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Our six-year Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS (EMDP) is specifically designed for students who are studying A-levels or Access to Medicine at a non-selective state school in Greater London, or who are participants of Realising Opportunities across England. The programme offers a more graduated introduction to medical study than the 5 year MBBS programme and provides greater academic and pastoral support.
UCAS code A101
Duration Six years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
To be eligible to apply, you must satisfy the following criteria:
The EMDP admits 50 students a year from non-selective state schools in Greater London but we may offer up to five places (maximum) each year to RO participants from any non-selective state school in the UK who meet all eligibility criteria and are successful at interview.
Please note that if you are taking part in RO and you are attending an A-level school or college in Greater London, it must be a non-selective, state school/college.
If you successfully complete the RO programme your application to the EMDP at King’s will receive additional consideration when short-listing for interview. This depends on you meeting the schools’ eligibility criteria and some additional admissions criteria for this programme, specifically that you have attended only non-selective, state schools since the age of 11, that you have achieved at least a grade B in Maths and English at GCSE, that you are completing three A-levels including Biology and Chemistry, and that you have sat the UKCAT.
You should also be able to demonstrate evidence of "commitment to community" in your UCAS statement: this could be in the form of regular voluntary work at school or within the wider community. We would also like you to have taken up all opportunities available to you through RO for attending medically-themed outreach events, and you should show evidence of that in your UCAS statement.
We will expect RO candidates who are successful at interview to achieve at least ABB at A-level.
We are looking for candidates who:
1. Are academically capable of coping with the course: some evidence of “excellence” at GCSE would be an advantage if you have not yet completed your A-levels.
2. Can demonstrate evidence of genuine enthusiasm for medicine and a realistic understanding of the demands of the professional life of a doctor. For example: have you taken part in any medical outreach opportunities? For more information about King’s Outreach for Medicine programme, see: www.kcl.ac.uk/outreachmed
3. Will contribute to our community, have experience of being effective and responsible leaders, and who have gained some practical experience of working as part of a team.
We will give you special consideration if you are:
• In care.
• Attending a sixth-form school or college whose educational performance is ranked to be in the bottom third of schools eligible for the EMDP. We assess educational performance by using the "Average Point Score per Entry" data, as published by the Department for Education and updated annually. The most recent data will be used.
• Completing or have completed our widening participation schemes, including K+ and Outreach for Medicine events (such as Med-View) or you are participating in Realising Opportunities.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
NOTE: this programme is only open to students from non-selective, state schools in Greater London. GCSEs must have been completed at a non-selective, state school in Greater London.
Applicants from other schools are encouraged to see the entry requirements for the five year A100 Medicine degree.
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A levels: Offers will be made in the range of ABB to AAA (including Biology and Chemistry)and will take into account the candidate’s predicted/achieved grades and the school or college where these are achievedAdditionally: GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: A typical offer is 35 points overall and 666 in three HL subjects. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to a minimum of 33 points and 655 HL). Chemistry and Biology are required at Higher Level. Additionally: Grade 5 SL is required in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.
Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at an eligible UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Selectors will be looking for an appropriate amount of Level 3 Chemistry and Biology. Additionally, GCSE grade B (or equivalent) in both English and Mathematics required.
Eligibility: This programme is only open to students from non-selective, state schools in Greater London. Applicants from other school/colleges are encouraged to see the entry requirements for the five year A100 Medicine degree.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: Not applicable for this programme. Please see our A100 five year Medicine degree instead.
European Baccalaureate: Not applicable for this programme. Please see our A100 five year Medicine degree instead.
Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicantsEnhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicantsScholastic activities (Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, e.g general reading, debating, theological interests etc.Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college and community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account e.g. clubs, theatrical, religious etc.General (Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas e.g. music, sport, first aid, etc.Work shadowing/observation(Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, e.g. volunteering in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.Interviewing
Are interviews offered? Yes Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes What form does the interview take? A multiple mini interview with a number of interviews lasting around 40 minutes.What is considered at interview? Communication skills; exploring in detail the interviewee's work or voluntary experiences; exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health-related; the interviewee's general suitability for the programme.
Application deadline: 15 October 2016
A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine.
You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science.
Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to Medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not. If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office. The UKCAT: Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the EMDP degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at www.ukcat.ac.uk
For the Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP), the UKCAT is used contextually; test results are considered along with other factors, including where the applicant has been to school. However a low score in the UKCAT may substantially reduce your chances of being invited to interview.
Academic achievement: You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medicine's minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.
In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.
Personal statement and reference: Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professional.
We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.
