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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.

A PDF version of this information can be downloaded here: Entry requirements for UK medical schools: 2022 entry.

Please note that due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, competition ratios are excluded for 2022 entry.

 


University of Aberdeen Medical School

MBChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum required is a 2:1 in an undergraduate degree with Chemistry grade B in SQA Higher or Chemistry grade B at A level.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

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

SQA Higher Level - AAAAB 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

We accept SWAP East and SWAP West. For 2022 entry, an Access diploma course that is accredited as conforming to the QAA subject descriptor for medicine may be accepted. Please see website for current list.

All units (60 credits) must be passed, with all graded level-3 units (45 credits) at distinction.

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. Both clinical and non-clinical experience are important but it is recognised that not everyone will be able to secure clinical work experience. A work experience form is completed and submitted at interview.

Please note, clinical work experience is not a requirement for this course.

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.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. For applicants which are eligible for contextual admissions, this will result in a reduced academic grade offer (eg. A levels, IB, Highers). The school takes into account the following contextual measures:

  • SIMD
  • Polar
  • Target postcode
  • Care experienced
  • Participation in REACH program Scotland

See website for details.

Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine

MB ChB Primary Medical Qualification (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

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 (please note we do not accept Nursing or Paramedic Science). The minimum requirements for GCSEs will also have to be met, and the applicant will need to take the UCAT.

Please note that there is no graduate entry programme. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree will start in Year 1 and will be required to complete all five years of the course. We recommend that applicants seek advice on funding prior to starting their application.

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.

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

Scottish Highers: AAAAA at Higher Grade including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject.

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 A*-B (9-6) 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

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. Access qualifications should be awarded within two years prior to the year of entry applied for (eg 2020-2022 for 2022 entry). A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-B (9-6) are also required including English Language, Maths and two science subjects.

We 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

While we do not directly use the personal statement in the selection process, applicants should be prepared to discuss or use aspects of their 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. 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. The purpose of the work experience is to give applicants insight in to the working day of a healthcare professional, to challenge any preconceptions that they may have and give them a realistic view of the job roles they wish to pursue.

Clinical work experience is not a requirement for this course.

Widening participation

Applicants who meet the criteria of our Widening Access to Medicine Scheme are eligible, if successful at interview, to receive a lower offer of grades ABB rather than AAA at A level. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course does not offer contextual admissions. See the section on widening participation for more details on the school's Widening Access to Medicine scheme.

Aston University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

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 NARIC approved university. In addition, applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as other applicants.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

The normal requirement is a minimum of grades AAA at A level with Chemistry and Biology being compulsory and any third subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. If applicants are taking more than three A levels, Chemistry, Biology and the next best grade will be considered.

Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA to include Chemistry and Biology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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

International Baccalaureate

36 overall (6,6,6 at Higher Level in three subjects which must include Chemistry (HL6) and Biology (HL6) and the rest from three subjects at Standard Level (SL) and Diploma Programme Core).

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

We require all applicants to take the UCAT in the year of application. The UCAT total score is used in the ranking of the applicants for invitation to multiple mini interviews.

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interviews

Work experience

We do not require applicants to have healthcare related work experience but do expect them to have some exposure to a work place. Clinical work experience is not a requirement to apply for this course.

Widening participation

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to 40 per cent of our UK places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria. See website for details.

 

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. For applicants which are eligible for contextual admissions, this will result in a reduced academic grade offer (eg. A levels, IB, Highers). There is a minimum quota for applicants from eligible backgrounds.

The school takes into account the following contextual measures:

  • Care experienced
  • Target postcode
  • Participation in outreach
  • First generation to H.E.

University of Birmingham School of Medicine

MBChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

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

 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology and Chemistry. 

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

 

A total of seven GCSEs must be offered, which will be scored as part of the process of calculating an application score.  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, but not both, of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics) at grade 6/B or higher
  • Biology and Chemistry or dual award science at grade 6/B or higher

International Baccalaureate

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

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

At interview we will assess the values held by an applicant, their motivation towards a career in medicine and their understanding of the medical profession. Due to current pandemic restrictions, we will not require an applicant to draw upon face-to-face experiences. Clinical work experience is not a requirement for applying to this course.

Widening participation

We recruit medicine students from underrepresented backgrounds via the Pathways to Birmingham scheme. Applicants who are made an offer after their interview will receive a reduced offer of ABB at A level.

 

 

 

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. An application score is comprised of various elements including a contextual score based on school attended and POLAR4 quintile. The medical school considers the following contextual measures: 

  • School's GCSE performance
  • POLAR
  • School's A level performance
  • Care experienced

See website for details.

