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Launching in 2021*

Our MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) programme proposal is subject to approval by the General Medical Council (GMC). Our partner for this process is the Swansea University Medical School, one of the top schools in the UK.

We have proposed a graduate-entry 4-year MBChB programme, and we expect to admit 100 students in our first intake in September 2021.

*Subject to GMC and University of Worcester approval

Overview

Overview

Three Counties Medical School

We are in the process of establishing a Medical School to serve Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

At Worcester we have an excellent reputation for educating nurses, midwives, physician associates, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers with an interdisciplinary and inter professional approach. This has been achieved by close collaboration with the NHS and our graduates in these disciplines are highly regarded within the local healthcare community.

We have decided to build on our existing strengths in healthcare education, and our strong links with the NHS, to establish the Three Counties Medical School.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry Requirements

The admission criteria are currently being finalised, but we expect they will include:

  • 1st or 2:1 undergraduate degree in any subject (or 2:2 plus Masters or Doctoral degree)

  • Pass GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test) to a requisite level

  • Requisite performance in a series of structured interviews

  • Not have previously commenced a medical degree in the UK or overseas

  • IELTS score of at least 7.5 in all components (candidates from non-English speaking countries only)

Additional information

We are committed to being a socially accountable medical school; accountable to the population it seeks to serve. Our graduates will be able to practice anywhere in the world, but we consider that we have a particular responsibility for the healthcare needs of the people of the Three Counties catchment area.

Successful applicants will be graduates from any background, who will reflect the diversity of the population they serve and we particularly encourage applicants who are based locally.

Course content

What will you study?

Phase 1

Years 1 and 2

In this phase you will have early clinical contact with patients in the community.

Teaching and learning will be largely campus-based with lectures, practical sessions and small group work, augmented by an on-line virtual learning environment.

Phase 2

Years 3 and 4

Phase 2 will be spent almost entirely on clinical placement.

Year 3 will consist entirely of long-term placements in primary and secondary care environments in the community.

Year 4 will consist of placements in acute medicine and surgery, a ‘shadowing’ period to prepare for the Foundation Programme as a junior doctor, and an elective.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Phase 1 (years 1 and 2) will contain early clinical contact with patients in the community. Teaching and learning will be largely campus-based with lectures, practical sessions and small group work, augmented by an on-line virtual learning environment. Consultation skills training (history, examination, clinical reasoning and basic procedures) will take place each week.

Students will spend nearly all of phase 2 (years 3 and 4) on clinical placement. Year 3 will consist entirely of long-term placements in primary and secondary care environments in the community. They will be guided by educational supervision from general practitioners and we hope that our medical students will feel part of the community they are in. Year 4 will consist of placements in acute medicine and surgery, a ‘shadowing’ period to prepare for the Foundation Programme as a junior doctor, and an elective.

Clinical placements will be based throughout the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. They will be in approximately equal numbers in the community and in acute care in hospitals.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Upon successful completion of the MBChB, you will be able to provisionally register as a doctor with the General Medical Council and begin your Foundation Programme.

This two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors is paid employment and takes place in foundation schools, which are based in hospital Trusts.

Costs

How much will it cost?

The fees for this course have not yet been confirmed.

How to apply

How do you apply?

This programme is due to launch in 2021

Subject to General Medical Council approval

Further details will be available here in due course.  

For more information on applying to medical school please see this guidance from Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance.