Some UK medical schools offer 6 year programmes. These courses normally begin with 1 year of science-based teaching, after which you join the standard 5 year programme at the medical school. Alternatively, some courses spread the work of the normal degree over a longer period of time, to help people keep up with the course.

These courses are usually designed to widen access to medical profession. As a result, courses are either aimed at people from a particular part of the country, people from less advantaged backgrounds or those who do not have a scientific background.

Having more than one science A level or a degree in a scientific subject may make you ineligible for these courses. In contrast, some 6 year courses do require science qualifications so make sure you read through the criteria carefully.

Universities and Medical Schools Offering 6-Year Courses:
 PlacesIntChancesA levelsScienceSocialGeogGradsExamUpdated
BristolPlaces for 2009 entryPlaces for overseas students not known for 2009Percent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not knownApplicants are required to achieve AAB at A2 Level or equivalent.Applicants must not have more than one lab based science at A-level. Those who have should consider applying to the standard 5 year degree in medicine.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted.  Minimum 2.1 required.  Applicants should have a degree in a non-science subject.  Please contact the university to find out if your degree is acceptable.No entrance examThis data was last updated in January 2009
CardiffPlaces for 2009 entryPlaces for overseas students not known for 2009Percent of applicants getting an offer - 2008 entryAAB at A level and C grade in a 4th AS subject requiredOnly one of chemistry, biology or physics.  Students who have taken more than one of these subjects will not be eligible for this course.  A combination of GCE and VCE AS and A levels, plus Level 3 Key Skills qualifications may be accepted.  General studies is not accepted.  Maths and further maths or statistics are not accepted together.  Critical thinking is only accepted at AS.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted.  Minimum 2.1 required.  Any subject accepted.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in January 2009
DundeePlaces for 2009 entryPlaces for overseas students not known for 2009Percent of applicants getting an offer - 2008 entryAAA required in non-science sunjectsNon science subjects should be taken at A level or equivalent.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted.  Minimum 2.1 required.  Non-science degree required, please check with the university to see if your degree is acceptable.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in January 2009
East AngliaPlaces for 2010 entryInternational students are not accepted onto this coursePercent of applicants getting an offer - 2009 entryCandidates need to be predicted or have achieved at least BCC at A Level.You do not need specific subjects to enter this course - science and non-science subjects are acceptable.We encourage applications from students who do not have personal experience of higher education or a family tradition of entering higher education.Preference is given to students from East Anglia.Graduates are not accepted on this course.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in January 2009
KeelePlaces for 2009 entryUp to 10 international students may be accepted on this coursePercent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not knownA Level grades AAB required in non science subjects (although applicantsStudents should not have studied A2 biology OR chemistry.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted. Minimum 2.1 required.  Only certain subjects acceptable - Humanities/social sciences/nursing.  Please check with the university to find out if your degree subject is acceptable.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in February 2009
King’s (KCL)The number of places on this course is not known for 2009International students are not accepted onto this coursePercent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not knownCCC at A level and a C grade at a further AS level.A level requirements: Chemistry to at least AS level and one other science or mathematical subject at A levelIt is not known if there are any specific socioeconomic criteria for this course.To be eligible to be considered for the EMDP programme, at the point of application, you must have been living specifically in inner London and areas of the south-east for at least one year (areas listed below). You must also be studying (or have been studying in the last two years) at a non-selective state school or college in one of these areas.Graduates are not accepted on this course.  No: If you have started university and either left in your first year or after you have completed the first year then you could still be considered for the course. However, if you have started the second year or have completed the degree then you would no longer be considered for this course.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in February 2009
LiverpoolThe number of places on this course is not known for 2010Places for overseas students not known for 2010Percent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not knownNo specific A level requirements.There are no specific A level requirements for this course.It is not known if there are any specific socioeconomic criteria for this course.It is not known if there are any specific geographical criteria for this course.Graduates accepted.No entrance examThis data was last updated in July 2009
