We will review your application to determine whether you meet our minimum academic entry criteria. Please see table above, as well as your relevant applicant group for more details. KMMS operate minimum admission requirements at stage 1 which are interpreted strictly. We don’t accept any variances from these, except through the extenuating circumstances process (see below).
Stage 2 requirements and procedures can vary, dependant on applicant group – please see details summarised in the Group sections.
Stage 3 (All groups)
Shortlisted applicants are invited via their KentVision account to book into an available appointment for Multi-station Mini Interview (MMI).
KMMS Multi-station Mini Interviews are considerably different to the majority of UK medical schools, so interview preparation courses might be less useful; previous applicants 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.
In 2023 we ran the MMIs for home students in person in Canterbury. The interview consisted of six short stations labelled as data handling, problem analysis, situational judgement, roleplay, task, and values-based. The six short stations were 7 minutes each, with 3 minute intervals, followed by a 40 minute group station, in which applicants were individually assessed.
We ran our interviews for International students online via Zoom and the format for these were 3 short stations and a group station.
KMMS does not commit to the same number or type of stations for 2024 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.
Through the MMI process we are attempting to identify applicants with some or all of these qualities:
- A resilient all-rounder
- A realistic and committed attitude to medical training
- A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
- Ability to communicate effectively and to work well in a team for the benefit of others
- Ability to treat others with dignity and respect
- An empathetic ability to appreciate and regard other points of view
- A willingness to accept responsibility
- Academic ability and potential
Stage 4 (All groups)
KMMS will send offer decisions in batches, depending on the 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 January, through Kent Vision and UCAS, with subsequent offers up to May.
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 in any order in three A Levels. This must include Chemistry and/or Biology. If both chemistry and biology are not offered there must be one other from Physics, Maths, Psychology or Computer Science. Critical Thinking and/or General Studies are not accepted. For final year undergraduates our standard conditional offer 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 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.
All applicants must be 18 years of age by the date of the first clinical placement in term 1 (usually early November). There are health and disclosure conditions in our offer. These include mandatory vaccinations, including against Covid, and enhanced disclosure/barring service check for previous criminal convictions. There is a separate procedure if the DBS check is positive. If health or disclosure conditions are not satisfied, KMMS may withdraw your offer to study.
References on the UCAS application are mandatory. KMMS never agrees to waive references, so if this statement is made in the UCAS application, it will be automatically rejected. References must be from a relevant academic referee if within 3 years of the most recent course of study. If the applicant has been more than 3 years from their most recent course, an employment reference is acceptable. The reference cannot be from a personal email address, and requires to be sent from the referee’s workplace email address. References from friends, family, or professionals with a therapeutic relationship or who are being paid by the applicant are not accepted by KMMS.
Extenuating circumstances (All groups)
If an applicant had extenuating circumstances which have affected, currently affect, or potentially will affect (before admission) their studies or application, then it is possible to flag these issues through the Extenuating Circumstances process. It is mandatory to use this process if the application does not meet minimum requirements, otherwise the application will be automatically rejected.
KMMS will not consider any applicant who has previous interruptions to their school or university study, involving repeat years of study, or incomplete degree-level study, including where studies were discontinued voluntarily, unless extenuating circumstances are submitted – a written supporting statement from the relevant school or university and transcript of studies to date (where appropriate) will need to be submitted as supporting evidence.
Extenuating Circumstances include:
- Significant caring responsibilities, or recent bereavement or serious illness within immediate family
- Significant estrangement from family or key family members, including family breakdown.
- Significant health issues that might affect or that have affected academic achievements (past, present, or in the near future)
- 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 completed through Kent Vision. Supporting evidence must be provided, including a statement by a teacher, doctor, or social worker, as appropriate. We cannot accept supporting statements from friends or relatives, or any person that is being paid directly by applicants or their families. This includes diagnostic reports from online medical or psychological practitioners.
The deadline is right after the October application deadline, normally just one week after the UCAS application deadline. Please start this process before UCAS application, and obtain relevant documents from relevant people well in advance of October.
This information will be considered by the Recruitment and Admissions Board 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 Recruitment and Admissions Board will have overall responsibility for assessing the Extenuating Circumstances evidence for individual applicants. No circumstances can be considered outside of this process
There are a limited number of actions that can be reached as a result of the Extenuating Circumstances process.
- KMMS cannot adjust any mark or grade awarded by an exam board or university, because KMMS is not in a better position than those bodies to consider any extenuation.
- KMMS can waive a requirement totally; for example GCSE requirements can be waived for applicants who were not studying the GCSE curriculum before level 3 or higher studies
- KMMS can partially waive a requirement; for example, applicants may be allowed re-sits at level 3 which are not usually allowed.
- KMMS can flag an application for future consideration; for example, if ongoing health problems are likely to impact forthcoming conditional offers.