- KMMS has separate policies for pre-A level, post A level, pre-graduate and post-graduate applicants.
- KMMS strictly applies minimum criteria (and English language requirements, if appropriate) to selection.
- KMMS requires all applicants to sit the Universal Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), and uses (generous) UCAT thresholds.
- KMMS does not use predicted grades at all.
- KMMS contextualises all English pre-A level, post-A level and pre-graduate applicants’ academic results against their school’s average performance. Relative attainment is used for shortlisting rather than absolute attainment.
- Postgraduate applicants are not contextualised, but scored. This also applies to other applicants with no reliable school performance data. Applicants in these groups may be required to sit additional online assessments.
- There is an extenuating circumstances process which applicants can use to raise issues affecting academic performance.
- KMMS will invite around 300 applicants to the first round of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), but may also interview later in the year.
- KMMS will make offer decisions in batches, from January-March.
- All applicants must be 18 years old or above when they undertake their first clinical placement in week seven of the first term of Year One.
Applicants will be divided into four groups by stage of education, which have different procedures applicable.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Pre A level/IB student, GCSEs achieved from English school with data||Post A level/IB achieved from English school with data OR Pre-graduate student in final year of Bachelor’s degree||Post Bachelor’s degree, relevant subject||Others, including no school data; Scottish & international qualifications; no GCSE|
All groups then go through several stages before selection.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Stage 1||Minimum GCSE requirements||Minimum GCSE & A level requirements||Minimum degree requirements||Minimum entry requirements as appropriate|
|Stage 2a||UCAT threshold||UCAT threshold (may differ from group A)||UCAT threshold|
|Stage 2b||Contextualisation to school average||Scoring (may require extra online assessment)|
|Stage 3||Multistation mini interviews|
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Stage 3 (All groups)
Shortlisted applicants are invited via their Kent Vision account to book into an available appointment for multistation mini interviews in December and January.
KMMS multistation interviews are considerably different to the majority of UK medical schools, so interview preparation courses might be less useful; applicants in the 2019-20 group have commented that some of these preparation courses organised at school or commercially were positively disadvantageous for the KMMS process. We do not recommend any particular preparation, but advise applicants to be alert, organised, and in good form to show us the best version of yourself. We communicate extensively with our applicants to prepare them for the process, please see MMI section on our website.
There were 6 stations of 7 minutes each, with 2 minute intervals, followed by a 42 minute group station, in which applicants were individually assessed. In 2019-20, the six short stations were labelled as data handling, problem analysis, situational judgement, roleplay, task and values-based stations. KMMS does not commit to the same number or type of stations for 2021 entry, although we will likely retain the same time formats.
All applicants invited to MMIs will be required to sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA). Disclosure of the content of MMI stations will likely disadvantage the discloser, as subsequent interviewees will gain an advantage in competition with the discloser.
Stage 4 (All groups)
KMMS will send offer decisions in batches, depending on response to the early batches. We therefore ask you to accept or reject offers from KMMS as soon as you have decided, in order to free up the system to offer to the next batch of applicants. The first offers should be posted in mid January, through Kent Vision and UCAS, with subsequent offers up to March.
We also send rejection decisions out in stages, corresponding to stage 1 and stage 2a rejections. We are open to holding further MMIs in Feb/March depending on the response to our first batches of offers, so we retain applicants not initially invited in stage 2b for this purpose.
Our standard conditional offer for pre A level students is AAB, and for final year undergraduates is 2:1. Our standard A level offer is the same as the “contextual” reduced offer from many other UK medical schools. We only consider reduced offers of ABB or BBB to applicants from partner schools of the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, or from the Kent and Medway Progression Federation, and for no other applicants. We do not use postcodes or family data to determine lower offers for applicants.
Extenuating circumstances (All groups)
If an applicant had extenuating circumstances which have affected their studies or application then it is possible to flag these issues through the Extenuating Circumstances process.
Extenuating Circumstances include:
- Significant caring responsibilities, or recent bereavement or serious illness within immediate family
- being estranged from family or key family members
- Serious disruption to the provision of education at School or College
- Other serious disruption where the school/college/doctor or social worker feels that this information should be considered.
In these cases an Extenuating Circumstances Form should be requested through KentVision as soon as possible after submitting an application. The form must also be completed by a teacher, doctor or social worker, as appropriate. All forms need to be submitted no later than seven days after the application deadline, so please start this process and obtain relevant documents from relevant people if you think you will need it, well in advance of October.
This information will be considered by the Admissions Committee during the selection process. If an applicant’s circumstances change after submission of this form then the Admissions Operations Manager should be informed. The KMMS Admissions Committee will have overall responsibility for assessing the Extenuating Circumstances evidence for individual applicants. No circumstances can be considered outside of this process.
* Disclaimer: This information is for indicative guidance only. KMMS is a new medical school and the BM BS programme is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s quality assurance programme.