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Pre-medical Studies Certificate of Higher Education

What will you study?

Our Pre-Medical Studies course is designed for students whose A level mix does not allow direct entry to Medicine, or whose circumstances affected their A level performance. It provides opportunities for students from a disadvantaged background or low achieving school or college as well as individuals who display a long term commitment to a career in medicine, for example mature students working in the NHS.

The course is designed to prepare you for successful entry to medical school and your subsequent career. Successful students on the course gain a Certificate in Higher Education.

There is the opportunity for selected students from this course to enter the first year of the medical degree at the University of Lancaster. Subsequent admission to the medical degree is dependent on academic performance on this course and a successful Medical School admissions interview. Currently interviews take place during the Lent term (May).

On this one-year course, students take a total of 15 modules covering a range of subjects including: Anatomy and Tissue Structure; Introduction to Biomedical Science; Genetics; Hormones and Development; Infection and Immunity, and Human Physiology.

Where could it take you?

If you continue on to a medical degree, you can look forward to a career in clinical practice, research, public health and more. Alternatively, transferring to and completing one of our Biomedicine degrees will open up doors in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry and forensic science and research institutes.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

Admissions criteria in terms of qualifications are flexible and evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but it is envisaged that the majority of students will be well qualified in terms of A-level points: AAB

Applicants are strongly advised to consult this webpage (and FAQs in particular), for detailed information: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/shm/bls/teaching/ug/premedA900.htm

An important feature of this programme is that students are selected on the basis of their potential and suitability for medical training, rather than purely on their history of academic performance. This course gives an entry route to medicine for intellectually-able candidates who would not normally get an offer of a place.

For example they may:

• be doing the wrong mix of A-level subjects, e.g. only one science A level in the required group of Biol/Chem/Phys/Math

• have circumstances that affected their A-level performance

• come from a disadvantaged background or geographical area and performed comparatively well at A-level but not attained the grades necessary for entry to medical school

• display a long term commitment to a career in medicine, e.g. mature students in the NHS

All applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability prior to any offer of admission onto the Premedical Studies course being made. Applicants should be aware that we may seek further support for their application in the form of a dedicated reference from their school / college / employer, etc. Also admission to the medical degree after completion of the course is dependent on performance in terms of course grades and in the separate medical school admissions interview.

Preference will be given to UK and EU applicants. Mature students who already have a degree should have a minimum of a 2.1. Applicants must have at least a B grade at GCSE in Maths and English to be obtained at the first sitting; if these exams are retaken, Grade A in both will be required. A level General Studies will not be accepted.

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

An initial Criminal Record Bureau check is paid for by the University but any subsequent checks will be paid for by the student. Any travel costs will need to be accounted for by the student, such as travel to and from GP and community placements and any travel to and from Furness General Hospital and Lancaster at weekends. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of £59, a scientific calculator at a cost of £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.