Medicine interviews for Leicester University usually start in December and run until February.
These are the provisional date ranges for Medicine interviews for 2023 entry:
To shortlist candidates for interview, all applications are first checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirements (e.g. 6 in Mathematics, English Language and two sciences at GCSE).
Those who pass this requirement are then allocated a score out of 64, obtained through a 50:50 weighting given to the UCAT score and GCSEs. This score is obtained by converting the UCAT score into a score out of 32, and likewise converting the GCSEs into a score out of 32.
These two values are added together to give a score out of 64. In a tie-breaker situation, interviews will be allocated to students based on their Medicine Personal Statement and references.
For 2022 entry into the A100 course, there were 3,647 applications and 1,750 interviews were held. 479 offers were made post-interview for the 290 places to study Medicine at Leicester.
Leicester sends interview invitations via email on a rolling basis from late November onwards.
Leicester University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews. Leicester anticipates that their MMIs will be online for 2023 entry.
Whether the interviews are online or face-to-face, the number of stations in the interview will depend on the situation at the time of interviewing. There are usually 8 stations, and each one is 7 minutes long.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.
At Leicester, the following topics are often covered in the Medicine interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
1. Understand what makes a good patient consultation:
2. Practise talking through your Personal Statement:
In terms of structuring your response, use the STARR structure:
S = situation – briefly describe what the situation was
T = task – describe what you wanted to achieve from the task
A = action – describe what actions you took to complete your task
R = result – describe the outcome of the situation, i.e. did you succeed?
R = reflect – reflect on the experience; describe how it made you feel and if you would approach it differently in the future
This structure should just be used as a prompt. Sticking to it too rigidly may make you seem over-rehearsed. The reflection part is particularly important, as showing insight into your experiences and how they have shaped you as a person will impress your interviewer.
3. Keep up-to-date with medical news and ethical scenarios:
4. Practise your calculation skills:
The decision to make an offer will be based on interview performance. For candidates whose interview score is borderline, other aspects of the application, including academic qualifications and widening participation factors, will be considered.
Sometimes candidates may be invited to a second interview, based on the interviewers’ comments from the first interview. This provides an additional opportunity to secure an offer. This second interview will be in a panel format.
Leicester anticipates that the majority of offers will be made in late February or March 2023. However, some offers will continue to be given until May 2023.
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