Friday, March 25, 2011

Imperial college

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Admission requirements

Applications will be considered from candidates already possessing the qualifications prescribed for entrance, and from those who expect, through examinations taken before the degree course commences, to satisfy the entrance requirements.
Candidates will be required to have satisfied both the College general entrance requirements and the course requirements prescribed for admission to their chosen degree course, normally through passes in a recognised General Certificate of Education examination. Students entering the School of Medicine must have reached the age of 18 by 1 October in the year of entry. This is due to the pattern of delivery which requires compliance with patient contact regulations in the first term.
The minimum general entrance requirements prescribed by the College are passes in a recognised General Certificate of Education examination either in:

  • two subjects at A level, or
  • in one subject at A level and two subjects at AS level, or
  • in four subjects at AS level.
All candidates must have a minimum English language qualification of at least grade C at GCSE or other equivalent qualification. At least grade B in English language at GCSE level is normally required for admission to the medical course. For details of acceptable English language qualifications, and the minimum grades required by the College, please go to the English language test website.
Except for courses where three specific A level subjects are required for admission, candidates offering two A levels together with two AS levels will normally be considered equally with candidates offering three A levels. Combinations including at least one AS level contrasting with other A and AS level subjects will be accepted and, in many cases, actively encouraged. Details of the minimum course requirements are given for each individual course.

Other qualifications

Information about the acceptability of a wide range of alternative qualifications can be found via the Course Search facility on the UCAS website. Candidates who are in any doubt about the acceptability of their qualifications should write to giving details of subjects passed and to be taken.
The College considers applications for entry to the second year of some (but not all) of its courses. All such applications must be made via UCAS. Selectors would look for the successful completion of the first year of a comparable degree course at another higher education institution with a high level of achievement. In addition, selectors would look for the fulfilment of the standard first year entry requirements.
Candidates wishing to apply for admission to the second year should contact the relevant department directly, giving full details of their current course and their academic background before making an application.

Advanced Engineering Diploma

The present restriction on the Additional Specialist Learning element to the equivalent of 1.5 A levels means that the proposed Advanced Engineering Diploma does not contain sufficient academic content to demonstrate that Diploma award holders could cope with the academic requirements of our engineering courses. Thus, the Advanced Engineering Diploma as currently defined does not by itself provide a normal entry route to our engineering courses. However, we may consider candidates with both the Diploma and A Levels in specified subjects which meet our entrance requirements.

Pre-university experience

The College welcomes applications for admission in October 2012 submitted a year in advance by candidates who wish to spend a year after leaving school either gaining valuable experience in industry or perhaps engaged in some form of social work at home or overseas. College tutors are pleased to advise students considering deferring their entry to College. In certain engineering departments a year of relevant industrial experience is particularly favoured.
Candidates who are undecided as to whether they will wish to defer their entry for one year should apply in the normal way for admission in October 2011. If the application is successful, the College can, if the student so requests, offer admission for 2012 instead of 2011. A conditional offer made in such circumstances would, however, be contingent on the satisfaction of all the conditions of the offer not later than 31 August 2011.

Admissions appeals and complaints procedure

The College strives to treat all applications fairly and without prejudice. However, if a candidate is not satisfied with the way in which an application has been considered or wishes to appeal against the decision of the College, they should follow the guidance provided in the College Admissions Appeals and Complaints Procedure.

Entrance tests for 2011 entry and deferred entry in 2012

Undergraduate Medicine (MBBS/BSc), BSc Biomedical Science, BSc Pharmacology and Translational Medical Science: all applicants will be required to sit the BMAT test.
Graduate-entry Medicine (MBBS): all applicants are required to sit UKCAT.
All other courses: applicants in 2011 entry round including those who then defer entry until 2012 will not be required to sit an entrance test.

Students with disabilities

The College welcomes applications from students with special needs. Those with disabilities are recommended to contact the College as early as possible before submitting their application form, indicating the course or courses in which they are interested and the nature of their disability.
It is important that the College knows about the extent of disability in advance, because access to, and the physical arrangements within, some of our buildings may present difficulties. In addition, the College considers it important to advise students of what facilities are available before they submit an application. The College wishes to offer as much assistance as possible and is making continued efforts to improve access.
The College's policy is to view applications from students with special needs on the same academic grounds that apply to all applicants.
The College's Disabilities Advisors cater for the needs of students with disabilities. They have responsibility for access and accommodation and work closely with the Registry, the Student Accommodation Centre, the academic departments and outside agencies. They are available to discuss, on a confidential basis, any issues of concern to people with disabilities whilst at the College.
The Disabilities Advisors are aware of the requirements of dyslexic students and advise departments as necessary on this learning difficulty.
Students with dyslexia and those who think they may have a learning disability are strongly advised to ensure they have a full psychological assessment report before they start their course. This must be written by a qualified educational psychologist after the student has reached 16 years of age, and no more than 10 years before the date of entry to the College. Otherwise it is likely that the College will require a review assessment to be undertaken. The College cannot consider any special provisions for students without a full assessment of the student's needs. Details of the criteria to be covered in the report can be obtained from the Disabilities Advisors. Students who wish the Colle ge to consider special provision for their learning disability should contact the Disabilities Adviso rs as soon as possible, so that help can be provided from the start of the course. Students shou ld be aware that it is unlikely that any examination compensation will be allowed unless they have previously contacted the D isabilities Advisors and agreed arrangements with both the Disabilities Advisors and their academic department.
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, a copy of Imperial College London's disability statement describing the facilities offered is available in ordinary or large print. Should a Braille or taped version be required this can also be arranged.
Please contact: Mary Bown, Senior Disabilities Advisor
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
Telephone (direct line and voicemail):
+44 (0)20 7594 8935
Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 9050

Admission of students with other competencies

Although passes in the requisite GCSE, O level and A level examinations of the General Certificate of Education represent an almost indispensable background to the courses offered by Imperial College London, applications will be welcomed from suitably motivated and experienced candidates who can demonstrate the required competencies but do not possess the usual qualifying examinations.

Admission of occasional students

Candidates may be permitted as occasional students to attend a course, or certain parts of a course, provided that they are able to show that they have the necessary preliminary knowledge, and that there is sufficient space for them. Occasional students are not registered for any qualifications. All candidates wishing to be considered as an occasional student must apply online.

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