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Gateway Year to Medicine

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

BBC including Chemistry or Biology at B grade. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken. Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically: Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology / Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics. EPQs are not considered within our scoring. Applicants predicted ABB or greater with the A in Chemistry or Biology, who also meet the Widening Participation criteria, should apply via the Access to Leeds route to the A100 course. Applicants predicted ABB without A in Chemistry or Biology are not eligible to apply to A100 or A101. Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage over those taking three. Applications from applicants re-sitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of GCSE 6 grade C or above (or 4 or above) required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Science/Double Science).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 overall including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall including 16 at Higher Level are not eligible for this course.

Scottish Higher

B,B

BB at Advanced Higher including Biology or Chemistry, and BBBBC at Standard Level. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, are not eligible for this course.

UCAS Tariff

54-112

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Pre-clinical medicine

Clinical medicine

At the University of Leeds we know that finding a place to study Medicine can be challenging and very competitive. To help more widening participation applicants enter the field of Medicine, we launched a new Gateway to Medicine course in 2020. This course is therefore designed specifically for students from widening participation backgrounds hoping to take their first steps into Medicine.

**Progressing onto our MBChB course**
During your first year on the course, you’ll study material to refine your scientific understanding, develop your study skills and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed as the course develops. After successfully completing this Gateway year, including reaching the required grades on the assessment elements of the course, you’ll progress to the five standard years of our established MBChB course.

**Connect and develop**
Our curriculum combines thorough training in the medical sciences with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and communication with tutors, healthcare professionals, patients and service users. You’ll continually build and reinforce your core professional skills, throughout the course.

Clinical experience at Leeds is second to none. After progressing from the Gateway year, you’ll have early patient contact and then increasingly build your experience. The diversity of the region and our strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practices means that we offer a wide range of placements. We are a recognised leader in patient and carer involvement. Our Patient Carer Community contributes to teaching, learning and assessment, giving our students invaluable insight into the experience of people with a medical condition or disability, and their carers.

**Learning and teaching**
Our approach to teaching and learning is founded on best educational practice and innovative delivery, from your Gateway Year through to your final years of refining your clinical communication and skills.

Outstanding learning resources in our Health Sciences Library and Clinical Practice Centre support your learning, complemented by a range of learning technologies. Early exposure to clinical settings allows you to start developing your consultation and practical skills, and your own style as a doctor. We are one of few medical schools to offer exposure to cadaveric dissection, helping to provide a more authentic learning experience.

You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research and educational scholarship. We will encourage you to develop independent learning and research skills through the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies strand which runs throughout the course.

The five year MBChB course incorporates student-selected components, elective experience and a 14-month final project to encourage a critical approach to evidence-based medicine.

You’ll experience self-directed and group learning, and whether you’re recording your development in your e-portfolio, testing your decision-making in the virtual health community resource or using mobile devices in clinical practice, you’ll find technology embedded in the course.

Case-based learning supports you in integrating your growing knowledge with the real patients you meet.

Inter-professional learning ensures you develop good leadership and team-working skills with other professional groups.

We take the health and well-being of our students seriously. Regular contact with your personal tutor guides your academic progress and personal development, to enable you to achieve your full potential. Course tutors and support staff are all on hand to help. Once you’ve progressed from your Gateway Year you’ll be supported by your fellow-medical students through our MUMS scheme, where you are paired with first-year “siblings” and second-year “parents”, who mentor you and are there to help.

Modules

The course has been developed to provide a new Gateway to Medicine route for students who meet Leeds Widening Participation criteria. The course will equip students with effective study strategies and confidence in communicating with a wide range of people including health professionals and patients and carers. Students will develop appreciation of patient care and team roles and the patient journey within the context of the NHS and voluntary services through placement experience. The course will inspire confidence and ambition in students to ensure successful transition and progression through undergraduate medicine in Leeds.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

School of Medicine

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Pre-clinical medicine
82%
med
Clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pre-clinical medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£32,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
1%
Chief executives and senior officials
1%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Medical degrees are some of the most difficult courses to enter, but very nearly all graduates go on to good, well-paid and secure careers in health. If you're taking a shorter pre-clinical course, you'll need to continue on to further medical training to complete an accredited qualification, which explains why a high proportion of those grads are 'in further study' six months later. And at the moment, the UK is short of doctors and we have upped the number of places available, so demand remains high.

Clinical medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£32,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
1%
Chief executives and senior officials
1%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medicine and dentistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£37k

£37k

£45k

£45k

£48k

£48k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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