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Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS

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Overview

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 years (assuming the intercalated BSc year is opted out).

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

Key benefits

  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching.
  • 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 A102

Duration Five years (including the additional opt-out 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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Description

Course details

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

The Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry (GPEP) is our four-year fast-track entry route into medicine for science graduates and health professionals. We have been running this programme 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 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. Inter-professional Education and team-based learning are an integral part of the programme, 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.

The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc degree 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 MBBS and is taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the GPEP (A102) students may choose to opt-out of the intercalated BSc programme or may choose to undertake this opportunity if desired.

 

Outcome of the programme

On successful completion of the course you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) 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 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 programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.  Generally all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1 you will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. You need full registration with a licence to practice for unsupervised medical 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 & 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%

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. 

 Summative assessment includes: 

  • Portfolio-based summative assessment continues throughout the programme 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 also two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support you Foundation Year 1 training, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate from the MBBS course.

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.

Other related courses:

  • Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS
  • Medicine
  • Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS
  • Dentistry BDS
  • Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme BDS
  • Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS
  • Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

GPEP students do not undertake Stage 1 of the five year MBBS course. Instead you will have a four-week introductory module immediately before you start Stage 2, which includes elements of the Doctor and Society and Introduction to Clinical Skills module from MBBS Stage 1.

Stage 2 –  Years 1 & 2

You are required to take

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

The following required Stage two modules involve the opportunity to choose which area is studied in further detail:

  • 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 (year 3) must be taken between Stages 2 and 3. This is available to GPEP (A102 students) but they may choose to opt out.

Year 2

Required Modules

 Stage 2 –  Years 1 & 2

You are required to take

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

The following required Stage two modules involve the opportunity to choose which area is studied in further detail:

  • 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.
  • Taster module: Short clinical placements to explore a clinical specialty, to test career prospects and explore possible specialties.

The Intercalated BSc (year 3) must be taken between Stages 2 and 3. This is available to GPEP (A102 students) but they may choose to opt out.

Year 3

Required Modules

Stage 3 - Years 3 & 4

You are required to take

  • Integrated Clinical Practice1
  • Integrated Clinicla Practice 2
  • Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice
  •  Elective and Global Health
  • Transition to F1 (Foundation year 1)
  • Career development module

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

Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules

Stage 3  - Years 3 & 4

You are required to take

  • Integrated Clinical Practice1
  • Integrated Clinicla Practice 2
  • Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice
  •  Elective and Global Health
  • Transition to F1 (Foundation year 1)
  • Career development module

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

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

 

Required subjects

See below

Preferred subjects

See below

Further information and other requirements

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

Compulsory subjects

Either:

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

or 

  • a 2:2 (lower second class honours) undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit) in a Bioscience subject

The UKCAT aptitude test

Please note that 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.

King’s does 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 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 UKCAT. 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 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.

 

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 procedure

Application deadline: 15th October 2017.

28 places are available on A102 and applications from Channel Island and overseas fee paying graduates will be considered.


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 typically held between November and March in the academic year you apply.

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?

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 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 degree (or equivalent) in a Bioscinces subject to enter this programme.

Applicants with a lower second class honours science degree (including four-year undergraduate degrees, eg MSci) and a master’s degree with at least a merit, or with a PhD, will 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.

EU and Overseas applicants

Applicants from outside the UK are welcome to apply for this programme, though they will need to be available to come to London for an interview – we will aim to give sufficient notice of interview dates to allow applicants to make suitable arrangements. Please note that overseas applicants are only able to apply in October for entry onto the programme in September the following year. Unfortunately we are unable to consider international applications for deferred entry onto this programme (e.g. applying in October 2017 for entry in September 2019).

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants.

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants.

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. 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £41,160 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £5,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable within 2 weeks from when you firmly accept an offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

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 e.g. accommodation, travel, food & 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 on induction only (cost at February 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 chose 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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

 

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