How we select our students
Warwick Medical School has an innovative admissions process that assesses our applicants across a range of criteria to ensure that we select the students with the greatest potential to succeed on a four year medical degree.
This process, outlined below, includes the use of a selection centre to assess an applicant's aptitude for studying medicine.
There are three stages:
- Initial Application – UCAS form - The completion of the UCAS form is vitally important as it allows the Medical School to assess whether the candidate has the correct entry qualifications. Candidates should ensure that referees are aware of the course(s) they are applying for so that they may tailor their references. The UCAS form should be submitted by 15 October prior to the year that study starts. Please note that the institution code W20 and UCAS Course Code A101 should be used.
- UK Clinical Aptitude Test - As part of the admissions process, all applicants to Warwick Medical School for 2011 and 2012 admission must sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test. This focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals. It is NOT a test of scientific knowledge. The test helps us to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for the Warwick MB ChB. The test can normally be taken any time between July and September.
The dates for 2011 (these may be subject to change)
It is important that candidates check the UKCAT website for confirmation of testing dates.
Registration opens: 3 May 2011
Testing begins: 5 July 2011
Registration deadline: 23 September 2011
Last testing date: 7 October 2011
- The Selection Centre - Invitations to attend a Selection Centre are based upon the UCAS form and the UKCAT score.
Invitations to Selection Centre will be sent out by email in early January. Applicants are encouraged to check their email regularly, and respond promptly to any invitation they receive.The Selection Centre will take half a day. Although this is a competitive process, we try to put candidates at their ease. Trained assessors observe candidates completing tasks including a group based task, written exercise and structured interview and judge them on a set of predetermined criteria.
- For 2011 entry the dates for attendance at Selection Centre are Monday 21 – Thursday 24 March 2011.
Reaching our decision
After selection centre, candidates' scores are considered by the course selectors. Decisions are made after thorough consideration. Successful candidates may receive a conditional offer where the offer is subject to, for example, the outcome of final examinations for undergraduate degrees. Alternatively, an unconditional offer may be made where a candidate does not need to meet any further requirements to be admitted to the degree course. We will aim to make offers as soon as possible after the selection centres have taken place. As part of our offer process we require applicants to complete a Fitness to Practise Declaration Form. All offers are conditional upon receipt of this completed form, in order that the Medical School may responsibly provide appropriate support when applicants enrol.
Unsuccessful candidates may request feedback from the School to explain the reasons for the University's decision.
We do not accept deferred entry applicants. Deferred entry may only be considered in exceptional circumstances by the Director of Admissions once an offer has been made and accepted. Before being permitted to defer, a candidate must fulfil any conditions that have been placed on the offer.
The deadline for applications to Warwick Medical School via UCAS is 15 October each academic year. Applications cannot be accepted after that date.
Warwick Medical School is permitted by the Department of Health to admit a certain number of overseas candidates each year. They are required to meet the same entry criteria and go through the same process as home/EU candidates, and must satisfy the University that their standard of English is acceptable for study. For more information on these requirements, please visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/international/prospective/englishlanguage/