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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.

 


Lancaster University Medical School

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

 

A 2:1 degree with an average transcript score of 65% or greater Biological, Biomedical or Health Science degree.  A-level requirements = BBB including two from Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, achieved at first attempt, after 2 years of study.

If any other degree subject outside of those stipulated is held, A-level requirements = AAB including two from Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, achieved at first attempt, after 2 years of study.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

AAA at A level including two from Biology, Chemistry and Psychology or AAB in 3 A levels (as above) plus an EPQ, 4th AS-level or 4th A-level subject at B.

Scottish Highers: At least five subjects taken at one sitting, after one year of study including Biology (A), Chemistry (A), plus at least three other subjects.  Minimum grades required: AAAAB.

Advanced Highers:  Minimum grades required: AA including Biology and Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including three higher level subjects at 6,6,6, and three standard level subjects at 5,5,5.  Higher level subjects must include two from Biology, Chemistry and Psychology

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE: at least eight GCSEs, including English language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Core and Additional Science). Minimum score of at least 13 points from 8 GCSEs, where A*/A or grades 7-9 = 2 points and B or grade 6 = 1 point.

National 5: At least seven subjects attained by the end of S4 including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Mathematics, plus at least two other subjects.  Required grades: mostly As, none less than B.

 

Access to HE Diplomas

Access to HE Diploma (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science at The Manchester College Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) at East Sussex College Access to HE Diploma (Medicine and Health Professionals) at Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group and any other courses that comply with the new national framework for the Access to HE Diploma (Medicine).

Personal statement

Not considered as part of selection process; may be discussed at interview. After interview, we aim to verify work and voluntary experiences discussed in the applicant's personal statement.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Reflection on work and voluntary experience will be explored at interview. After interview, we aim to verify work and voluntary experiences discussed in the applicant's personal statement.

Widening participation

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Leeds Medical School

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MBChB (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 in appropriate subject. If Chemistry or Biology are not offered at A level grade B or above then equivalent content must be offered at degree level.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

AAA at A level including Chemistry or Biology. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken.

Scottish Highers: Typical offer AAAAB at Higher including Biology and Chemistry, and AB at Advanced Higher, including A in Chemistry or Biology.

International Baccalaureate

35 points with a mark of 6 in three Higher Level subjects one of which must be Chemistry or Biology. Two subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE. If English not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Six subjects at minimum grade 5 (B) including English Language, Maths, Double/Additional Science or Chemistry and Biology. This is a minimum entrance requirement and the majority of applicants will have qualifications well above this standard.

Personal statement

Not formally scored, but it is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their motivation and enthusiasm to study.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Experience in a healthcare setting, though this definition is broad.

Widening participation

Access to Leeds applicants receive special consideration from admissions tutors and those who receive an offer are given an alternative offer alongside their standard offer. See website for details.

Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): A widening participation route for mature students; students who successfully complete the year may transfer to the MBChB.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Leicester Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants must have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s or integrated Master’s degree in order to be considered. We will consider graduate applicants from any discipline, provided the applicant meets our minimum GCSE requirements and has BBB or ABC at A-level including a B grade in either Chemistry or Biology. Applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of their degree when they apply.

We will not consider a second undergraduate degree, Masters or PhD in lieu of obtaining 2:1 or 1st class honours in your first degree. Graduates in their final year who do not provide a suitable academic reference from their current institution will not be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

We require school leavers to have predicted or obtained grades of AAA at A-level, in three subjects including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives. 

We will consider Scottish Advanced Highers either alone or in combination with A-levels. Our standard offer is AAA, to include Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. We will also consider the two sciences at Advanced Higher (grade AA) plus 3 other subjects at Highers level (grades AAB). We will not consider you if you are only taking Scottish Highers.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs: Applicants must have achieved at least a grade B or 6 in English Language (as a first language), Maths, and two sciences (including Chemistry and Biology or Double Science). For students taking Methods and Applications in Maths our minimum requirement is a Grade B or 6 in both, but we will only score the Methods in Maths.

International Baccalaureate

We require a minimum score of 34 points overall, and a minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects (or 7,6,5 provided you have at least a 6 in Chemistry or Biology) including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Personal statement

Not routinely read although they can be used in a borderline or tie-break situation.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Healthcare-related work experience is not required but applicants, particularly those who are borderline, must showcase reflection in whatever type of work they have encountered (voluntary, paid work in retail, catering, health or social care).

Widening participation

Contextual data will be used in selecting for interview and at offer stage. We also give an adjusted offer of two grades lower for students on the Realising Opportunities Programme and Access Leicester: Medicine programmes.  Those on these access programmes are automatically invited to interview providing they meet our minimum requirements and are not in the lowest two deciles of UCAT or have band 4 in the SJT. See website for details. 

Access to HE Diplomas

The school accepts the following QAA approved Access Diplomas (please check with the university before you register): City and Islington College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Lambeth College, The Manchester College, Stafford College/New College Telford, East Sussex College, College of West Anglia, Dudley College, Bolton College, Harlow College, Truro and Penwith College.

Contextual admissions

This course considers contextual data. See website for details.

Lincoln Medical School (University of Nottingham Lincoln Pathway)

Medicine at Lincoln BMedSci and BMBS (A10L)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

You will need a 2:1 degree in any subject plus the A level requirements and a minimum of GCSE level 4 (C) in maths and English language.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry. A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of practical tests taking place, this will not required for 2022 applicants. The third A can be in any subject except Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies and Global Perspectives. 

Contextual offers - for those who fulfill a University of Nottingham WP flag: A levels - AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry.

Please note that we do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.

 

International Baccalaureate

36 points excluding core component with 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry with GCSEs stated (or equivalent)

Contextual offers - for those who fulfill a University of Nottingham WP flag: IB - 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent)

Please note that we do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent eg. IB as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.

 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

We require a minimum of 6 GCSEs.  These must include maths; English language; and chemistry and biology or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects.  You will need a minimum of Level 6 in both maths and English language.  You will also need a minimum of Level 7 in both chemistry and biology or Level 7,7 in double science.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not scored but will be reviewed and may be considered when making final offer decisions.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews. For 2022 entry, interviews may be face to face or online using Microsoft Teams.

Work experience

Usually required to be eligible for an application to be considered but currently this requirement is suspended.

 

Widening participation

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

If applying as a graduate, a 2:1 honours degree in a biological, biomedical or health sciences degree and A levels of BCC including Chemistry and one other science subject (e.g Biology, Maths, or Physics). If applying with a non-science degree, higher grades in science A levels would be required.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA, to include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject.

AA at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry. AAAAB–AAAAA at Higher.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs in nine subjects. A score of 15 points from the nine including core and additional science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), English Language and Maths. In scoring system A*/A/9/8/7 = 2 points; B grade/6 = 1 point Minimum of Scottish National 5 ( intermediate 2) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Maths and at least two other subjects attained by the end of S4

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall (at first sitting): Higher level a minimum of 6,6,6 to include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject. 5,5,5 at standard level (subjects not offered at HL).

Personal statement

Personal statement will not be used in making the decision to invite to interview but will be assessed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT for non-graduates, GAMSAT for graduates.

Interview method

Online but format yet to be confirmed for 2022 entry.

Work experience

If applying to our medical school you are advised, as a minimum, to read the ‘statement on the core values and attributes needed to study medicine’ and ‘work experience guidelines for applicants to medicine’. In response to COVID-19 ‘Guidance on gaining relevant work experience to study medicine during the pandemic’ has been created.

Widening participation

University of Manchester School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine (A106)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants with a 2:1 degree and A levels at BBB gained at the first attempt will be considered.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Chemistry or Biology/ Human Biology and one of Chemistry, Biology/ Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Maths or Further Maths.

AA at Advanced Higher by the end of Secondary 6. AAAA at Scottish Higher by the end of Secondary 5 to be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. 

International Baccalaureate

37 points with 7,6,6 at Higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above. Major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science and one further subject at Higher Level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

 

Seven GCSEs at grade A (7) or A* (8+). English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B (6).

If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB (66).

Access to HE Diplomas

Manchester accept alternative qualifications such as Access to HE Diplomas. See website for details.

Personal statement

Personal statement not normally used. An electronic non-academic information form will be sent to candidates ahead of interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Online multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We have made changes to our use of work experience as a result of the pandemic. See website for details.

Widening participation

 

We make some contextual offers automatically (normally AAB or ABB) for applicants who meet specific WP criteria and for those applicants enrolled on our WP programmes (e.g. MAP/PWAP). We also participate in the UKWPMED scheme. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine and Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants must have achieved, or expect to achieve, an honours degree in any discipline to at least an upper second class or first class Honours or integrated master's degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level excluding General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element.

AA at Advanced Higher and AAAAA at Higher. No requirement for science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

38 points with no subject graded less than 5. No requirement for science subjects.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

Access to HE Diplomas

Some Access to HE Diplomas are accepted. Applicants are advised to check with the Medical School.

Personal statement

Not used prior or at interview, read prior to offers being made but not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews for Home students. Panel interviews for international students. International students can opt to have a virtual interview in their home country or attend a panel interview on campus in Newcastle.

Work experience

Emphasis on applicants being able to show a commitment to caring which can be accomplished in a number of ways other than in a hospital or general practice setting, such as volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate. The medical school is also interested in individuals who have shown commitment to working as part of a team over a prolonged period of time in any area, including voluntary, sports, other extra-curricular activities.

Widening participation

Our commitment to widening participation includes University admissions. When considering all undergraduate student applications, we make use of additional data (socio-economic, school or college and/or personal or family circumstances) to set each student’s academic achievements in the context of their circumstances. This data, together with those provided on the UCAS application, inform the offers we make. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Nottingham School of Medicine

Medicine BMedSci and BMBS (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

2:1 in any subject and must meet A level requirements. 1st bachelor’s or undergraduate master’s degree in a relevant subject with enough Biology and Chemistry content, then no A level requirements. All must have a minimum GCSE level 4 (C) in maths and English language.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

AAA at A level including Biology/ Human Biology and Chemistry.

