MBBS Medicine with a Gateway Year

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

A-Level typical
BBB (2020/1 entry) See All Requirements
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Walk out into the world as a highly competent, empathic and confident doctor, with a course that gives you hands-on experience and rigorous training in modern practices from the very start.

Medicine at UEA is supportive and inclusive. We want everyone who has the passion and potential to succeed to have the chance to study here. As well as looking at your results we’ll look at the school you studied at, your family income, your area of residence, and whether you live in the East Anglian region.


The Gateway Year of this course will equip you with the academic skills and knowledge you will need to progress onto our five-year MB BS Medicine course. Complete it successfully and you’ll be well on your way to your career as a qualified doctor.

At Norwich Medical School we put patients at the heart of everything we do. With a curriculum approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) and developed in accordance with their standards, our MB BS degree in Medicine will see you embarking on placements almost immediately. So you’ll gain early exposure to the clinical practices essential to addressing the complex needs of patients in the 21st century. And you’ll graduate ready to use your skills and knowledge in your chosen field to improve the health of patients in your care.

Our rigorous training ensures we develop doctors who are knowledgeable scholars and scientists. And we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible quality of learning, in a supportive, nurturing and student-centred environment where you can reach your potential.

Highlights of Medicine at UEA

  • Learning with and from real patients, from the first month of your course
  • Exploring anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy facility, including dissection
  • Access to a varied range of clinical placements on acute hospital wards, specialist units and in general practice
  • Linking theory with practice across the course, including during small-group teaching sessions and within primary care placements
  • Developing your clinical skills with access to the world-class and architecture-award winning Bob Champion Research and Education Building, with its state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built clinical resource centre
  • Developing the art of communication through our excellent consultation skills programme, supported by dedicated tutors and role-players
  • A team of respected, highly experienced teaching and research academics, who’ll support your learning in our friendly, student-centred School
  • Strong networks for student support, including a dedicated and experienced team of senior advisers

Course Structure

What to expect in your Foundation (Gateway) Year

During your Gateway Year you will gain the academic skills and knowledge you need to progress to our five-year medical degree, and you’ll feel like a medical student from day one. As well as focusing on science and study skills, you will start developing your medical and clinical skills with dedicated healthcare modules delivered by Norwich Medical School.

What to expect after the Gateway Year

Upon successful completion of the Gateway Year, you will continue onto our five-year MB BS Medicine degree programme, which is organised into modules based on body systems. We aim to produce fully rounded medical graduates, so you’ll study the underpinning biological, social and clinical sciences of medicine, and then put theory into practice while on placements in hospitals and general practices.

Working in small groups, you’ll use problem-based learning (PBL) techniques to apply your learning to virtual scenarios and real patients. And you’ll undertake dissections on specimens and models to truly understand the structure and function of the human body. This is a practical, hands-on way to hone your knowledge and approach to medicine, allowing you to develop the relevant practical and communication skills in both simulated and real healthcare environments.

Teaching and Learning

We’ve developed a wide range of teaching methods to support your learning throughout the six years and to ensure you graduate with the essential skills required to become a competent doctor. These include:

  • Keynote lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes delivered by expert academics and clinical educators
  • Small group working using PBL techniques and extending into general practice-based teaching, allowing you to apply the theory you have studied to clinical patient scenarios
  • Consultation skills tutorials with tutors and actors to cultivate excellent communication skills
  • Clinical skills training throughout the course, including practical skills and simulated scenarios to ensure you are well prepared for practice when you graduate
  • Clinical placements allowing you to integrate theory with practice, with patient contact on most weeks of your course from the start
  • Shadowing in your final year – you’ll spend five weeks each in both medicine and surgery, working one-to-one with a recently qualified junior doctor; this will give you the chance to integrate the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated over the previous four years of study, and a real insight into what’s expected of you as a qualified doctor.
  • Developing professionalism – you’ll be given guidance throughout your primary and secondary care placements, to help you develop the values and behaviours that will enable you to become a safe, respected and trustworthy doctor.


We’ll assess your progress on a regular basis throughout the course, to support your learning and development, and to keep you on track to become a qualified medical practitioner.

In your Foundation (Gateway) Year this will include written exams at the end of the science module, and practical write-ups of laboratory experiments. In your Medicine modules you’ll be assessed through reflective writing (portfolio), presentations to your fellow students and written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ formats.

