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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


University of Aberdeen Medical School

MBChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 1.72 | International: 2.19

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 9.68 | International: 17.5

Degree (graduate applicants)

A 2:1 in an undergraduate degree will enable application with a Chemistry grade B in SQA Higher or A level.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and one from Biology/ Human Biology, Maths or Physics achieved at same time.


AAAAB at SQA Higher level including Chemistry and two from Human Biology/Biology, maths or Physics and two further Highers in most subjects. S6: Three full academic courses in Advanced Highers or a mix of two Advanced Highers and one new Higher at BBB grade.

International Baccalaureate

36 points. Three subjects at Higher level at grade 6 or higher including Chemistry and one of either Biology, Physics or Maths. Three appropriate subjects at standard level with average grade 6 including one science if three not offered at Higher level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Grade 5 in English and Maths and combination of grades 6–9 especially in science subjects.

SQA National 5 English and Maths at grade B and a combination of grades A and B passes, especially in science subjects.

Access to HE Diplomas

Currently accepts SWAP West and SWAP East.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview for evidence of preparation for medicine. The personal statement is not scored but is assessed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

A range of experience in primary care or a hospital. Voluntary work in care homes hospices or special schools. Work experience form completed and returned at interview.

Widening participation

AAAB for Scottish widening participation applicants, and guaranteed interview should the applicant meet the minimum academic requirements and achieve a UCAT score within top 75% of all Aberdeen applicant scores. Criteria for widening participation: SIMD20 postcode or attends a Reach school or is care experienced. See website for details.

Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 12

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. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, a pass is required in the practical element. A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted taken within two academic years prior to the time of application.

ABB at Advanced Higher including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science. AAAAA at Higher including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject. Also required is National 5 Grade B or above or GCSE grade C (4) or above in English Language, two science subjects and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 36 points is accepted. 6,6,6 at Higher Level in Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science and including Maths or English.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-6 (A*-B) or equivalent required including Maths, English Language and two science subjects.

Access to HE Diplomas

For applicants holding an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine), 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which at least 30 Level 3 credits must be at Distinction and, in addition 15 Level 3 credits must be at a minimum of Merit. The further 15 ungraded credits can be a combination of Level 2 and 3. A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A-C (9-4) are also required including Maths, English Language and two science subjects.

They currently accept Access to Medicine qualifications from:

  • City & Islington College – Medicine and Medical Bio Sciences
  • College of West Anglia – Medicine and Dentistry
  • East Sussex College – Medicine
  • Harlow College – Medicine
  • Havering College – Medicine and Medical Sciences
  • Lambeth College – Medicine and Medical Biosciences
  • The Manchester College – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science
  • Access to HE Diploma (Medicine and Healthcare Professionals) Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
  • Truro and Penwith College – Medicine

Personal statement

The personal statement is examined during the interview, looking to understand the candidate's motivation to study medicine, their appreciation of the role and responsibilities of being a doctor, as well as evidence of any work experience undertaken to support the application.

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. Clinical and non-clinical experience are important, which could be in a nursing home, nursery, charities, voluntary organisations, pharmacy as well as GP surgeries and hospitals. Work experience will be discussed during the multiple mini-interviews.

Widening participation

Depending on their circumstances, applicants eligible for the Widening Access to Medicine Scheme may be offered a lower conditional offer at A level of ABB. See website for details.

Aston University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.9 | International: 2.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 10.6 | International: 10.4

Degree (graduate applicants)

For graduate applicants, a minimum of a 2:1 in any discipline, plus three A Levels at grades ABB, to include Chemistry and Biology, with either at grade A or equivalent international qualification. GCSE requirements must also be met. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Level: AAA-AAB including Chemistry and Biology (with a pass the practical elements).

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B/6 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science (or overseas equivalent).

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.

Personal statement

Personal statements are read in conjunction with the reference but are not scored. However, personal statements may be used to differentiate between borderline candidates.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interviews

Work experience

It is recognised that not everyone will be able to secure medical work experience, and that it is possible to get the same outlook, experience and qualities by doing work experience in a non-medical environment too. For example, working in a hospital shop will mean that you deal with all kinds of patients and people and allow you to develop your communication skills, teamwork skills, following instructions, and leadership skills.

Another area where you can show ability and understanding of what medicine is all about and that you can deliver care and compassion is if you happen to have a family member that is ill or elderly with multiple health complaints. If you have been involved in their care then you will have realised that they are vulnerable, that they need to have their dignity maintained.

By bringing these characteristics together and being able to demonstrate that you have them, it will show that you have an understanding of what it means to be a good doctor and will be able to cope with the study and practice of medicine.

Widening participation

Aston Medical School aims to recruit up to 40% of students from widening participation backgrounds, with the majority (approximately 75%) allocated to local students, including those on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. The remaining places will be offered to UK-wide WP applicants. See website for details.

University of Birmingham School of Medicine

MBChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.2 | International: 4.5

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 8.3 | International: 18.1

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants must possess a 2:1 degree in any subject and have achieved AAB at A Level including Biology and Chemistry.

 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology and Chemistry. Applicants must be predicted AAB. 

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry. Applicants must be predicted AB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of grade B in science, English and Maths.

Home applicants: An application score is calculated based on GCSE and UCAT results as well as contextual factors. A total of seven GCSE results are scored, including English, maths and science. The contextual element is described below.

The website calculator allows prospective applicants to receive feedback on the likelihood of success based on the academic factors used in selection.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,6 at Higher Level, including Biology and Chemistry. A minimum of 32 points must be attained.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored. It is expected that the statement provides evidence of commitment to study medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT. 

For home applicants, a score is allocated based on ranking the total of the scores for the four subtests.

