King’s College London GKT School of Medical Education

Overview

King’s College London GKT School of Medical Education is made up of three hospital medical schools that were united in 1998 to become Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. With St Thomas’ Teaching Hospital dating back as far as 1173, there is a great deal of history attached to studying medicine at King’s. The medical school also boast being the largest healthcare training facility in Europe, as well as being ranked 17th in 2019 World University Rankings for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects. 

King’s usually accept applicants with a high average UCAT score, making it a competitive medical school to apply to. It boasts a new curriculum, introduced 4 years ago, which is set to train the medical leaders of tomorrow. Aiming to nurture students to be critical scientific thinkers, champions for mental health, leaders in service quality improvements and equipped to transform healthcare on a local and global scale. Students also benefit from being taught by clinical leaders in their fields, with fantastic learning opportunities with placements at Evelina’s Children’s Hospital as well as one of the countries largest hospital trusts, Guy’s and St Thomas’. 

The university has a diverse student body, with a very active students union, as well as support offered from the medical students association (MSA) which as a medical student you will have access to. GKT has many of its own sports teams and societies that you can join, as well as the wider KCL network of sports teams, clubs and societies that are open for medical students to join.

Key Points

  • London
  • High UCAT
  • Integrated Course
  • Russell Group

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0) 20 7836 5454
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Integrated: 1 year of pre-clinical with the following years being integrated
Course length4-7 years depending on course
A100 - Undergraduate course - 6 years (with opt-out iBSc)
A101 - Access Undergraduate course (EMDP) - 7 years (with opt-out iBSc)
A102 - Graduate course - 4 years
BSCYes - this is an opt-out iBSc
There are 18 different intercalating degree courses offered to medical students, the full list available here. Along with the possible option of studying an intercalated BSc at another institution.
Courses offered3 medical courses offered
Graduate entryYes
A102 - Graduate course - 4 years
Foundation or accessYes
A101 - Access Undergraduate course (EMDP) - 7 years (with opt-out iBSc)
University Life
Local areaLondon
Teaching is based at Guy’s campus at London Bridge, with trust sites being Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and Lewisham
Social lifeComing under the wider King’s College London University, the students union is very active with many sports teams, clubs and societies available to students. As well as GKT specific sports teams and societies.
London is a multicultural city with a vast population
Interview
Interview styleMMI
6 stations, each around 5 minutes long with a short break in between each station (usually 30 seconds).
Interview datesDecember - March
Interview dates usually run from early December to the first week of March based on previous years, with a break in the interview season over the festive period.
Invites to interview are sent out on a rolling basis from early November all the way to the end of February.
Interview topics
  • Interpretation of graphical data on a common medical issue, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Describe a picture, and why is this an important skill in medicine?
  • Resilience question
  • Common healthcare topic - something from the news or topics such as world health
    Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT averages of 707 (2018) and 725 (2017)
    Cut off score: not used
    Average UCAT Score: previous year UCAT Averages are:
    2828 (2018 entry)
    2900 (2017 entry)
    Weighting: 100% - They use the average overall UCAT score across all four subtests, as opposed to individual subtest scores, as well as the Situational Judgement Test score to help shortlist candidates for interview.
    BMATnot offered
    GAMSATnot offered
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s not used beyond minimum requirements
    Subjects required: English Language and Mathematics Grades required: grade 6/B in required subjects Other than these two required subjects and their minimum achieved grades GCSE’s are not considered in your application for medicine.
    A-levelA*AA
    Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
    Grades required: A*AA additionally if you are taking linear a levels in England, you must pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
    Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are subjects not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who as just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
    Grades predicted or achieved, along with your UCAT, personal statement and reference will be considered holistically as an overall application assessment.
    Retake policyYes
    King’s will consider applications from those resitting one or more of their school qualifications. However, candidates who have achieved or are predicted to achieve the typical entry requirements in their first sitting may be considered to have a more competitive application.
    It is recommended that applicants who have or are resitting, especially if multiple resits have been taken, ask their referees to include further information to provide a context for the student’s circumstances for resitting these examinations.
    Scottish highersAAA
    Subjects required: if only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, it must be offered at Higher level at grade A
    Grades required: AAA - grades must be achieved in one sitting.
    Please note that if English and Mathematics are not offered at Higher level, they are required at N5/ Standard credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B or higher.
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subjects required: Chemistry and/or Biology
    Grades required: AA - if one of the above is not offered at Advanced Higher it must be offered as grade A at Highers.
    IB35 points
    Subjects required: 3 Higher level subjects including Chemistry and Biology
    Grades required: Pass IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with 3 Higher level subjects at 766.
    Note that total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Biosciences degree needed
    Degree Subject: Bioscience graduate
    Degree Class:2.1 (upper second class honours) or international equivalent
    If you do not hold a bioscience degree, but hold a degree in any other subject at a 2.1 or above, you will be considered only if you also have grade AA A-levels in both Biology and Chemistry.
    Statistics
    Applications in 19/20 Total number of applicants: 2378
    Home applicants: 1262
    Home (EU) applicants: 287
    Home (Channel Island) applicants: <5
    Overseas: 621
    Interviews in 19/20 Total number of applicants interviewed: 802
    Home applicants: 716
    Home (EU) applicants: 65
    Home (channel Island) applicants:<5
    Overseas: 73
    Offers in 19/20Total number of offers: 696
    Home (EU) applicants: 63
    Home (Channel Island) applicants: <5
    Overseas: 20
    Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.4
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 1.2

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