Assessments in later years of the programme will include Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at the end of each module and year.These are practical tests to assess your knowledge and clinical ability.

You’ll also have annual written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ formats, research method assignments, and an audit project on the Student-Selected Study component of your course.During your time with us you’ll build a working portfolio and write a short essay each year, reflecting on your own personal and professional development.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Study with us and you’ll have the option to extend your knowledge by arranging a self-funded, elective four-week placement in another country or elsewhere in the UK at the end of your fifth year. This is a great chance to broaden your horizons while experiencing medicine in another culture or in a specialist unit, making you an even more well-rounded and resilient doctor.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Master’s level) degree course after year four;or five. Currently our students have the option to take a Master’s in Clinical Research (MRes), in Clinical Education (MClinEd), in Molecular Medicine, Cognitive Neuroscience or in Health Economics (all MSc).

After the course

Once you’ve successfully completed your MB BS, as long as there are no concerns regarding your fitness to practice, you’ll be entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. You will then be able to practise in approved Foundation Year One posts.

If you’d like our support during this year, you can apply to work in our local Foundation Programme. Complete a satisfactory year as a Foundation Programme doctor and you’ll gain full registration with the GMC.

The majority of our graduates work in the NHS and many go into general practice, but you’ll have many other options available to you.

Career destinations

  • Public Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Hospital-based specialties including medicine, surgery, anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, emergency medicine, radiology and pathology

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated on our Fees and finance webpages.

Course Modules 2020/1

Year 0U

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Period Description Credits
SEM1 Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Health 20
SEM2 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 20

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (151 credits)

Period Description Credits
YEAR Interprofessional Learning - Level 1 (WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN OCT/NOV) 0

Year 2U

Core Modules (151 credits)

Period Description Credits

Year 3U

Core Modules (151 credits)

Period Description Credits

Year 4U

Core Modules (151 credits)

Period Description Credits

Year 5U

Core Modules (121 credits)

Period Description Credits
YEAR Student Assistantship 30


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC in any subjects, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 overall including 3 subjects at Higher level 5 in any subject
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Access Course Not accepted
  • BTEC BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): DDM in any subject, excluding BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.

Entry Requirement

This course is a ‘Widening Access’ programme for students who are in the 13th year of education or left school no more than three years prior to the course start date. Applicants must have completed their GCSE and Level 3 qualifications in the UK. It is designed for students whose circumstances or educational opportunities have prevented them from realising their academic potential.


All applicants must meet the academic criteria and the following contextual criteria:

Your secondary school (GCSE education) achieved an Attainment 8 score of 50 or less, in the year you sat your GCSEs, according to the Department for Education data (www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/AND one of the following:

  • You live in an area with low progression to higher education with Polar Data 1 or 2 from Polar 3.
  • In receipt of the UCAT Bursary.
  • Your combined household income is under £35,000 per year, excluding Government benefits. We use the same criteria as the UCAT Bursary eligibility. We are unable to accept payslips or P60’s.
  • You currently live locally to UEA (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Lincolnshire).  Evidence taken from UCAS application.


OR meet the academic criteria and ONE of the following contextual criteria:

  • Successfully complete the UEA Medical Aspirations Programme
  • You have been in Local Authority care. Examples of evidence accepted: Letter from Social Worker/Local Council.



Further information

For GCSE requirements see heading "GCSE Offer" at the bottom of the page.

A Level Resits will only be considered if they are completed within the A level two year period.

Not accepted: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, GCSE short courses, BTEC Level 2, OCR Level 2, Functional Skills.

Applicants who have started or completed study post A level (degree study or equivalent) will not be considered.

Applicants predicted to meet the MB BS Medicine (A100) academic requirements are unlikely to benefit from this course and should apply directly to A100.

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and are attending the UEA Medical Aspirations Programme will be guaranteed an interview.

After the Course

Click here for information from the General Medical Council (GMC) about Postgraduate Foundation training and beyond.



Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as 'stations', They will spend 5 minutes at each of the 6 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Typically we look for applicants to demonstrate at interview;

  • An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
  • The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness.

