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Medicine Graduate, Professional Entry Programme MBBS

UCAS code: A102

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Four Years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

The Graduate & Professional Entry Programme enables honours-degree biomedical/life science graduates and healthcare professionals with equivalent academic qualifications to study for a fast-track degree in medicine. The programme design enables you to by- pass the first stage of a conventional medical degree to achieve qualification in four rather than five or six years.

Key benefits

  • Integrated medical science with clinical teaching and 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 at 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
  • 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.

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The MBBS degree 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’. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum. The Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry (GPEP) is our four-year fast-track entry route into medicine for biomedical/life science graduates and health professionals. We have been running this course since 2004, and our GPEP has quickly become one of the most popular routes of its kind in the UK. From the start of your course 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. Inter-professional Education and team-based learning are an integral part of the course, developing your teamwork, communication, and an awareness of your ethical and professional responsibilities. As a graduate with professional experience you will by-pass the first stage of our conventional medicine degree and join us in the second stage. From this point you will follow the same programme as all our other medical students. Stage 2 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 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. Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Compulsory subjects

  • Either a minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject

NB  Biomedical/life science degrees include:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacy

 

The UCAT aptitude test

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as UKCAT, prior to applying to this programme. Please note the UCAT must be taken the same year you apply in order to be valid. Please refer to the UCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination for this course. The overall UCAT 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 those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; predicted or achieved 2.1 (or equivalent) in a Biosciences degree; the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, 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 UCAT 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.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

 

Selection Process

Application deadline: 15th October 2020.

Unfortunately applications from overseas fee paying graduates cannot be considered.

The interview

During the 2020/21 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers. Interviewers will assess a range of values and personality based attributes, knowledge on topical medical issues and ethical reasoning. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Can I apply for the four-year A102 and the five-year A100 programme?

Suitably qualified graduate applicants to Medicine are welcome to apply to both our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (A102) and our five-year programme (A100). Any interested applicants should check very carefully that they meet the requirements for both programmes and add both programme choices on the UCAS form.

Due to the competition for places it is only possible to consider applicants for the programme they apply for. As such, the only way to be considered for both programmes is to apply for both programmes.

Do I need specific A- or AS-level passes to be accepted?

There are no specific A/AS-level requirements for A102.

Overseas applicants

This programme is open to applications from Home fee payers. Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme. 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.

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.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants.

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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

2

(Years 1 and 2)

58% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 41% 1%

3

(Years 3 and 4)

8% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 81% 11%

 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, all students will experience placements at London and peripheral sites during their programme.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Learning outcomes

Outcomes of the GPEP 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 (GMC), subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns. 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 posts to graduates on a competitive basis. Generally, all suitably qualified UK graduates are allocated a place on Foundation Year 1.

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.

Assessment

  • Formative Assessment
  • Summative 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.

Summative assessment includes:

  • portfolio-based summative assessment continues throughout the course in preparation for professional life
  • progress (written) tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end- of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3
  • project assessment.

There are two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support your Foundation Year 1 training, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate from the MBBS course.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) for students graduating in 2024/25 onwards 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.

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.

Regulating Body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. GPEP students do not undertake Stage 1 of the five/six Year MBBS course. Instead you will have a four-week mandatory introductory module ‘Introduction to Clinical Skills’ (30 credits) immediately before you start Stage 2, which includes elements of the Introduction to Values Based Clinical Practice module from MBBS Stage 1. The Intercalated BSc is optional but must be taken between Stages 2 and 3.

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

 

 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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The MBBS degree 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’. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum. The Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry (GPEP) is our four-year fast-track entry route into medicine for biomedical/life science graduates and health professionals. We have been running this course since 2004, and our GPEP has quickly become one of the most popular routes of its kind in the UK. From the start of your course 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. Inter-professional Education and team-based learning are an integral part of the course, developing your teamwork, communication, and an awareness of your ethical and professional responsibilities. As a graduate with professional experience you will by-pass the first stage of our conventional medicine degree and join us in the second stage. From this point you will follow the same programme as all our other medical students. Stage 2 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 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. Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Compulsory subjects

  • Either a minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject

NB  Biomedical/life science degrees include:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacy

 

The UCAT aptitude test

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as UKCAT, prior to applying to this programme. Please note the UCAT must be taken the same year you apply in order to be valid. Please refer to the UCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination for this course. The overall UCAT 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 those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; predicted or achieved 2.1 (or equivalent) in a Biosciences degree; the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, 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 UCAT 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.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

 

Selection Process

Application deadline: 15th October 2020.

Unfortunately applications from overseas fee paying graduates cannot be considered.

The interview

During the 2020/21 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers. Interviewers will assess a range of values and personality based attributes, knowledge on topical medical issues and ethical reasoning. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Can I apply for the four-year A102 and the five-year A100 programme?

Suitably qualified graduate applicants to Medicine are welcome to apply to both our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (A102) and our five-year programme (A100). Any interested applicants should check very carefully that they meet the requirements for both programmes and add both programme choices on the UCAS form.

Due to the competition for places it is only possible to consider applicants for the programme they apply for. As such, the only way to be considered for both programmes is to apply for both programmes.

Do I need specific A- or AS-level passes to be accepted?

There are no specific A/AS-level requirements for A102.

Overseas applicants

This programme is open to applications from Home fee payers. Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme. 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.

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.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants.

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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

2

(Years 1 and 2)

58% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 41% 1%

3

(Years 3 and 4)

8% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 81% 11%

 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, all students will experience placements at London and peripheral sites during their programme.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video

Learning outcomes

Outcomes of the GPEP 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 (GMC), subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns. 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 posts to graduates on a competitive basis. Generally, all suitably qualified UK graduates are allocated a place on Foundation Year 1.

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.

Assessment

  • Formative Assessment
  • Summative 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.

Summative assessment includes:

  • portfolio-based summative assessment continues throughout the course in preparation for professional life
  • progress (written) tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end- of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3
  • project assessment.

There are two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support your Foundation Year 1 training, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate from the MBBS course.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) for students graduating in 2024/25 onwards 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.

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.

Regulating Body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. GPEP students do not undertake Stage 1 of the five/six Year MBBS course. Instead you will have a four-week mandatory introductory module ‘Introduction to Clinical Skills’ (30 credits) immediately before you start Stage 2, which includes elements of the Introduction to Values Based Clinical Practice module from MBBS Stage 1. The Intercalated BSc is optional but must be taken between Stages 2 and 3.

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

 

 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Four Years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

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