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.

For a downloadable version of this information, see Entry requirements for UK medical schools


Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 4

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 5 | International: 20

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a bioscience subject have no further A level requirements in Biology or Chemistry; if in science subject that does not contain these elements then minimum grade C in Biology or Chemistry is required; if in a non-science degree then minimum grade B in Biology or Chemistry is required plus one other science also at grade B.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA at A level including Chemistry or Biology and a second science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths). Any third A level can be taken except for Further Maths, General Studies or Critical Thinking.

AAA in Scottish Highers, including Biology and Chemistry. Grades AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

777666 (AAABBB for GSCEs taken before 2015) or above in any order to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Maths (or Additional Maths or Statistics).

International Baccalaureate

38 points with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher level subject. Three subjects are required, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher level, and three subjects at Standard level including Chemistry or Biology, if not offered at the Higher level.

Personal statement

The personal statement is assessed as part of the shortlisting process but is not scored. It is used in the interview process for panelists to ask more detailed questions regarding work experience.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Panel Interviews

Work experience

Work experience is assessed as part of the shortlisting process but is not scored. Interview panelists will ask about work experience and candidates will be expected to draw on their experiences to answer competency based questions.

Widening participation

Structured schemes in place: Bridge the Gap and Realising Opportunities. All students on these schemes will receive a contextual offer.

Queen’s University Belfast, Medical School

MB BCh BAO Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is ABB at first attempt with 2.1 honours degree, or BBB for those with a First Class Honours degree or PhD.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level and A in a fourth AS level subject including Chemistry plus at least one other from Biology/Maths/Physics or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and Biology/ Human Biology or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and either Maths/Physics and AS level Biology grade B.

Advanced Highers required varies from AA–AAA, Chemistry (Grade A) plus a grade A in at least one from Physics, Biology and Maths are required.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C/4 and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC/44 are required if these subjects are not offered at AS-level or A-level.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including 6,6,6 at Higher level. Higher level Chemistry and Biology required. If Physics is not offered as part of the IB then a pass in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science, or equivalent, is required.

Personal statement

Personal Statements are not scored as part of the selection process. There should be evidence of commitment and motivation in the personal statement and it should state explicitly that Medicine is their career choice.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements. Experience encouraged in healthcare-related environments and volunteering.

Widening participation

Applicants who have been educated at a secondary school in Northern Ireland to at least Year 12 will be short-listed on the basis of AS level grades (rather than GCSE performance) plus UCAT results and predicted A level performance.

University of Sheffield Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.9 | International: 3.3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.6 | International: 19.5

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 degree in any subject and BBB at A level, including Chemistry or Biology taken in one sitting, will be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level, including Chemistry or Biology, and another science (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology), taken in one sitting. Further Maths, Critical Thinking are General Studies not not accepted.

AA at Advanced Higher including Chemistry or Biology and another science (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology). AAAAB at Scottish Higher.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSEs at grade 7 (A). Applicants must have a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English Language, Maths and Science. Resits are accepted (single resit per GCSE and all resits should be taken in the same sitting).

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall with 6s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology and another science subject) and no less than 4 in Standard Level subjects.

Personal statement

Not 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

Schemes such as Discover Medicine and Realising Opportunities encourage applications from underrepresented groups and those who have the ability to become good doctors but would not normally consider this as a serious option. Applications from candidates with different backgrounds and of all ages are encouraged. There are dedicated routes of entry, via UCAS, for students on specific courses at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Bradford. See website for details.

University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine

BMBS (BM5) Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8 | International: 20

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology and one additional science, and including a pass in the practical examinations where this is separately endorsed. Acceptable additional science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

For this programme Southampton do not make an alternative EPQ offer, however they welcome applicants who have achieved a good grade in the EPQ.

International Baccalaureate

36 points, with 6,6,6 at Higher level in three subjects, to include Biology and an additional science subject. Acceptable additional science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography.

 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants must hold 6 GCSEs at grade A/7 or above, including mathematics with biology and chemistry, or mathematics with additional science and science or mathematics with combined science. English language (or GCSE English) is required at a minimum of grade B/6.

Access to HE Diplomas

Access to Medicine - May be accepted from approved institutions or with suitable scientific content. 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 all of which must at Distinction. Applicants with Access diplomas considered on a case by case basis. We would consider this if offered by applicants who have been away from education or are taking a non-standard route into medicine.

