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Disability and Health

In Medicine we welcome applications from individuals with a disability or health problem.

We have been closely involved with The Gateways Disability Project, where the General Medical Council has joined forces with 11 medical schools to develop guidance on encouraging people with disabilities into medicine.

The objective of the project has been to develop advice for medical schools on supporting disabled students into medicine and retaining them within the profession.

The guidance produced provides practical suggestions to help medical schools ensure that disabled students do not face unnecessary barriers to successful medical careers.

We have a special responsibility to ensure that all students admitted to the BM programmes will be eligible for registration by the General Medical Council upon graduation. It is important to us that our students are able to fulfil the rigorous demands of professional fitness to practise.

All students with a disability are welcome to request a prospective visit to the University's Disability Service. If you indicate on your UCAS form that you have a disability you will be referred to the University's Disabilities Services as part of the admissions process to ensure that the University is able to offer you the appropriate systems of support. Any disability disclosed on your UCAS form will not be used as part of the selection process.

Both your offer and continued registration on the programme will be conditional upon the completion of satisfactory health screening. Health screening is assessed in confidence by staff in the Occupational Health Department at Southampton General Hospital. Applicants with serious communicable diseases, or with mental health or behavioural difficulties will need to inform Occupational Health via the confidential health screening process.

Applicants with dyslexia

The University of Southampton welcomes applicants who indicate on their UCAS form that they are dyslexic and this information is not taken into consideration as part of the selection process. If you indicate on your UCAS form that you are dyslexic you will be referred to the University's Dyslexia Support Services at the Learning Differences Centre on enrolment. However, all students with dyslexia are welcome to request a prospective visit to the University's Dyslexia Support Services.

Students who declare that they are dyslexic on their enrolment form or at any time during their course will be required to undertake an assessment of their dyslexia through the University's Dyslexia Support Services. Students whose Pastoral Tutors consider may have a specific learning difficulty will also be referred to the University's Dyslexia Support Services  for assessment.

We have extensive learning support facilities. The medical school has a policy of allowing a limited amount of extra time in purely academic examinations, by which we mean essays and multiple choice papers.

If you have any queries please contact the BM Admissions Office.

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