MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

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UCAS code A108
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications for this course is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for medicine courses.

Course duration 6 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £UK only per year
  • International students: £UK only per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £UK only per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 11
Number of places for 2018/19 13

About MB ChB Gateway to Medicine

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become doctors but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to MB ChB Medicine. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria.

You will develop your interest and knowledge of the basic sciences which underpin the study of medicine and to foster professional behaviours and attitudes. Medical-related work experience will form part of the course. Successful completion of this year will enable you to progress to the MB ChB Medicine.


Please note: This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.

Further information, and lists of the eligible schools and colleges, can be found on the admissions statement.

Health and conduct

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in some branches of medicine. If you have a chronic health problem, you should contact the Admissions Office (admissions-med@bristol.ac.uk) for guidance on making an application.

We have excellent support services available including Disability Services, student health and student counselling provision to support students where appropriate.

Medical students must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a medical examination. Non-immune students must be immunised against hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines, medical students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with other UK health-related courses.

View all our Medicine courses

See a list of all Medicine degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Course structure

Content will include:

  • Anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human body;
  • Principles of chemistry and biochemistry;
  • Mathematical methods;
  • Clinical professional attributes;
  • Relevant work experience.

Assessment will be via continuous assessment plus formal examinations in January and June.

Successful students will then join the five year MB ChB course

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Gateway to Medicine

Typical offer for MB ChB Gateway to Medicine - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above are not eligible for this course.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 at Higher Level are not eligible for this course.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.
Access to HE Diploma offerNot accepted
BTEC offer DMM in an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences). Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above, and/or also taking A level Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: B in Chemistry, and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of A A are not eligible to apply for this course.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Higher literacy requirement (B in GCSE English or equivalent) and
higher numeracy requirement (B in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
two higher science requirements (B in GCSE Science or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsUK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details. Applicants are recommended to complete relevant work experience prior to application.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Candidates who fit the academic entry criteria and the additional widening participation criteria will be considered for interview. This will be a series of practical tests (multiple mini interviews) undertaken at the University of Bristol campus

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

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