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)

    MED17 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    Y3 QE mock rOSCE  Remote 17/09/2020 Th n/a
    Y3 QE A Remote 28/09/2020  M 14/10/2020
    Y3 QE C Remote 29/09/2020  T
    Y3 QE rOSCE  Remote 01/10/2020  TH
    PSA1 tbc 01/02/2021 M n/a
    PSA2 tbc 12/03/2021 F n/a
    FPE A tbc 19/04/2021 M 05/05/2021
    FPE B tbc 20/04/2021 T
    FPE C tbc 21/04/2021 W
    OSCE 4A tbc 22/04/2021 TH
    OSCE 4B tbc 23/04/2021 F
    PSA3 tbc 10/05/2021 M n/a
    Y4 QE A tbc 07//06/2021 M 17/06/2021
    Y4 QE B tbc 08/06/2021 T
    Y4 QE C tbc 09/06/2021 W
    Y4 QE OSCE A tbc 10/06/2021 TH
    Y4 QE OSCE B tbc 11/06/2021 F
    MED18 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    IPE A tbc 01/03/2021 M 24/03/2021
    IPE B tbc 02/03/2021 T
    IPE C tbc 03/03/2021 W
    IPE OSCE A tbc 04/03/2021 TH
    IPE OSCE B tbc 05/03/2021 F
    Y3 QE A tbc 01/06/2021 T 16/06/2021
    Y3 QE B tbc 01/06/2021 T
    Y3 QE C tbc 02/06/2021 W
    Y3 QE OSCE A tbc 03/06/2021 TH
    Y3 QE OSCE B tbc 04/06/2021 F
    MED19 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    ETA4/5  Remote 03/09/2020  TH 24/09/2020 
    Y2 Mock rOSCE Remote 03/11/2020 T n/a
    ETA6A  Remote 14/12/2020 M 12/01/2021
    ETA6B  Remote 15/12/2020  T
    Y2 QE A tbc 10/02/2021  W 24/02/2021
    Y2 QE B tbc 11/02/2021  TH
    MED20 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    ETA1/2 Remote 01/09/2020 T 24/09/2020
    Y1 Mock rOSCE Remote 04/11/2020 W n/a
    ETA3A Remote 30/11/2020 M 16/12/2020
    ETA3B Remote 01/12/2020 T
    Y1 QE A tbc 25/01/2021 M 11/02/2021
    Y1 QE B tbc 26/01/2021 T
    MED21 Exam Location Exam Date Exam day Exam Board
    META1 tbc 09/03/2021 T n/a
    ETA1 tbc 27/04/2021 T 12/05/2021


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.