Personal statement

Selectors use the personal statement to inform interview questions related to the non-academic criteria if the applicant is invited to attend a Selection Day.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Selection day

Work experience

Completion of formal work experience or volunteering is not required. 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

Gateway programme available. See website for details.

University of St Andrews Medical School

MBChB or MBBS Medicine (A100)

6 years (3 years at St Andrews and 3 years at a partner medical school)

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 honours degree in a science subject, achieved in the last five years, will be considered with a B grade at A level or Advanced Higher Chemistry, and B grades GCSE or National 5 Biology, English and Maths.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Maths or Physics.

AAAAB at Higher in S5 including grade A in Chemistry and one other of Biology (or Human Biology), Maths or Physics, to be taken in the same sitting. In addition, grades BBB in Highers or Advanced Highers in S6 are required.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

If Biology, Maths or English are not offered at A2/AS level or Higher/ Advanced Higher then each must be offered at GCSE grade B or at Standard grade, Intermediate 2, National 5 or GCSE (grade 5 numerical grading). Generally five A grades in GCSE, taken in one sitting, are required to be considered for interview. 

International Baccalaureate

38 points. At Higher level, grades 6,6,6 to include Chemistry and one other of Biology, Maths or Physics. At Standard level, grades 6,6,6 to include Maths, Biology, English if not offered at Higher level.

Personal statement

Not scored but health-related work experience required for applicant to be considered for interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants should have gained work or shadowing experience in a caring or health environment. This does not have to be in a hospital or GP surgery but could be in a nursing home or local hospice or through working with people who have ill health or a disability.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, opportunities to gain work experience for first-time applicants to medicine have been affected and this will be taken into account.

Widening participation

Widening participation applicants may be considered with lower than standard grades. See website for explanation of academic and contextual requirements. St Andrews participates in the Reach scheme.

St George’s, University of London

MBBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2 | International: 3

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7 | International: 13

Degree (graduate applicants)

 

St George's offer a four year Medicine MBBS programme for graduate applicants. See here for details.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A levels: AAA including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology). General Studies and Key Skills not accepted. Offers may range between A*AA - AAA.

Scottish Highers: AAA including Chemistry and Biology at Higher, and AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology at at Advanced Highers. English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required if at least a 6 (B) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE English.

International Baccalaureate

Overall score of 36 in academic subjects (including TOK and EE). 18 points at higher level including minimum grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language, if at least a B grade has not previously been attained in GCSE Maths and English.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 6/ B or above. Must include: English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award Science). GCSE resits are accepted, and GSCEs not required for graduate applicants.

Access to HE Diplomas

Full award diploma - Access to Medicine
Score required: 60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)
Grades: 45 pure science related credits graded at Distinction or Merit. Biology and Chemistry credits must be graded at Distinction.
Subjects: Overall 30 credits must be graded at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.
Additional credits: Any other level 3 credit outside the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.
Applicants are required to have GCSE English Language and Maths graded 6 (B) or above alongside the Access Diploma.
Students studying an Access Diploma will need to provide a detailed transcript after completion.

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT


Section score: 500 or above, in each section.
Overall score: Published online in November each year.
Both the section scores and overall cut-off score must be met.

The 'Situational Judgement' (SJT) section is not used.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

At interview, you will be required to demonstrate that you have gained voluntary/work experience in a medical or health related field and demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine. Applicants should be able to reflect on how their work experience helped them to develop some of the attitudes and behaviours essential to being a doctor. The medical school is interested in what the applicant has learned about him/herself and other people, and how care is delivered and received. Applicants are asked to provide further details of their work experience and/or confirmation letters or references for verification.

Widening participation

Applicants who attend a school or college in England which is on our Adjusted Criteria List (i.e. is a non-selective state school with an average ‘A’ Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer of AAB. See website for details.

 

In addition, St George’s, University of London runs a range of activities including taster days, spring/summer schools and open day as part of its outreach programmes. See website for details.

