Aston Medical School is one of the newest medical schools, which opened in 2018. Despite its young age, it has completed the rigorous GMC approval process and the teaching at Aston is undoubtedly of excellent quality. Moreover, Aston is willing to listen to feedback from students and staff and committed to constantly improving their course.
Aston offers a 5-year MBChB medical course, which is split into two phases: pre-clinical (years 1 and 2) and clinical. Each student at Aston is allocated a Personal Tutor, which looks after your well-being and study progression.
Aston medical school is located in the very centre of Birmingham. As the 2nd largest city in the UK, Birmingham is a bustling and diverse city with loads on offer, meaning you can easily find a perfect getaway from the demanding course that medicine is.
A-level Predicted Grades: Predicted grades are just checked if they meet the minimum entry requirement and are not used to select candidates for an interview.
GCSEs: Scores from Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and two other subjects (in which you scored highest of the remaining subjects) are converted to a score out of 24. A*/9/8 = 4 points, A/7 = 3 points, B/6 = 2 points, C/5 = 1 point.
Personal Statement: On their website, Aston states that the following makes a personal statement stand out for them: acknowledgement of a gap in your skills and actively working on it, being a prefect at school or a mentor for younger students, volunteering and reflections.
UCAT: There is no UCAT cut off at Aston and SJT Band 4 can be accepted. UCAT score is converted into a score from 0-12, based on the following principle: 3600-3500 = 12 points, 3500-3400 = 11.5 points, 3300-3400 = 11 points and so on.
Overall, the UCAT and GCSE grades form a total of 36 points when converted into the Aston score. Historically, anything above 28 should put you in a safe position to get an interview invitation.
Home Students: In the past years the lowest scores that got home students an interview at Aston were: 2050, 2110, 2150.
International Students: In the past years the lowest scores that got international students an interview at Aston were: 2060, 1510, 1570.
Since Aston is a fairly new medical school (the first cohort enrolled in 2018), its competitiveness is fairly low now, but steadily increases from year to year.
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Since Aston is a UCAT university, they tend to start sending out interview invitations fairly quickly, as early as November and they continue until January/February.
Home Students: Out of 1066 candidates who applied in 2021, 363 were interviewed.
International Students: Out of 227 international students who applied 78 were interviewed.
This means that roughly 34% of all students who apply for medicine at Aston receive an interview invitation.
MMIs at Aston take place from December until March and invitations are sent out on a rolling basis. Once you receive an interview invitation (fingers crossed!) you’ll be able to choose a date that most suits you.
Since the interviews were moved online, Aston conducts them in the same, Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) formats as before. You can expect there to be 7-10 different stations, each of which tests a different attribute of a “good doctor” (see questions below). The stations at Aston are highly likely to include some form of role play with an actor.
Each station lasts between 5 and 8 minutes, with 1 minute of reading/preparation time before each station. Hence, the interview lasts slightly over an hour in total.
On their official website, Aston states they look for the following qualities during an MMI:
No medical knowledge will be tested during your MMI at Aston.
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Home Students: In 2021, after 202 interviews 152 offers were made.
International Students: In 2021, after 78 interviews, a total of 59 offers were made.
This means that you have as much as a 76% chance of getting in, once you’ve received an interview invitation from Aston!
That can vary from year to year, but generally, it takes quite a while to hear back from Aston. You can expect to hear back from them in approx. 2 months after your interview.
Oral and written communication
Empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence
Problem-solving and Role-play:
Being able to lead as well as follow
Knowing your limitations and knowing when to ask for help.
Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Aston Medical School in past years. Publishing such information would be against Aston’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Aston and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
🎭 Prepare for a role play:
Role-plays are very likely to come up on your MMI at Aston. Role-play stations are some of the most challenging MMI stations, as they require you not only to demonstrate knowledge and insight but also skills and qualities.
Make sure you dedicate time to practising role-plays with your friends and family until you get comfortable and confident performing them.
❓ Expect follow-up questions:
MMI stations at Aston tend to be quite long, so you can expect at least 2-3 questions per station. Some of those questions may be based on what you’ve mentioned in your answer. To prepare, make sure to exercise the skill of thinking on your feet by exposing yourself to questions you aren’t familiar with. A good exercise would be to go through our list of 250+ medicine interview questions, pick questions randomly one by one and try answering them out loud.
🎓 Get ready to talk about your motivations to study at Aston:
Aston medical school has only opened quite recently and doesn’t have the prestige that other universities like Oxbridge, UCL or Imperial can boast. Therefore, make sure you think through your reasons to study at Aston and select convincing arguments, as to why you would like to study there. Some of the aspects that you can think of include (but are not limited to): the location, research facilities, course structure, opinions of current medical students, the city, societies or distance from your home town.
🤩 Be passionate:
Whenever talking about medicine, your motivations to study at Aston or your work experience exude enthusiasm. Demonstrate how passionate you are through smiling and body language. Remember that actions speak louder than words!
🤞 Good luck with preparing for the Aston Medicine interview! Fingers crossed!