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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 Birmingham Medical School

MBChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.1 in a Life Sciences subject. The degree result is scored and contributes to an application score. See the website for a full list of eligible subjects.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

We require 3 A Levels to have been attained in the last year of secondary school. We require these grades to be at least BBC for non-contextual applicants or CCC for contextual applicants. Biology or Chemistry is required normally.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade A/7 is normally required. We will consider equivalences.

 

International Baccalaureate

Biology or Chemistry, must be offered at Higher Level. Results are scored.

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

UCAT. The UCAT SJT is incorporated into an overall score post-interview.

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

This course offers contextual admissions. When scoring an application contextual data is taken into account relating to secondary school performance. Care leavers will receive compensatory adjustments for both secondary school and degree results. See website for details.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

At least a 2.1 degree in any discipline.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least AAA at A level or equivalent, including an A or A* at Chemistry (passed within seven years of entry), plus A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Maths.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least 36 points with 6,6,6 at Higher level including Chemistry and two of the following at Higher or Standard level: Physics, Biology, Maths. Those who do not hold these grades should be aware that their application will be in direct competition with those who do.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Personal statement

None.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker in the private or public healthcare industry and the shadowing of medical professionals in hospital or GP practice. Varied and consistent hands-on patient care along with experience working within an NHS environment is favoured.

Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

This is a specific four-year programme for applicants enrolled on one of our four Feeder Stream degree courses in Wales. Applicants must achieve at least a 2.1 Honours degree. See website for details.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Applicants are required to achieve a 2:1 (upper second class) in first degree and BBB/ABC at A Level. A pass in the science practical is normally required.

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

Overall 32 points excluding theory of knowledge and extended essay. Two science subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Physics and either Mathematics or Statistics, but not Mathematical Studies at HL, with 6 being achieved in either Chemistry or Biology. Chemistry or Biology must be offered at SL with score of 7, if not at HL. Physics must be offered at GCSE if not at HL or Subsidiary Level. If Maths and English Language are not offered within the diploma they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade B.

International Baccalaureate

Evidence of: insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, evidence of self-directed learning, a sense of social awareness; positive references.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

The university recognises that opportunities for work experience will vary according to individual circumstances. Applicants are to showcase an appreciation of the length of the training programme and the career structure.

Work experience

The Feeder Stream accelerated entry programmes have been developed as part of Cardiff University's commitment to widening access to medicine, enabling a small number of selected students within specific programmes to join the feeder stream, taking on additional modules and graduating from these programmes with a first or 2.1 honours degree, to enter the second year of the five-year A100 medical programme. See website for details.

King’s College London School of Medical Education

Medicine Graduate, Professional Entry Programme MBBS (A102)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

A minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject. Biomedical/life science degrees include: Biomedical Sciences; Physiology; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Neuroscience; Pharmacy.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

There are no specific A/AS level requirements. 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

There are no specific GCSE requirements.

International Baccalaureate

There are no specific IB requirements.

Personal statement

The personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of an application.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

Prospective applicants who have taken part in widening participation programmes within King's, are part of Realising Opportunities, or who believe they meet any other widening participation criteria should contact the admissions team for advice before making an application.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine and Surgery (Accelerated Programme) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 achieved in any previous honours degree, or integrated Master’s or be a practising healthcare professional with a post-registration qualification.

 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Not used prior or at interview. It is consulted prior to offers being made but is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

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, for example by volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate.

University of Nottingham Medical School

Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.2 expected in previous degree in any subject. Students are able to apply during the final year of study and conditional offers are made if successful. Students will be asked to supply confirmation of degree classification by the deadline specified in the conditional offer.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Personal statements are not scored, ranked or used to determine who is invited to interview. Personal statements are read routinely following the interview cycle. Candidates are contacted if any additional details are needed.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interview (panel interviews held remotely if required).

Work experience

This is usually taken into consideration, however, it is acknowledged that candidates may not have been able to gain any health care related work or volunteering experience during the pandemic.

Widening participation

Applications are accepted (and welcomed) from a diverse range of students. Students who have studied a science or non-science degree are welcome to apply.

University of Oxford Medical School

BM BCh Medicine (Graduate Entry) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

A degree in applied or experimental science with a degree class of 2.1 or above (or a GPA above 3.5). Graduates in subjects other than bioscience must also have biology or dual-award science at GCSE or O-level, or an equivalent qualification.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Passes at A-level of at least AAB with an A or A* in Chemistry (grade requirements apply if A-levels were taken within the last 5 years; applicants whose exams were taken more than 5 years prior to the year of application are not required to have AAB, although their grades will be assessed carefully at the shortlisting stage).

Scottish applicants must have AAB with an A in Scottish Advanced Higher Chemistry if taken within last 5 years. Applicants with a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry (2.1 or above) are exempt from this requirement. Applicants must also have one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics at Scottish Advanced Higher Level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants with a degree in a subject other than bioscience must have a qualification in biology at GCSE or equivalent level.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have an overall score of 36 (including core points) and scores of 6 in subjects taken at Higher Level. Applicants are required to offer the following subjects at Higher Level: i) Chemistry (unless applicants have a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry with a 2.1 or above) ii) At least one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Personal statement

Considered in the light of the explicit selection criteria

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews at two colleges.

Work experience

All applicants must show evidence of their genuine commitment and personal suitability to medicine as demonstrated through any relevant work experience in a health or social care setting.

Widening participation

Queen Mary University, Barts and the London School of Medicine

MBBS Medicine Graduate Entry Programme (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories, you can find more information on our degree title checker

A Levels and Scottish Highers

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

International Baccalaureate

Personal statement

Referred to at interview but not part of the initial assessment process.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Assessment centre

Work experience

Selectors strongly recommend that candidates have explored what a career in medicine entails and that this is reinforced by work experience. The interview will explore your understanding of the realities of a career in medicine. 

Contextual admissions

University of Sheffield Medical School

MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

An upper second class or first class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate life sciences subject. Master's degrees or doctoral degrees are not considered. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology, taken in one sitting. Further Maths, Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted. 

AAAAB in Scottish Highers and BB in Advanced Level, including Chemistry or Biology. Resits are accepted (single resit per A level or Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher) and all resits should be taken in the same sitting. 

Where a graduate applicant has BBB or better at A level but the pre-degree A levels do not include Chemistry or Biology, we will consider the application if the candidate has taken A level Chemistry or Biology after their Bachelor's degree and achieved (or is predicted to achieve) a grade B or higher.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade 4 (C) or higher at GCSE English Language. Applicants holding iGCSE English as a Second Language or Edexcel iGCSE English Language B are required to hold a grade B or higher.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall with 5s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology) and no less than four in Standard Level subjects.

Personal statement

Not read or scored. Interest in medicine, work experience/volunteering and outside interests are all explored at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Interest in what applicants have learned from their work experience. In addition to shadowing a GP or other medical practitioner, there are many other areas related to medicine in which applicants can gain experience, such as care homes or community-based work experience. Clinical work experience is preferred but not required.

Widening participation

This programme is only open to Home students who come from widening participation backgrounds. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine

Medicine BM4 Graduate Entry (BMBS) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2021

Degree (graduate applicants)

BM4 applicants are required to achieve an upper second-class honours degree in any subject, in their first degree. Degree must be equivalent to a UK honours degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

N/A

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English language, mathematics and either biology and chemistry, combined science, or science and additional science.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Selection day

Work experience

Completion of formal work experience or volunteering is not required. However, applicants are expected to demonstrate what they have learned from their life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings).