Gateway to Medicine at the University of St Andrews
The Medical School 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. Entrants to the ‘Gateway’ who pass the Year at an appropriate level and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into the Medicine 6 year degree programme.
The purpose of the ‘Gateway’ is to promote the uptake of Higher Education, specifically the study of Medicine, among those groups that are traditionally under represented at university. The ‘Gateway’ provides the opportunity for students who have completed S5 at school to study at first year undergraduate level and then progress to the Medicine A100 course at St Andrews.
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To be eligible for the ‘Gateway’ applicants should meet some of the following criteria:
• Attended the Sutton Trust Summer School at St Andrews or have engaged with the REACH project at St Andrews.
• Have no background of progression to HE in the family.
• Reside in an area of socio-economic disadvantage.
• Be eligible for free school meals.
• Be looked after (or have been looked after) as a result of a local authority order.
• Be in receipt of an Education Maintenance Allowance.
• Attend a school which has low numbers of pupils who progress to Higher Education.
• If Biology, Mathematics and English have not been passed at Higher, each must normally have been passed at Intermediate 2 (grade A or B) or National 5 (A or B) or equivalent.
• On the day Scottish Higher results are published University staff will contact potential applicants who have indicated an interest, to ascertain what Higher grades they have achieved and advise if the pupils could apply for the ‘Gateway’.
• Application (by direct application form) will take place immediately after the Scottish Higher results are published.
• Suitable applicants will be called to interview.
• Offers will be made in time for applicants to enter the ‘Gateway’ in September the same year.
Students will enter the ‘Gateway to Medicine’ on the BSc General Degree course. ‘Gateway’ modules are as follows:
|Semester 1 Core modules||Semester 1 Optional modules|
|BL1101- Biology 1||Any other 20 credits from Science or Arts|
|CH1401- Inorganic and Physical Chemistry|
|Semester 2 Core Modules||Semester 2 Optional Modules|
|BL1102- Biology 2||Any other 20 credits from Science or Arts|
|CH1601- Organic and Biological Chemistry|
o Undertaking some volunteering/work experience in a medical context.
o Obtaining an understanding of professionalism as relevant to medicine.
o Developing academic and non-academic skills relevant to medicine.
• To enter Medicine, as well as passing all modules at grade 12, students will require to:
o Have achieved a suitable UKCAT score (to be specified by the School of Medicine) in the sitting of the test either before entry to the ‘Gateway’ or in the summer immediately after the ‘Gateway’.
o Be successful in the Multiple Mini Interview (to take place during the ‘Gateway’ year).
• Bursaries and scholarships for entry into Medicine or other named programme after the ‘Gateway’ Year, can be applied for.
• SAAS funding for the ‘Gateway’ as normal with the degree pathway stated as General Science, can be applied for.