University of Manchester

Medicine (6 years including foundation year) University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our Medicine MBChB with Foundation Year course enables students without the appropriate science qualifications to prepare for their medical degree.

You will spend your foundation year at the University and Xaverian College , and will start the five-year MBChB course upon successful completion of the foundation course.

The five-year MBChB course educates, trains and prepares students for practice in the healthcare systems of today and the future. We are largest medical school in the UK, with over 2,200 undergraduate medical students.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods to ensure you benefit from the best attributes of traditional and novel teaching methods.

The key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions in small groups, where students are proactive learners. This is supported throughout the course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience.

Our course integrates science and clinical learning so you are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to your clinical practice.

Upon graduation, you will be able to apply knowledge, intellectual and practical skills to understand and manage the complex healthcare needs of individuals and society. You will also develop the resilience to meet the demands of changing healthcare environments.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to meet the core requirements for junior doctors and entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council and apply for Foundation Year 1 posts.

Special Features

Extensive clinical experience

You will gain clinical experience in both hospital and community settings throughout the five years of the course. Read a blog post by one of our Year 1 students about her first GP placement.

Excellent reputation

We have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, including close links with the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre - the only academic health science centre outside of the south-east.

Whole body anatomy

You will learn about the intricacies of the human body through whole body dissection activities in our anatomy facilities.

Personalised learning

Our course offers the flexibility to create a bespoke education through the Personal Excellence Path .

Study in Europe

Have the opportunity to learn a language and go on an overseas placement through the European Studies option.

Intercalated degrees

Intercalate for a year to complete a BSc or master's degree in a subject of interest.

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 A104
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 Our standard A-level offer is AAA including: three arts/humanities subjects; two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.  

Combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together, are not acceptable. Two AS-levels in place of one A2-level will not be accepted.

Where any science offered includes a practical element, the practical element must also be passed.

If you have been invited to interview via our holistic assessment route and you are studying additional qualifications (over and above the standard offer) which have compensated for a lower UKCAT score, we may include these qualifications as part of our offer. We will only include subjects that you were studying at the point of application.

Achieved A-level grades

If you are applying with known A-level grades that meet the above requirements, you may be considered even if your GCSE grades do not reach the required standard.

However, you must have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum Grade C at GCSE or AS.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD At least Grades DDD in combination with one A Level at Grade A.
Access to HE Diploma We do not accept Access courses for application to A104. Please see the details for A106 MBChB 5-year programme.
Scottish Higher AAAA We require 4 Highers at Grades AAAA by the end of Secondary 5. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. English language and Maths, if not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level Grade 2 or above).

Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to Scottish Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.
AS We have no specific requirements at AS-level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible.

You may wish to evidence this on your application in a number of ways, for example:

- Studying four A-level subjects;

- Studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects;

- Taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects.  

We are aware that you may not be able to take the above qualifications at school or college and therefore we allow applicants to provide evidence of participating in other activities aimed at increasing social responsibility, for example, National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke of Edinburgh award in lieu of a formal qualification.

Please note that if your school is unable to offer any of the above, they should state this in the UCAS reference and you will not be disadvantaged as a result.

Applicants with a WP/WP Plus flag are exempt.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable for entry to Medicine and Principal Subjects are accepted in place of A-levels. D3 equates to Grade A at A-level. The same subject specifications as A-level apply.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 We require at least five GCSEs at Grade A or A*, which need not be in the sciences.

English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum Grade B. At least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum Grade C if not taken to AS/A2-level. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB.

If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the circumstances that prompted this.

We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.

Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points 36 points are required overall to include core points with at least 6,6,6 at Higher level.

If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at Grade B or above.

Higher level subjects should include either: Three arts/humanities subjects; two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H2 We require three Higher level subjects at Grade H1 and three Higher Level subjects at Grade H2. Subjects must include Mathematics and English Language.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D At least Grades D*D in combination with one A Level at Grade A.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD At least Grades DDD in combination with one A Level at Grade A.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma DD At least Grades DD in combination with two A levels at Grades AA.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D At least Grades D*D in combination with one A Level at Grade A.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* At least a Grade D* in combination with two A levels at Grades AA.
Scottish Advanced Higher AA We require at least two Advanced Highers at Grades AA by the end of Secondary 6. Any of the following combinations are acceptable:

- Three Advanced Highers;

- Two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject at Grade A;

- Two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher at Grade A.

Only one science subject would be permitted. You will also need Scottish Highers in addition to Scottish Advanced Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A-Level entry requirements.

We welcome applications from graduates or those in their final year of study towards an undergraduate degree. You should have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second (2:1) honours degree and should have achieved a minimum of BBB at A-level (32 in IB) in your first sitting.

The Foundation Year is not appropriate for graduates with a science degree. Please see our FAQ page . Graduate applicants with two sciences at A-level are also not considered for the Foundation Year course. Applicants who fulfil either of those criteria should apply to the 5-year course instead. Please note that we do not accept ordinary or ungraded degrees.

We do not accept A-level re-sits for the purpose of improving grades from graduates. UKCAT, Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE and English Language requirements also apply.

Graduates and final year undergraduates must offer an academic reference on their UCAS form.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

All applicants for the MBChB programmes (A104 and A106) will be required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). See the UKCAT website for more details and exemptions.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Institutions Own Test

Non-Academic Information Form. For entry in 2019, every applicant for A104 and A106 must complete an online information form with respect to non-academic activities. The information required will include details of work experience roles undertaken, main hobbies, interests and/or extracurricular activities, team working and motivation to pursue a career in dentistry. Access to this form will be provided by email once we have received your UCAS form.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 With no less than 6.5 in any one component taken at the same sitting.
PTE Academic 73.0 With no less than 73 in each of the communicative skills domains taken at the same sitting.

In most cases, we expect applicants to satisfy our English Language requirement by offering English language at GCSE Grade B or above (or a score of 5 in the International Baccalaureate diploma). IGCSE English at Grade B. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): An overall score of 185 with no less than 185 in each of the scoring domains taken at the same sitting. Please note that some scores only remain valid for two years. If you apply using a certificate gained over two years ago, at the point that you start your course, you will need to retake the test. If you hold English as a second language qualification, we will also require you to offer one of the Secure English Language Tests listed above. Please contact us prior to application if you are unsure how to satisfy these language requirements. Graduates: Graduates who have completed a degree conducted entirely in English at a UK institution may be exempt from the English language requirements. Please contact us if you are unsure. At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2019 have not yet been set. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2019 entry.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England.

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