Medicine BM6 Widening Participation (BMBS) at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

This integrated medicine course is only open to home applicants. This course is designed to widen participation in medicine. For example, you may be able to apply if you or your parent or guardian receive benefits, or you are the first in your family to apply for a higher education course. You'll study at one of the UK's major teaching hospitals, University Hospital Southampton, and at our purpose-built Life Sciences facilities on campus. You'll gain clinical experience from the start of your course, meeting patients in hospital and primary care settings. You'll also benefit from our world-leading medical research groups, carrying out your own in-depth project. As part of your degree you will attend weekend shifts as a healthcare support worker to experience multi-professional team working, take a student assistantship module in year 5, and undertake your own research project in year 3. You can take your year 5 elective anywhere in the UK, or abroad, apply for a Masters of Medical Science or a MSc at Southampton – or study for a BSc or MSc at another university – between year 3 and year 4 (known as intercalation). You can also take an optional French or Spanish language module in year 3. You can get involved in research and entrepreneurship. We work on life-changing treatments and therapies in partnership with industry and with experts in the physical sciences, computing, engineering and mathematics fields. You'll meet patients in clinical settings and will learn from volunteer patients, simulated environments and prepared patient cases. In year 3 students may be placed in partner trusts including Portsmouth and Winchester as well as Southampton. In the final 2 years of the programme students are placed across the Wessex region.


Compulsory modules year 0: Human Structure & Function 1; Human Structure & Function 2; Professional Practice 1; Professional Practice 2. Compulsory modules in year 1: Cardiopulmonary (CP); Foundations of Medicine; Locomotor; Medicine in Practice 1; Student Selected Units 1 and 2. Compulsory modules in year 2: Endocrinology and the Life Cycle; Gastrointestinal (GI); Medicine in Practice 2; Nervous System; Renal; Research for Medicine and Health. Compulsory modules in year 3: BM Research Project; Integration and Assessment; Medicine and Elderly Care; Primary; Medical Care and Long Term Conditions; Student Selected Unit 3; Surgery and Orthopaedics. Compulsory modules in year 4: Acute Care; Child Health; Clinical Ethics & Law; Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Genitourinary Medicine (O and G and GUM); Psychiatry; Specialty Weeks (Dermatology, Head & Neck, Neurology & Ophthalmology); Year 4 Written Assessment. Compulsory modules in year 5: Assistantship; Elective; Medicine Year 5; Personal Professional Development; Primary Medical Care; Student Selected Unit 4; Surgery; Year 5 Assessment and ILS

Assessment method

Completion of BM6 year zero prepares you to successfully enter year one and study alongside students starting the BM5 programme. Each semester you will be assessed using a range of methods including written examination papers, practical reports, presentations, essays and production of a portfolio. These are similar methods to those used in later years of the BM5/BM6 programmes, so this will help you prepare for future assessment. In order to progress from BM6 year zero you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all eight components: four elements of coursework and four 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 BM6 year zero.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades C (grade 4) or above, including English language, and either maths, biology and chemistry, or maths, additional science and science, or maths and combined science (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University). Non-academic entry requirements In addition to academic entry requirements, you will be assessed against our non academic criteria. Applicants must be able to show they: - Are self-motivated and resilient - Have reflected on and learnt from life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings) - Can communicate effectively - Are able to interact successfully with others - Can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) All applicants to the BM programmes are required to take the UCAT in the summer prior to making an application. For BM6, the UCAT score is used alongside all other information as part of the selection process. For further information, please visit Selection process: Please visit our How to Apply section for details of our Selection Process at Applicants must be 18 or over at the start of the course and meet both the eligibility and academic criteria to be considered for this course. Only Home students eligible. International applicants, graduate applicants, and students who have previously enrolled on a higher education course are not eligible to apply for the BM6 programme. In order to be eligible for the programme, applicants must meet three of the following six eligibility criteria. • First generation applicant to Higher Education (HE) – comes from a family where neither parent or guardian attended university in the UK or abroad and do not have HE qualifications. • Parents, guardian or self currently in receipt of a means tested benefit. • Young person looked after by a Local Authority (for a period of longer than 3 months). • Current resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation), or a member of a travelling family. • In receipt of free school meals during GCSE Years 10-11 (for at least one term/2 months) and/or 16-19 Bursary/EMA. (Gap year students may still select this criteria if they are on their first gap year directly after GCE A Levels).* • A current young carer**, either registered with the local council or with a reference from a teacher/tutor to confirm. *The bursary may cover free school meals, transport costs between home and college, text books/stationery/printing. The bursary criteria does not include the UCAT bursary or a bursary to pay for private school fees. **someone aged 25 and under who is the carer for a friend or family member, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. This does not include looking after siblings because parents are at work for example. Applicants should normally only submit eligibility criteria relating to one postcode/address and this is expected to be the address listed on the UCAS form. The IMD score will be checked and verified by the Faculty of Medicine. Parental/guardian means tested benefits will not normally be considered for mature employed applicants over the age of 21. An eligibility form will be emailed to all applicants in November along with three questions to answer (Please see the ''How to apply'' tab for further details about the questions). Please note all supporting documentary evidence of how an applicant meets the eligibility criteria will need to be supplied by the November deadline listed in the eligibility form. We do not accept supporting information after this date. Further details will be provided in the form when it is sent out.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7with no component below 7.0

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Medicine BM6 Widening Participation (BMBS) at University of Southampton - UCAS