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A102 BMBS Medicine and BMedSc (BM6, widening access) (6 years)

Introducing your degree

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery  6 year degree programme was established to widen access into the medical profession. The course has achieved national recognition as an example of best practice. It involves studying for an extra year on a before joining year 1 and studying alongside students on the BM5 and BMedSc programme.  The BM6 programme leads to a qualification that allows graduates to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC).  You will undertake a research project in year 3, leading to a final award of BMBS, BMedSc; and you have the option to intercalate to achieve a Masters in Medical Science degree. Whether you choose to be a physician or a surgeon, a general practitioner or a clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) programme represents the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor.


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Year zero is an integrated, applied year of study that aims to equip students for the BM5/BMedSc programme at Southampton.

Visit the programme specification document for this course.

To Apply

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by 15th October in the year prior to entry. For more information see Entry requirements and How to apply.

Programme Structure

During this year you may expect to study two modules in Human Structure and Function and two modules in Professional Practice.

Human structure and function includes:

  • The human body in health and disease
  • Physiological, biochemical and anatomical concepts relevant to medicine
  • Practical investigations, case studies and enquiry-based learning

Professional Practice is based on six projects which reflect the themes of the BM5 and BMedSc programme and involve healthcare placements, and health sociology and psychology. It also includes key skills in IT, numeracy and statistics and information retrieval.

The projects are:

  • Understanding the roles of health professionals
  • Communication in healthcare
  • The media and medicine
  • The organisation of healthcare
  • Factors that influence health and illness
  • Ethical issues in healthcare

Upon successful completion of year zero, you will join Year One alongside the BM5.


You will go out on day placement every other week usually as part of a pair or a group of 3-4 students. Your placement will take place in both primary and secondary care around the Southampton area.

Key Facts

  • Guaranteed place on Year 1 alongside BM5 (conditional on satisfactory completion of year zero)
  • A small-group setting with 30 students, extensive tutorial and pastoral support
  • Placements in a variety of healthcare settings start in week two and then occur fortnightly throughout the academic year

Dr Sally Curtis introduces the BM6

Dr Sally Curtis is a Principal Teaching Fellow and BM6 programme Leader. Here Dr Curtis talks about the BM6 programme at Southampton.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEPlease read this section in conjunction with our How to Apply and Entry Requirements pages. A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C, including English language, maths, and either biology and chemistry, or additional science and science.
A Levels:
GCE A-level

A level grades BBB including chemistry and biology. Subjects with material that overlaps (e.g. human biology/sports studies/physical education) may not be offered in combination at A level. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted.

Non-academic entry requirements

In addition to academic entry requirements, you will be assessed against our non academic criteria.

Applicants must be able to show they:

  • Are self-motivated and resilient
  • Have reflected on and learnt from life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and socialcare settings)
  • Can communicate effectively
  • Are able to interact successfully with others
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

All applicants to the BMBS programmes are required to take the UKCAT in the summer prior to making an application.

For BM6, the UKCAT score is used alongside all other information as part of the selection process.


For further information, please visit our UKCAT page.

Selection process:

Please visit our How to Apply section for details of our Selection Process.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Eligibility criteria

You must satisfy three of the eligibility criteria listed below in order to be eligible for the BM6 programme, and you will be expected to provide documentary proof.

  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Parents, guardian or self in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • Young people looked after by a Local Authority
  • In receipt of a 16-19 bursary or similar grant*
  • In receipt of free school meals at any point in Years 10-13
  • Living in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (authenticated by the University), or a member of a travelling family

*Where an applicant chooses the Free School Meals criteria and the 16-19 bursary criteria, the 16-19 bursary must be awarded for something other than Free School Meals. Eg. Transport costs between home and college, text books/stationery/printing.

Applicants should normally only submit eligibility criteria relating to one postcode/address.

The IMD score will be checked and verified by the Faculty of Medicine

Parental/guardian means tested benefits will not normally be considered for mature employed applicants over the age of 21

Graduate, international applicants, and students who have previously enrolled on a higher education programme are not eligible to apply for this programme.

If you apply for the BM6 programme you will need to complete an eligibility form which will be emailed to you at the end of October/beginning of November.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

There are two semesters in Year 0 and two modules of study per semester. In each semester there is one module entitled Human Structure and Function and one module entitled Professional Practice.

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Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 0 modules

Professional Practice 1

Professional Practice 2

Human Structure and Function 1

Human Structure and Function 2

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Year 1

Semester One
MEDI1031Credit: 45
MEDI1034Credit: 15
Semester Two
MEDI1033Credit: 15
MEDI1034Credit: 15

Year 2

Semester One
MEDI2041Credit: 15
MEDI2046Credit: 30
Semester Two
MEDI2041Credit: 15
MEDI2042Credit: 15

Year 3

Semester One
MEDI3048Credit: 45
MEDI3049Credit: 30
Semester Two
MEDI3047Credit: 15
MEDI3049Credit: 30
MEDI3050Credit: 30
MEDI3051Credit: 15

Year 5

The following modules are taught across the entire academic year:

