Entry requirements

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University of Aberdeen Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.3 | International: 4.1

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 11.5 | International: 22.6

Degree (graduate applicants)

A 2:1 in an undergraduate degree will enable application with a Chemistry grade B in SQA Higher or A level.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and one from Biology/ Human Biology, Maths or Physics achieved at same time.

AAAAB at SQA Higher level including Chemistry and two from Human Biology/ Biology, Maths or Physics and two further Highers in most subjects. S6 Three full academic courses in Advanced Highers or new Highers at BBB grade.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Grade 5 in English and Maths and combination of grades 6–9 especially in science subjects.

SQA National 5  English and Maths at grade B and a combination of grades A and B passes, 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 appropria36 points. Three subjects achieved at higher level at grade 6 or above including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths. Three appropriate subjects at standard level with average grade 6.

Personal statement

Personal Statement is reviewed prior to interview for evidence of preparation for medicine. The personal statement is not scored but is assessed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

A range of experience in primary care or a hospital. Voluntary work in care homes hospices or special schools. Work experience form completed and returned at interview

Widening participation

AAAB for Scottish widening participation applicants, and guaranteed interview should applicant meet minimum academic requirements and achieve UCAT score within top 75% of all Aberdeen applicant scores. Widening participation criteria are SIMD20 postcode or attends a Reach school or is Care experienced. See website for details.

Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.9

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 11.1

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.

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

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.

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

UCAT

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. See website for details.

Aston University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

For graduate applicants, a minimum of a 2:1 in any discipline,  plus three A Levels at grades ABB, to include Chemistry and Biology, with either at grade A or equivalent international qualification.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Predicted A level or Scottish Higher grades are not used in the initial ranking to call for multiple mini-interview.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Normally applicants are required to have a minimum of five grade 6 (B) at GCSEs, or equivalent for international qualifications, including Maths, English Language, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science.

International Baccalaureate

Normally, a minimum of 35 points overall with marks of 6,6,5 in three subjects at higher level which must include Chemistry (HL6) and Biology (HL6) and the rest from three subjects at Standard Level (SL) and Diploma Programme Core.

Personal statement

Personal statements are read in conjunction with the reference but not scored as part of the ranking. However, personal statements are used as part of the interview process.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Healthcare work experience is not compulsory but applicants are required to understand the relevance of their work experience to studying and practising medicine.

Widening participation

Aston Medical School aims to recruit up to 40 students from widening participation backgrounds, with the majority (approximately 75%) allocated to local students, including those on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. The remaining places will be offered to UK-wide WP applicants. See website for details.

University of Birmingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.7 | International: 3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 5.7 | International: 13.5

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 in any subject and have achieved ABB at A level are ranked by total UCAT score.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology and Chemistry. Applicant must be predicted AAB.

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry. Applicant must be predicted AB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of grade B in science, English and Maths.

Home applicants: GCSE results are scored and the total score is scaled to a maximum of 6 then combined with a score derived from the total UCAT result (maximum of 4).

The website calculator allows prospective applicants to receive feedback on the likelihood of success based on the academic factors used in selection.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,6 at Higher Level (including Biology and Chemistry; must be predicted 6,6,5) plus total points score of 32.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored. It is expected that the statement provides evidence of commitment to study medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience does not factor into the process of selection for interview. The understanding gained from work experience will be invaluable in enabling applicants to address the issues presented to them at interview.

Widening participation

Pathways to Birmingham

Contextual data into account when selecting applicants for interview, including school performance data at GCSE and A level. See website for details.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable 

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

GCSE Maths and English at grade 6 (B), or grade 5 (C) for CD applicants.

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

Applicants need an insight into medicine and the role of the doctor, this may come from work experience.

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: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3.3 | International: 5.8

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: | 12.1 International: 24.7

Degree (graduate applicants)

2:1 degree plus ABB at A level including A in Chemistry and B in either Biology, Physics or Maths.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

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

AA at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths and Standard Higher: AAAAB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Advanced numeracy requirement (7 or A in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent). 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

UCAT

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: May 2019

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.

BBB at Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and one of Biology or Maths. AAABB at Highers at S5 level with 3.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

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

The medical school may consider all the information provided within a candidates application including academic qualifications, personal statement and references before a final decision is made to interview or offer a place on the course.

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.

Please note the application deadline for this course is 31 August of each year. 

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: May 2019

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: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.8 | International: 5.2

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8 | International: 21

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 6,6 (BB) in Science and Additional Science or grades 6,6 (BB) in both Chemistry and Biology if taken as single sciences. Grade 6 (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 6 (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

Evidence is sought for insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, self-directed learning and a sense of social awareness, in addition to positive referee's comments.

Admissions test

UCAT (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: May 2019

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

UCAT

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.