Applicants are invited to download our FAQ document relating to this course for full details of eligibility and entry criteria before making further enquiries.
The Pre-medical Studies course is intended to provide an opportunity for entry into medical education for individuals with non-standard qualifications i.e. A-level (or equivalent level) subjects not suitable for direct entry to medical school. Subject to both satisfactory completion of the course and performance in a medical school admissions interview, up to seven students per year can enter year 1 of the Lancaster University MBChB medical degree. In addition, this course also gives students first-year degree-level education enabling direct second year entry to a variety of degree programmes in the Biosciences at Lancaster. For example, students would qualify for entry to Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and Natural Sciences. Students who complete the year will gain a Certificate in Higher Education.
Students are expected to attend a non-assessed educational programme run by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust to enable them to gain knowledge and experience of careers within the NHS.
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 (equivalent of AAB at A-level plus an AS at grade B) and GCSE points (please see page 4 of the FAQ document). 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:
Suitable applicants will be interviewed 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.
The general aims are to:
The specific aims are to:
Dr Sue Broughton
Head of Admissions
Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Tel: 01524 593265