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Overview

Our Extended Medical Degree course MBBS (EMDP) is specifically designed for students who are studying A-levels or Access to Medicine at a non selective state school in the UK or who are participants of Realising Opportunities across England. The course offers a more graduated introduction to medical study than the standard MBBS degree and provides greater academic and pastoral support.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Graduated introduction to medical study.
  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching.
  • Additional support in your first two years.
  • Focus on learning in close contact with patients.
  • Partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals – three of the most renowned and busiest teaching hospitals in London.
  • In addition students benefit from clinical placements at district general hospitals located across the south east of England and over 350 

    general practices.
  • Learn from some of the world’s most influential clinicians and scientists, who are global leaders in life sciences and medical research.
  • A multi-faculty university giving you access to a breadth of non-core subjects including humanities and social sciences.
  • Twinned with leading medical schools around the world, providing opportunities for clinical exchanges during your elective module.

Key information

UCAS code A101

Duration Six years - Seven years (including the additional intercalated BSc year)

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Course detail

Description

The MBBS programme at King’s aims to train students to become:

  • Critical scientific thinkers.
  • Collaborative leaders and innovators.
  • Outstanding patient-centred clinicians.
  • Excellent team-players.
  • Educators and life-long learners.
  • Resilient and adaptable professionals.

The MBBS curriculum is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an opt-out intercalation year between stages 2 and 3. 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.

The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc programme which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects. The intercalated BSc is considered an opt-out year for EMDP students and is taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the Programme.

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.

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 lasts six or seven (with the BSc) years, 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 it's 16th 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:

  • To broaden participation in medicine by levelling the educational playing field.
  • To prepare outstanding doctors capable of working as members of teams to provide safe and effective patient-centred care.
  • To educate clinical scientists committed to life-long learning and education.
  • To nurture resilient professionals capable of adapting to changing healthcare needs.
  • To inspire collaborative leaders actively engaged in the improvement of patient and population health.

Which course 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 entry course (A100), then you must apply to UCAS course code A100 as well as A101, and we will consider each application separately.

Outcome of the course

On successful completion of the course you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to apply for 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. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. Generally all suitably qualified UK graduates are allocated a place on Foundation Year 1, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1, you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. 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, you should be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

Teaching

We will provide you with high-level teaching from experts, which you will put into practice on your placements.

 Stage  Lectures, seminars and similar  Placement Self-study time 
 1 (Years 1 & 2)  33% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy     67%
 2 (Years 3 & 4)  56% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy.  44%  
 3 (Years 5 & 6)  8% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks.  81%  11%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

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 against course standards and learning outcomes). 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:
• Portfolio-based summative assessment which begins in Stage 1 and continues throughout the course in preparation for professional life.
• Written examinations in Stage 1 at the end of Year 1 and Year 2, becoming progress tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3.
• OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end-of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3.
• Project assessment in Stages 2 and 3, with prior formative experience in Stage 1.

There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support your Foundation

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning & teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Year 1

75%

25%

 %

Year 2

50%

50%

 %

Year 3

78%

8%

14%

Year 4

44%

47%

9%

Year 5

55%

16%

29%

Course accreditation

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.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - from 2022 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice.  Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

 The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Location

You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings. Students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals located in south London and south east England, currently they are mostly in Kent and Sussex. Placements outside of London offer a different and rich perspective on clinical learning, complementing the experiences gained in central London hospitals.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

The following Stage 1 modules are studied during years 1 & 2:

• Foundations of Biomedical Science 1
• Foundations of Biomedical Science 2
• Genes, Behaviour & Environment
• Doctor and Society & Introduction to Clinical Skills 1
• Doctor & Society & Introduction to
• Clinical Skills 2

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:
• Chemistry
• Numeracy
• Pharmacology
• Anatomy
• Academic writing
• Science communication
• Enquiry-based learning 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

 

 

Year 2

Required Modules
Please refer to Year 1. Stage 1 modules are studied over years 1 & 2.
Optional Modules

Year 3

Required Modules

The following Stage 2 modules are studied during years 3 & 4:

  • From Science to Clinical Practice 1
  • From Science to Clinical Practice 2
  • Longitudinal placements
  • Doctor as teacher

You also have the opportunity to explore other subjects of your choice in greater detail which take the form of the following:

  • Student selected components (SSCs): SSCs are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical subjects that you choose according to personal interest. 
  • Scholarly projects: You will undertake a scholarly project in an area of interest selected from across the multi-faculty university.