AA Advanced Higher in Biology and Chemistry. AAAAB at Higher including Biology and Chemistry, Maths and English Language. Grade A must be achieved in Biology and Chemistry.

Excluded subjects include general studies, critical thinking, global perspectives and citizenship studies.

Please note that we do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.

 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

We require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Level 7 (A). These 6 GCSEs at Level 7 must include chemistry and biology – or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects – and may include maths and English language. If maths and English language are not included in your 6 GCSEs at Level 7, you will need a minimum grade of Level 6 in both subjects.

At least 6 grade A’s in National 5 qualifications (or GCSE) including biology, chemistry, and minimum B’s in maths and English language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points excluding core component with 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry. English language is required at either standard level (grade 6) or higher level (grade 5). We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL). At least 6 grade A’s in IB Middle Years or GCSE including Biology and Chemistry at grade 6 (A) and English Language and Maths at grade 5 (B).

Please note that we do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.

 

Personal statement

The personal statement and reference are assessed after interview before issuing offers. The personal statement is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Normally, an eight station multiple mini-interview but for 2021 entry an online four station interview was used.

Work experience

Work experience not expected from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Contextual admissions

 

Contextual offer: A levels - AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry IB - 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent). This type of offer is given to students who meet our contextual admissions or elite athlete criteria. 

See website for details.

 

University of Oxford Medical School

BMBCh Medicine (A100)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A-levels: A*AA in three A-levels (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies, and the international A-level in Thinking Skills) taken in the same academic year.  Candidates are required to achieve at least grade A in both Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics. NB: If a practical component forms part of any of the A-levels taken, we expect candidates to have taken it and passed.  

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers (taken in the same academic year) and AAAAA in Highers (taken in the same academic year)  Applicants are required to offer Chemistry (compulsory) and one (or more, if desired) from Biology, Physics or Mathematics as Advanced Highers.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

There are no formal GCSE requirements for Medicine. However, in order to be adequately equipped for the BMAT and for the academic demands of the course, and if Biology, Physics or Mathematics have not been taken to A-level (or equivalent), applicants will need to have received a basic education in those subjects (for example at least a grade C/4 at GCSE, Intermediate 2 or Standard grade (Credit) or equivalent; the GCSE Dual Award Combined Sciences is also appropriate).

International Baccalaureate

Overall score of 39 (including core points), and scores of 7, 6 and 6 in subjects taken at Higher Level. 

Applicants are required to offer the following subjects at Higher Level: Chemistry (compulsory) AND at least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics. If you choose to offer Mathematics at HL as part of fulfilling our requirements, note that we have no preference for either the Analysis and Approaches (AA) course or the Applications and Interpretation (AI) course.

Access to HE Diplomas

We accept Access to HE Diplomas that contain sufficient Chemistry content and approximate the A-level Chemistry syllabus; candidates are always welcome to run the contents of a proposed course past us before enrolling if they want to be sure we'll accept it.

Personal statement

The applications of candidates who do not make the initial shortlist are reviewed by tutors, taking into account any individual circumstances - both academic and non-academic - that might indicate that GCSE and/or BMAT performance is likely to have underestimated their potential. The personal statement is scrutinised as part of this process. Any applicants deemed worthy of further consideration are then reviewed by a cross-college panel, alongside applicants immediately below the initial shortlist, and as a result of this process an extra c. 40 candidates are added to the shortlist.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews. A demonstration interview can be found online via our website.

Work experience

Our tutors select students using the selection criteria, which are published online. All applicants are free to make reference to skills or experience acquired in any context to date when trying to address our selection criteria: sometimes applicants refer to voluntary work and other extra-curricular activity, but many forms of evidence can help demonstrate to tutors that an applicant has tried to make an informed decision regarding his/her own suitability to study Medicine. While some work experience in hospitals is theoretically desirable, we do appreciate that it can be very difficult to arrange and we therefore have no requirement for it. Any form of voluntary work would be beneficial in the context of applying for Medicine (such as helping out in a hospital, at an old people's home, St John's Ambulance, or work with a charity or overseas agency).

Widening participation

Plymouth University Peninsula Medical School

BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (A100)

5 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Degrees are not recognised. GAMSAT is required.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

The typical offer is A*AA – AAB at GCE A level/Scottish Advanced Higher which must include an A grade in Biology and A in one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology. The third GCE A level can be from any subject area including the humanities, languages, music, sport, science and the social sciences. AAB offers are specifically for applicants coming from a Widening Participation background who meet contextual requirements as stated on our website.

International Baccalaureate

36–38 points overall including Higher Level 6 in Biology and Higher Level 6 in one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Seven GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English language, Maths and either GCSE double award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. Scottish Nationals are considered in lieu of GCSEs.

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT for direct school leavers or for those applying with Level 3 grades within 5 years of application. GAMSAT for applicants whose current suite of qualifications do not meet those published direct school leaver requirements or for whom more than five years has lapsed since they were achieved.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience is not required.

Widening participation

The University of Plymouth is committed to Widening Access (WA) and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our Admissions Advisory Panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Contextual data is consulted when determining to issue an AAB offer. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.