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Study medicine in the heart of London. A four-year medicine programme enabling honours degree graduates in science and healthcare professionals with equivalent academic qualifications to study for a fast-track degree in medicine.
• Underlying philosophy of integration of medical science and clinical teaching.
• Patient contact from the first term.
• Partner hospitals including Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals – three of the most renowned and busiest teaching hospitals in London.
• Teaching underpinned by our own virtual campus online learning resource.
• Learning from some of the world’s most eminent clinicians and scientists who are global leaders in life sciences and medical research.
• Twinned with leading medical schools around the world providing opportunities for clinical exchanges and placements.
UCAS code A102
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
NOTE: BSc or MSc Psychology will only be considered a science subject were it can be demonstrated that 50% of completed credits were chemistry based.
All applicants must take the UKCAT in the year that they apply.
UKCAT required by October 15. See 'Applying, fees & funding' for further details of how this test is used in the selection process.
Occupational Health clearance: Required for successfull applicants
Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successfull applicants
Application deadline: October 15th 2016
28 places are available on A102 and applications from Channel Island and overseas fee paying graduates will be considered.
The UKCAT aptitude test
Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration athttp://www.ukcat.ac.uk.When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.
The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.
Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. You will not receive a score for this subtest. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/
Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. Normally, candidates are selected from those with scores within the top 25 per cent of the applicant pool. Within this group, all indicators are then considered for a final selection of around 170 interviewees. The interview
GPEP interviews follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) system. Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another. At each station candidates meet an interviewer who asks structured questions and marks the responses to the questions independently. MMI is similar in style (but not content) to the short objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) used in medical school assessment. The MMI interviews will be held in early January 2016, see here for information updates. No alternative dates can be offered.
Performance at interview will determine whether a four or five year offer is made. To fill 28 places, approximately 42 offers are made for GPEP to the highest scoring interviewees. Further offers will then be made for the five year programme if places are available. Any candidates accepting this alternative offer act as a reserve for any four year GPEP places which become available later. If places do not become available, they enter the five year programme in the normal way.
Can I apply for the four-year A102 and the five-year A100 programme?
As applicants to Medicine are only allowed to list four medical choices on their UCAS form, we encourage all graduate applicants to apply for the shortened four-year programme A102 in the first instance. Suitably qualified applicants to A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for our five-year programme A100. It is also possible for graduate applicants to apply both for the A102 and A100 programme at the same time through UCAS.
Applicants for A102 only who are not invited to interview, unfortunately cannot be considered for A100. As only 28 places will be available for September 2016 entry on the A102 programme, we expect many graduates to be considered by the standard A100 programme.
Do I need specific A- or AS-level passes or a particular class of degree to be accepted? There are no specific GCSE or A/AS-level requirements for A102. You are required to have an upper second class honours science degree (or equivalent) to enter this programme. Holders of honours degrees in sciences and equivalent degrees in health-sciences related subjects are encouraged to apply. No preference will be given to graduates of a particular subject, all will be considered equally. Applicants with a lower second class honours science degree (including four-year undergraduate degrees, eg MSci, MEng, MPharm etc) and a master’s degree (with at least a merit) or with a PhD, will be considered. Health service professionals with an honours science degree, master's degree, PhD or equivalent qualification will be considered. Nurses qualified with a Diploma of Higher Education and at least two year’s work experience as a nurse will also be considered. Health service professionals without an honours degree but with appropriate post-qualification experience may be considered. Any applicant offering a postgraduate master's degree or PhD must ensure that they will be able to satisfactorily complete their studies by the August before entering the medical programme. 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.
The Graduate & Professional Entry (GPEP) MBBS is King’s four-year fast-track entry route into medicine for science graduates and health professionals.
This programme celebrated its eleventh anniversary in 2015. Since its launch in 2004, GPEP has quickly become one of the most popular routes of its kind in the UK.
The MBBS curriculum is currently divided into five phases over 5 years. During Years 1 and 2 students cover two phases. Phase 1 (10 weeks) which is composed of two strands that run concurrently. One strand provides the basic scientific background underpinning the knowledge required for a good understanding of clinical scenarios introduced in Phase 2, and the other, the Practice of Medicine strand, introduces students to the development of good clinical practice. Years 3 and 4 (Intensive Patient Contact) focus on clinical training, underpinned by science. Year 5 (Shadowing Practising Doctors) is vocationally-oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period.
Each year contains elements from the core curriculum, as well as Special Study Components (SSCs), which offer a wide element of student choice. The SSCs are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical (for example humanities and languages) subjects. You will have considerable freedom in selecting from a wide range of approved modules. In a multi-faculty College such as King's we are very well placed to offer a varied range of SSCs, which can draw widely from the different Schools of the College.
Possibilities exist to take SSCs not only from within basic medical sciences and clinical medicine but from the Schools of Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Humanities; notably, many students also take modern language SSCs. There is, thus, considerable scope for you to widen and increase your knowledge.
The following is a small selection of the SSCs that are currently available: Modern Languages; Library Projects; Teaching Children about Health; Molecular Medicine; Metabolic Regulation; Care of the Elderly; Demography of Ageing; Topics in Endocrinology; Social and Psychological Studies; Drug Design & Development; Liver Failure & Transplantation; Palliative Medicine; Population & Health; Gene Cloning & Analysis; Sign Language. From the start of your programme you will be introduced to patients and clinicians. You will also work with other students destined for healthcare professions such as dentistry, nursing and midwifery. Interprofessional Education is embedded in the curriculum, developing teamwork, communication, and an awareness of ethical and professional responsibilities. An important feature of the King’s approach to studying medicine is the way in which understanding is built up: as new knowledge is added, material covered in earlier phases is reinforced. So, for example, communication skills are developed through a ‘spiral’ curriculum which runs through all four years of the programme, allowing students to revisit and progressively build on their skills. Students should expect to have a varied diet of clinical placements, encompassing the whole range of clinical services provided by the NHS to the general population, from local practices and local hospitals right up to the world famous hospital names associated with King’s. Learning the basics of clinical practice in Years 2 & 3 takes place primarily on the three “home” hospital campuses (Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals), with placements in general practices in London and district general hospitals throughout South East England adding a further dimension to the clinical experience. In Year 4 when learning the role of a junior doctor, students will have most of their clinical experience out of Central London.
