Entry requirements

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Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.8 | International: 2.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8.3 | International: 11.8

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA including Biology/Human Biology, with two further subjects of the applicant's choice. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. Grades must be achieved in two consecutive years. A-level resits are considered provided that they achieved no less than ABB/AAC at first sitting, and are predicted A* in any subject being retaken where less than A was achieved at first sitting.

AAB in Secondary Six (S6) Advanced Highers including an A in Biology in the first sitting or AA in Secondary Six (S6) Advanced Highers including Biology plus an additional Higher Level subject of the applicant's choosing at grade A taken in Secondary Six (S6), in the first sitting.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least six full GCSEs at Grade A/7 (which must include English, Maths & two sciences) or Scottish equivalent. Where English literature is offered at Grade A, English Language should be at least Grade B. Applicants who meet this requirement are then scored based on their top 9 full GSCE ( or equivalent) qualifications, with points awarded for each A or A* (grades 7,8, or 9).

International Baccalaureate

At least 36 points overall, with 6 in each of three higher level subjects, which must include Biology and two other subjects of the applicant's choosing.

Personal statement

This is reviewed but not scored. During the interview process, the personal statement forms the basis of a discussion.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific work experience is required. However, it is expected that applicants will have undertaken people-focused activity of providing a service, care or help to others, have insight into the values, attitudes and behaviours necessary to be a good doctor, and have a realistic understanding of medicine and the demands of a medical career

Widening participation

The medical school runs the Medical Aspirations Programme, supporting Year 12 students on their path to study medicine. See website for details.

University of Edinburgh Medical School

MB ChB 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: – | International: –

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA in A level including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Maths and Physics (Biology preferred). Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered. Human Biology may replace Biology but General Studies will not be considered.

SQA Highers: AAAAB at Higher plus BB at Advanced Higher plus a B at Higher in S6, to include Chemistry and Biology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade B / 6 in Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths. Double Award combined sciences or equivalent at Grade BB / 66 may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science will not be accepted. All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject. Those applying with resit qualifications will not be entered into the selection system unless under very exceptional circumstances (for which verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application).

International Baccalaureate

37 points overall to include 6,6,7 at Higher Level. Chemistry and one other science (Biology preferred) at Higher Level. English and Maths (and Biology if not at Higher level) at Standard level grade 5.

Personal statement

Career exploration, non-academic achievements and personal qualities are assessed and scored.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

School leavers are not normally required to interview. Graduate and mature applicants, if short-listed, are invited for interview. These are conducted as multiple-mini interviews

Work experience

A description of the candidate's exploration of medicine as a career is sought. Reflection on their experiences with the diseased, disadvantaged and disabled is assessed. No stipulated requirement for the type and/or duration of experiences.

Widening participation

Edinburgh Medical School considers a broad range of contextual factors in our selection process. Additional points are added for a range of contextual indicators including: ACORN, SIMD, low progression school, care experienced or applying through a designated access pathway. See website for details.

University of Exeter Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA–AAA at A level to include Biology and Chemistry at minimum grade A. General Studies is not considered.

AAAAB at Scottish Highers including grade A in Biology and Chemistry

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE English Language or equivalent. It is requested that candidates evidence English Language and Maths competency to a minimum grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate

36–34 points overall with Higher Level Biology and Chemistry each at a minimum score of 6.

Personal statement

Ranked but not scored.

Admissions test

For direct school leavers, the UKCAT is required.

For applicants with A levels (or equivalent) taken more than two full academic years previously, the GAMSAT is required.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience is not outlined as part of the entry requirements.

Widening participation

On receipt of an application, contextual information is flagged for consideration, including but not exclusive to care leavers, extenuating circumstances, neighbourhood participation and school performance

University of Glasgow School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant science degree, obtained within seven years of the entry date.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level grades AAA including Chemistry and one of Maths, Physics or Biology. Each must be gained in one sitting. If Biology is not studied at A2 level, it must have been taken at AS level and a grade A is required.

