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.

    2021 / 2022 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)

    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M17 PSA1 Remote 01/02/2021 M
    M17 PSA2 Remote 10/05/2021 F
    M17 FPE A UoB 19/04/2021 M
    M17 FPE B UoB 20/04/2021 T
    M17 FPE C UoB 21/04/2021 W
    M17 OSCE 4A Remote 22/04/2021 TH
    M17 OSCE 4B Remote 23/04/2021 F
    M17 PSA3 Remote 10/05/2021 M
    M17 PSA4 Remote 04/06/2021 F
    M17 Y4 QE A UoB 07/06/2021 M
    M17 Y4 QE B UoB 08/06/2021 T
    M17 Y4 QE CUoB 09/06/2021 W
    M17 Y4 QE OSCE A Remote 10/06/2021 TH
    M17 Y4 QE OSCE B Remote 11/06/2021 F
    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M18 IPE A UoB 01/03/2021 M
    M18 IPE B UoB 02/03/2021 T
    M18 IPE CUoB 03/03/2021 W
    M18 IPE rOSCE A Remote 04/03/2021 TH
    M18 IPE rOSCE B Remote 05/03/2021 F
    M18 Y3 QE A UoB 12/04/2021 M
    M18 Y3 QE B UoB 13/04/2021 T
    M18 Y3 QE CUoB 14/04/2021 W
    M18 Y3 QE OSCE A Remote 15/04/2021 TH
    M18 Y3 QE OSCE B Remote 16/04/2021 F
    M18 FPE A MKUH A/C 14/03/2022 M
    M18 FPE B MKUH A/C 15/03/2022 T
    M18 FPE C MKUH A/C 16/03/2022 W
    M18 FPE OSCE A MKUH A/C 17/03/2022 TH
    M18 FPE OSCE B MKUH A/C 18/03/2022 F
    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M19 Y2 QE A Remote 10/02/2021 W
    M19 Y2 QE B Remote 11/02/2021 TH
    M19 MIPE TBC 25/11/2021 TH
    M19 IPE A MKUH A/C 28/02/2022 M
    M19 IPE B MKUH A/C 01/03/2022 T
    M19 IPE C MKUH A/C 02/03/2022 W
    M19 IPE OSCE A MKUH A/C 03/03/2022 TH
    M19 IPE OSCE B MKUH A/C 04/03/2022 F
    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M20 Y1 QE A Remote 25/01/2021 M
    M20 Y1 QE B Remote 26/01/2021 T
    M20 ETA4Remote 14/05/2021 F
    M20 ETA5 UoB 31/08/2021 T
    M20 ETA6A UoB 04/01/2022 T
    M20 ETA6B UoB 05/01/2022 W
    M20 ETA6 OSCE MKUH A/C 11/01/2022 T
    M20 Y2 QE A UoB 21/02/2022 M
    M20 Y2 QE B UoB 22/02/2022 T
    M20  Y2 QE OSCE MKUH A/C 24/02/2022 TH
    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M21 META1Remote 09/03/2021 T
    M21 ETA1 Remote 13/04/2021 T
    M21 ETA2 UoB 03/08/2021 T
    M21 MOSCE TBC 16/09/2021 TH
    M21 ETA3A UoB 30/11/2021 T
    M21 ETA3B UoB 02/12/2021 TH
    M21 ETA3 OSCE MKUH A/C 07/12/2021 T
    M21 Y1 QE A UoB 24/01/2022 M
    M21 Y1 QE B UoB 25/01/2022 T
    M21 Y1 QE OSCE MKUH A/C 27/01/2022 TH
    Cohort Exam Location Date Day
    M22 META1 UoB 08/03/2022 T


    • 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.

    • Results of assessment maybe withheld if a student has outstanding tuition fees.

    • 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.

    • For information on Mitigating Circumstances, please click here

    • 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.

    • Using 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.

    • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

      Please see the Careers and Foundation Programme page for more information about the SJTs 

      • 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.

      • Preparation for Year 1 Formative Remote OSCE (frOSCE)