Topic outline

  • Assessment page for students

    Assessment

    The Medical School has developed and designed an assessment system weighted towards educational impact that drives learning of all students. The assessment system does not just identify academic progress but drives deep, contextual and constructive learning that will last a lifetime.

    The University of Buckingham Medical School is committed to ensuring that methods of assessment are effective in measuring student attainment of the intended learning outcomes and that assessment policy and practices are effective in monitoring the validity, equality and reliability of assessment.

    The primary purpose of summative assessment at the University of Buckingham Medical School is to assure the Medical School, the individual student, future employers, the General Medical Council and the public that each student has achieved all of the 'outcomes for graduates' defined in 'Tomorrow's Doctors' (2009) by the end of the course and that students earlier in the course are making satisfactory progress towards those outcomes.

    As most students will reach the outcomes through consistently satisfactory performance in assessments, however, the other main purpose of the assessment system is to drive the learning of all students, and the medical school has therefore chosen to place a high weight on educational impact in the design of the assessment system.  The aim is to assess students in ways that will drive deep, contextual & constructive learning that will last into life-long practice, not just to identify those few students who are not reaching the outcomes.  


  • Assessment timetable

    In Phase 1, there will be an End of Term Assessment (ETA) at the end of each term. In Phase 2, there will be an assessment at the end of each rotation. The Key Assessment dates are below. All 2019 dates are provisional at this time.  Results will be posted shortly after the exam board has met.

    MED 18 EXAMS

    Exam Date

    Exam Board

    META1

    19/03/2018

    n/a

    ETA1

    24/04/2018

    10/05/2018

    ETA2

    07/08/2018

    28/08/2018

    ETA3 MOSCE

    28/09/2018

    n/a

    ETA 3A

    04/12/2018

    18/12/2018

    ETA3B

    06/12/2018

    ETA3 OSCE

    11/12/2018

    Y1 QE A

    28/01/2019

    tbc

    Y1 QE B

    29/01/2019

    Y1 QE OSCE

    30/01/2019

    ETA2

    05/08/2019

    tbc

    ETA5

    09/09/2019

    tbc

    MED 17 EXAMS

    Exam Date

    Exam Board

    ETA4

    22/05/2018

    12/06/2018

    ETA5

    04/09/2018

    25/09/2018

    ETA6A

    07/01/2019

    tbc

    ETA6B

    08/01/2019

    ETA6 OSCE

    09/01/2019

    Y2 QE A

    25/02/2019

    tbc

    Y2 QE B

    26/02/2019

    Y2 QE OSCE

    27/02/2019






    MED 16 EXAMS

    Exam Date

    Exam Board

    Y3 Mock IPE OSCE

    30/11/2018

    n/a

    Y3 IPE A

    04/03/2019

    tbc

    Y3 IPE B

    05/03/2019

    Y3 IPE C

    06/03/2019

    Y3 IPE OSCE A

    07/03/2019

    Y3 IPE OSCE B

    08/03/2019

    Y3 IPE QE A

    03/06/2019

    tbc

    Y3 IPE QE B

    04/06/2019

    Y3 IPE QE C

    05/06/2019

    Y3 IPE QE OSCE A

    06/06/2019

    Y3 IPE QE OSCE B

    07/06/2019




    MED 15 EXAMS

    Exam Date

    Exam Board

    Y4 FPE A

    18/03/2019

    tbc

    Y4 FPE B

    19/03/2019

    Y4 FPE C

    20/03/2019

    Y4 FPE OSCE A

    21/03/2019

    Y4 FPE OSCE B

    22/03/2019

    Y4 FPE QE A

    27/05/2019

    tbc

    Y4 FPE QE B

    28/05/2019

    Y4 FPE QE C

    29/05/2019

    Y4 FPE QE OSCE A

    30/05/2019

    Y4 FPE QE OSCE B

    31/05/2019


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    • Dates are indicative only and may be subject to change.

    • Written exams may be in the morning or afternoon.

    • Times and location will be confirmed two weeks before the exam by email.

    • Results are usually released within two working days of the Exam Board meeting.

    • Students need to be available for the whole day for OSCEs.

    • Students who do not meet the requirements to progress automatically, can take the qualifying exam (QE).

    • Further detail regarding assessment arrangements are described in the Assessment Code Of Practice.

    • Assessment Document and Information Register

    • Submitting SSCand Library Projects through Examsoft

      This is the presentation from the briefing about the process for submitting your files to your SSC Lead / Library Project Supervisor.

    • Setting up an ipad to take an online exam

      Examsoft is a system that enables you to take exams on your ipad. The simple set up process is outlined below.

      Step 1

      When you are registered as an examtaker in Examsoft, you will get an automated email asking you to download the Examsoft app from the app store. Ignore any references to paying a fee and system requirements.

    • Preparation for the Intermediate Professional Exam (IPE)

      In Year 3 of the course students rotate around 6 Blocks (Junior Rotation). This guidance describes how to prepare for the examinations at the end of the year.