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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: 2023 entry.

 


University of Aberdeen Medical School

Gateway2Medicine (A1A1)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: June 2022

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 2 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 3 | International: N/A

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Highers - AABB

A minimum of 4 Highers at AABB over one or two sittings (over S4-S6). This must include any two sciences from Chemistry, Maths, Biology/Human Biology and Physics or; National Certificate Level 6 Applied Sciences Group award, to be achieved with 18 credits plus a science Higher at grade A achieved over one academic session and accompanied by a suitable reference from course tutor.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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.

Personal statement

Personal statements are reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Admissions test

N/A

Interview method

Multiple-mini interviews.

Work experience

Applicants can draw on experiences and discuss at interview.

Widening participation

This course is only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria. Applicants must meet both the academic and non-academic criteria to apply. Please see our website for our eligibility criteria.

Contextual admissions

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A levels: BBC including B in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above, or with A in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.

Advanced Higher: BB including Biology or Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, or with Chemistry at an A grade, are not eligible for this course.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

4 (C) in GCSE Maths or equivalent (Standard numeracy requirement) and 4 (C) in GCSE English or equivalent (Standard literacy requirement). 

International Baccalaureate

29 points overall, including 5 at Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 points overall including 16 at Higher Level, or with 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.

Personal statement

Not assessed. 

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

All applicants should have some practical work experience in their chosen career field in order to develop their understanding of the profession, show their commitment to the course and career, and as a basis for questions at interview. This does not necessarily have to include clinical experience (i.e. hospital, GP) and can include work placements undertaken as part of a relevant course or as independent voluntary work. There is no minimum number of hours or weeks required, although undertaking at least five days is recommended.

Widening participation

Please note that the Gateway programme is a University of Bristol widening participation initiative open to applicants from specific state schools and colleges in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland only and/or to those who have spent 3 months or more in care. Further information and lists of the eligible schools and colleges is available at Contextual offers.

University of Dundee School of Medicine

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Degree (graduate applicants)

A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a non-science subject is required to allow consideration.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Widening Access applicants:

BBC at A-Level (A2), to include chemistry and another science subject.

ABBB / BBBBB grades at Higher, to include chemistry and another science subject.

The other three Highers can be your own choice and this will not influence assessment.

 

Applicants with a non-science background:

AAA grades at A level (A2), to include no more than one science subject excluding chemistry.

AAAAB grades at Higher, to include no more than one science subject, excluding chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Previous achievement will be taken into account

International Baccalaureate

37 points, to include 6,6,6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include no more than one science and exclude Chemistry. Plus three subjects at Standard Level with an average of grade 6.

Personal statement

Not scored but discussed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Desirable. Widening access applicants provided with opportunities to gain this via MedicInsight. 

Widening participation

Edge Hill University Medical School

MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year (A110)

6 years

Last updated: June 2022

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3.56 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 8.1 | International: N/A

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Grades BBB at A Level are required. These must include Biology and Chemistry and one other subject. While Biology and Chemistry are both required at Grade B or above, where Grade A or A* is achieved in either Biology or Chemistry (or both Biology and Chemistry), the third A Level subject will be accepted at Grade C or above. A Levels in General Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship and Key Skills will not be accepted.

A Level / BTEC Combination: BB at A level and D in single BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or National Award. BB at A level must be obtained in both Chemistry and Biology and D in BTech Diploma.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

You will also need at least five GCSEs at Grade B or Grade 6 or above (or equivalent) at the time of application, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics. GCSE Double Science Awards, at Grades 6-6 or B-B or above, will also be accepted in lieu of separate GCSEs in Biology and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

32 points to include Chemistry and Biology at higher level, one other subject at higher level and three standard level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 5 points.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not routinely used in selection for interview and offer of a place.

Admissions test

Applicants will be required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Medical Admissions Test prior to application.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific work experience is required , but students are asked to draw on personal experience as part of the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). This could include work experience.

Widening participation

For the A110 (Medicine with Foundation Year) to be eligible to apply, applicants must:

Have lived in the North West of England (Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria) for at least one year immediately prior to the start of the course.

Applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have attended a none-selective state secondary school for GCSEs where the Attainment 8 score is below the English average. Data will be considered according to the latest relevant Department for Education performance tables.
  2. Have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs and either live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index or in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation with an Index of Multiple Deprivation decile of 4 or below. You can check your postcode against the POLAR4 young participation index and against the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

In addition, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Live in a low-income household with a combined income below £35,000;
  2. Have parents who did not go to university or who do not have a higher education qualification;
  3. Be, or have previously been, in local authority care;
  4. Be the sole carer of a parent or sibling;
  5. Have refugee status;
  6. Be a member of the travelling community;
  7. Be from a military family
  8. Be without family support (care leavers, care experienced and/or estranged);
  9. *Live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index. You can check your postcode at officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search;
  10. *Live in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation, with an Index of Multiple Deprivation decile of 4 or below. You can check your postcode at imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org.

*Applicants who have used essential criteria number 2 above, may not tick these same criteria as their additional item.

See website for details.

University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School

MBBS Medicine with a Gateway Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: June 2022

Competition ratios

 

No data available. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB or ABC in any subjects, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element (English Exam Boards only).

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Six GCSEs at grade B/6 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and either a single science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or double science.

International Baccalaureate

32 points including three subjects at Higher Level 5 in any subject.

Personal statement

Personal statement must be relevant. We do not score the personal statement.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience should be detailed in personal statement. Work experience is discussed at interview.

Widening participation

This course is a ‘Widening Access’ programme for students who are in the 13th year of education or left school no more than three years prior to the course start date. Applicants must have completed their GCSE and Level 3 qualifications in the UK. It is designed for students whose circumstances or educational opportunities have prevented them from realising their academic potential.

All applicants must meet the academic criteria and the following contextual criteria:

Your secondary school (GCSE education) achieved an Attainment 8 score of 50 or less, in the year you sat your GCSEs, according to the Department for Education data (www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/) AND one of the following:

  • You live in an area with low progression to higher education with Polar Data 1 or 2 from Polar 4.

  • In receipt of the UCAT Bursary.

  • Your combined household income is under £35,000 per year, excluding Government benefits. We use the same criteria as the UCAT Bursary eligibility. We are unable to accept payslips or P60’s.

  • You currently live locally to UEA (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Lincolnshire).  Evidence taken from UCAS application.

OR meet the academic criteria and ONE of the following contextual criteria:

  • Successfully complete the UEA Medical Aspirations Programme

  • You have been in Local Authority care. Examples of evidence accepted: Letter from Social Worker/Local Council.

University of Glasgow School of Medicine

Glasgow Access Programme (GAP) (A900)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum of Scottish Higher of AABB* (allowance may be given for individual circumstances) or equivalent from S5 (we require three Highers to be sciences. One Higher may be crashed in S6 and we allow for one of the sciences to be a resit. Subjects before starting the GAP programme must include Biology and any two of Chemistry, Physics or Maths). Candidates in S6 will be expected to pass all courses undertaken in their S6 programme of study, with a minimum of grade C in Advanced Highers, and would be required as a condition within any offer. Please note that the programme is aimed primarily at S6 students, although individual consideration can be allowed for S5 in exceptional circumstances only - please get in touch to check these before you apply.  

OR 

Completion of the SWAP Access to Medical Sciences at Glasgow Clyde College with the minimum result of a 'Merit'

Access to HE Diplomas

Completion of the SWAP Access to Medical Sciences at Glasgow Clyde College with the minimum result of a 'Merit'.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

N/A

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

Not scored.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Should a candidate be considered further, we will send an invitation to a panel interview. Candidates will be advised of the preparation they should undertake. Given the competitive nature of the programme, we unfortunately cannot interview all candidates.

Work experience

Not required.

Widening participation

As the programme is funded by the Scottish government as part of the national widening participation directive, candidates are required to be identified within one of the following categories:

  • Applicant is resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the Scottish index of multiple deprivation (SIMD0-20).
  • Applicant is a young person resident in Scotland who is care experienced (young person in care/ care leaver).
  • Applicant has completed the Reach Programme as a participant in the Remote and Rural Island Cluster.

See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

Hull York Medical School

MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year (A101)

6 years

Last updated: June 2022

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3.56 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 9.99 | International: N/A

 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

The A-Level requirement is BBC-ABB at A-Level including both Biology and Chemistry at a minimum Grade B with a pass in the science practicals if certified separately. A-Levels should normally be completed within a 3-year period.

