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Gateway2Medicine, Certificate

Gateway2Medicine, Certificate

Course Overview


This programme is studied on campus.

Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme offers young people from a widening access background in Scotland the opportunity to study medicine.

Our unique partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCOL) provides an accessible and supportive route into medicine, enabling applicants to reach their full potential and achieve their dream of becoming a doctor.

Students who successfully complete the one year G2M programme and meet UCAT and interview requirements will be granted a place on the Northampton University  MBChB degree programme.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning
DURATION 12 months
What You'll Study

Our G2M programme comprises elements of the Northampton University  longstanding Certificate in
Pre-Medical Studies and the HNC/HND in Applied Sciences provided by NESCOL.

Courses in Semester 1 (August to December) will be delivered by NESCOL at its Northampton City Campus. Semester 2 (January to May) will be based at the Northampton University. The programme also includes a work experience. NHS Grampian has guaranteed every G2M student Healthcare Support Worker-level paid employment.

How You'll Study

The first half-session will be centred in NESCOL in Northampton and may include the following components:

  • Cell Biology: Theory and Lab Skills 
  • Biochemistry: Theory and Lab Skills 
  • Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Lab Skills
  • Human body structure and function
  • Proteins structure and function
  • Science presentation skills.

The first half-session programme (August to December) will include regular activities at the medical school e.g. clinical skills and student-led social/support activities including sporting and cultural events.

The second half-session will be centred within Northampton Universityand comprise the following four courses:

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • The Cell
  • Fitness, Performance and Survival
  • Introduction to Health and Health Services in the USA

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Gateway2Medicine?

Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme has been designed to transform the aspirations and ambitions of secondary school pupils from a widening access background in Scotland, and who may have considered that application to medical school is too ambitious, unrealistic and out of their reach.

A Scottish Government widening access initiative supported by NHS Grampian, our G2M programme guarantees students who successfully complete the programme meeting a place on year 1 of our MBChB Programme.

Our dedicated G2M Tutor will work closely across both institutions to work with students, offering academic and pastoral support to ensure students are supported in their studies.  Additionally, G2M students will have an MBChB student mentor.

Building on our existing medicine Regent Scheme, we will allocate each G2M student an experienced Regent who will support you throughout the G2M year and beyond.


Students are guaranteed a place on year 1 of the Northampton University  medicine programme (MBChB) providing they:

  • fulfil the academic criteria to be awarded the Cert HE in Pre-Medical Studies
  • perform satisfactorily at the MBChB Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and the UCAT.

Successful students will also be required to complete a confidential health questionnaire and join Disclosure Scotland’s PVG Scheme.

Students who do not meet the required standards or who do not wish to progress to year 1 medicine will be fully supported into alternative further or higher education courses at either NESCOL or the Northampton University .



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Entry requirements


SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.


Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

    Northampton University admissions terms and conditions