Entry requirements

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Lancaster University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.9 | International: 7.1

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

Degree (graduate applicants)

If applicant has a 2:1 degree in a biological, biomedical or health science subject then A level grades of BBB will be considered; for any other degree subject A level grades should be AAB including Biology and Chemistry.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including two from Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. Applicants who fulfil two or more widening participation criteria, may be considered for a contextual offer of ABB.

AAAAB at Scottish Highers plus AA in Advanced Highers in both Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE: 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 including 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: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.3 | International: 2.4

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 9.6 | International: 22.6

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 in appropriate topic. If Chemistry or Biology is not offered at A level grade B or above then equivalent content must be offered at degree.

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 5 (B) 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.

University of Leicester Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 4.1

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.6 | International: 13.3

Degree (graduate applicants)

If the applicant has a 2:1 degree in any discipline then a grade B or higher in A-level Chemistry or Biology will be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies or Critical Thinking.

AAA at Advanced Higher including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade B or 6 in English Language, Mathematics, and two sciences, including Chemistry and Biology, or Double Science.

Scottish nationals are considered in place of GCSEs. We require grade B in English Language, Mathematics and two sciences.

International Baccalaureate

36 points with  6,6,6 in Higher Level including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology, and three Standard Level subjects.

Personal statement

Not routinely read although they can be used in a borderline or tiebreaker situation.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Healthcare-related work experience is not required but applicants, particularly those who are borderline, must showcase reflection in whatever type of work they have encountered (voluntary, paid work in retail, catering, health or social care).

Widening participation

Contextual data will be used in selecting for interview and at offer stage. As well as giving adjusted criteria for students on the Realising Opportunities Programme and MEDLEAP programmes, those on these access programmes are automatically invited to interview providing they are not in the lowest two deciles of UCAT and do not have band 4 in the SJT.  See website for details.

Lincoln Medical School (University of Nottingham Lincoln Pathway)

BMBS Medicine Lincoln Pathway (A10L)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

AAA at A level including Biology/ Human Biology and Chemistry. The third A can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies and Global Perspectives.

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry. AAAAB at Scottish Higher including Biology and Chemistry, Maths and English Language. Grade A must be achieved in Biology and Chemistry.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology and Chemistry (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third A can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies and global perspectives. A levels must be taken within a two-year period.

Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers – Offers will be made based on A grades in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Highers plus AAAAB achieved at Highers (including Sciences, Maths and English language, with A grade passes in Biology and Chemistry).

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least six GCSEs at grade 7 (A). If sciences are taken as individual subjects then 7 (A) is required in Biology and Chemistry, plus one of either Physics or Maths at grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English Language. If Double Science is taken, the requirement is 7,7 or if Triple Science 7,7,7 is required, with Maths and English Language at B (6).

At least AAAAAA in Scottish National 5 qualifications including the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Maths and English Language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points excluding core component with 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry. English language is required at either standard level (grade 6) or higher level (grade 5). At least AAAAAA in IB Middle Years or GCSE including the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Maths and English Language

Personal statement

The personal statement and reference are assessed after interview before issuing offers. The personal statement is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants should have ongoing voluntary experience in a caring setting and should try to get some NHS work experience or talk to a doctor about what a career in medicine would be like. Valuable experience can be gained from paid or unpaid jobs that involve working with people.

Widening participation

If an applicant is eligible for the University of Nottingham WP Flag, they may be accepted with predicated grades of AAB with at least one A in either Biology or Chemistry. If they are successful at interview, they may be made an off of AAB with at least one A in Chemistry of Biology. However, this offer will be conditional on them accepting Nottingham as their firm choice.

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.3 | International: 2

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 9 | International: 9

Degree (graduate applicants)

If applying as a graduate, a 2:1 honours degree in a biological, biomedical or health sciences degree, A levels of BCC including Biology and Chemistry will be considered. If applying with a non-science degree, higher grades in Biology and Chemistry A levels would be required.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and Biology taken at one sitting after two years of study.

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry. AAAAB–AAAAA at Higher

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs in nine subjects. A score of 15 points from the nine including core and additional science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), English Language and Maths. In scoring system A*/A/7 and above = 2 points; B grade/6 = 1 point

Minimum of Scottish National 5 ( intermediate 2) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Mathematics and at least two other subjects attained by the end of S4.

International Baccalaureate

36 points with 6,6,6 at Higher Level; each at a minimum of 6 to include Biology and Chemistry and one other academic subject plus three further subjects at standard level, minimum of 5 points each.

Personal statement

Personal statement will not be used in making the decision to invite to interview but will be assessed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT (Non-graduates) GAMSAT (Graduates)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific work experience is stated but applicants must be able to demonstrate our non-academic criteria which will be assessed at interview.

Widening participation

Liverpool medical school gives special consideration to Liverpool Scholars and students on the Realising Opportunities programme. There are also specific reduced entry criteria for those who offer non-traditional courses such as Open University modules and locally approved Access courses. The medical school is piloting the use of contextual data in the admissions process. See website for details.

University of Manchester School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A106)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.6 | International: 2.28

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.1 | International: 17.9

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 degree and A levels at BBB gained at the first attempt will be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology, a second science (one from Chemistry; Biology or Human Biology; Physics; Maths or Further Maths).