MEDI6111 Elective
Credit: 30

MEDI6112 Year 5 Assessment and ILS
Credit: 30

MEDI6113 Medicine Year 5
Credit: 30

MEDI6114 Personal Professional Development
Credit: 15

MEDI6115 Primary Medical Care
Credit: 15

MEDI6116 Student Selected Unit 4
Credit: 15

MEDI6117 Surgery
Credit: 30

MEDI6118 Assistantship
Credit: 15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BMBS Medicine and BMedSC (BM6, widening access)2018Full-time£9,250£20,320, Clinical years £40,230
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

ClothingLab coats: You will need to purchase a white coat for use in the Anatomy Laboratory. You can purchase this from any source. Lab coats are available from the SUSU Shop (price at September 2015).£12.50
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here:£0.05-0.50
PlacementsTravel costs: You will need to pay £100 per annum towards travel costs associated with clinical placements. You will need to pay for any travel costs required as part of your Elective.£100
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: You are expected to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. This is payable on induction only (cost at September 2015).£44

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.
EquipmentMedical equipment and materials, e.g fob watch, stethoscopes: You will need to purchase a stethoscope. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction. Prices start from £39. You will need to purchase a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Prices start from £1.50.
PlacementsAccommodation: You will need to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective.
PlacementsInsurance: You will need to pay for insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsMedical insurance: You will need to pay for medical insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsImmunisation/vaccination costs: You will be expected to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the programme. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
Conference expenses Students may have the opportunity to attend an academic conference during their studies. Attendance is optional. You would be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation and travel associated with the conference if you chose to attend.
OtherParking costs: See placements travel costs.
TravelIn your final year you will need to return to Southampton from clinical placement in order to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This test is required as part of the application process for The Foundation Programme, which follows directly after graduation. You will normally be required to pay for your travel costs back to Southampton to sit this exam.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

As a medical student, you will be able to take advantage of opportunities for multi-professional learning, which will be essential as you prepare to join the healthcare teams of the future.

Whether you choose to be a physician or a surgeon, a general practitioner or a clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor. Each programme provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviours that you will need as a newly qualified doctor.

Outcome of the course

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed a BMBS degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registratio with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.

Learning & Assessment

Year zero will prepare you to successfully enter and undertake Year 1 of the BM5 programme as the curriculum is well matched to the demands of the subsequent years.

You will learn by understanding principles and concepts and contextualising that learning by applying it in medical and patient focussed scenarios. The curriculum integrates a range of relevant disciplines, encouraging you to learn across levels (cells, tissues, systems and the whole individual).

There are two semesters in Year zero and two modules of study per semester. In each semester there is one module entitles Human Structure and Function and one module entitled Professional Practice.

In Human Structure and Function you will learn aspects of anatomy, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry, in an integrated approach, as applied to selected body systems. Basic concepts of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology maybe introduced where appropriate to facilitate your understanding.

In Professional Practice you will have the opportunity to develop your professionalism and appreciation of some of the demands of a career in medicine. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of healthcare environments throughout the year to help you develop appropriate professionalism.

The placements will also facilitate development of your skills of observation, recording and communication. Professional studies discussion sessions at the university will help you reflect on your learning, apply theory to practice and produce a portfolio of your placement experiences.

The placements are focussed around projects, the topics of which reflect the three themes of all the BM programmes: Communication, Diversity, and Team Working, Leadership and Patient Safety. In addition you will gain an understanding of some of the key concepts in sociology and psychology as applied to medicine.

Throughout your Year zero there is particular emphasis (both structured and self-directed) of further development of your key skills, particularly numeracy and statistics, information retrieval, IT, team work, critical thinking and study skills.

Students entering year zero do so from very diverse backgrounds and we encourage you to build on your own existing learning. This is aided by you being in a relatively small group setting and a supportive learning environment.

Each semester's learning will be assessed using a range of methods including written examination papers, practical reports, presentations, essays and production of a portfolio. The assessment methods and type of examination questions are similar to those your will undertake in Years 1 and 2 of the BM5 programme and so prepare you for the years to follow.

In order to progress to BM5 Year 1 you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all 8 components: four of which are coursework and four of which are examinations.

Students who fail in any component will be required to resubmit work in the case of a failed coursework component or take a supplementary examination in the case of a failed examination component.

Students are not normally allowed to repeat Year 0.


You will go out on day placement every other week usually as part of a pair or a group of 3/4 students. Your placement will take place in both primary and secondary care around the Southampton area.


As a student on the BM6 programme you will receive extensive tutorial and pastoral support. The relatively small cohort size enables frequent opportunities for small group work and regular support and feedback on progress.

The BM6 timetable is generally structured across three days per week which allows students an opportunity to carry out some part-time work in order to support their studies.

Financial support

Students on the BM6 programme are eligible for a Year zero bursary of £1,000 for their first year of study. You may also be eligible for other University of Southampton bursaries. Find out more

Responsibilities of Southampton Medical Students

A medical student is studying not only for a university degree but also a professional qualification. Upon successful completion of the training he/she will not only have the BMBS degree but also be able to practise as a doctor. The training, therefore, is conducted in an environment that requires medical students to behave throughout their training in ways that are consistent with the principles of medical professional practice. Find out more


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123456
Scheduled learning & teaching study24%38%33%31%1%10%
Independent study72%62%61%47%39%10%
Placement study4%0%6%22%60%80%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123456
Written exam assessment35%75%84%8%20%45%
Practical exam assessment0%4%0%8%80%45%
Coursework assessment65%21%16%84%0%10%

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