Aston University, Birmingham

Medicine Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

Course details


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 method

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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Medical Council

How to apply

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

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code A100
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB - AAA 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
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.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
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 points 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.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAB - AAA Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA - AAB, to include chemistry and biology, in any order.

Undergraduate Degree: For applicants taking a degree, normally a minimum of an upper second class degree (2:1) is required. Either a BSc in a biological sciences related subject OR an alternative subject, plus A Levels in Chemistry and Biology at grades A and A in any order. The undergraduate degree must be from a recognised university. In addition applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as above. We cannot accept applicants transferring from different universities who are not completing their degree (this does not include foundation applicants which is mentioned below). Please ensure any UCAS application has complete information on current and previous education.
Although we are happy to consider applications from graduates but there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston.

Transfers - We cannot permit any transfers from applicants currently studying Medicine into our year 1 of our programme. We also cannot consider applicants if they are at another university for any course and are not applying in their final year of study.

International qualifications: In addition to A Level and IB grades we accept a range of overseas equivalent qualifications.

Foundation programmes: We accept some UK foundation programmes and these are considered on a case by case basis. Details of the foundation programmes we accept are available at

Full details qualification requirements can be found at

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Applicants are required to sit the UCAT in 2019 to be considered for 2020 entry onto the MBChB course. Further information can be found at

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

If you are successful beyond interview you will be required to submit a health questionnaire and complete an occupational health clearance check.


Aston Medical School will interview applicants using the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI's).
Aston University is committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable all applicants to participate fully in the selection process for the Medical Course (MBChB). The Enabling Team helps to facilitate this process by working independently from the academic school.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 Applicants who are asked to take the IELTS must achieve an overall score of 7, with a minimum score of 7 in each individual component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £41,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are uncertain whether you would be classed as an international fee payer for tuition fee purposes by us, please follow this simple guide by reading the information found here:

Sponsorship information

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.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Course contact details

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Undergraduate Admissions

0121 204 3000