If studying the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science) we require Distinction-Distinction-Distinction (DDD).

If studying Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers we require Scottish Highers BBBBC to include Biology and Chemistry plus Advanced Highers CC in Biology and Chemistry. We will also accept Scottish Highers BBBCC to include Biology and Chemistry plus Advanced Highers of BCC

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

5 GCSEs grade 9/A*- 4/C or equivalent including English Language grade 4/C and Mathematics grade 4/ C or above or equivalent. Resits are accepted to achieve the required grades.

International Baccalaureate

29 points with 14 at Higher Level to include Biology and Chemistry at grade 5.

Personal statement

Personal statements are read but not scored within our standard selection processes. Personal statements may be taken into account during our selection decisions for borderline applications.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We take a flexible view of work experience in line with published MSC guidelines. Healthcare-related work experience is encouraged although we recognise it can be difficult to access and it is not mandatory. We consider a realistic understanding of medicine as a career and having appropriate life and people- facing experiences is equally as important. Reflections on different experiences and personal qualities can be assessed at interview. See website for more details.

Widening participation

Hull York Medical School actively supports widening participation in Medicine. Our selection process provides opportunities to identify applicants who meet all our entry criteria and satisfy specified widening participation criteria. Please see our website for further information.

Contextual admissions

Keele University School of Medicine 

MBChB Medicine with Health Foundation Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 5 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 17 | International: N/A

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

A-Level BBC to include biology or chemistry. Science A-Levels must include the practical endorsement.

Highers BBBBB to be achieved before applying. Advanced Highers BB including biology or chemistry.

T-Level M (minimum B in core component) in health science, health or science.

BTEC level-3 extended diploma DDM in applied science, health & social care or sport & exercise science.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE or Scottish National 5: minimum of five at grade 6/B or higher, including combined science or biology, chemistry and physics; English language and maths must be achieved at a minimum of grade 5/C. English language must include the spoken language endorsement at a minimum of pass. All GCSE requirements must be met before applying.

Personal statement

The UCAS personal statement is not used in selection for interview. One or more interviewer(s) may have access to the personal statement, so things written in the statement might be raised at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

It is intended that interviews for 2023 entry will be in-person multiple mini-interviews (MMIs). We may offer online interviews to international applicants. This is subject to confirmation: please check course web page.

We reserve the right to change the format and/or location of the interview if required by circumstances beyond our control.

Work experience

All applicants must complete a roles & responsibilities (R+R) form. Applicants are expected to have experience of working directly with people in roles (voluntary or paid) providing care, help or support; one or more experiences should involve taking on specific responsibility.
Experience in clinical settings is not required; workplace shadowing or any paid-for experiences are not considered. Experience is expected to be gained in the applicant's own country, or in the country in which they live and/or attend full-time education: "work experience tourism" is strongly discouraged.

Widening participation

This is exclusively a widening-participation route. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria, see our website for details.

King’s College London School of Medical Education

Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS (A101)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level: ABB, including Biology & Chemistry, one of which must be offered at A grade. For linear A levels in England, applicants will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects. A levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Grade 6 (B) in both English language and Maths required.

International Baccalaureate

35 points, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with 6 in either Higher Level Biology or Higher Level Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in the other. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Personal statement

Personal statements are part of the highly contextualised process used to determine whom to invite to interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We do not expect applicants to have undertaken clinical work experience, but we would like applicants to try to secure some experience within a caring environment. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that an applicant has worked in a setting where they can interact with the general public, e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

This course is specifically for candidates from widening participation backgrounds. 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.

Lancaster Medical School

Medicine & Surgery with a Gateway Year MBChB (A104)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3.62 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home: 7.7 | International: N/A

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Levels: ABB in three subjects taken at one sitting, after two years of study, including Biology and Chemistry.

Highers: AABBB in 5 subjects, including Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry plus Advanced Highers: BB in Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved at least grade B (or grade 6) in Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English Language. 

National 5 requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved at least grade B in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall, including at least 5,5,6 in three higher level subjects and at least 5 in three standard level subjects.  HL subjects must include both Biology and Chemistry.

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

Please see 'widening participation' - applicants must be eligible for the Gateway year to apply.