Entry requirements

Select a course type above then use the filters below to learn about the courses. This information is provided directly by the medical schools but can change. Always confirm the information on medical schools’ websites.

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University of Aberdeen Medical School

Gateway2Medicine (A1A1)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.6 – International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 2.9 – International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AABB achieved over one or two years, to include two A levels from Chemistry, Human Biology/Biology, Physics or Maths; or National certificate level 6 (18 credits) and grade A Science Higher over one sitting with reference.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

English and Maths required grade B. Biology, Physics and Chemistry recommended at B and above.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

Applicants must demonstrate a clear interest and commitment to pursuing a career in medicine.

Admissions test

UKCAT may be sat before or at the end of the course.

Interview method

Three-station multiple-mini interviews.

Work experience

No specific experience required.

Widening participation

Applicant resident in SIMD20, or young person who is care experienced, or meets minimum of three out of nine the following criteria:

  • Applicant comes from one of Scotland’s REACH schools
  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Applicant is a young person who is formally classed as a carer
  • Applicant eligible for free school meals at any point in secondary education
  • Applicant lives in an area that is considered to be (4) Remote Small Town (5) Very Remote Small Town, (7) Remote Rural, (8) Very Remote Rural as classified by the Scottish Government 8 fold Urban Rural Classification (URC)
  • Applicant is estranged from their family
  • Applicant is eligible for the Educational Maintenance Award
  • Applicant can provide verifiable independent evidence (e.g. from School Head Teacher) of severe sustained hardship that is not reflected in current SIMD categorisation
  • Prior to secondary school, the applicant was not schooled in English See website for details.

See website for details.

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 6.7 – International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.1 – International: N/A

This course is open to applicants from specific UK schools and colleges only.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBC at A level including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above, or an A in Chemistry are not eligible for this course.

BBBBC in Standard Highers and BB in Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, or with Chemistry at A grade, are not eligible for this course.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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

International Baccalaureate

29 overall including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall including 16 at Higher Level, or with Chemistry at 6 are not eligible for this course.

Personal statement

Scored. Realistic interest in medicine; life skills; wide range of interests; acts of altruism and voluntary work; communication and interaction skills.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Relevant work experience is not essential but desirable. Good reflection on relevant work experience will assist students during the interview process. As part of the first year of the programme all students will take part in work experience placements.

Widening participation

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become doctors but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to MB ChB Medicine. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria. Students must fulfil a variety of widening participation criteria. See website for details.

University of Bradford

Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine (B991)

1 year (allows progression to Leeds MBChB)

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

To include at least two A levels minimum grade C. No more than 12 points from Key Skills or any other scheme can count towards the total UCAS tariff points. 106 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma. There are no specific subject requirements.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) at grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate

29 overall including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 or above at Higher Level are not eligible.

Personal statement

Required as part of UCAS application.

Admissions test

N/A

Interview method

As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates are invited to a Selection day prior to making offers.

Work experience

None. 

Widening participation

Entry onto the Clinical Sciences course, either directly or via a foundation year, allows students a unique and exciting opportunity to study science and health studies, and which can lead to a career in medicine, the healthcare sciences and other healthcare professions. This collaborative course provides an opportunity for widening participation students to enter the MBChB programme at Leeds Medical School. See website for details.

University of Dundee School of Medicine

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

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

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAB at A-Level (A2), to include Chemistry and another science subject. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference. Results to be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A-Level examinations, two years after GCSE. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.

AABB grades at Higher, to include Chemistry and another science subject. The other Highers can be your own choice and this choice of subjects will not influence the assessment.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Previous achievement will be taken into account

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include no more than one science and exclude Chemistry. Plus 3 subjects at Standard Level with an average of grade 6.

Personal statement

Not scored but considered at interview.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Desirable. Widening access 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

Edge Hill University Medical School

Foundation Year for Medicine (A110)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

To be eligible to apply applicants must have lived in the North West of England and have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs, where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average.

BBB, which must include A Level Biology and Chemistry at Grade B or above and one other A level. Or: BB at A level and D in single BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma or National Award - BB at A level must be obtained in both Chemistry and Biology and D in BTech Diploma.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least five GCSE's including Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English language at Grade B/6.

International Baccalaureate

32 points to include Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level and one other subject at higher level and three standard level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 5 points.

Personal statement

The personal statement and reference will be used to allow us to distinguish between borderline applicants.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific work experience required.

Widening participation

The Foundation Year is a widening participation initiative for local students. To be eligible to apply applicants must have lived in the North West of England and have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs, where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average. In addition, students must meet one element from specified criteria. See website for details.