University of Sunderland School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 4 | International: N/A

Please note this course is open to Home students only.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 degree in any subject, completed within five years of application, will be considered with BBB at A level including Biology or Chemistry plus another science. Graduates who hold a 2:1 degree who do not hold BBB in the required A levels or have the grades but not in the required subjects can be considered but will need to have completed GAMSAT.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA in three A levels completed within two years, including Chemistry or Biology plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject. Only one subject from a combination of Maths or Further Maths or Statistics will be considered within the three A Levels. However depending on circumstances our offer may be reduced. See website for details.

 

AB at Advanced Higher including Chemistry or Biology. AAAAB at Scottish Higher including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science at grade A.

 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of five full GCSEs or equivalent level 2 qualifications at grade A (7), with a minimum of grade B (6) required in English Language, Maths, and double-award science, triple-award science or three separate sciences.

A minimum of five Scottish National 5 qualifications at grade A, with a minimum of grade B required in English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 35 points from six academic subjects, including Chemistry or Biology plus a second science at Higher Level. 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. Applicants are required to complete a post-application roles and responsibilities form.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews and numeracy test

Work experience

Any work experience that showcases your communication and leadership skills. Attributes such as responsibility and motivation may be demonstrated through working with customers or clients requiring support, assistance or service.

Widening participation

A significant aim of the medical school is to enable applications from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds and create doctors who are more representative of the population they serve. Students satisfying some of the Office for Students' Widening Particpation metrics will have access to our First Choice Medicine summer school and will be guaranteed a Multiple Mini Interview, subject to meeting the GCSE, A Level and UCAT requirements. WP applicants will still be required to complete the Roles and Responsibilities form.

University College London Medical School

MBBS BSc Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3 | International: 12

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10 | International: 34

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 honours may be considered with ABB at A level including Chemistry and Biology.

Graduate applicants will need to be predicted or have achieved an upper second-class Honours (2.1) degree from a recognised UK university. Degrees awarded by universities outside the UK are not accepted. Graduates are normally expected to have achieved grades of at least ABB in A-levels taken prior to their degree, and including Chemistry and Biology. See website for details.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A*AA to include Biology and Chemistry.

A1, A, A at Advanced Highers (or A1, A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

International Baccalaureate

39 total points. A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, each with minimum score 6. No score below 5.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

English Language and Maths at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, if this is not achieved at GCSE. See website for details.

Access to HE Diplomas

The only Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) to meet our minimum entry requirements is offered at the College of West Anglia. Applicants must achieve at least 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, with the remaining credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

International Baccalaureate

Personal statements are read and priority scored using the following criteria: work experience, motivation to study medicine, evidence of team work, leadership and communication skills, independent learning skills and other interests. Students should think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how this has helped to prepare them for a career in medicine.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

The interview process is currently under review. UCL anticipate using Multiple Mini Interviews for applicants in 2020-21.

Work experience

Any experience that involves working with other people, building relevant skills or gaining insight into healthcare professions is helpful for your application. Your reflections on what you learned from your work experience will be assessed via your personal statement, and may be assessed at interview. Please refer to the guidance provided by MSC.

Widening participation

Access UCL is a contextual offer scheme. Eligible students who successfully complete the Access UCL scheme will receive a reduced offer of AAB at A level (to include biology and chemistry at grade A). See website for details.

Target Medicine is UCL Medical School's widening participation initiative. The programme includes a Mentoring Scheme, Summer School and Summer Challenge. See website for details.

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home - | International -

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 38 | International: 10

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAB at A Level. At least two science subjects to include Chemistry and a third academic subject.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Evidence of sustained academic achievement with a broad study of Science, Maths and English up to 16 years of age.

International Baccalaureate

Higher level 36 points overall (to include Chemistry, an additional science subject and one other subject at Higher Level) and 3 at Standard level, at a minimum of 5 points each.

Personal statement

The personal statement, academic reference and transferable skills statement are used to shortlist applicants for interview.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants are asked to submit a transferable skills statement, which allows them to reflect on: work experience /shadowing/ voluntary work or experience in a caring role, impact and value of the work undertaken, the level of responsibility taken within this experience. The statement will be the focus for one of the stations in the multiple mini interview.

Widening participation

Weighting will be given to widening participation students who apply for UK places on the course. During the application process, all shortlisted applicants for UK places will be invited to complete a widening participation form if they wish to be considered against these criteria.

Four regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available.

Additional information

Home applicants to MBBS at UCLan must be resident in the North West of England. The application deadline for international students can be found here. Home students must submit their UCAS application by 15 October.