Scottish Higher grades AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 (must include Chemistry and Biology, and either Maths or Physics) and achieve A and B in two Advanced Highers, plus B in Scottish Higher or BBB in three Advanced Highers in S6. All to be gained at the first sitting.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE pass in English at 6 or above or grade B.

Scottish applicants must have English at either Standard Grade (grade 2), Intermediate 2 or National 5 level at grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate

Total score of 38 to include Chemistry at a score of 6 at Higher level, Biology at a score of 6 at Higher level and either Maths or Physics at Higher level (if it is not possible to sit Maths or Physics at Higher level, then Standard level will be considered at 6 points). A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required.

Personal statement

Reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Panel interview

Work experience

Experience in a medical setting is not necessary but it is expected that candidates will have at least spoken to a doctor about a career in medicine or have found out about a medical career through reading. An awareness of current issues facing the medical profession is also expected. Candidates must show an interest which can be demonstrated through voluntary/paid work in a community setting.

Widening participation

Hull York Medical School

MBBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.7 | International: 2.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.9 | International: 10.4

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Our typical offer is AAA at A Level obtained in your first sitting, including Biology and Chemistry (with a pass in practical experiments for reformed A levels completed in 2017 or later).

If you choose Hull York Medical School as your firm choice we will accept A*AB, or AAB/A*BB plus A in the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

AAAAB at Higher level including Biology and Chemistry at grade A, taken in a single attempt. Either AA in Advanced Higher level Biology and Chemistry plus an additional Higher at grade A. Or AA in Advanced Higher level Biology and Chemistry, plus an additional Advanced Higher at grade B.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Eight GCSEs at grade A*–C (or grade 4–9 in the reformed GCSEs) to include English Language and Maths at grade B or above (grade 6 or above in reformed GCSEs).

International Baccalaureate

36 points, including bonus points for TOK and EE. Applicants must have 6,6,5 in three Higher level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry.

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No prescribed experience required but applicants should try to obtain a realistic understanding of the demands of medical training and practice. Applicants may find it useful to get some experience in a range of caring situations, observing or working alongside healthcare staff, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

Widening participation

We use contextual information to better inform decision-making. Due to the availability and comparability of data, the use of contextual information will apply to UK applicants only. See website for details.

Imperial College London School of Medicine

MBBS Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3 | International: 5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7 | International: 32

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum AAA at A level including Chemistry and Biology plus a third subject. Please note that the standard offer is likely to be A*AA with the A* in either Chemistry or Biology.

AAA grades in Advanced Highers including Chemistry and Biology and one Science or Maths subject and one additional subject at Scottish Higher.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of GCSE grade B in English Language or equivalent qualification. There is no longer any other GCSE or Scottish Nationals requirement.

International Baccalaureate

38 points overall including 6 in Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. Grade 5 in Standard level English is required. Please note that the standard offer is likely to be 39 points overall including 7 and 6 in Biology and Chemistry at Higher level.

Personal statement

Evidence of motivation to study medicine, understanding of medicine as a career, community activities, leadership qualities, ability to work in a team and general interests.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interview

Work experience

Work experience in a healthcare setting is strongly favoured.

Widening participation

Widening participation candidates are flagged at application stage and this may be a factor at short-listing stage. The medical school is involved in the Pathways to Medicine scheme. See website for details.

Keele University School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.5 | International: 7.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 | International: 24

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Predicted grades are not used in selection. Applicants who are made an offer will be required to achieve A*AA in three A levels completed within two years, including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science. It is likely that a number of applicants achieving AAA in the subjects listed above will also be admitted.

Scottish Highers are required at grades of AAAAB, including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science at grade A. Two Advanced Highers (Chemistry or Biology plus a second science) must also be achieved at minimum grades of AB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of five full GCSEs or equivalent at grade A/7, with a minimum of grade B/6 required in English Language, Maths, and Science. Applied Science not accepted.