For international applicants, we rank the total score in order to define a threshold. The result for the Situational Judgement Test contributes to the scoring at the interview stage.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience does not factor into the process of selection for interview. The understanding gained from work experience will be invaluable in enabling applicants to address the issues presented to them at interview.

Widening participation

We recruit medicine students via a number of outreach schemes: Pathways to Birmingham

Contextual data is taken into account when selecting home applicants for interview. We define a contextual school using performance data at GCSE and A level. We combine this with POLAR data to generate a contextual score, which is an element of our algorithm for calculating an application score. See website for details.

 

Birmingham Medical School is part of the UKWPMED Scheme.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

BMBS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second class science degree and be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Biology and Chemistry equivalent to A-level. This may be achieved through having studied these subjects to A-level or through relevant degree modules. Graduate entrants are assessed on their recent achievement and do not have to satisfy normal entry requirements, however the GCSE English and Maths requirements must still be met. 

If you hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second class honours degree but do not have the necessary knowledge of Biology and Chemistry, you should consider entry via the Access to Medicine route.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A Level including Biology and Chemistry. These grades cannot include A Levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking. For those that meet the WP criteria, they will accept AAB at A-level (including Biology and Chemistry).

AAA in Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

36 points including Biology and Chemistry at Higher level at grade 6. For widening participation applicants they will accept 35 points.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Maths and English at grade 6 (B), or grade 5 (C) for WP applicants.

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

BMAT 

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews 

Work experience

Applicants need an insight into medicine and the role of the doctor; this may or may not come from work experience.

Widening participation

BrightMed and BrightIdeas are widening participation programmes aimed at supporting young people from non-traditional and disadvantaged backgrounds to make a competitive application to medicine. See website for details.

Applicants can use the BSMS Virtual Work Experience Resource.

Along with assessing the candidate's academic profile, any contextual data that may enhance the application will also be sought.

BSMS aims to give 30% of its interviews and offer at least 50 places to applicants who meet WP criteria.

Applicants who meet WP criteria will receive an offer of AAB at A level (35 points IB) along with GCSE maths and English at grade 5 (C).

See website for details. 

 

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

2:1 degree plus ABB at A level including A in Chemistry and B in either Biology, Physics or Maths.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths.

AA at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths and Standard Higher: AAAAB.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Minimum of grade A on Maths and grade C in English Language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points including 18 points at Higher level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths.

Personal statement

This is not assessed, but may be used to differentiate between applicants who have achieved the same UCAT score.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

This will be discussed at interview.

Widening participation

Some applicants are eligible for a lower contextual offer of ABB/AAC including A in Chemistry and A/B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Eligibility criteria is detailed here.

University of Buckingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (71A8)

4.5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

For applicants offering a degree – they should have a Bachelor degree in a subject cognate to Medicine, and have or be predicted a minimum classification of 2.1.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAB at A level including Chemistry and Biology.

BBB at Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and Biology.

AAABB at Highers at S5 level with 3.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 34 points overall, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. Must achieve at least HL6 in Biology and Chemistry (please note the overall points score does not include your theory of knowledge or extended essay).

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

No specific requirements

Additional information

The University of Buckingham is a not-for-profit educational charity that receives no government subsidies. More information on fees.

Please note the application deadline for this course is 31 August of each year. This course is 4.5 years and with the term start in January 2021. 

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: - | International: -

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 6 | International: 17

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, Physics, Maths (two required by some Colleges). Please note that the success rate for students offering three or more Science/Maths A levels has often been higher than for those without.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

40–42 points, with 7,7,6 at Higher Level. On entry, applicants must have Higher Chemistry and at least one of Higher Biology, Physics, Maths (two required by some Colleges).

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

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

Work experience

To develop understanding of what a career in medicine involves and suitability for your intended profession, candidates are strongly advised (though not required) to undertake some relevant work experience (either paid or voluntary) in a health or related area. The medical school is not prescriptive about how this is obtained and recognises the widely differing opportunities available.

Widening participation

Contextual data is considered within the admissions process; relevant applications receive contextual flags based on individual, socio-economic and educational disadvantage. This information is fully considered as part of a holistic admissions process to aid in the fair assessment of applicants, but does not result in systematic lower grade offers. The university delivers a Medicine Summer School with the Sutton Trust, alongside a number of other subject-specific outreach interventions.

Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level which should include Chemistry and Biology. The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted in the place of a third A level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Maths are not accepted.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

9 GCSE's including GCSE Maths and English Language grade 6 (B), 66 (BB) in Double Science, or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

IB Diploma with a minimum overall score of 36 and 766 in 3 Higher level subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Biology or Chemistry AND grade 6 in one other HL science from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics. Must also include grade 7 in SL Biology or Chemistry if not taken at HL.

Personal statement

Evidence is sought for insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, self-directed learning and a sense of social awareness, in addition to positive referee's comments.

Admissions test

UCAT (GAMSAT for graduates)

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

The university recognises that opportunities for work experience will vary according to individual circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to show 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.

University of Dundee School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

First class or upper second class (2:1) Honours degree in a relevant life science subject. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA grades at A level, to include Chemistry and another science, achieved in one sitting.

A minimum group of AAAAB grades at SQA Higher level including Chemistry and another science subject (from Biology, Physics and Maths). 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

National 5: Biology at grade A; Maths and English at least to grade B.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum total of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include Chemistry and another science from Biology, Physics or Maths. Plus three subjects at Standard level with average of grade 6, including Biology at Standard level 6.

Personal statement

The personal statement is used at the interview stage.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews: 10 x 7 minute stations 

Work experience

Extremely desirable. 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

Considered pre-interview. See website for details.