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University of Southampton

Medicine (6 years)

UCAS Code: A102

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level grades BBB including chemistry and biology (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University). Subjects with material that overlaps (e.g. human biology/sports studies/physical education) may not be offered in combination. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted. Where the science practical is separately endorsed, a pass in the practical science assessment is required for any science A Levels taken

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

May be accepted from approved institutions or with suitable scientific content. 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 24 credits must be at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

M2 M2 M2, including Chemistry & Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Overall score of 30 points with 16 at Higher Level, with 5 in HL Chemistry & Biology

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3, with H3 in Chemistry & Biology

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

D,D,D,D

BB from two A levels in Chemistry & Biology and Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (360 GLH) at Distinction. Subjects with material that overlaps with Chemistry & Biology A Level may not be accepted. Applied Science is not accepted

BB from two A levels in Chemistry & Biology and Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (360 GLH) at Distinction. Subjects with material that overlaps with Chemistry & Biology A Level may not be accepted. Applied Science is not accepted.Subject provided reviewed on a case by case basis

Assessed on a case by case basis. But generally, S5 minimum requirements Highers BBBBC to include Chemistry and Biology S6 Advanced Highers Advanced Highers BC, to include Chemistry and Biology. Usually plus an additional subject at Advanced Higher or Higher at B or C

Assessed on a case by case basis . But generally, S5 minimum requirements Highers BBBBC to include Chemistry and Biology S6 Advanced Highers Advanced Highers BC, to include Chemistry and Biology. Usually plus an additional subject at Advanced Higher or Higher at B or C

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

BB from two A levels in Chemistry & Biology and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

UCAS Tariff

120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

7%
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About this course


Course option

6years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Clinical medicine

Pre-clinical medicine

Our six-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree course (BM6) is a nationally-recognised example of best practice in widening access to the medical profession. The first year (year zero) of the course provides you with extensive support in the setting of small groups, ensuring you are well-prepared to progress to the next stage of your studies. Students on our BM6 programme come from diverse backgrounds and are encouraged to build on their existing learning and experience. Year zero has a particular emphasis on developing your key skills, particularly numeracy and statistics, information retrieval, IT skills, teamwork, critical thinking and study skills. On completion of year zero, you will study alongside students on the BM5 programme. The BM6 programme covers a range of science and social sciences disciplines, giving you the knowledge, understanding and practice required for a variety of careers including a physician, surgeon, general practitioner or clinical scientist. Our stimulating, open and supportive environment will prepare you for becoming a competent practitioner in a modern, changing health service, with the capability to follow your chosen career in a range of healthcare settings including the NHS. World-leading academics inform our research-led education that will help you develop the skills, professional attitudes and behaviours that you will need as a newly qualified doctor, scholar, professional and practitioner. You will undertake a research project in year three, leading to a final award of a BMedSc (Honours) degree in addition to your BMBS primary medical qualification. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated Masters degree here in Southampton, or a BSc or Masters degree elsewhere, after successful completion of year 3. Following graduation you will be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council that will enable you apply for Foundation Training posts that will to equip you to pursue a wide range of career pathways. Applicants must meet a range of criteria outlined on our website. You will need to provide documentary proof of your eligibility.

Modules

During year 0 you may expect to study two modules in Human Structure and Function and two modules in Professional Practice. Human structure and function includes: the human body in health and disease; physiological, biochemical and anatomical concepts relevant to medicine; and practical investigations, case studies and enquiry-based learning. Professional Practice is based on six projects which reflect the themes of all the undergraduate programmes and involve healthcare placements, and health sociology and psychology. It also includes key skills in IT, numeracy and statistics and information retrieval. The projects are: understanding the roles of health professionals; communication in healthcare; the media and medicine; the organisation of healthcare; factors that influence health and illness; and ethical issues in healthcare. Upon successful completion of year zero, you will enter year 1 of the BM6 programme studying alongside year 1 student on the BM5 and BM(EU) programmes.

Assessment methods

Year zero prepares you to successfully enter and undertake Year 1 of the BM6 programme alongside year 1 students on the BM5 programme. You will learn by understanding principles and concepts and contextualising that learning by applying it in medical and patient focussed scenarios. The curriculum integrates a range of relevant disciplines, encouraging you to learn across levels (cells, tissues, systems and the whole individual). There are two semesters in Year zero and two modules of study per semester. In each semester there is one module entitles Human Structure and Function and one module entitled Professional Practice. In Human Structure and Function you will learn aspects of anatomy, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry, in an integrated approach, as applied to selected body systems. Basic concepts of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology maybe introduced where appropriate to facilitate your understanding. In Professional Practice you will have the opportunity to develop your professionalism and appreciation of some of the demands of a career in medicine. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of healthcare environments throughout the year to help you develop appropriate professionalism. The placements will also facilitate development of your skills of observation, recording and communication. Professional studies discussion sessions at the university will help you reflect on your learning, apply theory to practice and produce a portfolio of your placement experiences. The placements are focussed around projects, the topics of which reflect the three themes of all the BM programmes: Communication, Diversity, and Team Working, Leadership and Patient Safety. In addition you will gain an understanding of some of the key concepts in sociology and psychology as applied to medicine. Throughout your Year zero there is particular emphasis (both structured and self-directed) of further development of your key skills, particularly numeracy and statistics, information retrieval, IT, team work, critical thinking and study skills. Students entering year zero do so from very diverse backgrounds and we encourage you to build on your own existing learning and experience. This is aided by you being in a relatively small group setting and a supportive learning environment. Each semester's learning will be assessed using a range of methods including written examination papers, practical reports, presentations, essays and production of a portfolio. The assessment methods and type of examination questions are similar to those your will undertake in Years 1 and 2 of the BM6 programme and so prepare you for the years to follow. In order to progress to BM6 Year 1 you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all 8 components: four of which are coursework and four of which are examinations. Students who fail in any component will be required to resubmit work in the case of a failed coursework component or take a supplementary examination in the case of a failed examination component. Students are not normally allowed to repeat Year 0.learning. This is aided by you being in a relatively small group setting and a supportive learning environment. Each semester's learning will be assessed using a range of methods including written examination papers, practical reports, presentations, essays and production of a portfolio. The assessment methods and type of examination questions are similar to those your will undertake in Years 1 and 2 of the BM5 programme and so prepare you for the years to follow. In order to progress to BM5 Year 1 you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all 8 components: four of which are coursework and four of which are examinations. Students who fail in any component will be required to resubmit work in the case of a failed coursework component or take a supplementary examination in the case of a failed examination component. Students are not normally allowed to repeat Year 0.

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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Medical Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Clinical medicine
71%
low
Pre-clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
33%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£32,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Construction and building trades
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Clinical medicine

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£36k

£36k

£43k

£43k

£48k

£48k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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