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

BM BS Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applications from graduates are welcomed. You 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 our normal entry requirements, however our GCSE English and Maths requirements must still be met. As part of your academic assessment you will be asked to supply a transcript of your degree. 

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 and one other subject. These grades cannot include A Levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking or, if you are a non-speaker of English, an A-level in your original language of instruction. For those that meet the school's contextual admissions criteria, we will accept AAB at A level (including Biology and Chemistry).

Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry and one other subject. For those that meet the school's contextual admissions criteria, we will accept AAB (including Biology and Chemistry).

International Baccalaureate

36 points including Biology and Chemistry at Higher level at grade 6. For applicants meeting the BSMS's contextual admissions criteria they will accept 35 points.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE Maths and English at grade 6 (B), or grade 5 (C) for applicants meeting BSMS's contextual admissions criteria.

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:

  • Bright Met Access to Medicine Diploma
  • 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
  • Lambeth College L3 OCNLR Access to Medicine & Medical Biosciences (Pathway 2)
  • Manchester College Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy & Medical Science Access to HE Diploma

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. Clinical work experience is not a requirement for applying to this course.

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.

 

 

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. The school considers the following contextual data: 

  • School's GCSE performance
  • IMD/SIMD
  • Free school meals
  • Care experienced
  • Receiving 16-19 bursary/pupil premium funding
  • Participation in outreach
  • POLAR
  • Student with disabilities
  • First generation to H.E.
  • Low income household

Contextual data is considered by the school in a range of different ways See website for details.

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

2:1 in first degree with ABB at A Level including A in Chemistry and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics (or in equivalent level 3 qualifications). Any degree subject is accepted if applicants meet the above level 3 requirements.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

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

AA at SQA Advanced Higher including A in Chemistry and A in one of Biology, Physics or Maths with with AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

International Baccalaureate

36 overall with 18 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Chemistry and 6 in one of HL Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs: A minimum of grade A required in GCSE Mathematics and grade C in English Language.

Scottish Nationals: A minimum of grade A in Mathematics and grade C in English Language

Access to HE Diplomas

Life Science, Medicine or Science. Must include a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry and 15 level 3 credits in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Personal statement

We no longer use the personal statement as a weighted component of our selection criteria. Should we need to differentiate between applicants that have identical scores at interview when making offers, the personal statement may be used to do so, but UCAT scores are usually used as our primary differentiator.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Usually multiple mini-interviews (depending on the situation with Covid-19)

Work experience

While not a requirement for the course, we encourage applicants to obtain a minimum of two weeks’ work experience. This enables the applicant to gain some insight into their potential vocation. Applicants may be asked to reflect on their work experience at interview.

Widening participation

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. For applicants that are eligible for contextual admissions, this may result in a reduced predicted grade requirement for interview and a reduced academic grade offer (e.g. A levels, IB, Highers).

 

University of Buckingham Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (71A8)

4.5 years

Last updated: June 2021

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

ABB at A level including Chemistry and Biology.

BBB at Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and Biology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

In the specific case of the International Baccalaureate, they should be expected to achieve or to have achieved a total score of at least 34 points with Higher Level 6 in Chemistry & Biology. Please note that the overall point score does not include 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

Not considered.

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 the term starts in January 2021.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

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: June 2021

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

Eight GCSEs at grade B/6 including Biology, Chemistry, and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. Grade 6 (B) is required in Maths and English Language. If Welsh Language is offered, it must also be supplemented with English Language at a minimum of a grade 6 (B).

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. All offers exclude Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

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

Medicine MBChB (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

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 at A level to include Chemistry and another science.

AAAAB at Scottish Highers to include Chemistry and another science. Offers are conditional on BBB in S6 exams.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE - We require Biology, English, and Mathematics at least to Grade B/6, if not studied at A-Level (A2).

Scottish Nationals - We require Biology at least to grade A at National 5 and Mathematics and English at least to grade B at National 5, if not studied at Higher.

International Baccalaureate

37 points (minimum) including 6, 6, 6 at Higher level, to include chemistry and another science (from biology, physics or mathematics) at Higher Level, plus three subjects at Standard Level with an average of grade 6, to include Biology at least to Standard level 6.

Personal statement

The personal statement is discussed at interview but is not scored, ranked or taken into account for interview selection.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Normally MMIs but due to the current pandemic interviews are online and take the form of a panel interview.

Work experience

We normally recommend up to 2 weeks' work experience which is discussed at interview. However, due to the current pandemic the Medical Schools Council has released guidance to support applicants who are seeking relevant work experience.

Please note that clinical work experience is not a requirement for applying to this course.

Widening participation