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Medicine Summer School Guidance Notes 2021

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Published: 10 March 2021

What is the University of Sunderland Online Medicine Summer School?
The Online Medicine Summer School is a four day, online event taking place from Tuesday 6 July – Friday 9 July 2021. The aim of the Online Medicine Summer School is to equip students with the skills that will assist them in their application and interview for entry onto the Medicine MBChB course at the University of Sunderland.

Who is the Online Medicine Summer School for?
The Online Medicine Summer School is for Year 12 students, and primarily targeted at groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education (who meet the Office for Students (OfS) categories for underrepresented students, (as described below). We will however welcome applications from all students, and each application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Who is eligible?
All eligible students must:

  • Be a resident in the United Kingdom
  • Have a Home Student fee status. The Government classes all students as ‘Home’, ‘European Union (EU)’ or ‘International’. If you are classed as EU or International then you are not eligible to apply to the Online Medicine Summer School
  • Be a Year 12 student at College or Sixth Form. We will consider Year 13 students who have not applied to university and are taking a gap year.
  • Meet our academic requirements (see information below)

What is the Office for Students criteria for underrepresented students? 
An individual or household’s social and economic position can be represented through indicators such as income, education, occupation and how this compares to others. Students from more advantaged backgrounds often benefit from more effective information from schools, parents/carers and broader networks. Students from more disadvantaged backgrounds, who may not have the same support at home and through their networks, are less likely to have access to effective information and guidance. Universities are encouraged to consider a variety of measures and indicators to develop an understanding of underrepresentation in their own context. These groups can relate (but are not limited) to:

Priority groups:

  • Those living in areas of low Higher Education participation, or from lower household income or lower socioeconomic status
  • Those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups
  • Mature students
  • Those with disability status
  • Care leavers

Equality gaps also exist with the following groups:

  • Carers
  • People estranged from their families
  • People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities
  • Refugees
  • Children from military families
  • White males from economically disadvantaged groups
  • Family measures: parent/carer education (for example, families with no prior experience of higher education) or occupation
  • Household measures: household income and free school meals eligibility

Download the Office for Students (OfS) Regulatory notice 1, Access and Participation Plan Guidance (.pdf) for more information.

How to apply
You can apply for the Online Medicine Summer School from Wednesday 10 March 2021, and the deadline to apply is 5:00pm Friday 14 May 2021. The online application form will be on the Medicine Summer School webpage.

How will the University of Sunderland decide who attends Medicine Summer School?
Places at the Medicine Summer School will be awarded based on the responses given on the application form. Each application form will be assessed on an individual basis, and places will be awarded at the discretion of the University.

The deadline to apply to the Medicine Summer School is Friday 14 May 2021 at 5:00pm. After this date, all application forms will be assessed. Any application received after this date and time will not be considered. We will contact applicants to confirm the outcome of their application on or around Friday 21 May 2021. Please note the University’s decision to allocate a place is final.

Guaranteed Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
The School of Medicine will guarantee a Multiple Mini Interview to those students that are applicants of the Medicine MBChB course who:

  • Meet two or more of the Office for Students (OfS) categories for underrepresented student groups
  • Attend and complete the Medicine Summer School
  • Meet the GCSE, A Level and UCAT requirements

The guaranteed Multiple Mini Interview will be applied following the receipt of an application for the 2022 intake of the Medicine MBChB course at the University of Sunderland, and will be subject to academic screening and UCAT test scores meeting our requirements.

The University will assess all Online Summer School application forms and will inform students if they meet the criteria to be eligible for a Guaranteed Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), providing that they successfully complete the summer school.

How to complete the Online Medicine Summer School?
To successfully compete the Online Medicine Summer School students must:

  • Attend and complete all compulsory sessions throughout the summer school
  • Submit and pass an assessed piece of work following the Online Medicine Summer School

Please note only students who meet two or more of the Office for Students (OfS) criteria of underrepresented student groups are eligible for a Guaranteed Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and only these students are required to complete the assessed piece of work.

How will the Guaranteed Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) work?
If you have completed the Medicine Summer School, and you meet two or more of the OfS criteria for underrepresented groups, we will keep a record of this. When you submit your UCAS application form to study the Medicine MBChB course at the University of Sunderland, assuming you have met our academic screening, our Student Administration Team will send you a Roles and Responsibilities form, which you should complete and return within 14 days. This form and the UCAT score are used to select students for interview, however students who attend the Online Medicine Summer School and meet two or more of the OfS criteria for under-represented groups and meet the academic requirements will be guaranteed an MMI. Please note you will still need to complete the Roles and Responsibilities form, as you may be asked about it during your interview.

Students who do not meet the criteria for under-represented groups, but whose applications are accepted to participate in the Medicine Summer School, would not be guaranteed a MMI. Students would be shortlisted for interview based on the Roles and Responsibilities form and UCAT score.

The application form
The Medicine Summer School application form will ask you to provide information about you, your studies and your background. This information will help the University determine if you’re eligible for the Medicine Summer School and if you meet any of the OfS definitions of under-represented groups.

Academic requirements
To be considered for the Medicine Summer School, you must meet our academic requirements:

  • GCSEs – five subjects at grade A/7, with a minimum of grade B/6 in Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Dual Award Science is Accepted)
  • A Levels – in three subjects achieved within a single sitting, including Biology or Chemistry, plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics). Only one subject from a combination of Maths, Further Maths and Statistics will be considered from the three A Levels.

We will also consider the following applicants who are working towards the following qualifications:

  • Scottish Qualifications National 5 – a minimum of 5 subjects at grade A with a minimum of grade B in Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Higher – minimum AAAAB, including Chemistry/Biology plus a second science both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)
  • Advanced Higher – minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences) sat in S6. Any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 much be achieved at grade B or higher
  • Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at Standard/National 5 grade B/2 

Scottish Baccalaureate (Science)
Grades of AA are required in 2 Advanced Highers (including Chemistry or Biology) plus AA in an interdisciplinary project unit and 1 higher. Chemistry or Biology must be offered at Advanced Higher grade A. Standard Grade/National 5 requirements must also be met. 

Welsh Baccalaureate
We require an A grade Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and two full science A Levels at grade A*A taken within a two year period. Chemistry or Biology is essential plus one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths/Further Maths/Statistics. GCSE requirements must also be met. 

International Baccalaureate
35 points including three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Higher Level subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths and a third rigorous subject. Any science not taken at the Higher Level must be offered at Standard Level grade 5 or GCSE grade B (or equivalent). Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account but these components must have been completed. English Language (Language A) at Grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English Language. Please see English Language Requirements under General Requirements if you do not have either of these. 

Qualifications not accepted for Medicine:

  • BTEC qualifications
  • Foundation Medicine Courses or Access to Medicine Courses
  • Irish Leaving Certificate

Further information about you
We are passionate about ensuring fair access for all students, regardless of background and we are particularly interested in attracting students from groups which are currently underrepresented in Higher Education. We are using criteria based on the OfS definition of underrepresented students during the Application Screening Process, so in the Medicine Summer School application form, we ask you to select characteristics which apply to you. The characteristics are explained as follows:

