Entry requirements

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University of Leicester Medical School

Medicine with a Foundation Year (A199)

6 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

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

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

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB including Chemistry or Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Biology Psychology or Physics and not including General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship Studies.

DDD in Extended National Diploma in Applied Science.

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

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE grade 5 (C) in English Language, Maths and two sciences, including Chemistry, or Double Science.

Scottish Nationals grade C in English Language, Maths, and two sciences, including Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall, including three Higher Level subjects (including Chemistry and Biology), and three Standard Level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of five points. Bonus points are not considered.

Personal statement

Not routinely read or scored except in a tie-breaker 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

There are a number of widening participation criteria that must be met to be eligible for this programme. See website for details.

Lincoln Medical School (University of Nottingham Lincoln Pathway)

BMBS Medicine with a Foundation Year

Lincoln Pathway (A18L) 6 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Data unavailable.

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level: Biology (or human biology) and Chemistry at grade B (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third grade can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, general studies and global perspectives.

Scottish Advanced Highers: BB including  Biology and Chemistry. Scottish Highers: BBBBB including B in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Language.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least five GCSEs at grade 6 (B), to include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or science double or triple award); English Language and Maths. Applied science is not accepted. At least 5 grades in Scottish National 5 qualifications including the sciences, Maths and English language.

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall excluding core component with 5,5,5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry. English language is required at either Standard Level (grade 6) or Higher Level (grade 5). 

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

Open to UK applicants only.

Students who have spent more than 3 months in care

OR

Students who are attending a state school at the time of application AND meet any one of the following criteria:

                - have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme*

                - live in a low participation neighbourhood and disadvantaged area at the time of application (see Postcode checker)

                - are refugees at the time of application

*This includes Nottingham Potential Summer School / Sutton Trust / Realising Opportunities, UNIQ, Birmingham)

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies Year 0

1 year (789S) allows progression to MBChB

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Data unavailable.

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

Degree (graduate applicants)

This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications. If any applicant does offer a degree we would expect a minimum of 2.1 honours degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications. Please note that we will not consider A level students or school leavers. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSE subjects at grade 6 (B) including Maths, English Language and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Core and additional Science or Dual Science Award.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered.

Personal statement

Part of the decision making process for offering an interview

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Semi-structured panel 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

The programme is designed for individuals who have been out of formal education for some time and who wish to take up further academic study. The minimum entry criteria is five GCSEs at B grade. Please note that the deadline for application is 15 January. 

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for application is 15 January.

University of Nottingham Medical School

BMBS Medicine with a Foundation Year (A108)

6 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: 9 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level: Biology (or human biology) and Chemistry at grade B (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third grade can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies and Global Perspectives.

Advanced Highers: BB including Biology and Chemistry. Scottish Highers: BBBBB including B in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Language.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least five GCSEs at grade 6 (B), to include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or science double or triple award); English Language and Maths. Applied science is not accepted. At least 5 grades in Scottish National 5 qualifications including the sciences, Maths and English language.

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall excluding core component with 5,5,5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry. English language is required at either Standard Level (grade 6) or Higher Level (grade 5). 

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

Open to UK applicants only.

Students who have spent more than 3 months in care

OR

Students who are attending a state school at the time of application AND meet any one of the following criteria:

                - have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme*

                - live in a low participation neighbourhood and disadvantaged area at the time of application (see Postcode checker)

                - are refugees at the time of application

*This includes Nottingham Potential Summer School / Sutton Trust / Realising Opportunities, UNIQ, Birmingham)

Plymouth University Peninsula Medical School

BMBS Medicine with a Foundation Year (A101)

6 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3.4 | 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.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB aBBB at A level to include Biology. Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course.t A level to include Biology

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

At least seven GCSE grades 9–4 (A–C) including Maths, English language and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science.

International Baccalaureate

32–28 minimum including five at higher level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

None

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.

The BMBS with Foundation uses a highly contextualised admissions process to assess each applicant, taking into account various indicators of educational and social disadvantage. We welcome applications from Home/EU Direct School Leavers, mature students who did not study for a first degree (who have sat A levels no more than five years ago) and Refugees currently residing in UK/EU. Overseas students will need to demonstrate proven disadvantage and be in receipt of a bursary for fees from their country of origin. 

University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine

BMBS, BMedSc (BM6) Medicine with Year 0 (A102)

6 years

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

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

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 19 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level including Chemistry and Biology with pass in the practical examinations. 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C), including English language at grade 4 (C)and either Maths, Biology and Chemistry, or Maths, additional Science and Science, or Maths and combined Science, all at grade 4 (C).

International Baccalaureate

Overall score of 30 points with 16 at Higher Level, with 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

Personal statement

Personal statement is assessed against the following non-academic criteria: student is self-motivated and has initiative, is literate and articulate and has the ability to demonstrate a commitment to becoming a doctor.

Statements are assessed on whether candidates have fully, partially or not met each criteria. Scores are then compiled with the highest scoring candidates being invited to attend a selection day

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Selection day

Work experience

Completion of formal work experience or volunteering is not specified. However, applicants are expected to demonstrate what they have learned from their life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings).

Widening participation

Considered during Stage 1 of the admissions process. All candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for the programme as well as the academic criteria. See website for details.

University of St Andrews Medical School

Gateway to medicine

1 year (allows progression onto A100 Medicine programme)

Last updated: May 2019

Competition ratios

Data unavailable.

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBBB at Scottish Higher in S5 at one sitting to include Chemistry and one of Biology, Maths or Physics.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

If Biology, Maths or English are not offered at Higher then each must be offered at National 5 grade B.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Panel interviews (Multiple Mini-Interviews for progression from Gateway to A100).

Work experience

No specific experience required.

Widening participation

See website for explanation of academic and contextual requirements. St Andrews participates in the Reach scheme.