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.

    MED 19 EXAMS Exam Date Exam Board
    META1 19/03/2019 n/a
    ETA1 15/04/2019 01/05/2019
    ETA2 05/08/2019 tbc
    ETA3 MOSCE 26/09/2019 n/a
    ETA3A 03/12/2019 18/12/2019
    ETA3B 04/12/2019
    ETA3 OSCE 10/12/2019
    Y1 QE A tbc tbc
    Y1 QE B tbc
    Y1 QE OSCE tbc
    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
    ETA3A 04/12/2018 18/12/2018
    ETA3B 06/12/2018
    ETA3 OSCE 11/12/2018
    Y1 QE A 28/01/2019 11/02/2019
    Y1 QE B 29/01/2019
    Y1 QE OSCE 30/01/2019
    ETA4 20/05/2019 06/06/2019
    ETA5 09/09/2019 24/09/2019
    MED 17 EXAMS Exam Date Exam Board
    ETA4 22/05/2018 12/06/2018
    ETA5 04/09/2018 25/09/2018
    ETA6 OSCE 04/01/2019 21/01/2019
    ETA6A 08/01/2019
    ETA6B 09/01/2019
    Y2 QE A 25/02/2019 06/03/2019
    Y2 QE B 26/02/2019
    Y2 QE OSCE 28/02/2019
    Y3 MIPE OSCE 29/11/2019 n/a
    MED 16 EXAMS Exam Date Exam Board
    Y3 IPE Mock Written Formative n/a
    Y3 Mock IPE OSCE 30/11/2018 n/a
    Y3 IPE A 04/03/2019 20/03/2019
    Y3 IPE B  05/03/2019
    Y3 IPE C (MCQ) 06/03/2019
    Y3 IPE OSCE A 07/03/2019
    Y3 IPE OSCE B 08/03/2019
    Y3 IPE QE A 03/06/2019 24/06/2019
    Y3 IPE QE B 04/06/2019
    Y3 IPE QE C (MCQ) 05/06/2019
    Y3 IPE QE OSCE A 06/06/2019
    Y3 IPE QE OSCE B 07/06/2019
    Y4 SJT 06/12/2019 n/a
    MED 15 EXAMS Exam Date Exam Board
    SJT 07/12/2018 n/a
    PSA 01/02/2019 n/a
    Y4 FPE A 18/03/2019 08/04/2019
    Y4 FPE B (MCQ) 19/03/2019
    Y4 FPE C (MCQ) 20/03/2019
    Y4 FPE OSCE A 21/03/2019
    Y4 FPE OSCE B 22/03/2019
    Y4 FPE QE A 28/05/2019 20/06/2019
    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


    • 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, 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.