Entry requirements

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University of Aberdeen Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.4 | International: 4.6

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 11.6 | International: 22.4

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level taken together at first sitting over a maximum of two years of study, including Chemistry and one of either Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics. AS levels are not part of the academic requirements.

AAAAB in Scottish Highers in first sitting including Chemistry at B or above and one other lab-based science or Maths. Two further Highers in most other subjects. Three full academic courses in S6 will gain a greater objective academic score.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A combination of grades A and B especially in science subjects and minimum grade C in English and Maths.

A combination of grades A and B at Scottish Higher/National 5 is expected, especially in science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

36 points. Three subjects at Higher level at grade 6 or higher including Chemistry and one of either Biology, Physics or Maths. Three appropriate subjects at Standard level with an average of grade 6.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored. Review is for evidence of preparation for a medical application.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience in hospital or primary care; volunteering in nursing homes, hospices etc; talking to medical students/doctors about their studies/job; attending university events about medicine. Work experience form completed and returned at interview

Widening participation

Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Data not yet available.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level taken within two academic years prior to the time of application, to include Chemistry or Biology and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, a pass is required in the practical element.

Advanced Highers: ABB at Advanced Higher including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of five GCSE passes at grades A–C (9–4) or equivalent required including Maths, English Language and two science subjects. Highers: AAAAA at Higher grade including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject. Also required is Standard Grade 3 or above or GCSE grade C (4) or above in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 36 points is accepted. 6,6,6 at Higher Level in Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science and including Maths or English.

Personal statement

The personal statement is examined during the interview, looking to understand the candidate's motivation to study medicine, their appreciation of the role and responsibilities of being a doctor, as well as evidence of any work experience undertaken to support the application.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

It is desirable for applicants to have undertaken work experience in the healthcare sector, whether that be shadowing, volunteering, paid work or observing. Clinical and non-clinical experience are important, which could be in a nursing home, nursery, charities, voluntary organisations, pharmacy as well as GP surgeries and hospitals. Work experience will be discussed during the multiple mini-interviews.

Widening participation

Depending on the circumstances, applicants eligible for the Widening Access Scheme may be offered a lower conditional offer at A level of ABB.

Aston University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: – | International: –

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: – | International: –

Degree (graduate applicants)

An upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. In addition, students will normally be required to demonstrate an adequate knowledge in Chemistry and Biology with grades B at A level and GCSE or equivalent.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA –AAB at A level in three subjects including Chemistry and Biology (with passes in the practical elements) and a third subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B/6 which must include English Language, Maths, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science

International Baccalaureate

35 points in total with 6,6,5 at Higher Level including Chemistry and Biology and the remaining points from Standard Level subjects and Diploma Programme Core.

Personal statement

Personal statements are read but not used in scoring.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements.

Widening participation

Applications are welcome from students who meet specific widening participation criteria and those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. See website for details.

University of Birmingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 4

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 6 | International: 19

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA at A Level, including Chemistry and Biology. Predicted AAA at A level. AAAAA in Scottish Highers and AAB in Advanced Highers including Chemistry and Biology. Resits not considered without evidence of substantial extenuating circumstances

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A total of seven subjects at GCSE are scored: English (Language and Literature), Maths and Science (Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science) plus two additional subjects (any). Scottish Nationals: Grade A in English, Maths and Science.

International Baccalaureate

7,6,6 at Higher level (including Biology and Chemistry) with 32 points overall.

Personal statement

Not scored but needs to showcase relevant work experience and evidence of significant extracurricular involvement.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Experience of providing care or support to vulnerable individuals is extremely helpful for discussing issues relating to the practice of medicine. This experience can be gained in a wide variety of settings.

Widening participation

At a national level, contextual information is considered which relates to school performance for selecting applicants for interview. The application score threshold derived from GCSEs and UKCAT is lowered. The offer is one grade less (AAA).

Routes to the Professions programme. All students completing this programme are guaranteed an interview and those who are successful at interview will receive an offer three grades lower than the standard offer (ABB instead of A*AA). Applicants from the West Midlands only.

Access to Birmingham (A2B) programme. Offer requirement: ABB. Applicants from the West Midlands only.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home - | International -

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 | International: 10

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and Biology.

Three Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry grades A, plus a Higher level subject at grade B or above, or two Advanced Highers in Biology and Chemistry at grades A plus two Higher level subjects at grades A.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade B or above in English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

36 points including Biology and Chemistry at Higher level at grade 6.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not used in any part of selection process.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple-mini interviews

Work experience

Specific types of work experience are not required but health-related experiences or research are encouraged.

Widening participation

BrightMed, BrightMed 12x3 and BrightIdeas are widening participation programmes aimed at supporting young people from non-traditional and disadvantaged backgrounds to make a competitive application to medicine. See website for details.

