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 2019 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


Our course will help you to develop the core competencies in medicine, gain key teamwork skills and understand the workings of the internationally admired NHS (National Health Service). It has been designed to equip you with the clinical expertise and confidence needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a Foundation doctor, while encouraging you to develop into an independent life-long learner with critical thinking skills and a caring and compassionate attitude. Throughout the course, teaching is informed by our research and encourages you to develop a questioning, evidence-informed approach to clinical practice.
Your course will take a systems-based approach addressing the sciences, ethics and clinical application in an integrated fashion over Years 1 and 2, along with very early clinical experiences with patients from the first term.
The systems will be revisited over Years 3 to 5, with the focus increasingly on clinical practice in settings ranging from specialised acute tertiary hospitals to community practice. You will learn about people from an array of different backgrounds with a wide range of health problems. After Finals you will undertake a Foundation Apprenticeship when you will work with a Foundation Doctor to deliver care for patients and undertake delegated tasks under careful supervision.

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

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 AAA - AAB 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 AAA - AAB 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.
Although we are happy to consider applications from graduates but there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston.

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

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT in 2018 to be considered for 2019 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) 7.5 Applicants who are asked to take the IELTS must achieve an overall score of 7.5, 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 £38,850 * Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*The fees listed above are confirmed for 2018 entry. Tuition fees will be reviewed each year and may be subject to increase in line with government recommendations (including an international student levy on clinical placements) for 2019 entry. 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