Entry requirements

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Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 6 – International: 2.7

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 – International: -

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level (for students who did not study enough science subjects).

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum grade B in English Language and Maths. Either BB in Science and Additional Science or equivalent or BB in Chemistry and Biology if taken as single science. If Welsh Language is offered, it must also be supplemented with English Language at a minimum of a grade B.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 19 points must be achieved in the Higher level subjects.

Personal statement

Non-academic criteria assessed: medical motivation and awareness of the career; sense of responsibility; evidence of a balanced approach to life; evidence of self-directed learning and extracurricular activities; caring ethos and a sense of social awareness; referee’s report.

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.

Widening participation

The academic and non-academic attainment of a candidate will be reviewed against educational performance data and socio-economic background to provide an overview of an applicant’s potential. The medical school will consider this information when deciding whether to call a candidate for interview. See website for details.

Keele University School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.5 – International: 4.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 – International: 15

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Predicted grades are not used in selection. Applicants made an offer will be required to achieve A*AA in three A levels taken at a single sitting. Applicants must not have studied Chemistry post 16 and should not have studied more than one science subject. It is likely that a number of applicants achieving AAA will also be admitted.

Scottish Highers are required at grades of AAAAB, not including Chemistry or more than one other science. Two Advanced Highers (not including chemistry or biology) must also be achieved at minimum grades of AB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of five full GCSEs or equivalent level-2 qualifications at grade A/7, with a minimum of grade C/5 required in English Language and Maths.

A minimum of five Scottish National 5 qualifications at grade A/1, with a minimum of grade C/3 required in English Language and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 35 points from six academic subjects, not including Chemistry. 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 preferred if 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.

University of Manchester Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: August 2018

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 5.1 – International: -

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 6.6 – International: -

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA in either three arts/humanities subjects or two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.

Four Highers at grades AAAA by the end of Secondary 5. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. We require at least two Advanced Highers at grades AA by the end of Secondary 6. For full combinations, please see website.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

We require at least five GCSEs at grade A or A*, which need not be in the sciences. English Language and Maths are required at GCSE minimum grade B. At least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade C if not taken to AS/A2 level. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB.

International Baccalaureate

36 points are required overall to include core points with at least 666 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. Higher level subjects should include either: three arts/humanities subjects or two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.

Personal statement

Personal statement no longer used in assessment. Electronic non-academic information is required instead.

Admissions test

UKCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a doctor involves. Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for hands-on caring work experience.

Widening participation

Widening participation applicants with a contextual data flag are identified through the UCAS application and given a lower UKCAT threshold, but not a lower offer after interview. See website for details.