Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Premedical Studies A900

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.

Entry Requirements

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:

  • be doing the wrong mix of A-level subjects, e.g. only one science A level in the required group of Biology and Chemistry.
  • have a non-standard set of qualifications but display a long term commitment to a career in medicine, e.g. mature students in the NHS.

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.

More information on applying.

Further Entry Specifications

  • Preference will be given to UK and EU applicants, and applications form the North West and Cumbria regions are particularly encouraged (typically around 25% of each cohort is drawn from these regions).
  • 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 and meet the GCSE entry requirements outlined on page 5 of the FAQ document.

Pre-medical Studies Course Aims

The general aims are to:

  • provide educational opportunities to students with non-standard qualifications and/or backgrounds.
  • equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to further study.
  • prepare students for successful entry to medical school.
  • prepare students for direct second year entry to life science degree schemes, e.g. at Lancaster students could qualify for Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc.

The specific aims are to:

  • provide a structured and broad understanding of medical and biochemical processes, including a molecular and genetic knowledge of living organisms both in health and disease.
  • provide knowledge and experience of careers within the NHS.
  • provide students with the opportunity to collect, analyse and present observations and experimental data.
  • enable students to apply quantitative techniques in scientific analysis.
  • equip students with the ability to synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • train students to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses.
  • develop students' numerical skills.
  • develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
  • develop general/transferable skills so as to prepare students for undergraduate study and graduate employment. This includes the ability to work independently or as part of a team, use relevant information technology, demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, be self-reliant and time management to work to deadlines.

Dr Sue Broughton
Head of Admissions
Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Furness College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Email: bioladmit@lancaster.ac.uk
01524 593265


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