Non-academic offer requirements
All accepted candidates will be required to complete health declaration and immunisation forms, and some will be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate.
The UK Government Health Authorities advise that all medical students are screened to identify possible carriers of the hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer are advised to:
- undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B
- if negative, start a course of immunisation
- thereafter provide certified evidence of these
The UK Government Health Authorities recommend that all medical students should be offered screening for a number of blood-borne viruses (Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus as well as Hepatitis B). You should be advised that any health care worker who is infected with any of these viruses (or who cannot prove that they are not infected) is not able to undertake exposure prone procedures when qualified (which are defined as ‘those invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker.’).
The MBChB Course at Birmingham is a non-Exposure-Prone Procedure course, so students with Hep C and/or HIV will not reflect any risk to patients during the course. Therefore, students who are positive or decline the offer of a blood test will still be permitted to continue on the course. Medical students may, however, engage in exposure-prone procedures on a voluntary basis (for example, during their elective). If this is the case, students are required to be screened.
For further information about these requirements, please see: Medical and Dental Students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for up to £200 of the cost of their vaccinations. If you meet the eligibility criteria for a Chamberlain Award from the University of Birmingham, you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence the MBChB course at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College, up to the cost of £200.
All students are required to sign the Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct prior to entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
Medical students are expected to attend the entire course, which includes some evening, night and weekend work.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and the Excluded Students Database (ESD)
Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the course.
Fitness to Practise
As a student on the MBChB programme you will be expected to meet specified standards of behaviour relating to fitness to practise set by the General Medical Council (GMC) and described in two documents:
The university publishes regulations and codes of practice that relate to Fitness to Practise status. In order to clarify what this means in terms of our expectations regarding behaviour of a medicine student on the MBChB course, we ask all students to sign, each year of their study, a Code of Conduct document. This document is reviewed on a regular basis.
- The academic requirements for entry will be detailed in the offer made to you (e.g. A Level grades, degree result etc). Please be aware that the latest that we can accept academic results is, normally, August 31st of the admissions cycle in which you apply (e.g. if you apply in 2019 for deferred entry in 2021, the academic conditions of your offer must be achieved by August 31st 2020).
- If your results do not meet our requirements and you are not accepted but you challenge the result you achieved (for example, you ask for a re-mark for one of your A Level subjects), we are obliged to accept you if you then meet the exact terms of your offer and this result is received by us by August 31st. If possible we will accept you for entry the same year but if there are no places available by the time your re-mark is confirmed, we will offer you a place for entry the following year. We are not obliged to accept you for the same year of entry if the course is full.