University of Reading has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Train to become a fully qualified physician associate with our MPAS Physician Associate Studies programme. Gain the skills and knowledge to become a physician associate: a healthcare professional trained in the medical model, being developed across the NHS. As a member of a medical team, work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP practices, supporting the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Taught by experts from the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and the School of Biological Sciences, this course offers:
- Industry-specific training. Designed in partnership with our local NHS partners to respond to career needs within the NHS, our course offers you the most relevant, practical content.
- Teaching from medical experts. You will be taught by NHS staff and academics whose research prevents disease, improves diagnoses, develops new therapies and advances clinical practice. Everyone who teaches you has on-the-ground experience.
- Clinical placements. Take part in placements within both primary and secondary healthcare settings throughout your degree.
- one-day placements in different healthcare environments
- professional skills training, including reflective practice and communication
- knowledge of public health and nutrition, with reference to patient care and clinical practice.
- take medical histories
- perform examinations
- diagnose illnesses
- analyse test results
- develop management plans.
Sample modules may include: *Anatomy and Physiology *Public Health and Nutrition *Medicines in Healthcare *Pathology *Clinical Skills Please note that all modules are subject to change. Visit our website for more information on course structure.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB||A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||including relevant science modules.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits M: 15 credits||including relevant science units.|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB||including relevant science units.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A - B||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, when studied alongside Biology and Chemistry.|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Mathematics & English at grade C (or 4). International Baccalaureate Standard Level 4 also acceptable.|
Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBC including A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||We require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.|
|PTE Academic||69||We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Trinity ISE||Merit||We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|