Topic outline

  • Assessment page for students


    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

    There will be an End of Term Assessment (ETA) at the end of each term. The Key Assessment dates in 2017 are below.


    MIPE: 17th January 2018

    MIPE OSCE: 19th January 2018

    IPE Paper A: 5th March 2018

    IPE Paper B: 6th March 2018

    IPE Paper C: 7th March 2018

    IPE OSCE A: 8th March 2018

    IPE OSCE B: 9th March 2018

    IPE Exam Board: 14th March 2018

    IPE QE Paper A: 4th June 2018

    IPE QE Paper B: 4th June 2018

    IPE QE Paper C: 5th June 2018

    IPE QE OSCE A: 6th June 2018

    IPE QE OSCE B: 7th June 2018

    IPE QE Exam Board: 12th June 2018



    ETA3 QE OSCE:   Monday 30th January 2017

    ETA3 QE Paper A: Tuesday 31st January 2017

    ETA3 QE Paper B: Wednesday 1st February 2017

    ETA3 QE Exam Board: Monday 6th February 2017

    ETA4: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    ETA4 Exam Board: Tuesday 6th June 2017

    Narrative Medicine submission deadline: Friday 14th July 2017

    Term 5 SSC submission deadline: Wednesday 9th August 2017

    ETA5: Tuesday 5th September 2017

    ETA5 Exam Board: Tuesday 19th September 2017

    Term 6 SSC submission deadline: Friday 29th November 2017

    ETA6 OSCE: 5th  January 2018

    ETA6 Paper A:  8th January 2018

    ETA6 Paper B: 10th January 2018

    Year 2 QE: Paper A 26th February 2018

    Year 2 QE: Paper B 27th February 2018

    Year 2 QE: OSCE  2nd March 2018



    ETA1: Tuesday 25th April 2017

    ETA1 Exam Board: Wednesday 10th May 2017

    ETA2: Tuesday 8th August 2017

    ETA2 Exam Board: Tuesday 22nd August 2017

    Mock OSCE: Thursday 21st September 2017

    ETA3 OSCE: Monday 4th December 2017

    ETA3 Paper A: Wednesday 6th December 2017

    ETA3 Paper B: Monday 11th December 2017

    ETA3 Exam Board: Tuesday 19th December 2017

    Year 1 QE Paper A: 29th January 2018

    Year 1 QE Paper B: 30th January 2018

    Year 1 QE OSCE: 2nd February 2018


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

    • Written exams may be in the morning or afternoon.

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

    • Times and location to be confirmed.

    • 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.