University of East Anglia (Gateway Year)


The University of East Anglia is home to Norwich Medical School. The course focuses on relating learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing practical experience and clinical skills as well as your theoretical knowledge from the very start. Students at UEA start clinical placements early in their first year, ensuring they get a solid grounding in practice before entering full-time clinical attachments.

The Gateway Year aims to equip students with the academic skills and knowledge neeedd to progress onto the five-year standard Medicine course.

Unlike many medical schools, UEA consider UCAT score post-interview to decide which interviewed candidates to give offers to. This means that candidates with a very strong UCAT score can compensate for a weaker interview performance and vice versa. Norwich is an ideal choice for applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements and have a strong UCAT score.

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

Key Points

  • Foundation Year Entry
  • Widening Participation Criteria
  • Optional MSc Intercalation
  • UCAT

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01603 591515
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Learning is organised in system-based modules. You'll used problem-based learning techniques in small groups as well as spending time in clinical environments.
At Norwich you'll see patients within your first month!
Successful completion of the Gateway Year guarantees entry to Y1 medicine.
Course length6 years
BSCMSc intercalation optional
Intercalation between years 3 and 4 at Masters level only. This is optional.
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard Entry - 5 years
A104 Medicine with a Gateway Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaNorwich, Norfolk
UEA is a campus university located in the heart of Norfolk. The campus is famous for its Brutalist architecture, but also has an abundance of green space and parklands. The campus is relatively large and houses all the amenities a student could need including food outlets, a bar and gym facilities.
Social lifeThere are plenty of societies and sports clubs to join at UEA including medic specific sports clubs and academic societies covering the various medical specialties. UEA campus is linked to Norwich City by a short bus ride. Norwich is known for thriving independent pubs, restaurants, cafes and the outdoor market so you won’t be stuck for things to do on the weekend.
Interview styleMMI
7 stations of 5 minutes each
Interview datesDec-Feb
Interview topics
  • Decision making
  • Teamwork
  • Caring and supportive attitude
  • Empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight into medicine as a career
  • Personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    No threshold score used in the selection process.
    UCAT subsection scores are used along with GCSEs to rank applicants for interview. Overall cognitive score is used with interview ranking to select applicants to receive offers. The SJT score is included in overall interview score.
    For 2019 entry, the average score of successful applicants was 2401, with the lowest score receiving an offer being 1950.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs used as part of shortlisting process
    Minimum requirements: 6 GCSEs at grade B/6 including MATHS and either two single science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Science
    A-levelBBB or ABC
    Subjects required: Any subject combination accepted
    Retake policyA Level Resits are not considered.
    Applicants who do not meet the GCSE requirement MUST be resitting GCSE’s and predicted to achieve the required grade.
    Scottish highersAdvanced Highers accepted only
    Scottish advancedCCC
    Subjects required: Any subject combination
    IB32 points
    Subjects required: 3 Higher Level subject at grade 5, any combination of subjects is accepted
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A - this course is designed for students who are in the 13th year of education or left school no more than three years prior to the course start date
    Applications in 19/20data not available
    Interviews in 19/20data not available
    Offers in 19/20data not available
    Success rate in 19/20data not available


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