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Medical school entry requirements for 2024 start

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. You can see when this information was last updated under the name of each course.

This information relates to entry requirements for entry into medical school in Autumn 2024, with UCAS applications to be submitted by 16 October 2023.

A PDF version of this information can be downloaded here: Entry requirements for UK medical schools: 2024 entry.

For more information on applying to medicine, visit our dedicated applicant website: www.studyinghealthcare.ac.uk

 


University of Aberdeen Medical School

MBChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Competition ratios

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

Number of applicants per place: Home: 6 | International: 19

Degree (graduate applicants)

Graduates must hold at least an upper second class honours (2:1 Hons degree) or equivalent. Chemistry to at least B grade in Scottish Higher or B grade in GCE A-Level examinations is required also, although this requirement may be satisfied in individual cases by appropriate courses of study and achievement during the first degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A levels
Standard Entry - AAA including Chemistry and one from Biology, Maths or Physics, and one other subject

Adjusted Entry - AAB including Chemistry and one from Biology, Maths or Physics, and one other subject

Highers/Advanced Highers

Standard
S5 - AAAAB in Chemistry and two of Maths, Biology/Human Biology or Physics plus two other subjects.
Adjusted - AAAB in Chemistry and two of Maths, Biology/Human Biology or Physics plus two other subjects.
S6 - BBB at Higher/Advanced Higher

Foundation Apprenticeship: We will accept the FA Social Sciences & Healthcare as equivalent to an A at Higher in a science subject and the FA Scientific Technology as equivalent to an A at Higher in a non-science subject.

International Baccalaureate

666 at Higher Level to include Chemistry and one of either Biology, Physics or Maths. Three appropriate subjects at standard level with average grade 6 i. 36 points overall. TOK excluded.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Grade 6 passes in English Language and Maths are required. Biology is recommended; Physics is recommended (or Dual Award Science)
A combination of Grade 6-9 passes at GCSE is expected, especially in science subjects.

National 5s: English and Maths are required (Grade B minimum); Biology and Physics are recommended but not compulsory (Grade B minimum). A combination of Grade A & B passes at Standard Grade / National 5 is expected, especially in science subjects.

Access to HE Diplomas

Access to Medicine Higher Education Courses that are approved by AQA

Personal statement

All personal statements will be reviewed prior to interview invites being sent out but are not weighted in the selection process. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their personal statement at interview interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Widening participation

We consider a range of criteria for widening participation such as your home postcode, whether you are a carer or care experienced and we support applicants enrolled on the REACH program. See website for details.

Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine

MB ChB Primary Medical Qualification (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3

Number of applicants per place: Home: 15

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2:1 honours degree awarded within the last five years. The degree must be in a biological, biomedical, chemistry or health science subject.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A Level taken within two academic years prior to the time of application, to include Chemistry or Biology and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. For the third A Level*, please note that we do not accept General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element. Applicants who meet the criteria of our Widening Access to Medicine Scheme are eligible for a lower entry requirement of ABB.

Advanced Highers: ABB from Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AB to come from Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject.

Highers: AAAAA at Higher Grade including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject. We also require National 5 Grade B or above or GCSE grade B (5) or above in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 36 points is accepted. 666 at Higher Level in Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science and including Mathematics or English.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-6 (A*-B) required including English Language, Maths and two science subjects.

Scottish Nationals: Grade 5 or above in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.

Access to HE Diplomas

We currently accept any QAA accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine) qualification.

Personal statement

We do not weight the personal statement in the selection process, but applicants should be prepared to discuss or use aspects of the statement at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

It is desirable for applicants to have undertaken work experience in the healthcare sector, whether that be shadowing, volunteering, paid-work or observing.

Widening participation

Applicants who meet the criteria of our Widening Access to Medicine Scheme will, if successful at interview, be eligible to receive an offer based on grades ABB rather than the usual AAA grades. See website for details.

 

Aston University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Degree (graduate applicants)

For graduate applicants, normally a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in any discipline plus three A Levels at grades ABB to include Chemistry and Biology with either at grade A. The university degree must be from a recognised UK or UK ENIC approved university. In addition, applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as other applicants.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

The A level requirement is grades A*AA with Chemistry and Biology being compulsory (including passes in the practical elements where available) and any third subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. The A* must be in Biology or Chemistry. If applicants are taking more than three A Levels, the Chemistry, Biology and the next best grade, will be considered.


Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA to include Chemistry and Biology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications: The normal requirement is a minimum of six GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B/grade 6 or above, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science (or international equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

37 overall with 7,6,6 at Higher Level in three subjects which must include Chemistry and Biology and the rest from three subjects at Standard Level (SL) and Diploma Programme Core. Either Chemistry or Biology must be at Higher Level grade 7.

Personal statement

All personal statements are read but not scored or used in ranking of applicants.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interviews held online.

Work experience

We do not take work experience into consideration.

