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Aston University, Birmingham

Medicine

UCAS Code: A100

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

The normal requirement is a minimum of AAA - AAB, including chemistry, biology (including passing the practical elements) and any third subject, excluding general studies and critical thinking. Applicants who meet specified widening participation criteria, may be eligible for our contextual offer of ABB (more details available at www.aston.ac.uk/MBChB).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

All applicants must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs/IGCSEs at Grade B/6 which must include Maths, English Language, Chemistry, Biology or double science (or overseas qualifications.)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

Applicants will normally be expected to achieve or to have achieved an overall score of at least 35 points with a mark of 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including chemistry and biology and the rest from three Standard Level subjects and Core.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally be considered on a case-by-case basis but will need to obtain a minimum of DDD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grades A and B in any order.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A-A,A,B

Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA - AAB, to include chemistry and biology, in any order.

UCAS Tariff

136-168

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2020

Aston Medical School will take its second cohort of medical students in September 2020 and welcomes all applications for its 100 UK/EU and additional international places.

In keeping with our vision of promoting social mobility and being socially inclusive, we aim to make a number of contextual offers to students who meet specified widening participation criteria; preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. Full details of this programme, widening participation criteria and contextual offers can be found on the website.

As an MBChB student at Aston you will:
• Experience early patient contact in year one in general practice placements and will have increasing involvement in patient care through apprenticeship learning across the course, within a variety of hospital, community and general practice settings and clinical specialities.
• Have the opportunity to enhance your leadership capabilities through a certificate in Health Leadership which is completed in conjunction with the triple accredited Aston Business School.
• Gain an understanding of healthcare teams through interprofessional learning with the unique opportunity to interact with the highly ranked Schools of Pharmacy and Optometry within the School of Life & Health Sciences.
• Develop your knowledge and skills with our world-class researchers, lecturers and consultants, from the Aston Medical Research Institute, through a range of engaging interactive learning methods.
• Study medicine in a small cohort within a closely-knit community enabling you to establish friendships and professional networks, and access individualised support to help you achieve the very highest standards.

Modules

Phase 1 – Years 1 & 2
To underpin your clinical practice you will first develop extensive understanding in the biomedical and clinical sciences, taking a mainly systems approach. For example, within the cardiovascular system, you will learn about the structure and function of the heart and how these relate to diseases and their management. You will also learn about the scientific basis of medications and prescribing (pharmacology), and public and global health. General practice placements begin around Week 6 of Year 1 and offer you insights into the work of doctors and other members of the general practice team and what it is like to be a patient. The Introduction to the clinical practice block prepares you thoroughly for your clinical placements. In these sessions you will learn to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other health professionals and develop your consultation skills. You will also be prepared for the ethical issues that doctors and other healthcare professionals face every day.

Phase 2 – Years 3, 4 & 5
Most of the last three years of the programme is spent in the clinical workplace including general practice, other community settings, and hospitals. You will put into practice your skills and knowledge by contributing increasingly to the care of patients in a range of clinical environments, under careful supervision. This will culminate in a Student Assistantship after Finals when you will be supported to undertake tasks as if a foundation doctor. The Elective: an opportunity to study a medical subject or clinical specialty of your choice outside Aston Medical School forms the rest of the three months after Finals. Together the Student Assistantship and Elective are designed to help you transition into your Foundation post with less stress. Throughout Phase 2 your clinical placements will be supplemented and supported by lectures, workshops, computer based learning and private study. You will also have opportunities to study areas of particular interest through the Student Selected Components. These will include research-based topics and Health Leadership. If you complete all four modules in Health Leadership you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Leadership as well as the MBChB.

Assessment methods

We employ a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. There is an emphasis on working with peers to apply learning and solve problems, and we use technology and digital resources to make materials more accessible, to enhance learning and to make it fun. Modes of assessment include in-course assignments, computer-based knowledge exams, practical clinical skills tests, and continuous assessment of professional behaviour.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£38,850
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Each year we will have a number of small financial awards and prizes for the most talented students on admission to first year at Aston and in subsequent years of study. Announcements of these awards can be found on our website. Financial awards covering all or the majority of tuition fees will not be available.

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Department:

Aston Medical School

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