AA at Advanced Higher by the end of Secondary 6. AAAA at Scottish Higher by the end of Secondary 5 to be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. For full combinations and subjects, please see website.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Seven GCSEs at grade 7 (A). English Language, Maths and at least two science subjects are required at grade 6 (B).

International Baccalaureate

37 points with 7,6,6 at Higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above. Major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science and one further subject at Higher Level.

Personal statement

Personal statement not normally used. An electronic non-academic information form will be sent to candidates ahead of interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience is assessed at interview using the electronic non-academic information form and discussion with the candidate.

Widening participation

Widening participation pathways include the Manchester Access Programme, a targeted work experience scheme in Preston and automatic contextual offers for candidates who meet specific WP criteria. See website for details

Contextual offer information can be found here.

Applicants can check their potential eligibility for a contextual offer here.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.2 | International: 3.3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 6.8 | International: 14

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A-level excluding General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking. No requirement for science subjects.

AA at Advanced Higher and AAAAA at Higher. No requirement for science subjects.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

38 points with no subject graded less than 5. No requirement for science subjects.

Personal statement

Not used prior or at interview, read prior to offers being made but is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews for Home/EU students. Panel interviews for international students. International students can opt to have a Skype interview in their home country or attend a panel interview on campus in Newcastle.

Work experience

Emphasis on applicants being able to show a commitment to caring which can be accomplished in a number of ways other than in a hospital or general practice setting, such as volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate. The medical school is also interested in individuals who have shown commitment to working as part of a team over a prolonged period of time in any area, including voluntary, sports, other extra-curricular activities.

Widening participation

Considered throughout the admission process. Newcastle has a PARTNER scheme and these applicants may attract a slightly lower UKCAT threshold for interview. Those made an offer must pass a summer school and would have received a lower A level conditional offer. See website for details.

University of Nottingham School of Medicine

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

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

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 11 | International: 10

Degree (graduate applicants)

2:1 in any subject, plus A levels as described below.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology/ Human Biology and Chemistry. The third A can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies and Global Perspectives.

AA Advanced Higher in Biology and Chemistry. AAAAB at Higher including Biology and Chemistry, Maths and English Language. Grade A must be achieved in Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least six GCSEs at grade 7 (A). If sciences are taken as individual subjects then 7 (A) is required in Biology and Chemistry, plus one of either physics or maths passed to grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English Language.

AAAAAA in Scottish National 5 including the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Maths and English Language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points excluding core component with 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry. English language is required at either standard level (grade 6) or higher level (grade 5). At least six grade A's in IB Middle Years or GCSE including the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Maths and English Language.

Personal statement

The personal statement and reference are assessed after interview before issuing offers. The personal statement is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants should have ongoing voluntary experience in a caring setting and should try to get some NHS work experience or talk to a doctor about what a career in medicine would be like. Valuable experience can be gained from paid or unpaid jobs that involve working with people.

Widening participation

If an applicant is eligible for the University of Nottingham WP Flag, they may be accepted with predicated grades of AAB with at least one A in either Biology or Chemistry. If they are successful at interview, they may be made an off of AAB with at least one A in Chemistry of Biology. However, this offer will be conditional on them accepting Nottingham as their firm choice.

University of Oxford Medical School

BM BCh Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3.5 | International: 11.4

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8.9 | International: - 31.7

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA at A level achieved in one sitting, to include Chemistry, plus at least one of Biology, Physics or Maths. Excluding Critical Thinking or General Studies. AAAAA at Scottish Highers.

AA in Advanced Highers including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics and Maths.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

For candidates with GCSEs, the number and proportion of passes at 8/9 (A*) will be used along with the admissions test score in the first stage of shortlisting. Where school performance data are available, GCSE attainment will be measured relative to the average attainment at the candidate's school.

Scottish National grades will be considered by admissions tutors alongside all other aspects of the application.

International Baccalaureate

39 points, including core points, with 7,6,6 at Higher Level. Candidates are required to take Chemistry and a second science (Biology or Physics) and/or Maths to Higher Level.

Personal statement

Considered by admissions tutors alongside all other aspects of the application. Candidates may choose to explain how they meet the selection criteria, which encompass academic fit and personal characteristics that relate to suitability for medicine.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews at two colleges. Each shortlisted candidate typically receives a total of four interviews.

Work experience

Considered by admissions tutors alongside all other aspects of the application. Candidates may choose to explain how any experiences they may have had enable them to demonstrate their suitability for medicine.

Widening participation

Plymouth University Peninsula Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.4 | International: 4

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 9 | International: 1

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA–AAB at A Level to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology. Please note the AAB offer is influenced by contextual data known at the point of application.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Seven GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English language, Maths and either GCSE double award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics.

International Baccalaureate

36–38 points overall including 6 in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology at the Higher Level.

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT (GAMSAT for graduates)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements.

Widening participation

Peninsula Pathways Programme offering a range of preparatory activities including UKCAT practice sessions, mock interviews, reflective writing exercises, week long work experience programmes as a medical student, and many more interactive sessions to inspire, encourage and support those considering medicine. See website for details.