Along with assessing the candicate's academic profile, any contextual data that may enhance the application will also be sought. See website for details.

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3.9 | International: 10.1

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: | 10.5 International: 25.5

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths.

AAAAB in Scottish Highers and AA in Advanced Highers including Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A in GCSE Maths or equivalent (Advanced numeracy requirement) and C in GCSE English or equivalent (Standard literacy requirement). Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

International Baccalaureate

36 points including 18 points at Higher level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored. May be used to differentiate between candidates with identical scores after interview stage.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Suggested minimum of two weeks in a care environment.

Widening participation

Contextual offers are usually two grades lower than the standard offer. Applicants may be eligible for a contextual offer if they fit one or more of a number of specific criteria relating to their school, location and background. Eligibility criteria is detailed here.

University of Buckingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (71A8)

4.5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.5 | International: 4.9

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 4.8 | International: 10.5

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A minimum of AAB at A Level to include Chemistry and one from Maths or Biology.

A minimum of AAABB at S5 level with three Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and one from Biology or Maths at a minimum of BBB at Scottish Highers.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants who do not have Biology at A level, should have studied the subject to GCSE level (or equivalent) and achieved at least a grade B. A native English speaker should have at least Grade C in English at GCSE.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 34 points overall, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. Must achieve at least HL6 in Biology and Chemistry (please note the overall points score does not include your theory of knowledge or extended essay).

Personal statement

Not scored but considered during application review.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements

Additional information

The University of Buckingham is a not-for-profit educational charity that receives no government subsidies. More information on fees.

Home students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: an annual repayable tuition fee loan of £6,165 and separate maintenance loan to help with living costs, the amount based on household income (September 2017). Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the university for each term’s fees.

Please note the application deadline for this course is 31 August 2019.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: - | International: -

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 5 | International: 10

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Typical offers are A*A*A at A level, or AAA in Scottish Advanced Highers. On entry, applicants must have A level passes in Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics, Maths (two required by some Colleges). Please note that the success rate for students offering three or more Science/Maths A levels has often been higher than for those without

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

40–42 points, with 7,7,6 at Higher Level. On entry, applicants must have Higher Chemistry and at least one of Higher Biology, Physics, Maths (two required by some Colleges).

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interview/s (usually two interviews lasting 25–30 minutes at one College).

Work experience

To develop understanding of what a career in medicine involves and suitability for your intended profession, candidates are strongly advised (though not required) to undertake some relevant work experience (either paid or voluntary) in a health or related area. The medical school is not prescriptive about how this is obtained and recognises the widely differing opportunities available.

Widening participation

Contextual data is considered within the admissions process; relevant applications receive contextual flags based on individual, socio-economic and educational disadvantage. This information is fully considered as part of a holistic admissions process to aid in the fair assessment of applicants, but does not result in systematic lower grade offers. The university delivers a Medicine Summer School with the Sutton Trust, alongside a number of other subject-specific outreach interventions.

Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 4.6

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8 | International: 18

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level which should include Chemistry and Biology. The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted in the place of a third A level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Maths are not accepted.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Either grades BB in Science and Additional Science or grades BB in both Chemistry and Biology if taken as single sciences. Grade B is required in Maths and English Language.

If Welsh Language is offered, it must also be supplemented with English Language at a minimum of a grade B

International Baccalaureate

36 points for entry. Minimum of 19 points must be achieved in Higher level subjects. Middle years performance should be included in application.

Personal statement

Non-academic criteria assessed; medical motivation and awareness of the career, sense of responsibility, evidence of a balanced approach to life, evidence of self-directed learning and extracurricular activities, caring ethos and a sense of social awareness; referee’s report.

Admissions test

UKCAT (GAMSAT for graduates)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

The university recognises that opportunities for work experience will vary according to individual circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to show an appreciation of the length of the training programme and the career structure.

Widening participation

The academic and non-academic attainment of a candidate will be reviewed against educational performance data and socio-economic background to provide an overview of an applicant’s potential. The medical school will consider this information when deciding whether to call a candidate for interview. See website for details.

University of Dundee School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3 | International: 3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 | International: 10

Degree (graduate applicants)

First class or upper second class (2:1) Honours degree in a relevant life science subject. This should be the first degree obtained.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA grades at A level, to include Chemistry and another science, achieved in one sitting.

A minimum group of AAAAB grades at SQA Higher level including Chemistry and another science subject, all to be obtained at the same sitting. Biology is required to at least Standard grade.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of eight subjects, at grade B or higher to include Biology, Maths, English.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum total of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include Chemistry and another science. Plus three subjects at Standard level with average of grade 6.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Extremely desirable. Applicants provided with opportunities to gain this via MedicInsight. If applicant invited to interview, work experience is discussed in personal statement multiple mini-interview station.

Widening participation

Considered pre-interview. See website for details.