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Fitness to practise

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Fitness to practise

The General Medical Council (GMC) requires that all new doctors are fit to practise medicine. To meet this requirement, all doctors are required to possess certain defined clinical skills. Consequently, while applicants with an impairment or health condition are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis, those who are unable to meet the GMC’s criteria cannot be admitted.



All offers of places to study medicine are conditional upon a satisfactory health record and health assessment being carried out, in addition to a requirement that students comply with viral screening as requested by the Department of Health.

Applicants should be aware that medical students and doctors who are discovered to have, or who later acquire, an infectious condition that threatens the wellbeing of patients may be required to discontinue their training or practice. If such unfortunate circumstances arise or are discovered after admission, we will advise students of the options open to them.

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We welcome a diverse range of applications, reflecting the whole of society. Potential applicants with a disability might consider seeking advice from local medical practitioners about what a career in medicine entails. They are welcome to discuss with a disability advisor any reasonable adjustments they would require to complete the course prior to application.


Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All offers to BSMS are conditional on the basis of a satisfactory DBS check. These will be sent in the summer, prior to enrolment. Applicants must declare on their UCAS form if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands, and send any additional information supporting this to the admissions tutor. Failure to do this may result in your application not being taken any further. Furthermore, failure to declare a conviction that is then discovered may result in the student being referred to the school's Fitness to Practice Committee or, in severe cases, exclusion from the course.

Please note that having a conviction, caution or reprimand does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to start the medical course. However, we have a responsibility for staff, students and patients you may get in contact with, and therefore some convictions are incompatible with medical training and practice.

If you are in doubt about your circumstances, please call the admissions office on +44 (0) 1273 643528.