King's College London

Overview

King’s College London is home to the GKT School of Medical Education, formed in 1998 with the merging of the originally independent Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ schools of medicine. Teaching at these medical schools dates all the way back to 1173, with a great deal of history associated with studying of King’s with notable alumni including Joseph Lister and John Keats. The curriculum at King’s was been recently redesigned and takes an integrated approach, blending the basic medical sciences with clinical practice from early on.

Both UCAT and GCSEs are considered when scoring applicants for interview shortlisting. Therefore applicants with strong GCSE or secondary school performance as well as a competitive UCAT score are ideal candidates for King’s College.

Key Points

  • London
  • UCAT
  • Integrated Course
  • Optional Intercalation

Insider’s Guide to King’s Medical School London from Raghav K, King’s Medical Student

What makes King’s unique to other medical schools?

Well, if you’re someone who enjoys human anatomy quite a bit, King’s can offer you some wonderful learning tools that are really unique! King’s is one of the few universities to offer full body dissections. It is also home to the Gordon Museum, which is the largest medical museum in the UK. Medicine students can have a look at over three thousand specimens housed here. King’s also has many varied topics to do your iBSc in – you can even do an iBSc in regenerative medicine! Finally, being in London means that you’ll be in a varied and diverse environment- you’ll really enjoy making friends from all over the world!

Course Structure at King’s Medical School

Year 1 at King’s Medical School

Year 1 is primarily theory based, covering a variety of modules related to cell biology, human anatomy, genetics, pharmacology and clinical skills. While visits to the clinic/hospital do not take place in first year, there are several clinical skills sessions which allow students practice skills such as taking blood pressure. Simulated interactions with actors are also common. Year 1 has a series of formative exams followed by an end of year summative exam.

Year 2 at King’s Medical School

A mix of theory and clinic. All lectures for the week are delivered on Mondays. There are two clinic days in a week- one in a GP practice and one in a hospital where you will be rotated through various wards. Students are put into a GP group composed of 7-8 students.

Year 3 at King’s Medical School

Clinical year. Students will have to choose a student selected component module within which they can do a project. SSC topics are varied and can even be non-medicine related. You can choose to do an intercalated BSc after this year.

Year 4 at King’s Medical School

Clinical year. Some modules concentrate on a study of population and global health. Students will also have to do a Quality improvement and evidence-based practice project in years 4 or 5.

Year 5 at King’s Medical School

As you guessed, another clinical year! Once again, you are rotated through general practice, medicine and surgery. You can also do a Student Selected elective in any part of the world that interests you. This gives students exposure to different healthcare systems found around the globe. There are courses which assist in transitioning from being a medical student to being a foundation doctor.

Teaching Style at King’s Medical School

What is the general teaching style at King’s? E.g. is it PBL/Traditional? etc.

King’s has a fairly traditional teaching style with a mix of full cohort lectures (online for now but expected to be in person from Jan 2022), tutorials, seminars, lab sessions and clinical skills sessions. First year concentrates on the foundations of medicine. Second year becomes much more clinical and furthers your understanding of medical sciences, albeit with a greater pharmacology element. Years three, four and five are almost entirely clinical. Small tutor groups are created in first year and are composed of roughly 16-18 students.

Does King’s offer dissection?

Yes! Dissections are a regular part of your timetable in first year and are done with your tutor group.

Does King’s offer a BSc? If so, how is the BSc year?

King’s offers an intercalated BSc as a separate course to medicine. You can do this after your third year. The best thing about King’s is that it gives you access to many world leading institutions- you can choose to do your iBSc in a variety of topics! You’ll also be able to interact with doctors and researchers who are leaders in their field and possibly even get published in the end!

What is the pre-clinical / clinical split like? Do you get early clinical exposure?

The course is divided into the first year being completely preclinical, second year a mix between theory and clinic and years three, four and five being primarily clinical. Now I understand that this might make first year sound a bit boring, but not to worry! Simulated patient interactions and clinical skills sessions take place quite often. This allows you to obtain those necessary skills required for interacting with patients.

Social Life at King’s Medical School

What are the clubs and societies like?

You’ll never run out of societies to join at King’s! Typically, every Wednesday in the week is left relatively free for attending club sessions. Societies here organize really exciting events you can attend. You could learn how to apply a plaster or learn how to suture! You could join an orchestra or learn how to fence! The number of activities that take place and endless.