Widening participation

Applicants who fulfil one or more of the Widening Participation criteria are eligible for a contextual offer for A levels or equivalent qualifications. The contextual offer at A level is grades AAB where the two A grades must be in Chemistry and Biology.

See website for details.

Bangor University, North Wales Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Degree (graduate applicants)

If you are a graduate applicant, you must have or be working towards a 2:1 (Hons) in your degree and have BBB/ABC at A-level (or equivalent), including subject requirements and meet the minimum GCSE requirements (or equivalent qualifications). If you have completed an MSc / PhD, the minimum A-Level requirement is BBC and all other criteria listed for graduates must be met.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Levels - AAA required. This must include Biology and an additional science from the list below:


- Chemistry
- Physics
- Economics
- Maths / Further Maths / Statistics


You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-Level if this is part of your programme of study. Other non-standard subjects may not be accepted.

International Baccalaureate

36 overall (excluding Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay) including 19 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry. Grade 7 in SL Biology or Chemistry can be taken in place of Higher Level Biology or Chemistry if you also have grade 6 in HL Maths, Physics or Statistics.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs:

- English Language or Welsh Language at grade B/6 and,
- Double Science at grades BB/66 (or grades B/6 in both Biology and Chemistry) and,
- Maths grade B/6 and,
- Four other GCSEs at grade B/6

Personal statement

You must demonstrate an awareness of the healthcare system in the UK and the nature of the medical training in your personal statement. If you are a first language Welsh speaker then please make this clear within your personal statement.

Admissions test

You must demonstrate an awareness of the healthcare system in the UK and the nature of the medical training in your personal statement. If you are a first language Welsh speaker then please make this clear within your personal statement.

Admissions test

Should you be selected, you will be invited to attend an interview. We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn. All applicants must attend in person for the MMI.

Work experience

No specific requirements.

Widening participation

A contextual offer of AAB may be made to those who meet our contextual offer requirements. This may be extended to Welsh speaking students having gained a Welsh Language (first language) GCSE qualification or A-level Welsh (second language). Visit www.bangor.ac.uk/contextual-offers.

More detail: www.bangor.ac.uk/contextual-offers

University of Birmingham School of Medicine

MBChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 2.2 | International: 6.6

Number of applicants per place: Home: 6 | International: 21.4

Degree (graduate applicants)

Achieved or predicted first or upper second class degree in any subject from a recognised institution. We expect that no more than five years will have elapsed between the most significant and relevant qualification and the start date of the course. If more than five years have elapsed since your degree, then your work since your degree will be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

The standard offer is A*AA, including Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

Higher level: 7,6,6 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A total of seven GCSEs must be offered, and these will be used to calculate an applicant score (see website for details). The required subjects are: English Language at grade 6/B or higher (English Literature is not required but is one of the identified subjects that we will score); Mathematics (or one of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics) at grade 6/B or higher; and Biology and Chemistry or dual award science at grade 6/B or higher.

GCSEs are used as part of the application scoring process (along with UCAT total score and contextual factors) in order to shortlist applicants for interview.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not scored but sufficient evidence of commitment to medicine must be described.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Relevant work experience (including voluntary roles and shadowing opportunities) can offer great insight of the complexities, demands and strategies of current healthcare practice and the benefits they obtain from caring for people and working in teams. However, we recognise that arranging, undertaking and effective reflection on face-to-face experiences requires a great deal of time and effort, and may not be possible for all applicants, so it is not mandatory.

Widening participation

 

Students who successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. For widening participation applicants who are made an offer following interview, the offer is ABB.
See: www.birmingham.ac.uk/teachers/pupil-opportunities/post-16/Pathways-to-Birmingham.aspx

In addition, Birmingham Medical School is a member of the UKWPMED consortium.

Applicants who attend a state (not independent) school that meets our threshold for either GCSE or A Levels (see website), or those who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) during their secondary education will receive a contextual score. The score we allocate is based on the POLAR4 quintile determined by your the postcode.

This contextual score is added to the scores for GCSE performance and UCAT to derive a weighted application score.

 

 

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

BM BS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Degree (graduate applicants)

Three A-levels or equivalent (at least BBB), to include Biology and Chemistry, and , or expect to hold, a first or upper second class science degree that demonstrates an adequate knowledge of Biology and Chemistry. Graduate entrants are assessed on their recent achievement, however our GCSE English and Maths requirements must still be met.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Level: AAA - Biology, Chemistry and one other (AAB with CD)

Scottish Highers: AAA to include Biology and Chemistry. Or pass Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry with grades A with at least grades A in two additional Higher Subjects. English and Maths requirements: grades B or above in National 5s English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

36 points including Biology and Chemistry at Higher level at grade 6. 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

We require all applicants, without contextual data, to have obtained at least a grade 6/B in English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSEs. For applicants with contextual data, we will accept English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSEs at a grade 5/C. Please note we do not take any other GSCEs into consideration during our admissions process.

Scottish National 5s - English and Maths at grade B or above, or grade C for applicants meeting BSMS's contextual admissions criteria.

