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The Foundation Centre

Gateway to Medicine

Gateway to Medicine

This is an initiative for students from under-represented groups within higher education, who are studying toward their A Levels in the North East of England, and whose predicted A level grades do not meet the standard entry requirement for standard 5 year medicine courses.

Gateway to Medicine Programme is delivered in 4 stages:

Pre-entry Phase (compulsory)

Students who have the potential to become good doctors are identified in partnership with their school or college through a process of Nomination during their AS year. If selected, applicants participate in a programme of activities with Durham University during their A2 year. These activities include a compulsory three day non-residential summer school 19th, 20th, 21st August, 2014.

Nomination Deadline: Friday 22nd May 2014.


Candidates must be Home Fee status and studying in the North East of England. Candidates must have a clear and demonstrable interest in medicine which is supported by a personal statement from the student and a testimonial from an academic member of their school or college. Candidates must also meet the Widening Participation (WP), Academic, and Aptitude criteria.

Widening Participation Criteria

Candidates must meet at least two of the following: First generation applicant including those who have a parent, or parents who graduated from their first degree within the last 5 years or are currently studying for their first degree; attend a school whose GCSE performance is below the national average; be eligible for Free School Meals; be resident in an area that falls within the lowest 40% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have spent time in care, or are from a Traveler family, or have a registered disability.

Academic Criteria

Candidate's predicted academic achievement must be three GCE A levels in the grade range AAB - BCC which would normally be completed within two years and taken in one sitting. They must include A2 Biology and Chemistry at grade C or above*. In order to progress to the Foundation Centre Phase final GCE A level grades must not fall below BCC.

*we do not accept Critical Thinking or General Studies as an A level entry qualification

Aptitude Criteria

A successful interview, a successful DBS check (formerly CRB) and a UKCAT score, all of which will be completed during the Pre-entry Phase.

Foundation Centre Phase

Up to ten successful Pre-entry Phase students will spend one year (Year 0) at Durham University's Foundation Centre gaining the necessary academic skills and knowledge for successful study in Higher Education.

Medicine Phase I

Successful Foundation Centre Phase students will spend two years at Durham University's School of Medicine and Health where they will establish the essential knowledge base for medicine in a clinical context.

Medicine Phase II

Successful Medicine Phase 1 students will spend three years under the aegis of Newcastle University's School of Biomedicine where they will acquire clinical experience in a wide range of NHS hospitals and community settings across the region.


If you would like to know more about the Gateway to Medicine Programme please call or email:

Telephone: 0191 3340172


Access to Medicine