ManchesterPlaces for 2009 entryIt is unusual for us to consider international applicants (ie from outside of the EU) for the Foundation Year.  The UK Government limits the total number of international students in Medical Schools to 7.5%.  the great majority come into our 5-year programmePercent of applicants getting an offer - 2008 entryABBThis course is designed for students who have not studied much science at A level.  Therefore, you should have studied either three arts subjects, two arts and one science subject or one art and two sciences not including Chemistry.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted.  Minimum 2.1 requiredAll applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in January 2009
NottinghamPlaces for 2010 entryIt is unusual for us to consider international applicants (ie from outside of the EU) for the Foundation Year.  The UK Government limits the total number of international students in Medical Schools to 7.5%.  the great majority come into our 5-year programmePercent of applicants getting an offer - 2009 entryCCC at A level requiredA level requirements:  These must include Biology and Chemistry, both at grade C or above at A2, and another subject at C or above at A2.The Certificate is for students whose family background or circumstances mean that they are less likely to study health-related courses with competitive entry, or who are from backgrounds underrepresented in such courses.  In judging this, we consider a number of factors.  We require evidence of these factors, or confirmation of them from your school or college.There are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates are not accepted on this course.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in July 2009
Queens BelfastThe number of places on this course is not known for 2010Places for overseas students not known for 2010Percent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not known  It is not known if there are any specific socioeconomic criteria for this course.It is not known if there are any specific geographical criteria for this course.  This data was last updated in July 2009
SheffieldPlaces for 2009 entryIt is unusual for us to consider international applicants (ie from outside of the EU) for the Foundation Year.  The UK Government limits the total number of international students in Medical Schools to 7.5%.  the great majority come into our 5-year programmePercent of applicants getting an offer - 2008 entryAAB plus a minimum grade B in a 4th AS subjectYou should study four AS subjects and aim for a grade A and three Bs in any subjects. However, we remain flexible over AS results and place more emphasis on GCSE's and A2 levels. Our usual offer for subjects taken at A2 level is AAB. Please note that General Studies is not acceptable.  Applicants should not have taken a combination of subjects that would make them eligible for the standard entry route.  If students have taken chemistry and one other science at A2 they will not be eligible for the course and should apply to the A100 course.There are no socioeconomic criteria for this courseThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates accepted. Minimum 2.1 required.  Applicants should have a degree in a non-science subject.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in February 2009
SouthamptonPlaces for 2009 entryIt is unusual for us to consider international applicants (ie from outside of the EU) for the Foundation Year.  The UK Government limits the total number of international students in Medical Schools to 7.5%.  the great majority come into our 5-year programmePercent of applicants getting an offer - 2008 entryCCC at A level requiredA Level chemistry and biology/human biology at grade C or above, plus other subjects at A and/or AS level comparable to one grade C at A Level (or equivalent qualification) OR AS Level chemistry and biology/human biology at grade B or above, plus other subjects at A and/or AS level comparable to two grade Cs at A Level (or equivalent qualification)Detailed socioeconomic criteria - please click on the Southampton link for more inforamtionThere are no geographical criteria for this courseGraduates are not accepted on this course.All applicants must sit the UKCATThis data was last updated in February 2009
St. GeorgesPlaces for 2009 entryIt is unusual for us to consider international applicants (ie from outside of the EU) for the Foundation Year.  The UK Government limits the total number of international students in Medical Schools to 7.5%.  the great majority come into our 5-year programmePercent of applicants getting an offer for 2009 entry is not knownThere are no specific minimum A level grades for this courseApplicants must provide evidence of formal post-16 study; this can include professional qualifications and need not necessarily be in the sciences.  We also need evidence of significant progression in a career path.It is not known if there are any specific socioeconomic criteria for this course.It is not known if there are any specific geographical criteria for this course.Graduates are not accepted on this course. This data was last updated in February 2009