 

 

Access to HE Diplomas

BSMS accepts the following Access to HE qualifications:

  • East Sussex College Access to Medicine and Dentistry Diploma
  • City and Islington Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences – Access to HE Diploma
  • College of West Anglia Access to Medicine and Dentistry
  • Distance Learning Centre's online Access to HE Diploma in Medicine

Personal statement

The personal statement is not used in any part of the selection process.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews 

Work experience

Not required but must have suitable understanding of medicine.

Widening participation

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 1.6 | International: 3.75

Number of applicants per place: Home: 7.5 | International: 19.7

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 in any degree
BBB at A-Level including Chemistry and any one of Biology, Physics or Maths

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A-Levels: AAA including Chemistry and any one of Biology, Physics or Maths

Scottish Qualifications Authority:
Advanced Highers: AA in Chemistry and any one of Biology, Physics or Maths
Standard Highers: AAAAB

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A in GCSE Maths and C in GCSE English
SQA National 5 Maths A and English C

Level 2 equivalencies:
www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/advanced-numeracy/
www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/standard-literacy/

Access to HE Diplomas

BTEC
Access to HE Diploma

Personal statement

We no longer use the personal statement as a weighted component of our selection criteria.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews (online)

Work experience

Not required.

Widening participation

Contextual offers
Grades can be found here: www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2025/medicine/mb-chb-medicine/#entry-requirements

Guaranteed interviews - eligibility here: www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/guaranteed-offers/

Brunel Medical School

Medicine MBBS (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Degree (graduate applicants)

Bachelor degree:
Upper second-class degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to Medicine

Masters degree:
Awarded with Merit or equivalent, in a subject relevant to Medicine

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A-level/Advanced Highers:

Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of grades AAA, to include:

Chemistry or Biology at grade A
a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) or Mathematics at grade A and
a third subject (except General Studies) at grade A.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSEs at Grade B (6) (or equivalent) including two science subjects, such as Double Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
At least Grade C (4) in English Language GCSE (or equivalent e.g. IELTS).
At least Grade B (5) in Maths

International Baccalaureate

36 points (including Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay) and must include Higher Level 6 in either Chemistry or Biology and Higher Level 5 in Mathematics or in a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics).

Personal statement

The personal statement is assessed at the initial stage by our Central Admissions Team and must meet the criteria outlined on our website. The personal statement is not used to rank for interview.

Admissions test

UCAT and GAMSAT (for graduates)

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interviews (Virtual)

Work experience

Work experience is not required but can be detailed in a personal statement.

Widening participation

Planning is underway to introduce a number of widening participation schemes for September 2026 entry.

University of Buckingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (71A8)

4.5 years

Last updated: May 2024

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 or above in a subject cognate to Medicine.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

ABB including Chemistry or Biology at A level.

AABBB at S5 level with 2 Advanced Highers to include Chemistry
and one from Biology or Maths at a minimum of BB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

For UK students we require a minimum of 4 in English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

34 with no less than H6 and H5 in Chemistry and Biology.  Higher scores are not subject specific.

Personal statement

The medical school may consider all the information provided within a candidates application including academic qualifications, personal statement and references before a final decision is made to interview or offer a place on the course.

Admissions test

None.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews.

Work experience

Work experience carries no weight in decision making.

Additional information

The University of Buckingham is a not-for-profit educational charity that receives no government subsidies. Please note the application deadline for this course is 31 August of each year. This course is 4.5 years and the term starts in January 2025.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: May 2024

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per place: Home: 6 | International: 25

Degree (graduate applicants)

If you want to study this course as your second degree you need to:

have passes at A level (or equivalent), as listed on this page
have at least a 2:1 at Bachelors level in any subject
apply to study this course at Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund's or Wolfson Colleges
You can complete the course in 5 years, moving from the end of Year 2 to clinical studies.

You may also be interested in the accelerated Graduate Course in Medicine (A101).

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Typical offers are A*A*A at A level, or A1A1A2 in Scottish Advanced Highers. On entry, applicants must have A level passes in Chemistry and at least one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Maths/ Further Maths (two required by some colleges).

We would typically expect candidates to achieve the minimum offer level of A*A*A in a single sitting. However, where candidates have been adversely affected by circumstances outside of their control, we will consider on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum offer level 41 points with 776 at HL. If you are studying IB, we ask for Analysis and Approaches for this course. But Applications and Interpretations will also be considered. Please contact the College you wish to apply to for advice.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Panel interview/s (usually two interviews lasting 25–30 minutes at one College).

Work experience

We would want to see that candidates have a good understanding of the role of the medic, and a realistic and informed view of what the profession entails. Work experience is a great way to gain this. Work experience is strongly advised but is not a requirement for a Cambridge Medicine application.

As selection for medical school implies selection for the medical profession, admissions decisions are informed by national guidance on what makes a good doctor. For example:

- The Medical Schools Council's Consensus Statement on the Role of the Doctor
- Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students.

Widening participation