Medicine with a Gateway Year


  • UCAS Code A104
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 6 Years


In your gateway year, you will study a range of modules designed to prepare you for studying medicine and surgery.

In your first year, you will begin your training in clinical and communication skills, and clinical anatomy. You will spend Years 2 to 5 on placements in the acute hospitals and primary care settings of north and east Lancashire and south Cumbria, alongside your studies.

You can choose to study at home or abroad during your Elective, or take a year out between Years 4 and 5 to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil level. You can also pursue your own areas of interest through Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice in Year 5.


Medicine is a challenging but rewarding career that offers an enormous variety of possible career paths, almost 100% employment after graduation and excellent remuneration. As a doctor you will face the intellectual challenge of diagnosis, apply critical analytical and reasoning skills to decide on the best treatment for your patients, provide an empathetic and understanding ear to your patients and their families (often in times of great distress), and work effectively in a team with other healthcare professionals. If you want to make a difference to patients’ lives, if you have an enquiring mind and an aptitude for science, and if you enjoy working with people, then medicine might be the career for you.

Most medical graduates work in clinical practice, either in hospitals or in the community. There are more than 60 different clinical specialities to choose from. All medical graduates that work in clinical practice must undertake specialist postgraduate training to prepare them for their chosen clinical speciality. Approximately half of all UK medical graduates work in general practice.

If you decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills you will acquire will prepare you for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research.

Entry Requirements

Please note, the deadline for applications to Medicine & Surgery (with a Gateway year) is 15th October. Late applications will not be considered and overseas applicants are not eligible for this programme.

Lancaster Medical School considers applications to Medicine & Surgery (with a Gateway year) in a four stage selection process. More details of this process can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website.

Our entry requirements have three components: the Biomedical Admissions test (BMAT), academic qualifications, and non-academic criteria.

Only certain applicants are eligible to be considered for the Foundation year: those who fulfil certain widening participation criteria or those with significant extenuating circumstances. Please visit the Lancaster Medical School webpages for detailed information about the eligibility requirements.

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level Biology and Chemistry

GCSE: requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved grade B (or grade 6) in Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English Language.

Other Qualifications

BTEC BTEC not accepted on its own

All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions test (BMAT). You must register to be able to take BMAT and registration is separate from the UCAS application process. More information about BMAT, how to register and how to prepare for the test can be found on the BMAT website.

No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will usually be held in January and February. The exact timing of the MMI days will vary from year to year but we aim to give applicants two weeks’ notice of their MMI date. More information about our interview process can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website.

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £41,195

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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