University of Leicester


The University of Leicester has been training medical professionals for the past 40 years. The curriculum takes patient-centered approach with the integration of clinical attachments very early, from year 1. Leicester Medical School are keen to incorporate the latests and most modern technology into teaching, and generously provide all students with iPads to facilitate this. The facilities are modern, with a recent £42 million investment to create the most up-to-date learning environment. Leicester are one of the only medical schools to still provide the opportunity to perform full-body dissections, with fully-equipped and recently renovated dissecting rooms.

Leicester place equal emphasis on UCAT score and previous academic experience (such as GCSE performance or degree classification when selecting applicants to interview. Therefore it makes an ideal choice for candidates with a strong academic background as well as good UCAT performance. It’s also possible for an exceptional UCAT score to compensate for lower academic history, and vice versa, so it could also be a good choice for candidates who are extremely strong in either of these aspects.

Key Points

  • UCAT
  • Integrated Course
  • Optional Intercalation

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number0116 252 2969
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Patient-focused from the very beginning, with clinical attachments in each year of studies, starting with Year 1. All students are provided with iPads to help annotate lecture notes and group work.
Course length5 years
BSC Yes, optional
Intercalation is available at both BSc and MSc level
Courses offered 2 courses offered:
A100 Standard-Entry Medicine - 5 years
A199 Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaLeicester
The city of Leicester is a lively, culturally diverse student city with a huge variety of bars and clubs offering student nights and discounts. The campus is located close to the city centre. The campus is relatively compact, but still close enough to the city centre that everything you need is in easy walking distance.
Social lifeThe Student's Union is at the centre of the campus, acting as the social hub of the university, providing space to meet, eat and relax, and hosting the UK's only on-campus O2 Academy for great nights out. The 'SU' is also home to over 200 students clubs and societies covering sports, performance, media, cultures and faiths, politics and campaigning - plus societies for every academic subject.
Interview styleMMI
8 stations
Interview datesDec-Feb
Interview topics
  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Medical ethics
  • Empathy
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    You academic score (out of 32) will be combined with your UCAT score (also converted to a score out of 32) to make a total application score of 64. This total score will be used to decide which candidates to invite to interview.
    In 2020, the lowest UCAT interviewed was 1970. The average UCAT score of interviewed candidates was 2638.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs are scored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirements: grade B/6 in English Language, Maths and two sciences
    Please note that GCSE performance is used as part of the shortlisting process so many candidates will greatly exceed minimum requirements
    Scoring system: 8 GCSEs will be scored, including English Language, Maths, Double Science (or Chemistry and Biology) plus the 4 other best grades. Points will be awarded as follows: A*/8/9 = 4 points, A/7 = 3 points, B/6 = 1 point
    This score will be combined with UCAT score (50:50 weighting) to rank candidates for interview shortlisting
    Subjects required: A*AB may also be accepted if Chemistry or Biology is at grade A
    Retake policyResits in GCSE English Language or Maths will be considered from any applicant. Applicants who attain AAB or ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one or two subject(s).
    Scottish highersAAB Only accepted in combination with Advanced Highers at grade AA. The two sciences must be at Advanced Higher level.
    Scottish advancedAAA
    Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology, plus one: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology
    AA in Chemistry and Biology is also acceptable if AAB is offered in standard Highers.
    IB34 points
    Subjects required: grade 6 in 3 subjects at Higher Level including Chemistry or Biology, plus one of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.
    Grade 7,6,5 at Higher Level is also acceptable as long as Biology or Chemistry is at grade 6.
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Subject required: any discipline
    Additional requirements: applicants must meet the minimum GCSE requirements and also have BBB or ABC at A-Level with grade B minimum in Chemistry or Biology
    Applications in 19/202065
    Interviews in 19/201173
    Offers in 19/20828
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 3


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