Admissions Process

What qualifications do I need?

To study at KMMS, you must possess the abilities, commitment and personal qualities that are necessary to deliver the core NHS values and become an excellent doctor.

When selecting our students, we look for:

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a number of skills and attributes
  • A realistic and committed attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care,compassion and improving lives
  • An understanding of the NHS core values and the ability to reflect on their importance
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with dignity and respect
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s points of view
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Academic achievement and potential

Entry requirements

From 2020, we want to educate and support pioneering students who are right for the profession. Our student doctors will become committed and compassionate practitioners who are really in touch with their patients and committed to improving their future health and care experience.

We expect academic ability, but equally we are looking for the right personal qualities that people require in a good doctor; someone who is able to demonstrate understanding of the core NHS values.

Minimum entry requirements:

QualificationGrades requiredRequired subjects
GSCE or equivalent Normally A* to B or 9 to 6 5 subjects which must include English Language and Mathematics. We also require Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Double Science will be accepted as an alternative to the three separate sciences.
A Level (or equivalent) AAB* 1st A level group Chemistry, Biology 2nd A level group Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Psychology, Physics, Computing/Computer Science 3rd A level group Any other A Level except General Studies/Critical Thinking
International Baccalaureate 34 points Must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level 6 and one further Higher Level subject in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology at grade 6
Degree 2:1 or above Biology or Biosciences-related subject.  Most Health Professions degrees also accepted.
BTEC Not accepted
Please note that all practical assessments in Science GCSEs and A Level must be passed.

* Offer ABB or  BBB for contextual admissions

Additional information

  • All students must have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health Check
  • All students must have taken the UCAT (Universities Clinical Aptitude Test) before applying
  • Applicants who have studied an Access to Medicine programme will be considered for entry unless they are within three years of sitting A Level or Degree exams. We will accept a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Applicants should achieve 15 credits in Chemistry or Biology with at least 12 graded level-3 credits at Distinction
  • We will consider applicants who have an upper second class honours degree in Biology or a Biosciences-related subject for entry onto the first year of our BM BS degree
  • Due to the highly integrated nature of our programme, we are only able to accept applicants into the first year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate.

  • Resits
    • GCSE resits: We will accept GCSE resits towards the minimum requirements 
    • A Level resits:  We will not accept applications from candidates who have re-sat A Levels unless there are extenuating circumstances.  We will require formal evidence of any extenuating circumstances to support your application and this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Deferred entry

Applicants cannot apply for deferred entry for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme. However, if you are made an offer and your circumstances then change, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can consider your request for deferral. 

Literacy and numeracy

All applicants must have qualifications in English and mathematics equivalent to at least GCSE grade 6 or B. 

Overseas candidates from countries listed in the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries are exempt from this requirement for Tier 4 purposes. However, you must still meet our English language requirements which are detailed in the table below.

Accepted English Language QualificationKMMS Required Scores
IELTS Academic 7.0 overall and a minimum of 7.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)
Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency (CAE/CPE) 191 overall with a minimum of 184 in Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening
TOEFL iBT 104 overall including at least 26 in all components
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 70 overall with 70 in each component

Contextual data

We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds to seriously consider medicine as a career.

KMMS is committed to widening participation to medical degrees and has ambitious targets to recruit students who have the talent and aspiration to study medicine and are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contextualisation is a method of assessing a student's academic achievement within its proper educational and social context.  We shall therefore be seeking information on schooling, area of residence and possibly certain household-related data in order to review applications.

We will guarantee an invitation to interview for applicants who meet the standard entry requirements and our required UCAT score if they are:

  • Currently studying at schools in the Kent & Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), a partner school or college of either Canterbury Christ Church University or the University of Kent or at a University of Kent Academies Trust school.

Eligible students from a widening participation background will be considered for a  lower conditional academic offer of either ABB or BBB.  Further consideration will be given to widening participation applicants at all stages of the admission process. For example, if an applicant has not had the opportunity to take up an NHS work placement we will take into consideration other relevant experience as part of your application and within the interview process. 

The extenuating circumstances process

If an applicant has extenuating circumstances then we would expect the relevant examination boards to be informed so that the appropriate adjustments can be made.

If an applicant has extenuating circumstances at the point of application which include ongoing issues that have affected their studies or application form then it is possible to flag these issues through the ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ process.

Extenuating circumstances include:

  • Significant caring responsibilities, recent bereavement or serious illness within immediate family
  • Being estranged from family or key family members
  • Serious disruption to the provision of education at School or College
  • Other serious disruption where the school/college/doctor or social worker feels that this information should be considered.

