Lancaster University was founded in 1964 and it is one of only 6 collegiate universities in the UK. Each undergraduate college is named after a particular place in Lancashire and each college houses its own campus, residence blocks, common rooms and bar. The university is a campus university, located in 300 acres of parkland just a few miles from Lancaster city centre.
Lancaster Medical School is the UK’s newest medical school with the first batch of students graduating in 2011. Initially affiliated with Liverpool University, Lancaster’s medical programme has become independent from Liverpool as of September 2013 with students now graduating from the University of Lancaster.
Lancaster is a relatively small city based in the county of Lancashire in the north west of England. It has a population of approximately 50,000 people and its origins date back to 80 AD. Lancaster is located close to the coast at Morecambe Bay as well as being a short distance to the Lake District.
The course is a problem-based (PBL) format with only one to two lectures each day with much emphasis on self-directed learning. Clinical teaching takes place early in first year with weekly practical skill sessions and then clinical attachments being in second year. Students normally undertake their clinical attachments in one of three hospitals; Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Furness General Hospital or Westmorland General Hospital. In third year students rotate through five clinical specialties supplemented by PBL and clinical teaching sessions. Final exams actually take place at the end of fourth year which is followed by a 5-week long elective and then a full year of clinical attachments getting students ready for life as a foundation doctor.
At GCSE students must have obtained at least a B grade in English language, Maths and the science GCSE subjects. All other subjects must be a minimum of a C grade. Applicants are expected to have scored at least 15 points from nine GCSE’s where an A*/A = 2 points and a B=1 point. At A-Level; expected grades are AAA with Biology and Chemistry both required at Lancaster Medical School. Scottish Highers AAAAB to include an A grade in Biology and Chemistry. For those applying to Lancaster Medical School with alternative qualifications, please see their website for further information at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lms/study-with-us/undergraduate/mbchb/entry-requirements-and-selection-process/academic-entry-requirements/
The first stage of the application process is meeting the basic academic requirements as mentioned above. Those that have the required predicted and attained grades will then be judged on their BMAT score, with each candidate ranked according to their BMAT score. Each candidate’s personal statement will then be looked at and assessed for evidence of their non-academic criteria. This is discussed in further detail on their website but some points they are looking for are candidates who have undertaken work experience, someone that has an insight into the medical profession and an understanding of the NHS, as well as having a well written, well-structured personal statement. Those that have performed well on the BMAT with the necessary academic requirements and a good personal statement will be invited for interview. Lancaster Medical School use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format of interviews, like so many other medical schools now. Lancaster Medical School’s MMI consist of 12-14 different stations, each lasting 5 minutes. Most are short interviews that concentrate on one aspect such as talking about your work experience or your suitability to study medicine for example. There is also a 20-minute station which involves group work. Interviews usually take place in January and February with successful candidates being offered places in March.
See our blog on BMAT for all the information on the aptitude test. For those applying to other institutions that use the UKCAT, check out our website for course dates for out UKCAT & Personal Statement full day course.
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