University of Leeds

Degree level: Undergraduate

Gateway Year to Medicine

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Course summary

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At the University of Leeds we know that finding a place to study Medicine can be challenging and very competitive. To help more widening participation applicants enter the field of Medicine, we have launched a new Gateway to Medicine course. This course is therefore designed specifically for students from widening participation backgrounds hoping to take their first steps into Medicine. Progressing onto our MBChB course During your first year on the course, you’ll study material to refine your scientific understanding, develop your study skills and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed as the course develops. After successfully completing this Gateway year, including reaching the required grades on the assessment elements of the course, you’ll progress to the five standard years our established MBChB course. Connect and develop Our curriculum combines thorough training in the medical sciences with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and communication with tutors, healthcare professionals, patients and service users. You’ll continually build and reinforce your core professional skills, throughout the course. Clinical experience at Leeds is second to none. After progressing from the Gateway year, you’ll have early patient contact and then increasingly build your experience. The diversity of the region and our strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practices means that we offer a wide range of placements. We are a recognised leader in patient and carer involvement. Our Patient Carer Community contributes to teaching, learning and assessment, giving our students invaluable insight into the experience of people with a medical condition or disability, and their carers. Learning and teaching Our approach to teaching and learning is founded on best educational practice and innovative delivery, from your Gateway Year through to your final years of refining your clinical communication and skills. Outstanding learning resources in our Health Sciences Library and Clinical Practice Centre support your learning, complemented by a range of learning technologies. Early exposure to clinical settings allows you to start developing your consultation and practical skills, and your own style as a doctor. We are one of few medical schools to offer exposure to cadaveric dissection, helping to provide a more authentic learning experience. You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research and educational scholarship. We will encourage you to develop independent learning and research skills through the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies strand which runs throughout the course. The five year MBChB course incorporates student-selected components, elective experience and a 14-month final project to encourage a critical approach to evidence-based medicine. You’ll experience self-directed and group learning, and whether you’re recording your development in your e-portfolio, testing your decision-making in the virtual health community resource or using mobile devices in clinical practice, you’ll find technology embedded in the course. Case-based learning supports you in integrating your growing knowledge with the real patients you meet. Inter-professional learning ensures you develop good leadership and team-working skills with other professional groups. We take the health and well-being of our students seriously. Regular contact with your personal tutor guides your academic progress and personal development, to enable you to achieve your full potential. Course tutors and support staff are all on hand to help. Once you’ve progressed from your Gateway Year you’ll be supported by your fellow-medical students through our MUMS scheme, where you are paired with first-year “siblings” and second-year “parents”, who mentor you and are there to help.

Course details


The course has been developed to provide a new Gateway to Medicine route for students who meet Leeds Widening Participation criteria. The course will equip students with effective study strategies and confidence in communicating with a wide range of people including health professionals and patients and carers. Students will develop appreciation of patient care and team roles and the patient journey within the context of the NHS and voluntary services through placement experience. The course will inspire confidence and ambition in students to ensure successful transition and progression through undergraduate medicine in Leeds.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

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Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*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!

Application codes

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Course codeA101
Institution code L23
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC including Chemistry or Biology. If Chemistry is not offered then Biology must be offered with either Physics or Maths at A level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 in 6 subjects minimum including Maths, English language and Science.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


To be eligible you must be living permanently in the UK, hold or be taking the required level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTECs, IB or equivalent) for the course you've applied to, have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds and meet two or more of the following criteria: • be from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below or in receipt of 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support with an income threshold of £25,000, or in receipt of free school meals during your GCSE studies • be in the first generation of your immediate family to go to university • attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score) • your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life • you live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education (see our online postcode checker) • you live or grew up in public care

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

All applicants must sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year they are applying. Only one result will be considered and this will be your first sitting of BMAT during the year you are applying. We do not accept other aptitude tests instead, eg the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The BMAT is a 2-hour paper-based test administered by the Admissions Testing Service in schools, colleges and accredited testing centres world-wide. We strongly recommend you prepare for the test. There are many materials to help you, including on the BMAT website. Find out more about BMAT on the Admissions Service website, including advice, practice tests and past papers.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For further information please see
Gateway Year to Medicine at University of Leeds - UCAS