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This profile of Leicester 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: 

Leicester's integrated five-year medical degree gives patients clinical experience from year one. The main medical building (George Davies Centre) was renovated 2016 to provide students with a state of the art learning environment. Course highlights include the provision of iPads to first-year students to aid dissemination of  lecture material, with course content rapidly revised and updated. Anatomy is taught through cadaveric dissection, with learning enhanced through Apple TVs and video recording equipment.


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Leicester medical school establishment date:

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East Midlands

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (acceptable option)
Chemistry (acceptable option)
Maths (acceptable option)
Physics (acceptable option)
Psychology (acceptable option)

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Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
34 points

General teaching method:

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Healthcare-related work experience is not required but applicants, particularly those who are borderline, must showcase reflection in whatever type of work they have encountered (voluntary, paid work in retail, catering, health or social care).

Admissions test: UCAT

50% of the pre-interview scoring system. Applicants scoring in the bottom two deciles of that year’s results are rejected.
Applicants with SJT band 4 are typically rejected.

Personal statement usage:

Personal statement is not routinely read, although it can be used in a borderline or tiebreaker situation.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Motivation to study medicine & genuine interest in the medical profession, insight into personal strengths and weaknesses, self-reflection, personal organisation, academic ability, problem solving, coping with uncertainty, ability to take responsibility for their own actions, conscientiousness, insight into their own health, communication skills,teamwork abilities, ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity, resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations, empathy and the ability to care for others, honesty, emotional intelligence, and ethical judgement.
Candidates rotate through eight stations.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (acceptable option), Chemistry (acceptable option), Maths (acceptable option), Physics (acceptable option), Psychology (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: A*AB-AAA

A Levels must include Chemistry or Biology, with one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths.
A*AB offered if an A is achieved in Chemistry or Biology.
Excludes General Studies, Citizenship Studies or Critical Thinking.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include grade B / 6 in English Language, Mathematics, and two sciences (either Chemistry and Biology or Science and Additional Science).

Advanced Higher typical offer: AAA

Advanced Highers must include Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths.
Alternatively, two sciences at Advanced Higher (grade AA) plus three other subjects at Highers level (grades AAB) are considered.

Scottish Higher typical offer: Not specified

Applicants who only take Scottish Highers are not considered.

National 5 requirements:

 National 5 results must include grade B in English Language, Mathematics and two sciences, including Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 34 points

IB applicants must achieve 6,6,6 at Higher level subjects, including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.
7,6,5 accepted, provided at least a 6 in Chemistry or Biology is offered.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, AccessLeicester: Medicine allows for contextual data to be used in selecting for interview and at offer stage.
Applicants on the Realising Opportunities Programme and MEDLEAP access programmes are automatically invited to interview, as long as they do not obtain SJT band 4 or a UCAT score in the bottom 20% nationally.

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: 1320 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 264.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 92.2% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 7.8%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
320 students in this cohort 295 Home students 25 International students
285 students in this cohort 270 Home students 15 International students
245 students in this cohort 230 Home students 15 International students
240 students in this cohort 215 Home students 25 International students
230 students in this cohort 215 Home students 15 International students
235 students in this cohort 215 Home students 20 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

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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: 2645
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated

Community and hospital-based very early clinical experience.
‘Compassionate, Holistic, Diagnostic Detective Course’
Medical students dissect almost the entire cadaver in their first two years at medical school, and then revisit the dissecting room in their later years to consolidate learning.
Emphasis on apprenticeship in the three clinical years.
As explained in its overview of teaching, "We run an integrated curriculum. Teaching and learning is based around patients and their needs. It is not a problem-based learning course, but rather a patient-focused curriculum which is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group work and clinical teaching. This ensures that you learn the essential science underpinning how the human body operates, whilst learning how things can go wrong through the study of patients."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "You can take a step back after the first two, three, or four years of your Medicine course, reflect on how far you have come, and look to your future career. With an intercalated degree you will have an additional qualification, and unique knowledge and experiences that will be to your advantage when you are applying for jobs or further training."

Overview of course structure

Phase one (years one and two):
Phase one at Leicester introduces students to anatomy and physiology, put into a clinical context through real patient cases. Teaching is given in early clinical apprenticeships, systems based cellular and molecular science, and social and population science.
Phase two (years three, four, and five):
Phase two gives students three twelve-week clinical placements in primary care, surgery, and Medicine, with a student selected component at the end of the floor. Year four introduces students to additional medical specialties, including child health, mental health, and cancer care. The fifth and final year at Leicester gives students a foundation assistantship in order to hone key skills before graduation and progression to FY1.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Leicester 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 14.8% students with disability 85.2% students without disability
2016-17 55.8% female students 44.2% male students 12.0% students with disability 88.0% students without disability

Medical school history

Established in 1975, this school was formed following the 1968 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Educationreport, popularly known as the Todd Report, that new medical schools should be established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton.

Medical school location

Leicester Medical School
George Davies Centre
Lancaster Road
United Kingdom
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