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This profile of UCLan 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: 

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLaN) offers a new five-year medical curriculum, with its first intake of medical students in 2014. Teaching is delivered through lectures, case-based learning workshops, and seminars, while anatomy is taught via prosection and Anatomage Table. UCLaN's uses a spiral curriculum, so core medical themes are revisited each year in further clinical detail.
It should be noted that UCLaN only accepts applications from residents in the North West of England and international students, so those applying from anywhere else in the UK are automatically rejected prior to interview.


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UCLan medical school establishment date:

Years of course:

Total medical students:

Average year cohort:

North West

Subject prerequisites:

Chemistry (acceptable option)

Interview format:

Admissions test:
No admissions test required

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:
Not specified

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:
Virtual dissection table

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Applicants are asked to submit a transferable skills statement, which gives opportunity to reflect on: work experience /shadowing/ voluntary work or experience in a caring role, impact and value of the work undertaken, and the level of responsibility taken within this experience.
Work experience is discussed at one of the stations in the multiple-mini Interview.

Admissions test: No admissions test required

No admissions test currently used.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement, academic reference and transferable skills statement are used in selection of applicants for interview.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates rotate through eight stations, lasting five minutes each with an additional two minutes of reading.
The transferable skills statement is discussed at the interview.

Coursework subjects expected: 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: AAB

A Level subjects must include Chemistry, an additional Science, and a third academic subject.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include grade B (6) in English Language. Broad study of Science, Maths and English up to 16 years of age.

Advanced Higher typical offer: Not specified
Advanced Higher subjects not specified
Scottish Higher typical offer: Not specified
Scottish Higher subjects not specified
National 5 requirements: National 5 subjects not specified
International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB results must include Chemistry, an additional science subject and one other subject at Higher level.
3 subjects must be taken at Standard level, with at least 5 points each.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, UCLan Pathways to Medicine programme is designed for students who are from backgrounds that are under-represented at universities. Four regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are available.
Home applicants are invited to complete a widening participation form if they wish to be considered against these criteria.
Note: Home applicants must be residents in the North West of England.

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: 535 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 4 Average cohort per year: 133.8 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 7.1% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 92.9%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
210 students in this cohort 15 Home students 195 International students
130 students in this cohort 15 Home students 115 International students
115 students in this cohort 15 Home students 100 International students
80 students in this cohort 0 Home students 80 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: 2520
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

Opportunity to study curriculum aligned with USMLE.
Course undergoing quality assurance by the GMC, supported by University of Liverpool and St George’s medical school.
As explained in the medical school handbook, "The spiral nature of the curriculum progresses over the five years. The first two years uses a blended learning approach with a mixture of lectures, small group work, practical sessions and problem based learning. The Problem Based Learning sessions encourage you to set your own learning objectives based on a clinical scenario. These sessions will be in small groups and facilitated by a member of staff. In addition your PBL learning will be supplemented with weekly anatomy, biochemistry laboratory sessions, lectures and tutorials. In parallel you will begin to develop your professional communication and clinical skills."

Anatomy teaching method: Virtual dissection table Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "After Year 4, high performing students who have satisfactorily passed summative assessment at first sitting may be offered the opportunity to intercalate their studies and undertake an additional year of study to gain a master’s degree. This will be prior to completing their medical degree and could be in medical research or in a number of related subjects within the university or potentially elsewhere."

Overview of course structure

Years one and two:
During years one and two students are based at the Preston campus, engaging in early clinical placements to supplement teaching in clinical skills and history taking. Emphasis is placed on integration of scientific teaching with clinical practice, introducing students to fundamental concepts in Medicine. Students visit Liverpool to learn anatomy via prosection.
Years three and four:
Years three and four build on teaching from the first two years of the course through a series of hospital placements. Themes of evidence based Medicine and patient-centred care are revisited through the spiral curriculum.
Year five:
The fifth and final year at UCLaN begins with a six-week elective, enabling students to observe the practice of Medicine overseas. Following this, students rotate through a number of clinical specialties with an apprenticeship model in order to develop competency for foundation training. Prior to graduation, a Student Assistantship is undertaken to ease the transition to FY1.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by UCLan 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 51.7% female students 48.3% male students 4.5% students with disability 95.5% students without disability
2016-17 60.0% female students 40.0% male students 0.0% students with disability 100.0% students without disability

Medical school history

In 2013 the School of Dentistry and the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education merged to create the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The medical school recruited international students from 2015, sponsored UK students from 2017, and UK government-funded students from 2018 onwards.

Medical school location

Medical School
University of Central Lancashire
135A Adelphi Street
United Kingdom
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