In these cases an extenuating circumstances form should be completed and returned by 15 October 2019. The form may be completed by a teacher, doctor or social worker. This information will be considered by the Admissions Committee during the selection process.

If an applicant’s circumstances change after submission of this form then the Admissions Operations Manager should be informed. If the candidate is sitting A Level or Degree exams then the appropriate authorities should also be notified.

UCAS process

To apply for a place on our BM BS* degree, you will need to:

  1. Complete an application through UCAS
  2. Take the UCAT test

If you are applying for September 2020 entry, then please see our key dates:

2019

Early May

UCAS Course Search opens

May 1

UCAT Registration and booking opens

Late May

UCAS Apply opens for applicants

July 1

UCAT Testing begins

Early September

Applications may be submitted

September 18 at 5pm

UCAT Registration and online booking closes

October 2

Last test date for UCAT

October 15 at 6pm

UCAS Application deadline

Early November

UCAT results delivered to universities

November

Invitations to MMIs start to be sent

December

MMIs start

2020

March

Decisions sent to UCAS

* Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.

UCAT process

The UCAT (Universities Clinical Aptitude Test) is a requirement for all applicants who wish to apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme at KMMS.  For the latest information about the UCAT process and  timings please visit the UCAT website.

You can use the the UCAT test centre locator on the UCAT website to find your nearest test centre.

To prepare for the UCAT we advise students to use the free practice materials available on the UCAT website.

UCAT offer a bursary to cover the test fee for students in financial need. You will need to apply for this here.

Please note that as we are a new medical school, we cannot publish our accepted UCAT score from the previous year as a guide, as we do not yet have one.

The UCAT scores will be used alongside our entry criteria when initially assessing applications.  There will be a further review of contextual data and applicants' personal statements before the final selection for MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) takes place.

The UCAT bursary scheme opens on 1 May 2019 and closes on 18 September 2019 at 5pm

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

MMIs will take place from December and are a mandatory part of the application process. There will be a number of dates for the MMIs throughout the UCAS application cycle.

When selecting our students, we will be looking for:

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a number of skills and attributes
  • A realistic and committed attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • An understanding of the NHS core values and the ability to reflect on their importance
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with dignity and respect
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s points of view
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Academic achievement and potential

Parents or friends are welcome to attend with you but will not be permitted to sit with you during the MMI or in the waiting room.

We also want you to be as comfortable as possible, so we don't apply any particular dress code.  Please bear in mind that the day may involve some walking across campus.

We will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments you require on the day of your MMI but we will need you to inform us in advance.

Disclaimer. This information is for indicative guidance only. Final details of our policies and practices are still being discussed and approved, subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s quality assurance programme. Final details will be published on this website by 1 September 2019.

Overview

Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) is a new medical[LM(1]  school that will educate and inspire the next generation of Doctors.  With excellence at the heart of everything it does, KMMS has a passion for innovation, collaboration and people-centred medicine.

KMMS is an exciting collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, which builds on each institution’s existing high-quality clinical teaching and research strengths.

From September 2020, KMMS will educate aspiring doctors to deliver 21st-centruy medicine.  We want to attract talented students from all backgrounds within the local community and beyond, and offer opportunities to help transform the future of healthcare. 

Successful graduates will receive a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)* degree which will be jointly awarded by both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent.

KMMS is working in partnership with the highly regarded and well-established Brighton and Sussex Medical School for support and quality assurance purposes.

*Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s quality assurance programme.

Job prospects

Throughout your five years studying at KMMS you will be supported by excellent academic advisers and medical professionals, so by the time you graduate you will be fully prepared for a career as a doctor at the cutting-edge of medicine.

The course offers you diverse career opportunities and experience to reach your full potential to practice medicine across primary care, acute care, community and mental health settings, as well as the major medical and surgical specialities. KMMS graduates may also choose careers in research, medical education, digital medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, corporate (eg pharmaceutical, life insurance, healthcare management) and public policy/government.

Course and Lecturers

The course is studied full time over five years.

KMMS has an integrated systems-based approach and students will begin clinical placements in week eight of Year One.    There will be six week-long placements in Primary and Community health care settings in Year One and seven weeks in Year Two. 

The Founding Dean of KMMS, Professor Chris Holland, practices clinical medicine as an intensive care consultant and has worked in university and medical school leadership roles for a decade.

The clinical and academic team are all experts in their chosen fields who are committed to creating a medical school for the future.  More details can be found on our website (this will be the case in a couple of weeks)

Students Union

As a KMMS student you’ll automatically become a member of the Students’ Union at both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent. You’ll be able to access support and join clubs and societies at both unions.

