcastle's main campus, years one and two at Newcastle introduce students to medical science through disciplines such as physiology, anatomy, and pharmacology. Learning is contextualised through a series of twenty-four clinical cases, running throughout the first two years at Newcastle.  After year two, students have an option to intercalate and undertake the final year of one of our molecular bioscience degrees; this would lead to a BSc Honours degree.
Years three, four, and five:
Years three, four, and five mark the transition to clinical learning, in which students undertake placements, assistantships, and clerkships in and around Newcastle. Emphasis is placed on development of clinical skills, specialist knowledge, and professional behaviour prior to enrolment in the foundation pathway.  Eight week blocks are reserved in years three to five, allowing students to pursue research in areas of interest. After year four, students have an option to intercalate and choose a postgraduate programme.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Newcastle 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 51.5% female students 48.5% male students 3.7% students with disability 96.3% students without disability
2016-17 51.4% female students 48.6% male students 7.5% students with disability 92.5% students without disability

Medical school history

Established in 1834, this medical school was known as the College of Medicine in connection with Durham University from 1851.  From 1937, when it joined Armstrong College, it was known as King's College, Durham. In 1963 King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Medical school location

Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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