For students who are on a pre-medicine pathway with a direct link into Medicine at St Andrews, that is to say, one of:
For students on these pathways this page provides access information you need to read, and details of things you need to do in the 12 months before you begin the BSc (Hons) A100 Medicine programme.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.
Attend an Occupational Health presentation and Question & Answer session
A Pro Dean from the School of Medicine will give a presentation on the topic of occupational health to students on the medicine pathways and students will be informed as to when these will take place.
For IFM students this will be in the English Language Teaching Unit and for those on the HNC Applied Science Pathway to Medicine, this will be held in Perth.A Pro Dean will liaise directly with those on the Pre-Med at St Andrews.
Pre-entry Occupational Health form
Open, read, complete and return. Further details are on the form.
Why do I need to fill out the Occupational Health form before entry to the BSc Medicine degree
The General Medical Council (GMC) encourages Medical Schools to provide Occupational
Health support to potential applicants who may have concerns that their health may not allow them to fulfil the core competencies of the Medicine degree course.
To start the process, all students on a medicine pathway linking directly to St Andrews are required to fill in a short health questionnaire during the year before they are scheduled to start the Medicine degree (A100). This is so that any pre-existing conditions can be identified and appropriate guidance given. The purpose of this health assessment is to ensure, so far as is possible, that students are fit for the training that they are applying for.
Declaration of a disability or health problem does not preclude full consideration for the course and applications from suitable people with disabilities are welcome.
Who will screen my Occupational Health form
The information you provide will remain confidential to the Pro Deans at the University of St Andrews and the Dundee-based Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Service (OHSAS) which provides an Occupational Health service for the University of St Andrews.
I have a question about filling in the form, who shall I contact?
Contact details can be found on the front of the form.
Should I register with a local GP?
Yes, you should register with a GP who is local to where you are currently living.
When do I have to return the form by?
Please return the form by 10th January in the year of your medicine pathway.
What will happen once I have submitted the form?
The forms will be screened by a Pro Dean and staff from OHSAS who will decide if you are
likely to require occupational health advice, treatment or assessment. The Occupational Health Department would contact you if they wished to carry out a more detailed assessment.
Will I have to fill out another Occupational Health form before entry to the A100 Medicine programme?
Yes, students who progress to the Medicine degree will be required to complete a further health questionnaire at the time of entry to the course. An individual's health may change over time and we require the form to be current at the point of entry to the Medical School.
In addition, the form you fill in immediately prior to entry to the Medical School will require a GP's signature, whereas the form for those on a medicine pathway does not require a signature.
Expectations of new applicants
A document listing nine key expectations that the School places upon students doing the BSc (Hons) Medicine course. These are taken from the full School of Medicine Agreement.
HEOPS guidance for medical students
A document written by the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) group, providing guidance for those providing occupational health advice to Medical Schools on students' fitness to train and meet the required standards on graduation.
Standards of medical fitness to train (St Andrews)
The standards of health required for training in medicine in the UK are defined by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Department of Health (DH). This document gives details of these standards as applied at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine.
School of Medicine Agreement
A formal agreement which students studying Medicine at St Andrews are required to sign.
Successful applicants to Medicine (A100) are required to undertake satisfactory criminal record screening. This involves joining Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. The scheme provides the applicant and the University with a live update of the person's fitness to work with regulated adults and/or children.
For more information see the PVG guidance
Medical students and pregnancy
Important information regarding health risks to pregnant medical students.
Advice from the University of St Andrews relating to a number of topics relevant to students with disabilities.
Student Absence Policy
The School of Medicine's policy regarding student absence.
Visits to the School of Medicine
As part of the IFM course, students attend some classes in the School of Medicine and have the opportunity to view some of the facilities in the School.
Perth Pathway students will visit the School along with their Course leader around February time and have the opportunity to sit in on some the classes being taught in Medicine.
Pre-Med students are encouraged to attend one of the School's Visiting Days in the autumn, and opportunities to shadow medical students will be arranged in the spring.
If Pre-Med students require further medically related work experience they should contact the Medical Admissions team on email: email@example.com.
Each pathway has different progression requirements for entry to the BSC (Hons) A100 Medicine programme. Students should be aware of these requirements.
The Flying Start web page gives advice to students who are about to enter the BSc (Hons) A100 Medicine programme.
Flying Start opens in May or June for students who will be studying Medicine in September.
How to contact us
For advice about Occupational Health or student support please contact one of the Pro Deans (Student Support) in Medicine:
For other advice contact the Medical Admissions team: