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Medicine with a Gateway Year

Our Medicine with a Gateway Year programme is a Widening Participation initiative designed to facilitate access to Medicine for those from underrepresented backgrounds. If you’re full of potential and passionate about truly making a difference to patients’ lives, this programme could be for you.

Study type Problem based learning
Entry requirements
5 GCSEs at 9-4 / A*-C
Admissions Test UCAT
Biology practical


Your journey to becoming an outstanding doctor starts here

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants to study Medicine, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Our six-year Medicine With a Gateway Year programme is a Widening Participation initiative designed to facilitate access to Medicine for those from underrepresented backgrounds. Applicants must meet our widening participation criteria to be eligible to apply for this programme.

The Gateway forms the first academic year, based on the University of Hull campus. This year focuses on bringing your scientific knowledge up to the required standard and enhancing your study skills, while also learning about professionalism and the NHS.

You will also visit GP and hospital settings in Hull and the local area, coming into contact with real patients – so you begin to develop the excellent communication skills and confident, empathetic approach to delivering care that are the hallmark of our graduates.

On successful completion of the Gateway Year you will automatically progress to our five-year MB BS Medicine programme. Our programme combines patient-centred teaching, problem based learning led by clinicians, rigorous academic study grounded in the sciences, and regular clinical experience.

At the end of your studies, you will graduate thoroughly prepared for clinical practice, with an MB BS degree awarded jointly by the Universities of Hull and York.

Key Information

UCAS Code A101
Institution Code H75
Start Date September 2022
Duration 6 years
Home Intake 30
International Intake 0
Study Type Problem Based Learning

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 9-4 / A*-C
Admissions Test UCAT
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Medicine student on placement at James Alexander Family Practice


A dynamic three phase programme

Our 3 phase programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a confident, capable doctor:

Gateway Year

The Gateway Year focuses on facilitating your transition from school or college to university, bringing your scientific knowledge up to the required standard, and enhancing your study skills while teaching you about professionalism and the NHS.

You will visit GP and hospital settings from the very start of the programme, coming into contact with real patients.

This hands-on experience will be supported by a combination of small group teaching, self-directed learning, lectures and clinical skills sessions, ensuring you are able to transition smoothly and confidently into life as a medical student.

Medicine with a Gateway Year students in a histology workshop

Years 1 and 2

In Phase I, problem based learning (PBL) sits at the heart of the curriculum, providing a patient-centred context for your training.

Each week, under the guidance of your PBL tutor – who is an experienced clinician – your PBL group will identify what you need to know to understand a hypothetical patient case.

Your clinical placements, anatomy sessions, clinical and communication skills sessions, lectures, workshops, and your own self-directed learning will provide opportunities to deepen your understanding of the issues raised by the PBL case.

You will also undertake research-related study as part of the Scholarship and Special Interest Programme, acquiring skills to help you develop as an independent scholar.

Medicine students in ED at Hull Royal Infirmary

Years 3 and 4

In Phase II, which is years three and four of the programme, you will experience full-time clinical placements in GP surgeries and community settings (primary care) and hospitals (secondary care). You will rotate through different specialties and locations, developing your clinical, history-taking, examination and problem-solving skills with patients, under the supervision of dedicated clinical tutors.

Our placement sites are in Hull, York, Grimsby, Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough and Scunthorpe.

You will continue to attend seminars, teaching sessions and clinical procedural skills practicals at our dedicated teaching facilities within each hospital site. Our friendly student liaison teams are also based here, to ensure you receive support while on placement.

Medicine student on a clinical placement with Dr Laura Cunliffe

Year 5

In Phase III, which is the final year of the programme, your clinical placement rotations will continue throughout the region in primary and secondary care settings, where even more emphasis will be placed on your being a member of a multidisciplinary medical team, gaining experience of on-call and out-of-hours duties.

You will continue to attend teaching sessions and clinical skills practicals at our dedicated facilities within each hospital site.

One of the most exciting parts of your medical training at Hull York Medical School is your elective. You will carry out a six-week elective at the beginning of your final year when you’ll have the chance to travel abroad or work in a specialist service in the UK.

Students with ED consultant at Hull Royal Infirmary


Intercalation is one extra year on top of your medical degree, during which you can study another undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Whilst intercalation is not a pre-requisite on our Medicine programme, we encourage all our students to consider this option to broaden your skills and knowledge and explore a new subject area.

We offer a variety of degrees in specialist subjects to suit your interests and that provide a powerful complement to your medical training, including clinical anatomy, ethics, biology, sport and exercise science, public health, and health education. You can also choose to study at an institution elsewhere.

Student in lab conducting experiments

Course structure

What will you study?

Gateway Year (Year 0)

The Gateway Year is divided into modules designed to build your knowledge and skills as you progress through the year.

Each module includes formative and summative assessments.

Formative assessments don’t count towards your final qualification but are designed to provide you with feedback to identify your strengths, so that you can build on them, and your weaknesses, so that you can improve in those areas.

Summative assessments are formal assessments used to measure progress and to determine whether you have achieved the level of attainment required to progress through the programme, and to graduate as a doctor.

The modules you will study are:

Human Biology I and II

These modules will help you transition from your science level in biology, chemistry and mathematics, to the standard required for Year 1 of the MB BS Medicine programme.

The modules will also include taster year 1 lectures and anatomy sessions, where you will experience a sample of what will be studied in the following years.

In addition, Human Biology II will also cover extended A Level content where you will develop a basic understanding of other sciences that underpin medicine, including microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, tissue structure and anatomical terminology.

These modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, small group work, practical classes and laboratory classes. Where possible they will be based around patient cases. In addition, you will have some time for self-guided study.


  • Formative assessment for each module: Exam each term
  • Summative assessment: Exam for each module
Clinical Skills

This module provides an introduction to clinical and communication skills. You will develop your communication skills and begin to appreciate and display the appropriate communication in a variety of settings, such as with your peers, teachers, clinical and healthcare staff and patients. This module also introduces basic clinical skills.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and settings to enhance your ability to communicate, feedback, reflect, manage emotions and to undertake a basic examination.

You will learn through a combination of clinical skills sessions on campus, at our teaching facilities at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, and on clinical placement visits.

You will experience clinical placement visits four half days each term in GP surgeries and hospitals in the Hull York Medical School area.

Small group facilitated teaching sessions will occur alongside these to help develop core skills needed for work in the clinical setting.

There will also be time for self-directed learning.


  • Formative clinical and communication competency sign off
  • Summative clinical and communication competency sign off
Health, Society and the NHS

In this module, you will gain an overview of the health service, the people who work in it and the issues it faces. You will gain an understanding of how inter-professional teams work to deliver holistic care to patients in hospital and in the community.

You will also study the importance of the social and psychological context of health and health care for both patients and practitioners. Finally, you will gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles of health economics.

This module is delivered through a combination of seminars and problem based learning (PBL) group sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Summative presentation and essay
Professionalism and Ethics

This module introduces professional and ethical behaviours in the study and practice of medicine.

You will explore and develop a sound understanding of a number of core ethical and professional issues that arise in the practice of medicine.

You will also participate in activities that will support and enhance your personal and professional development, including skills in reflective practice.

The module is delivered through a combination of workshops, small group seminars, and problem based learning (PBL) sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Formative reflective writing
  • Summative poster presentation and essay
Medical Scholarship

This module will support you to develop your study skills needed for the course and for transition to year 1 of the MB BS Medicine programme.

It will cover topics including learning and revision skills, introduction to referencing and academic integrity, how to work in teams (including the basis of problem based learning), developing your reflective practice skills, understanding basic statistics in research papers, and personal wellbeing during your studies.

This module is delivered through a combination of seminars and group sessions, with time for self-directed learning.


  • Formative essay
  • Summative essay and portfolio

MB BS Medicine (Years 1-5)

Following successful completion, you will automatically progress into Year 1 of the MB BS Medicine programme.

Dr Katherine Harris


We need our doctors to look like our patients and represent the diverse people that we treat. It’s better for patients and for the whole healthcare system. There’s lots of different paths in medicine, and there should be lots of different people that do it.

University of Hull

An unforgettable experience

Medicine with a Gateway Year students are based at the University of Hull campus for their Gateway Year, learning in the £28-million health campus with the stunning Allam Medical Building at its heart.

Officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2017, the building is an aspirational teaching and learning environment where you will rub shoulders with other healthcare professionals in training, including nursing, physician associate, paramedic and midwifery students.

After you have successfully completed the Gateway Year, you can choose to continue your Medicine studies at either of our parent universities: the University of Hull or the University of York. 

Student life
Allam Medical Building

The Allam Medical Building

Students on the collaboration deck in the Allam Medical Building

Allam Medical Building

Medicine students in an anatomy demonstration with Lauren Clunie


Biology practical

Biology practical

Medicine with a Gateway Year students in a histology workshop

Histology practical

PBL group

Problem based learning

How to apply

Take the next step

We pride ourselves on our fair, transparent and inclusive selection process, which we use to recruit and admit high quality applicants. We’re looking for people who share our commitment to delivering exceptional patient-centred care, and who we believe will benefit from the contemporary education offered on our MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year programme.

Medicine students outside Hull Royal Infirmary
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