You’ll also be represented through the Course Representative system, so you can be sure that your concerns are listened to and you’ll have the same opportunities as students at either university to shape your educational experience.

Of course, you’ll be able to access the facilities at both the unions as well, including cafes, bars, sports facilities and social spaces.

Accommodation

KMMS students will have twice the choice when it comes to accommodation, as you’ll be eligible to stay in Canterbury Christ Church University or the University of Kent’s student accommodation for your first year.

Both universities offer a range of options including en-suite bedrooms and disabled-access in self-catered flats which are modern, fully furnished and close to campus. All bills including WiFi and contents insurance are also included in the rent.

Accommodation is guaranteed if you apply before the deadline. From your second year at the School, you’ll be able to choose between a range of high-quality private options in Canterbury, including student houses and flats, and private residence halls.

Facilities

You’ll benefit from specialist, state-of-the-art facilities at both universities, including computer labs, clinical skills facilities, GP and hospital simulation suites, an anatomy learning centre, as well as lecture theatres and multi-functional learning spaces to allow for solo and group working.

There are excellent library facilities at each campus which you will have access to as well as using resources at local NHS providers.

City Life

Canterbury is a cosmopolitan and bustling city in an historic UNESCO world heritage site.   There is a thriving cultural scene with access to theatres, art galleries and a host of venues to hear live music. 

Canterbury also has lots of entertainment options, including all the pubs, bars and clubs befitting of a student city, and options to suit a student budget, too.

If you need to get away from it all, you’ll be only a short bus ride from the Kent coastline, with its attractive beaches, and an hour from London. 

Clubs and Societies

As a member of the Student’s Union at both campuses you’ll be able to join a wide array of clubs and societies, covering academic subjects, religions and cultural groups and a diverse range of hobbies. Plus, if there isn’t a society already representing your interests, you’ll be able to start your own!

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to get involved in university sports, as between them, both unions have teams involved in over 40 sports. Many of these clubs allow you to play on a competitive level, in the British Universities and College Sport leagues.

To facilitate some friendly competition between both universities behind KMMS, there’s even the annual Varsity series to look forward to.

Student Support

KMMS offers a supportive, nurturing environment for its students. Your Personal Academic Tutors will be your first port of call when it comes to your academic process, but will also look out for your welfare and give minor crisis support.

All first-year medical students will be assigned a buddy, who will help you settle into life at the medical school, and you’ll have the opportunity to become a buddy too, when you reach your second year.

The Student Support team provides a drop-in service where you can get help with clinical placements, exams and other issues. Plus, a whole range of support services are available through both unions, including a student helpline and a scheme supporting safe socialising for students in the city.               

International

Canterbury is a cosmopolitan destination. Both universities working in partnership to deliver teaching at KMMS attract large numbers of international students, with the University of Kent welcoming students of over 155 nationalities.

Postgraduate

At the moment, you can only study the BM BS at Kent and Medway Medical School, which is an undergraduate qualification.

There are opportunities at both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University to study a wide range of post-graduate courses including the Postgraduate medical education programmes  run by Christ Church and the Physician Associate Studies MSc that is also a collaboration between the two universities.

 

Fees

UK Students per Year:

Tuition fees for UK students have not yet been set by the government for 2020, when the first intake will start at KMMS, but as a rough guide, the current maximum fees are £9,250 for UK and EU students.

International Students per Year:

International student fees are available for 2020: students from outside the EU can expect to pay £55,000 per year.

Scholarships and Bursaries

KMMS offers a financial support package, which does not have to be paid back when you’ve completed your studies. Not everyone will be eligible for support, you can check the eligibility criteria on the KMMS website to see if you might be able to apply.

UK students will also be able to apply for a tuition fee loan and a means-tested maintenance loan from the government.

Academic Strengths

KMMS is an exciting collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, building on each institution’s existing high-quality clinical teaching and research strengths.

Entry Requirements

To study at KMMS, you must possess the abilities, commitment and personal qualities that are necessary to deliver the core NHS values and become an excellent doctor.

At KMMS they look for qualities other than just academic achievements in its prospective students.

You’ll normally need at least 5 GCSEs rated A* to B or 9 to 6.  This must include English Language and Maths.  KMMS also requires Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Double Science will be accepted as an alternative to the three separate sciences.

 

  At A Level, you’ll need AAB, which must include either Chemistry or Biology, and you’ll need 34 points if you studied International Baccalaureate.

KMMS also offers contextual admission, for more information please visit the website. www.kmms.ac.uk


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