Lectures and seminars are complemented by rich and varied opportunities to develop practical skills such as venepuncture and examination. Students can make use of the recently refurbished Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre to develop and practise their skills in taught classes or on a self-access basis. Students also benefit from the training provided by trained Patient Educators and student peers. These are innovative schemes which supplement more formal teaching.
A key resource for all King’s medical students is the Virtual Campus, a constantly updated online environment which you can access at any time, from anywhere in the world. As well as providing administrative support including timetables and reading lists, the Virtual Campus offers innovative teaching and learning resources such as clinical videos and interactive scenarios. Although there are four entry routes into medicine at King’s, all students follow the MBBS curriculum. The 'transition year' Students on the GPEP programme cover Year 1 & 2 material in an extended single year known as the ‘transition year’. The year starts with a three-week introductory period, beginning in the last week of August, which includes a revision of basic science, mainly chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, an overview of the principal medical disciplines such as physiology and anatomy, and lectures on diverse topics such as psychology, sociology, ethics and statistics. GPEP students do not do an SSC or some of the practicals that are more orientated towards basic science. Students do get additional tutorial support including a set of tutorials from clinicians. The GPEP programme is also extended at the end of the first year with the final exam in July. After the transition year, GPEP students are completely integrated into the mainstream MBBS cohort. Outcome of the programme
The arrangements for registration outlined below are those that apply at present. There is a proposal that the UK Parliament change the law to allow full registration at the point of graduation from medical school, which would allow graduates to practice without the need for a first postgraduate year of provisional registration. If Parliament changes the law, full registration is unlikely to be moved to the end of medical school before 2022. It should also be noted that the current situation where all graduates from UK medical schools find employment within the NHS in their first postgraduate year is already no longer guaranteed.
Currently, at the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. 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 apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office Application System, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You are then 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.
King’s offers students within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine unrivalled educational resources including the Gordon Museum which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. King’s Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate facility providing clinical classrooms, hospital and community care settings.
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. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
Teaching will be delivered through lectures, case-based workshops, practicals and dissections. This is supplemented by small group tutorials, patient contact learning and communication and clinical skills in small groups.
There is particular emphasis on learning together with students from other health professions, and thereby to value the contribution made by the range of professionals contributing to the delivery of healthcare.
Graduate/Professional Entry Programme students join, after their introductory first year, the third year (Phase 3) of the standard five year MBBS programme.
Clinical teaching is integrated across the major specialities concerned with diseases of the main body systems in adults, with an introduction to clinical pathology and therapeutics. You develop the skills of history-taking first learned in the clinical contact sessions in the second year, and begin to learn the basic skills of clinical examination, diagnostic reasoning, interpretation of pathological and radiological data and practical procedures such as venepuncture and basic resuscitation.
An introduction to clinical work is followed by three clinical attachments that combine intensive clinical contact with patients and consideration of the clinical sciences underpinning medicine. SSCs are undertaken for one day each week in the first two terms, and provide time to study in depth basic and clinical sciences, or a wide range of academic topics.
In Phase 4, during year 3, students build on the basic knowledge and skills developed during the previous years. There are three blocks of training:
• Accident and emergency medicine, anaesthetics, orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation and neurology
• Reproductive and sexual health, including obstetrics and gynaecology, breast medicine and neonatology
• Health care of the elderly, child health and paediatrics, palliative care and dermatology.
As well as becoming familiar with the common diseases seen in these clinical areas, you will develop the special communication skills required for these groups of patients, and will gain an understanding of ethical issues and their application in the context of the sensitive areas that the management of these patients presents.
You will learn about the psychological and socio-economic circumstances of patients, particularly those who are more vulnerable and disadvantaged from age and dependency, and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the care of dependent patients. There will be teaching in public health, epidemiology, pharmacology, therapeutics and the laboratory sciences as applied to the Year 3 specialities.
The objectives of Year 4 are at a higher level to those of the rest of the programme. In the first three years you will have acquired knowledge and skills, and developed the appropriate professional attitudes that are essential for starting your career in medicine.
The prime objective of Year 4 will be to allow you to consolidate and apply this knowledge and to further develop your skills and attitudes so that you are ready for your pre-registration year. Thus, the emphasis in Year 4 is to develop the vocational qualities that a doctor should exhibit.
You will be required to demonstrate competence in the clinical skills appropriate to commencing work as a doctor. You will be expected to show professional attitudes in your work based on an informed understanding of ethical and professional issues. You will complete a series of clinical attachments in medicine, surgery, and general practice.
These attachments will be taken at hospitals throughout South East England, largely outside central London, and in General Practices within and outside London, and you will return to the main campuses for short periods of learning in topics such as informatics, communication skills, presentation and teaching skills, radiation protection and advanced resuscitation.
You will develop the skills you have learned in earlier years, and particular emphasis will be placed on clinical skills, time management, prioritising, problem analysis and solving, summarising and written communication. You will become a member of the care team, whether in primary care or in hospital, and will play an active role in the care team, linked to the work of other junior medical staff.
Further information coming soon.
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
Laboratory year fees (applicable to year 1) £21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
Clinical year fees (applicable to years 2-4) £37,350 p.a. (2016/17)**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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