MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

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UCAS code A108
Application method UCAS

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.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

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 that underpin the study of medicine and will 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 University (choosebristol-ug@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 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;
  • numeracy, statistics and introduction to epidemiology;
  • 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 B in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above, or with A in Chemistry 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 including 5 at Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall including 16 at Higher Level, or with Chemistry at HL6 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 Sciences, Medical Sciences, or Health and Social Care (Science pathway). Applicants who are taking BTEC plus A level Chemistry are not eligible for this course.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: BB including Biology or Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, or with Chemistry at A grade, are not eligible 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.
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard Literacy (C), Standard Numeracy (C), two Higher Science (BB)
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 (www.ukcat.ac.uk) for details.

Work experience is recommended, please see the Admissions statement.

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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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

International students

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

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