Entry requirements

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University of Birmingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 8.74 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 22.7 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.1 in a Life Sciences subject. Results are scored.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Biology or Chemistry is required. Results are scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade 7 (A) is normally required. Results are not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Biology or Chemistry, must be offered at Higher Level. Results are scored.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored but should provide evidence of commitment to study medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT (the total UCAT scores of all applicants will be ranked and a score allocated according to the decile within which the result lies)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience does not factor into 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

When scoring an application contextual data is taken into account relating to secondary school performance. Care leavers will receive compensatory adjustments for both secondary school and degree results.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Home: Number of applicants per place: 11

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

Degree (graduate applicants)

At least a 2.1 degree in any discipline (science subjects are most useful)

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least AAA at A level or equivalent, including an A or A* at Chemistry (passed within seven years of entry), plus A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Maths.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least 36 points with 6,6,6 at Higher level including Chemistry and two of the following at Higher or Standard level: Physics, Biology, Maths. Those who do not hold these grades should be aware that their application will be in direct competition with those who do. 

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Personal statement

None.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker in the private or public healthcare industry and the shadowing of medical professionals in hospital or GP practice. Varied and consistent hands-on patient care along with experience working within an NHS environment is favoured.

Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable.

This degree is open to those on recognised feeder streams based in Wales.

Degree (graduate applicants)

This is a specific four-year programme for applicants enrolled on one of the four Feeder Stream degree courses in Wales. Applicants must achieve at least a 2.1 Honours degree. See website for details.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum of grades BBB at A level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

English and Maths at minimum grade B.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum 5,5,5 at Higher level.

International Baccalaureate

Evidence of: insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, evidence of self-directed learning, a sense of social awareness; positive references.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

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

Work experience

The Feeder Stream accelerated entry programmes have been developed as part of Cardiff University’s commitment to widening access to medicine, enabling a small number of selected students within specific programmes to join the feeder stream, taking on additional modules and graduating from these programmes with a first or 2.1 honours degree, to enter the second year of the five-year A100 medical programme.

Applicants applying from these routes will need to have fulfilled all the minimum requirements as outlined for graduate entry.

See website for details.

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Either a minimum 2.1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject, or a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in Nursing and A level Chemistry at grade A, subject to the degree in nursing covering sufficient life sciences. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

There are no specific GCSE or A/AS level requirements (except for nursing graduates). 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

There are no specific GCSE requirements.

International Baccalaureate

There are no specific IB requirements.

Personal statement

Evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career.  

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements. 

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.7 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 12 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

Degree (graduate applicants)

A minimum upper second class honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject. Dental graduates must already hold MJDF (Portfolio plus Part 1 and Part 2 exams).

Dental graduates who hold a BDS degree from outside the EU will need ORE/LDS. BDS degrees will need to be registered with the General Dental Council.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level including Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade C/5.

International Baccalaureate

32 points with no less than 5 in Chemistry and Biology at Higher level and no less than 3 in any subject offered.

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

GAMSAT

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.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 9.5 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 35 | International: N/A

Note that the course beginning in 2019 is open to application from international students.

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 achieved in any previous degree, or integrated master’s or be a practising healthcare professional with a post-registration qualification.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Not used prior or at interview. It is consulted prior to offers being made but is not scored

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

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, for example by volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate.

University of Nottingham Medical School

BMBS Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.2 expected in previous degree in any subject. Students are able to apply during the final year of study and conditional offers are made if successful.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Personal statements are not scored, ranked or used to determine who is invited to interview. Personal statements are read routinely following the interview cycle. 

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants are expected to obtain some relevant work experience in a caring role that involves people who are unwell, disabled and/or disadvantaged. The experience does not need to be gained in a hospital setting and can be voluntary/paid and part or full-time. Although it is useful to have shadowed doctors, this is not essential, as a great deal can be learnt about the role by talking to doctors and other members of the multidisciplinary team. Applicants will be expected to complete a questionnaire.

Widening participation

University of Oxford Medical School

BM BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Previous degree in applied or experimental science, including Engineering. A 2.1 or above is expected.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

At least two sciences at A levels including Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

If degree is not in Biosciences, then Biology or Double Science at GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate

At least two sciences at Higher level including Chemistry.

Personal statement

Considered alongside other application materials including the course specific online Oxford Application Form, UCAS application, and references.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews

Work experience

Considered alongside all other aspects of the application.

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants may apply in the final year of their degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories.

  • Bioscience degrees which contain sufficient Biology and Chemistry – no further A or AS level requirements.
  • For science degrees which lack Biology or Chemistry, candidates must have a minimum A or AS level grade C for Biology and/or Chemistry (depending on what is missing in the degree).
  • For non-science degrees, candidates must have a minimum B grade in A or AS level Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science also at grade B. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.

Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally three years for Bachelors and four years for integrated Masters).

A Levels and Scottish Highers

See degree info.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored

International Baccalaureate

Not scored

Personal statement

Personal statements are not given a score but will be assessed to see a genuine interest in medicine and outline any work experience undertaken.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Assessment centre

Work experience

We do not specify type or amount of work experience, but we instead focus on what the student learns from the experience. This can be gained by working or volunteering in a clinical or care-related setting.

University of Sheffield Medical School

MB BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

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

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.3 | International: N/A

This degree is open to those who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Degree (graduate applicants)

An upper second class or first class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate life sciences subject. Master's degrees or doctoral degrees are not considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology, taken in one sitting. Where A levels have a separately graded practical component, this is required and must be passed.

AAAAB in Scottish Highers and BB in Advanced Level, including Chemistry or Biology. Resits are accepted (single resit per A level or Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher) and all resits should be taken in the same sitting.

Where a graduate applicant has BBB or better at A level but the pre-degree A levels do not include Chemistry or Biology, we will consider the application if the candidate has taken A level Chemistry or Biology after their Bachelor's degree and achieved (or is predicted to achieve) a grade B or higher.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade 4 (C) or higher at GCSE English Language. Applicants holding iGCSE English as a Second Language or Edexcel iGCSE English Language B are required to hold a grade B or higher.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall with 5s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology) and no less than four in Standard Level subjects.

Personal statement

Not read or scored. Interest in medicine, work experience/volunteering and outside interests are all explored at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Interest in what applicants have learned from their work experience. In addition to shadowing a GP or other medical practitioner, there are many other areas related to medicine in which applicants can gain experience, such as care homes or community-based work experience.

Widening participation

This programme is only open to Home students who come from widening participation backgrounds. See website for details.