University of Glasgow School of Medicine

Glasgow Access Programme (GAP) (A900)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum of Scottish Higher of AABB or equivalent from S5 (with preference given to those with Higher Chemistry and Biology and one from Physics or Maths). Candidates in S6 will be expected to pass all courses undertaken in their S6 programme of study and would be required as a condition within any offer. This is for Scottish applicants from SIMD20 postcode areas.

or

Applicant has completed the Reach Programme as a participant in the Remote and Rural Island Cluster.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

Not used as a selection tool.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Panel interview

Work experience

Not required.

Widening participation

As the programme is funded by the Scottish government as part of the national widening participation directive, candidates are required to be identified within one of the following categories:

  • Applicant is resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the Scottish index of multiple deprivation (SIMD0-20).
  • Applicant is a young person who is care experienced (young person in care/ care leaver).
  • Applicant has completed the Reach Programme as a participant in the Remote and Rural Island Cluster.

See website for details.

Last updated: July 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.8 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10.2 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element-levels must be taken over a consecutive two year period. International and EU applicants are not eligible for this course.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants must have a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade B/6 or above including English Language, Maths and a Single Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or grades BB 6,6) in GCSE Science Double Award.

International Baccalaureate

32 points including 3 subjects at Higher Level in any subject.

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

Applicants expected to have taken steps to gain an understanding of medicine as a career, and personal suitability for that career, but no specific work experience requirements specified.

Widening participation

This is a specific widening participation programme that is looking at applicants’ potential. It may be that the applicants’ family circumstances or educational opportunities have not given them a fair chance to realise their academic potential. For a proportion of applicants, initial contact is made by the school’s residential programme which is run in the Spring half term. Applicants from local widening participation schools are invited to apply to this programme to get an experience of what it is like to come to university and to study medicine. See website for details.

Hull York Medical School

Medicine with a Gateway Year (A101)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

Open only to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBC at A-level (with B in Biology and Chemistry) Scottish Highers – please contact us. BTEC: DMM in Extended National Diploma in Applied Science. Conditions apply to all of these entry requirements – see website.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

5 GCSEs at Grades A*/9 – C/4 or equivalent (incl. English Lang. and Maths).

International Baccalaureate

29 points with 14 at HL to include Biology and Chemistry at 5.

Personal statement

Screened but not scored; may be used in borderline decisions.

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

The programme is a Widening Participation initiative. Applicants must fulfil one of the following two Widening Participation requirements: 1) You are a Care Leaver or 2) You fulfil 2 out of 3 of the following contextual data criteria:

  1. Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (POLAR quintile 1 or 2) 
  2. None of your parents have any higher education qualifications, such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education.
  3. You applied for and received the UKCAT Bursary

Although applications from anywhere in the UK will be accepted, we will prioritise those from the Hull York Medical School area at all stages of the application process. For full details on criteria, please see the website.

King’s College London School of Medical Education

MBBS Extended Medical Degree Programme (A101)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

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

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level: ABB. Including grade A in either Biology or Biology, both of which are required at full A-level. Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: ABB at Higher and AB at Advanced Higher. Must include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level. Access to Medicine HE Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U may also be considered. Please refer to the King's online prospectus for further details.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Maths and English Language at grade 6/B or above.

International Baccalaureate

35 points. Including 655 at Higher Level with 6 in either Higher Level Chemistry or Higher Level Biology and 5 at Higher Level in the other. Note that the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

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

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a 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 example in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

The programme is open to students studying A levels or an Access to Medicine courses at a non-selective state schools in Greater London, and to participants of Realising Opportunities across England.

The EMDP uses a highly contextualised admissions process to assess each applicant, and to take account of various widening participation criteria. GCSEs must have been completed at a non-selective state school in Greater London. Widening participation is considered at application. See website for details.

Lancaster University Medical School

Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery (A900)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

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

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

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

Competition ratios

Predicted at least BBB. Standard offer ABB. See website for details.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

School leaver applicants - Nine subjects at GCSE, to include English language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Science and Additional Science GCSEs); these required subjects must be at grade B or above. Minimum grades ABB BBB BBB - AAA AAA BBB depending on individual circumstances.

SQA: Standard Grade (Credit); Intermediate or National 5: at least seven subject, including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry & Physics; minimum grades BBB BBB B – AAA AAB B depending on individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall. Biology and Chemistry plus one other subject at Higher level (minimum of 16 points from three HL subjects) plus three subjects at Standard level (minimum of 5 in each SL subject).

Personal statement

Not assessed.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Specific work experience not required. Insight is more important than the specific work and voluntary experience undertaken. Placements in hospices, nursing and residential homes etc, where there is interaction with vulnerable people, is just as valuable as shadowing doctors.

Widening participation

The Foundation year for Medicine and Surgery is designed for students who are not eligible to apply directly to the A100, Medicine and Surgery, programme. On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will progress automatically onto the five-year Medicine and Surgery programme. At the end of the Foundation year, you will also be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education. See website for details.