The Intercalated BSc must be taken between Stages 2 and 3. This is available to EMDP(A101) students but they may choose to opt out.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

Year 4

 


Required Modules
Please refer to Year 3. Stage 2 modules are studied over years 3 & 4.
Optional Modules

Year 5

The following Stage 3 modules are studied during years 5 & 6:

  • Integrated Clinical Practice 1  
  • Integrated Clinical Practice 2
  • Quality Improvement & Evidence Based Practice
  • Elective & Global Health
  • Transition to Foundation Year 1 (F1)
  • Career Development Module

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

 

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

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 655

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 M2 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Not acceptable for entry onto this programme. Please see the eligiblity criteria below.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entry onto this programme. Please see the eligiblity criteria below.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entry onto this programme. Please see the eligiblity criteria below.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entry onto this programme. Please see the eligiblity criteria below.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entry onto this programme. Please see the eligiblity criteria below.

 

Required subjects

Biology and Chemistry. Plus a GCSE in Mathematics and English Language at grade 6/B or above

Additionally: All applicants must take the UKCAT. Please see further details below

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

All candidates for the EMDP must have obtained GCSE grade 6/B or above in English Language and Mathematics before applying

A-Level

ABB

Including grade A in either Biology or Chemistry and grade B in the other. If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will also be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 30  credits

M: 15 credits

P: 0 credits

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at an eligible UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered.

Selectors will be looking for an appropriate amount of Level 3 Chemistry and Biology. 

Additionally, GCSE grade 6/B (or equivalent) in both English language and Mathematics required.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 655 at Higher Level with 6 in either Higher Level Biology or Higher Level Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in the other.

Additionally: Grade 5 at Standard Level is required in both English language and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

ABB at Higher

and

AB at Advanced Higher

Including Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 M2 M2

Including D3 in either Biology or Chemistry and M2 in the other

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

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.

Irish Leaving Certificate

 

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Other International Qualifications

 

Not applicable for this programme. Please see our A100 five year Medicine degree instead. Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language requirements

Band B

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

The UKCAT

All applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

Selection procedure

Application deadline

15 October for entry in September 2018. All applications must be submitted through UCAS.

Eligibility for the EMDP

To be eligible to apply, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must have attended only non-selective state education, as determined by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE), since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application.
  • You must be living in a widening participation area (defined here as ACORN 4 or 5 postcodes). You are able to see this condition applies to you by checking your postcode using the CACI website. You will be asked to register but the service is free. If you are having issues in verifying your postcode, please contact the Outreach for Medicine team.
  • Alternatively you must either be participating in the Realising Opportunities, Medview or the K+ programme.
  • You cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting your application.
  • You must have sat the UKCAT prior to submitting your application.
  • Special consideration will also be given to applicants in care.

Information for Overseas Applicants

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application.

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 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, e.g. 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.

Academic performance

You should carefully check that you will meet the programme’s 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 our Fair Admissions Policy (pdf), we 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, we will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

UKCAT score and interview shortlisting

We do not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UKCAT examination for this course. The overall UKCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

When considering applicants which will be shortlisted for interview we 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. These contribute to the shortlisting of applicants, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking in to account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. EMDP interviews are usually held from February to May. If you are invited to an interview, you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to through the King’s Apply portal.

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. For more information on the interview process, you may wish to read our Admissions Interview Policy (pdf).

Criminal conviction disclosure

You are asked to declare any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands on your UCAS application form. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Further details on this process with be sent to concerned applicants through the King’s Apply portal.

Getting a decision

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. In the last application cycle, around 400 EMDP applications were received for 50 places. From 2018 entry, EMDP entry criteria are changing (see entry criteria above) and applications are welcome from across the UK. We anticipate a greater number of applications for the EMDP than in previous years, and a total of 77 places will be available on the programme each year. We aim to notify all applicants of final decisions by the beginning of May at the latest.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

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. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

 

Additional costs/expenses

Item

Description

Clothing

Students will need to purchase a white coat for laboratory work from any source. Cost at February 2017: £15.00.

Course-related conferences

Conferences are optional. If you attend a conference you will need to pay for all costs associated eg accommodation, travel, food and beverages and appropriate clothing. If the conference includes travel abroad, you will need to budget for travel insurance and, if necessary, passport renewal and visas.

Disclosure and Barring certificates /clearance

Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check. This is payable as part of course registration (cost at Februay 2017: £26.00).

Electives

Students have to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective. You will need to pay for travel insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK and if necessary, passport renewal and visas.

Equipment

Approved calculators. Across all King’s campuses computer workstations are available. Students may wish to buy their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies (optional). For medical equipment and materials for Stage 2 onwards, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction from £39. Students will need to buy a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not

permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required.

Health checks/immunisations/   vaccinations

Students pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the course. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.

Insurance

Students need to pay for insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.

Travel

Students need to pay for travel to and from clinical placements

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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