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

    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.  Results will be posted shortly after the exam board has met.

    2020 / 2021 Academic Year    

    (All dates post COVID-19 are provisional and dependent on return dates to the physical course. The table below assumes a restart date around August 2020)

    MED16 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    PSA1 UoB 03/02/2020 M n/a
    PSA2 UoB 13/03/2020 F n/a
    FPE A UoB 16/03/2020 M 02/04/2020
    FPE B UoB 17/03/2020 T
    FPE C UoB 18/03/2020 W
    OSCE 4A MKUH A/C 19/03/2020 TH
    OSCE 4B MKUH A/C 20/03/2020 F
    PSA3 Remote 11/05/2020 M n/a
    Y4 QE1 A Remote 26/05/2020 T 04/06/2020
    Y4 QE1 B Remote 26/05/2020 T
    Y4 QE1 C Remote 27/05/2020 W
    Y4 QE1 OSCE  Remote 28/05/2020 TH
    PSA4 Remote 05/06/2020 F n/a
    Y4 QE2 A Remote 22/06/2020 M tbc
    Y4 QE2 C Remote 23/06/2020 T
    Y4 QE2 OSCE Remote 25/06/2020 TH
    MED17 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    IPE A UoB 02/03/2020 M 18/03/2020
    IPE B UoB 03/03/2020 T
    IPE C UoB 04/03/2020 W
    IPE OSCE A MKUH A/C 05/03/2020 Th
    IPE OSCE B MKUH A/C 06/03/2020 F
    Y3 QE A UoB 28/09/2020 (provisional) M
    Y3 QE C UoB 29/09/2020 (provisional) T
    Y3 QE OSCE  tbc 01/10/2020 (provisional) TH
    SJT option 1 Test center 07 - 19/12/2020 ANY  
    SJT option 2 Test center 18 - 23/01/2021 ANY  
    PSA1 UoB 01/02/2021 M
    PSA2 UoB 12/03/2021 F
    FPE A UoB 15/03/2021 M
    FPE B UoB 16/03/2021 T
    FPE C UoB 17/03/2021 W
    OSCE 4A MKUH A/C 18/03/2021 TH
    OSCE 4B MKUH A/C 19/03/2021 F
    PSA3 UoB 10/05/2021 M
    Y4 QE A UoB 24/05/2021 M
    Y4 QE B UoB 25/05/2021 T
    Y4 QE C UoB 26/05/2020 W
    Y4 QE OSCE A MKUH A/C 27/05/2020 TH
    Y4 QE OSCE B MKUH A/C 28/05/2020 F
    MED18 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    ETA6A UoB 07/01/2020 T 24/01/2020
    ETA6B UoB 08/01/2020 W
    OSCE2 MKUH A/C 14/01/2020 T
    Y2 QE A UoB 24/02/2020 M 04/03/2020
    Y2 QE B UoB 25/02/2020 T
    Y2 QE OSCE MKUH A/C 27/02/2020 TH
    IPE A UoB 01/03/2021 M 24/03/2021
    IPE B UoB 02/03/2021 T
    IPE C UoB 03/03/2021 W
    IPE OSCE A MKUH A/C 04/03/2021 TH
    IPE OSCE B MKUH A/C 05/03/2021 F
    Y3 QE A UoB 01/06/2021 T 16/06/2021
    Y3 QE B UoB 01/06/2021 T
    Y3 QE C UoB 02/06/2021 W
    Y3 QE OSCE A MKUH A/C 03/06/2021 TH
    Y3 QE OSCE B MKUH A/C 04/06/2021 F
    MED19 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    Y1 QE A UoB 27/01/2020 M 11/02/2020
    Y1 QE B UoB 28/01/2020 T
    Y1 QE OSCE UoB 30/01/2020 TH
    ETA4/5  UoB  03/09/2020 (provisional) tbc 
    ETA6A  UoB 05/01/2021  tbc 
    ETA6B  UoB  06/01/2021 
    OSCE2  MKUH/AC 08/01/2021 
    Y2 QE A UoB 22/02/2021  M tbc
    Y2 QE B UoB  23/02/2021  T
    Y2 QE OSCE MKUH/AC 25/02/2021  TH
    MED20 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    META1 UoB 10/03/2020 T
    ETA1/2 UoB 01/09/2020 (provisional) T 19/08/2020
    Y1 MOSCE tbc 24/09/2020 Th n/a
    ETA3A UoB 01/12/2020 T 17/12/2020
    ETA3B UoB 03/12/2020 TH
    OSCE1 MKUH A/C 08/12/2020 T
    Y1 QE A UoB 25/01/2021 M tbc
    Y1 QE B UoB 26/01/2021 T
    Y1 QE OSCE MKUH A/C 28/01/2021 TH
    MED21 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    META1 UoB 09/03/2021 T n/a
    ETA1 UoB 27/04/2021 T tbc


    • 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 NM, SSC and Library Projects through Examsoft

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

    • Setting up a device to use Examsoft

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

      When you are registered as an examtaker in Examsoft, you will get an automated email asking you to download the Examsoft app (called Examplify) 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.

    • Illness on Exam Day

      You need to bear in mind infection control and patient safety.  Even if your exam is not in a clinical area, the people you are in contact with will be going into clinical areas.  For these reasons the MKUH Staff Health and Wellbeing Department provides the following guidance, based on the information in the MKUH document "Precautions for Specific Infections":

      Diarrhoea (with an unknown cause): do not attend until asymptomatic for 48 hours if stools are watery (see the Bristol Stool Chart)

      Vomitting (with an unknown cause): do not attend until asymptomatic for 48 hours.

      Diarrhoea and/or vomitting (with known cause that is not infectious, e.g. IBS or motion sickness): you may attend if you feel well enough.