  • You receive/have received Free School Meals - If you receive or have received Free School Meals at any stage in your school life, we would consider this as you meeting the criteria of one of the underrepresented groups in the OfS’ list of underrepresented students: “Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income and/or low socioeconomic status”.
  • You have been in the care of a Local Authority - At the University of Sunderland we deem a care experienced student as any student who has spent 13 weeks or more in the care of the local authority (eg foster care or children’s home) between their 14th and 16th birthday, were privately fostered until the age of 16 or who were ‘looked after’ until they were subject of a Special Guardianship Order.
  • You are a carer - Carers are included as an underrepresented group in the OfS Categories (please see ‘Office for Students’ Categories of Under-represented students’). A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. (source: Carers Trust)
  • Either/both of your parents are/have been in the military - Children of military families are included as an underrepresented group in the OfS Categories (please see ‘Office for Students’ Categories of Under-represented students’). You would be a child of a military family if either of your parents are/have been in the armed forces (e.g. Naval Service, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force).
  • You are a refugee - Refugees are included as an underrepresented group in the OfS Categories (please see ‘Office for Students’ Categories of Under-represented students’). Refugees are people who have settled in the UK and have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
  • You are an estranged student - The term ‘estranged student’ is used to refer to students who are irreconcilably estranged and are studying without the support of a family network. ‘Irreconcilably estranged’ means: You have had no contact at all with both of your parents/carers for at least 12 months and this is unlikely to change or you can demonstrate on other grounds that you are estranged from your parents/carers, for example in exceptional circumstances. Please note, you will not be considered estranged on the basis that you live separately from your parents, have recently fallen out with your parents, or your parents are unwilling to complete income assessment forms or contribute towards your student finance.
  • Household Income and Parents’ Education Level- We ask you about your household income and your parents’ education level, so we can establish whether you meet one of the underrepresented groups in the OfS’ list of underrepresented students: “Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income and/or low socioeconomic status”.

Regulations, policies and procedures
Online Medicine Summer School participants must adhere to the Online Medicine Summer School declaration which includes Online Health and Safety, Photography and Video Permission and Code of Conduct as outlined below.

Please ensure you read and understand the information below.

Note: If you are under 18 on the first day of the Online Medicine Summer School (6 July 2021) a parent/carer should also read this information before completing their section of the application form in order to give their consent for you to attend.

Online health and safety
During the Online Medicine Summer School, you will take part in a variety of activities including self guided and live sessions. There may be points throughout the summer school where you have the opportunity to engage with fellow students and your future lecturers in live sessions. None of your personal details will be shared with other summer school attendees and you will be encouraged to join sessions an either anonymous or with your first name only. The University will put in place protocols to ensure you are safe whilst attending live sessions.

Photography and video permission
Students must not take photographs or video footage of any of the live sessions throughout the Online Summer School. The University can accept no responsibility for photography or films taken by students on their individual mobile phones or cameras.

There may be an official photography/videographer commissioned by the University of Sunderland during the Medicine Summer School to take pictures of activities and students. University of Sunderland reserves the right to use photographs in which you appear, or images provided by you, to help illustrate the Medicine Summer School at the University. This also applies if you do not register as a student at University of Sunderland.
The University will only take photos of those students who we have gained consent from.

Code of conduct
We want you to have the best possible experience at the Online Medicine Summer School 2021. Here’s how you can ensure you do:

  • Be engaged – with the programme, staff and other students
  • Join in – in lectures, tutorials, seminars and other aspects of including social activities.
  • Cooperate – with academic, administrative and technical staff, to ensure we work together for your benefit
  • Communicate – with us so we can improve your experience

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which does not cause risk, distress or fear to others, or hinder the University’s proper operation or damage its reputation.
Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Disruption of academic, administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the University.
  • Sexual, racial, physical or other harassment, or behaviour which causes fear or distress to others; threatening, abusive, disorderly or unreasonable behaviour which contravenes the University’s principals of dignity and respect is a form of harassment or bullying.
  • Behaviour which interferes with freedom of speech, thought, action or enquiry of any other student or member of staff or lawful visitor to the University.
  • Attending any Medicine Summer School timetabled activity whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Fraud, deceit, deception, dishonesty or misappropriation of University funds or assets, misuse or falsification of any records or documents held by the University, its staff, students or visitors, or any improper access to, transmission, use, or disclosure of computerised or other data held by the University or accessible through University equipment or networks.
  • Conduct which constitutes a criminal offence, where that conduct:
    a) On a University platform or
    b) Affected or concerned other members of the University, or
    c) Damaged or threatens the reputation of the University, or
    d) Is an offence of dishonesty, where a student holds an office of responsibility within the University

This information was correct at the time of publication, please note the criteria is subject to change.

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