UKCAT scores: Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. They will not be the sole indicator for selection and there is no universal ‘cut-off’ score for the UKCAT. Scores will be balanced against achievement in other areas, in particular your academic performance to date, and for the EMDP, are further considered in light of individual school performance data, as published by the Department for Education and Schools.
The interview: No offers are made without an interview. EMDP interviews are held in February and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. A large number of applications are received for medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.
As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.
Examination 're-mark' policy: Conditional offer holders must supply to King’s all complete examination results (including final grades) by 30 August of the year of entry. For example, conditional offers holders who initially do not meet their offer may apply for an A level re-mark. If official notification of any change to the final grade is supplied to King’s no later than 30 August and this change meets the initial offer, the offer holder can begin the programme that academic year. Without exception, if the improved re-marked examination result is supplied to the Student Admissions Office after 30 August, a deferred offer of a place will be made.
Criminal conviction disclosure: All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.
Getting a decision: There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students to study medicine. Applications to the medical school each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview.
For the EMDP, around 400 applications are received for 50 places. Candidates will be invited for interview in Febuary 2017. The School aims to notify all applicants of its final decisions by the beginning of May 2016.
The MBBS programme at King’s aims to train students to become:
The MBBS curriculum is divided into three ‘Stages’. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum Stage 1 (Foundations of Medicine) provides you with a foundation in biomedical sciences and population sciences, along with the skills to begin to integrate them with clinical practice.
Stage 2 (Principles of Clinical Practice) brings together science and clinical practice in blocks organised around the human life-cycle and common pathological processes. It focuses on the care of patients with common conditions in a range of clinical settings. You will also follow patients for prolonged periods of time to learn how to deliver whole-person care. This stage is underpinned by study in biomedical and population sciences.
Stage 3 (Integrated Clinical Practice) is oriented towards future practice, and includes the opportunity to undertake elective study abroad. You will also conduct quality improvement projects and develop skills to transform patient and population health at home and abroad. Inter-professional training and increasingly realistic simulation are important parts of the curriculum.
In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to explore topics of interest in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. This includes the opportunity to take an intercalated degree between Stages 2 and 3. The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc programme which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees [link], from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects.
Our Extended and Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) is the UK’s flagship broadening-access-to-medicine programme. It is specifically designed for students from non-selective state schools in Greater London and lasts six years rather than the usual five, allowing you to study the first stage at a slower pace. You will, however, follow the same medical curriculum as all other medical students and undergo the same rigorous assessments.
We teach Stage 1 of the curriculum over two years, allowing you additional time for self-directed study, as well as a range of extra academic tuition and pastoral support. In your third year and onwards, you will sit exactly the same exams as the other medical students and you must achieve the same pass mark. At the end of the programme you will graduate with the same MBBS qualification.
Now in its 15th year, we have over 300 students currently studying our EMDP. Each year we will take another 50 eligible students onto the course.
The EMDP programme has five key aims:
Which programme should I apply to?
We will only consider your application for the EMDP if you apply for UCAS course code A101. If you wish to also be considered for the standard five-year programme, then you must apply to UCAS course code A100 as well as A101, and we will consider each application separately.
Outcome of the programme:
At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
You will normally successfully complete Foundation Year 1 within 12 months, which is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced you should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.
We will provide you with high-level teaching from experts, which you will put into practice on your placements.
Lectures, seminars & similar
50% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy
30% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks
Assessment is split between that which is formative (where the primary role is to give feedback to student, this does not contribute towards the overall module/degree score) and summative (where the primary role is to demonstrate competence to faculty, this does contribute towards the overall module/degree score). Formative assessment occurs through the years. Of note, there is an early formative learning assessment in Stage 1 to identify those who need extra support.
Summative assessment includes:
Progress between stages and at graduation is determined by the Progress Board, and depends on assessment results and, as appropriate, fitness to practice information and student views (where progress is halted).
There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, important for working as a Junior Doctor, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate.
Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities
Percentage of time in guided independent study
Percentage of time on placements
Indicator of actual or estimated teaching methods
Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this Primary Medical Qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
We offer you unrivalled educational resources, such as the Gordon Museum, which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. Our Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate facility which provides clinical classrooms. You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings; students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals mainly located in London, Kent and Surrey.
Other related courses:
Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change.
Stage 1 – Years one and two
Foundations of Medicine
In addition, and in order to support the core medical curriculum, we require you to complete EMDP-specific tutorials and formative assignments, which currently include the following subject areas:
Stage 2 (Years three and four)
Principles of Clinical Practice
You also have the opportunity to explore other subjects of your choice in greater detail which take the form of the following:
Stage 3 (Years five and six)
This information also correlates to the sixth year of study in this course.
You will also have a taster block.
We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx
Further information coming soon.
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The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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