We will individually email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview. If you are invited to interview you are required to complete this Work Experience Form.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

  • All applicants are required to take the UCAT in the year of application, prior to applying. UEA does not have a cut off score. A high score is advantageous, however a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration. Further information is available at www.ucat.ac.uk.
  • The subsection scores may be used to rank the applicants for selection for interview.
  • The overall (cognitive) score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made.
  • The SJT component score is included within the interview score.
  • Applicants who take the UCAT (SEN) will be requested to provide supporting evidence of their entitlement for extra time in examinations.  This evidence may take the form of a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher.

    Important Information For All Applicants

    All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided to the applicants at interview and if they are successful in receiving an offer. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards is available. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have, and may be subject to an early occupational health check, for the following reasons:

  • Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
  • Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
  • A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.
  • Read more on Essential Information for Medicine Applicants
  • Norwich Medical School will consider all requests for adjustments in line with the UK Equality Act 2010. Any student can graduate as long as: they are well enough to complete the course; they have no student fitness to practice concerns (having a health condition or disability alone is not a fitness to practice concern); they have met all the Outcomes for graduates, with adjustments to the mode of assessment as needed.

    Further guidance and advice specific to undergraduate medicine courses, including clinical exams, can be obtained via med.senioradviser@uea.ac.uk . Further information regarding accessibility, written exam concessions and confidential advice and guidance on health and disability can be obtained via: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How will you process my application?

    Briefly, all on-time applications proceed to primary screening, where checks are made to see that applicants meet, or are predicted to meet, our minimum academic entry criteria, have a satisfactory personal statement and reference and have taken the UCAT test in the summer prior to submitting the application. Applicants are then invited to interview (from late November/December onwards).

    If the number of applications received exceed the number of interview places available those meeting primary screening requirements will also undergo secondary screening, where the UCAT scores will be assessed and ranked against the applicant cohort, with the strongest applicants invited to interview.

    Following the completion of interviews, interviewed applicants are ranked (by interview – which includes the UCAT SJT subsection score - and UCAT overall scores) within the applicant cohort. The top ranking applicants will receive offers.

    What if there is a mistake on my application?
    Following the closing date, any errors or omissions should be notified to the Admissions Service immediately for consideration, and verified by an official letter from your school. However, if notification is made after 15 October, we reserve the right not to consider the application further.

    What if my predicted grades change?
    Your application will be processed using the information provided on your UCAS form. Any changes in predicted grades will not be considered once processing has commenced following the UCAS deadline.

    Can I send in additional supporting documents?

    Only information submitted on the UCAS form will be considered, unless supplementary information is requested by the Admissions Team. Factual errors on the form should be notified to the Admissions Service as soon as possible but additional information provided or errors highlighted after submission of the UCAS form cannot be considered. Please note that we are unable to accept any unsolicited additional references or CVs.

    How do I report extenuating circumstances?

    These should be indicated on the UCAS application. Supporting evidence may be requested. Please note: adverse events potentially impacting on performance at A level (or equivalent) or degree classification, should be notified to the relevant examination board. 

    Should I gain some voluntary or paid experience in the Healthcare professions?

    If possible, but this is not a specific requirement. However, it is important that, prior to committing to 6 years intensive study, that you find out as much as you can about being a doctor.  Any experience that gives you an insight into your suitability to the profession is valuable.   Such experience may include work experience in a health care organisation (e.g. a hospital, hospice, or primary care setting), a regular commitment as a volunteer in a care-related setting, or paid employment as a health care assistant or similar. This list is not exhaustive, but at interview, you will be expected to draw on your personal experiences to demonstrate your suitability to be a doctor. If invited to interview, you are required to bring with you our work experience form.

    If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply?

    Applicants to Medicine at UEA will only be considered for two consecutive years. All applicants must have achieved successful academic study within the past 3 years. Please note that entry requirements may change each year and we would advise you to check our website before submitting an application. You will be required to retake the UCAT test as this is only valid in the year of application.



The school's annual intake is September.

GCSE Offer

GCSEs: Six GCSEs at grade B/6 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and either a single science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or double science. Applicants who do not meet the GCSE requirement MUST be resitting GCSE’s and predicted to achieve the required grade. This should be evident from their UCAS application.

International Baccalaureate (UK based only): IB Middle Years (in lieu of GCSEs) with 6 passes at 6 including English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects.

Course Open To

UK students only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:


UK students


EU Students 


Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 


The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.


Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 


The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.


Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515 Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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