A minimum of five Scottish National 5 qualifications at grade A/1, with a minimum of grade B/2 required in English Language, Maths and any science not offered at Higher grade B or better

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 35 points from six academic subjects, including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science at Higher Level. Grades of 6,6,6 at Higher Level and 6,6,5 at Standard Level usually required. No grades below 5 are accepted.

Personal statement

Not assessed. Home applicants are required to submit a post-application roles and responsibilities form.

Admissions test

UKCAT (Home applicants) BMAT (International applicants)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews plus numeracy assessment.

Work experience

Experience in roles involving direct personal interaction is required. This may involve work with customers or clients requiring support, assistance or service. Experience in caring role is preferred if the applicant has had opportunities to undertake this.

Widening participation

Applicants who are enrolled on Keele Steps2Medicine programme or who have appropriate widening participation flags identified by UCAS are guaranteed interviews and may be eligible for entry with A level grades below the standard offer. Flags are based on postcode and school performance data. See website for details.

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A levels: A*AA, including Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Maths required at N5/ Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher.

Access to Medicine HE Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U: May be considered. Please refer to King's online prospectus for further details.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE minimum grade 6/B required in English Language and Maths

International Baccalaureate

A total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766 including Chemistry and Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Personal statement

Reviewed for evidence of commitment to community, e.g. voluntary work. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Experience in a health-related setting which is verified in the personal statement. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, for exmaple in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

See Extended Medical Degree Programme (A101).

Lancaster University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.7 | International: 4.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8.2 | International: 25

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Each applicant will be considered on their own merits. Offers will be made taking into consideration the mix of reformed and unreformed A levels taken and whether or not applicants have had the opportunity to take a fourth AS subject or an EPQ. The offers will be in the range AAA to A*AA, including both Biology and Chemistry at A level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Nine subjects at GCSE, to include English language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Science and Additional Science GCSEs); minimum grades AAA AAA BBB.

SQA: Standard Grade (Credit); Intermediate or National 5: at least seven subjects, including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; minimum grades AAA AAB B

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall. Biology and Chemistry plus one other subject at Higher level (minimum of 6 in each Higher level subject) plus three subjects at Standard level (minimum of 5 in each Standard level subject).

Personal statement

Not assessed.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Specific work experience not required though applicants must showcase evidence of research into a career in medicine. Insight is more important and voluntary placements in hospices, residential homes etc, where there is interaction with vulnerable people, is just as valuable as shadowing doctors.

Widening participation

The medical school runs taster days, summer schools and mentoring programmes for those from widening participation background (determined by the Lancaster University UK student recruitment and outreach office). Those who attend the summer school and impress medical school staff are made a guaranteed interview if they meet the academic entry requirements. See website for details.

University of Leeds Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.9 | International: 5.9

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.8 | International: 22.9

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 in appropriate topic with A level Chemistry at grade B or equivalent.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry or Biology. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken. Scottish Highers: Typical offer AAAAB at Higher including Biology and Chemistry, and AB at Advanced Higher, including A in Chemistry or Biology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Six subjects at minimum grade B/ 6 including English Language, Maths, Double/Additional Science or Chemistry and Biology. This is a minimum entrance requirement and the majority of applicants will have qualifications well above this standard.

International Baccalaureate

35 points with a mark of 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects one of which must be Chemistry or Biology. Two subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE. If English not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.

Personal statement

Not formally scored, but it is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their motivation and enthusiasm to study.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Experience in a healthcare setting, though this definition is broad.

Widening participation

Access to Leeds applicants receive special consideration from admissions tutors and those who receive an offer are given an alternative offer alongside their standard offer. See website for details.

Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Students who successfully complete the year can apply for internal transfer to our MBChB. Up to 20 students are admitted at the beginning of the first year of the MBChB course via the University of Bradford's Foundation in Clinical Sciences Course.