Lancaster University (Gateway Year)


Lancaster Medical School is a relatively new medical school, having taken their first students in 2012. Lancaster is one of the smallest medical schools in the UK which fosters a supportive and tight knit community-like environment. The course is delivered through a mix of problem-based learning, traditional lectures and clinical anatomy teaching. Students benefit from early clinical contact, with the opportunity to meet their first patients within the first year. By year two, students will spend two days per week on hospital placement while also engaging in a variety of community-related activities. Early patient contact allows students to practise your history-taking and examination skills, whilst providing a real-life context for your learning.

Lancaster’s Medicine with Gateway Year programme is designed for students who are not eligible to apply directly to the standard medicine course. In this year, you will study a range of modules designed to prepare for studying medicine and surgery.

Applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements are ranked according to BMAT score for interview shortlisting. Therefore, if you have performed well in the BMAT, you stand a good chance of gaining an invitation to interview.

Please note that this program is only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • BMAT
  • Optional Intercalation
  • Widening Participation Criteria

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01524 594547
Course Information
Teaching stylePBL
The course is delivered through problem based learning initially. In small groups of usually 7 or 8, you will explore realistic patient-based scenarios that resemble the clinical situations you may face in the future as a doctor. Your group will identify what you need to learn in relation to the scenario, and then you will independently research the topics, drawing on resource lists, seeking information and critically appraising its worth.
Course length6 years
BSCYes, optional
There is the opportunity to intercalate at both BSc and Masters level.
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry - 5 years
A104 Gateway Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaLancaster
Lancaster is a small, historic city in the county of Lancashire. Lancaster Castle is still owned by Her Majesty the Queen! The University is campus-based and divided into 9 colleges each of which has it's own character and traditions, acting as your home from home.
Social lifeThe campus contains all the facilities you'll need as new student including grocery store, gym and libraries. You'll spend your first year living within your chosen college, which is a great opportunity to make new friends. Another advantage of living on-campus is easy access to the wide range of sports teams and societies on offer.
Interview styleMMI
Including group task to assess suitability for PBL curriculum
Interview datesJan-Feb
Interview topics
  • Suitability for the course teaching style
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Knowledge of the NHS
  • Realistic understanding of medicine as a career
  • Reflections on work experience
  • Admissions Tests
    BMATBMAT Required
    Applicants are ranked by BMAT for interview shortlisting. For 2020-entry the BMAT cutoff to be invited to interview was 8.3
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used for selection beyond minimum requirements
    Requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved grade B/6 in Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English Language
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry Applicants should be predicted at least BBB and no more than ABB. Applicants predicted AAB or higher should apply to the A100 5-year course.
    Retake policyA-Levels must be achieved in one sitting after two years of study
    Scottish highersPlease contact admissions team
    Scottish advancedPlease contact admissions team
    IBPlease contact admissions team
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A
    Applications in 19/2068
    Interviews in 19/2024
    Offers in 19/2013
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 5


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