Keele University, School of Medicine
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: K12
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 1000
Interviews: 310
Offers: 200
Places: 135
Academic entry requirement:


At Advanced Level (A2) we require A*AB/AAA from three A-Level subjects taken after two years of study.


GCSEs required

English language and mathematics, and either Science/Core Science and Additional Science orChemistry, Physics and Biology (grade B minimum) are essential. If Further Additional Science has been taken, this must also have been passed at a minimum of grade B. A broad spread of subjects is expected at GCSE with a minimum of 4 grade A passes. If applicants have been entered for multiple qualifications arising from the same GCSE courses (for example science + additional science and also physics + chemistry + biology), or if they have taken the same qualification with multiple exam boards, we will only take the minimum required subjects or lowest grades into account.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: David Weatheral Building,
Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST5 5BG

Julia Molyneux
Admissions Manager
T: 01782 733632
Key attribute of medical institute: The aim of the Medicine course is to produce doctors who are equipped to practise into the second quarter of the 21st century. The emphasis is on graduating excellent clinicians who have a deep understanding of the scientific foundations of medicine and high levels of clinical expertise.
Course Structure:

Our curriculum offers you:

  • Integration of basic science and clinical learning throughout the course
  • Excellent facilities including state of the art anatomy training
  • Early clinical involvement to anchor learning in real practice
  • Community and hospital placements across Staffordshire and Shropshire
  • A variety of learning methods including problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Small tutor supported groups
  • Substantial student choice to explore personal interests and career options
  • A faculty-wide focus on interprofessional learning
  • Opportunities to intercalate with a BSc degree or Masters degree in health related fields
  • A strong student support system


The assessments have two main aims: first to help you achieve the learning objectives of the course (formative) and secondly to certify those students who have achieved those learning objectives (summative).

Formative assessment is a key, integrated component of the course and there is regular, web-based material on which you can assess your understanding. These assessments will reinforce what you need to know, reassure those who are on track and point out any areas which require extra study. They will help to guide you in your professional development. You will meet all different methods of testing in this formative way before you encounter the same method in a summative examination.

We use a variety of different testing methods at Keele. We will test your ability to apply knowledge with written methods such as multiple choice questions, extended matching questions and key feature problems. We will examine your ability to comprehend a medical text and paraphrase it in lay terms. From an early stage in the course we will examine your practical and clinical skills in the laboratory and clinical arena. These tests include OSSEs (objective structured skills examination) and OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination). You will have an opportunity to learn and practise these skills and receive feedback throughout the learning year and prior to the summative exams.

You will keep a portfolio detailing the development of your clinical practice including reflections on the new situations that you encounter. This will be linked to appraisal. You will also participate in multi-source feedback that will help you understand how you perform as a team member and to assist you in developing professionalism.

In the final year of the course there will be a final OSCE exam but throughout the year a series of 'real-life' examinations of clinical performance in the workplace. This will help both us and you to know whether you are ready to take on the role of a Foundation Year doctor.


Keele University, School of Medicine