What is the social life like?

King’s also has a very vibrant social life. Freshers’ week is filled with amazing activities for everyone. Guy’s campus has its own Guy’s Bar as well! By virtue of being in central London, King’s students will have a great social life. Everything is really easy to reach and you’re never too busy to not get the time to socialize.

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email [email protected]
Phone number 020 7836 5454
Course Information
Teaching style Integrated
The course is split into three phases: Phase I (year 1), Phase II (years 2+3) and Phase III (years 4+5). Phase I is largely lecture and seminar based with the amount of time spent at placement increasing with each phase.
Course length 5 years
BSC Yes, optional
Intercalated BSc is optional and taken between stages 2 and 3
Courses offered 3 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry - 5 years
A101 Extended Medical Degree Programme - 6 years
A102 Graduate Entry - 4 years
Graduate entry Yes
Foundation or access Yes
University Life
Local area London
Teaching is based at King's College's Guy’s Campus, located around London Bridge. Being located in the very centre of London has its benefits and is an amazing opportunity to enjoy everything the capital has to offer. You will undertake placements at around south London as well as south east England, including Kent and Sussex. Placements outside of London offer a different and rich perspective on clinical learning, complementing the experiences gained in central London hospitals.
Social life As well as all the benefits of studying and living in central London, students can also access all of the facilities and societies of King's College London as well as GKT-specific sports teams and societies.
Interview
Interview style MMI
6 stations, each around 5 minutes long
Interview dates Dec-Mar
Interview topics
  • Data interpretation
  • Communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Healthcare topics from the news
  • Admissions Tests
    UCAT UCAT Required
    For 2019, UCAT average for successful applicants was 2799. A-Level grades, personal statement and GCSEs are also considered when shortlisting candidates for interview.
    BMAT N/A
    GAMSAT N/A
    Academic Requirements
    GSCE GCSEs scored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirement: grade 6/B in English Language and Maths GCSEs are scored on number of A* grades regardless of subject, and this score is partially how candidates for interview are selected.
    A-level A*AA
    Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics
    Retake policy Applications from those resitting one or more of their school qualifications will be considered. 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.
    Scottish highers AAA
    Subjects also taken at Advanced Higher are not considered as part of the offer.
    Candidates must also offer National 5 Grade B in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.
    Scottish advanced AA
    Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
    Candidates must also offer National 5 Grade B in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.
    IB 35 points
    Subjects required: 3 Higher Level subjects at grade 766 including Chemistry and Biology
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only) 2:1 Honours degree
    Subject requirement: Any Biosciences subject
    All other (non-biosciences) graduates will be considered with minimum 2:1 AND grades AA at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry. The minimum GCSE requirements must also be met for graduate applications.
    Statistics
    Applications in 19/20 2881
    Interviews in 19/20 891
    Offers in 19/20 739
    Success rate in 19/20 approx 1 in 4

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    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    3 May 2021

    Do they accept gcse retakes ?

    Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

    4 May 2021

    So long as you meet the minimum requirements it shouldn’t matter how many attempts it took you to get the GCSE grade. If you’re unsure about your specific situation it’s always worth emailing the admissions office for some advice.

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    12 September 2021

    if i have an A in english but a C in maths with the correct requirements at A-Level, would i be able to get in?

    Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

    12 September 2021

    You will need a B in Maths, but retakes are also accepted.

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    15 September 2021

    Do they usually interview people with grades higher than A*AA?

    anonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    16 September 2021

    can i have chance getting into kings uni with ucat score 2690 with sjt band 3

    GandhiMedic Mind Tutor

    8 October 2021

    Nah m8 try again next year.

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    24 September 2021

    What are the entry requirements for Leaving Certifacte exams?

    Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

    24 September 2021

    The best thing to do is email the admissions team to double check but A*AA is roughly equivalent to H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 (all at Higher Level).

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    25 September 2021

    Would I stand a chance getting into Kings (Dentistry) with UCAT score 2870 but SJT band 4?

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    28 September 2021

    Are SJT band 4 generally rejected?

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    6 January 2022

    Yes

    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    3 October 2021

    So for 2022 entry is it still 5 years