University of St Andrews – Gateway to Medicine

The School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews offers a Gateway to Medicine which is a one-year programme taught in the Faculty of Science but with contributions from staff in Medicine.

The purpose of the Gateway to Medicine programme is to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at University. The Gateway programme provides the opportunity for students who have completed S5 and just missed out on the grades required for medicine to study at first year undergraduate level. The Gateway year is an alternative to S6. Pupils who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the requirements for progression will transfer onto our traditional 6 year A100 Medicine degree programme.

The University of St Andrews is now accepting notes of interest for our Gateway to Medicine programme, for entry in September 2017.

It is designed for students who:

  • Meet some or all of our Widening Participation criteria (as outlined in the accompanying leaflet);
  • Have finished their S5 year and have sat the required SQA Highers
  • Are predicted to achieve AABB at higher in S5

I am sure we all hope that pupils achieve the grades they are expecting and we wish them well in their endeavours. However, if things don’t go according to plan those pupils who meet the criteria for the Gateway to Medicine will have a choice to apply to the University of St Andrews for this course instead of entering their S6 year at school. You should be aware that this application is out with UCAS.

Successful applicants to the Gateway to Medicine will take First Year modules in Biology, Chemistry, and one other subject of their choice. They are provided with tutoring, the opportunity to gain work experience and help in preparing for the UKCAT and admissions interviews. Entrants who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into our BSc (Hons) Medicine degree course in 2018. Pupils are also supported should they choose to apply to other universities for other courses after the completion of their Gateway year.

Please see leaflet which gives more information about the programme, the application process, and entrance requirements.

Any pupil who is interested in finding out more about the Gateway to Medicine is asked to note their interest by filling in the attached form and emailing it to schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk. Pupils will then be contacted on the day the SQA results are released with further information on how to apply to the programme.

There is more information about this programme available online: http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/teaching/bsc-hons-medicine/gateway-to-medicine/.

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