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Hull York Medical School launches new Medicine with a Gateway Year programme

Hull York Medical School’s new Medicine with a Gateway Year programme aims to provide an opportunity for those students who do not meet the standard entry requirements of the existing Medicine Programme to still fulfil their dream of becoming doctors.

Professor Una Macleod, Dean and Practising GP herself believes the programme will enable more young people to fulfil their dream of becoming doctors. She says:

"From solving problems, to the interaction with patients and doing small things which make big differences on an individual level, being a doctor is an enormous privilege and as a School we are committed to raising aspirations and supporting and encouraging young people who wish to pursue a career in medicine."

The Medicine with a Gateway Year is a six year programme. The Gateway forms the first academic year and is focused on facilitating students transition from school or college to university – ensuring students have the required level of scientific knowledge and study skills, as well as teaching them about professionalism and the NHS. Students will learn in the brand new £28million Allam Medical Building, at the heart of the University of Hull’s Health Campus where they will rub shoulders with other healthcare professionals in training, including nursing, physician associate and midwifery students.

Students will also experience clinical placements in a GP and Hospital setting from the very start of the programme, coming into contact with real patients from the very start of the programme, thus enabling them to develop the communication skills, confidence and empathetic approach to delivering care that Hull York Medical School Graduates are known for. Upon successful completion of the Gateway programme students will automatically progress to the School’s five year MB BS Medicine programme.

Una goes on to say: "Through this programme we hope to inspire local students to study medicine in this area so they might make a difference to the health of patients locally."

Dr Paul Docherty, Admissions Tutor for the School, says:

"We recognise that demand for medical school places is high and that there are many factors which can impact student’s success in securing a place – from academic entry requirements to parents’ academic attainment or personal circumstance. The Medicine with a Gateway Year programme is a widening participation initiative which aims to support those students who may not meet the entry requirements of the School’s five year MB BS Medicine programme but have a passion for making a difference and are keen to pursue a career in medicine."

Applications are now welcome for 2019 entry. In terms of eligibility to apply, applicants need to be 17 or over on 1 October in the year they commence the course and should have a gap of no more than three years between completing secondary education and beginning the Gateway Year.

In terms of ‘A’ Level requirements applicants should have BBC (B grades must be in Biology and Chemistry), maximum predicted grades AAB. This is lower than the entry requirements for the School’s five year undergraduate MB BS Medicine programme which are AAA (including Biology and Chemistry).

Priority will be given to those applicants living in the Hull York Medical School region* although the School welcomes applications from anyone with a passion for making a difference and a drive to deliver excellent healthcare.

For further information about the Medicine with a Gateway Year programme, including who should apply and entry requirements, visit 

06 September 2018

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