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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

Gateway2Medicine (A1A1)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

Data unavailable.

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A minimum of four Highers at AABB over one or two sittings include two sciences. 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 reference from course tutor.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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

Access to HE Diplomas

Currently accepts SWAP West and SWAP East.

Personal statement

Personal statements are reviewed prior to interview but not scored. They may be assessed at interview.

Admissions test

UCAT may be sat before or at the end of the course.

Interview method

Three-station multiple-mini interviews.

Work experience

Applicants are expected to have taken steps to gain an understanding of medicine as a career and their suitability for that career. Students will complete a credit bearing work experience module as part of the course.

Widening participation

Applicant resident in SIMD20, or young person who is care experienced, or meets minimum of three out of nine the following criteria:

  • Applicant comes from one of Scotland’s REACH schools
  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Applicant is a young person who is formally classed as a carer
  • Applicant eligible for free school meals at any point in secondary education
  • Applicant lives in an area that is considered to be (4) Remote Small Town (5) Very Remote Small Town, (7) Remote Rural, (8) Very Remote Rural as classified by the Scottish Government 8 fold Urban Rural Classification (URC)
  • Applicant is estranged from their family
  • Applicant is eligible for the Educational Maintenance Award
  • Applicant can provide verifiable independent evidence (e.g. from School Head Teacher) of severe sustained hardship that is not reflected in current SIMD categorisation
  • Prior to secondary school, the applicant was not schooled in English

See website for details.

University of Bristol Medical School

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

This course is open to applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

GCE A levels BBC with B in either Chemistry or Biology.

Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above, or with A in Chemistry, 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). 

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

International Baccalaureate

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

BTEC offer

DMM in an Applied Sciences, Medical Sciences, or Health and Social Care (Science pathway). Applicants who are taking BTEC plus A-level Chemistry are not eligible for this course.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored. May be used to differentiate between candidates with identical scores after interview stage.

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 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 (ie. hospital, GP or animal clinic based) 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 a minimum of at least 5 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. Students must fulfil a variety of widening participation criteria. See website for details.

University of Bradford

Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine (B991)

1 year (allows progression to Sheffield MBChB)

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Data unavailable.

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

To include at least two A levels minimum grade C. No more than 12 points from Key Skills or any other scheme can count towards the total UCAS tariff points. 106 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma. There are no specific subject requirements.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science) at grade 4 (C).

International Baccalaureate

104 UCAS tariff points to include 2 HL subjects at grade 5 plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Personal statement

Required as part of UCAS application.

Admissions test

N/A

Interview method

As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates are invited to a Selection day prior to making offers.

Work experience

-

Widening participation

Entry onto the Clinical Sciences course, either directly or via a foundation year, allows students a unique and exciting opportunity to study science and health studies, and which can lead to a career in medicine, the healthcare sciences and other healthcare professions. This collaborative course provides an opportunity for widening participation students to enter the MBChB programme at Sheffield Medical School. Students must achieve an average for the year of at least 70%, (including 70% in Chemistry in the Foundation year) and no failed assessments. They must also meet the Sheffield UCAT threshold and meet at least 2 of the widening participation criteria. See website for details.

University of Dundee School of Medicine

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A104)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Data unavailable. 

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

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: May 2020

Competition ratios

 

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

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 6.4 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

To be eligible to apply applicants must have lived in the North West of England and have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs, where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average.

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

At least five GCSEs at grade B or grade 6 or above (or equivalent) are required at the time of application, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths. GCSE Double Science Awards, at grades 6,6 or BB 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 and one other subject at Higher Level and three standard level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 5 points.

Personal statement

Whilst the personal statement is not routinely used in selection for interview and offer of a place, it may be used to differentiate between candidates if there are ties in ranking at cut points/thresholds for interview or selection, and to check for predicted grades or clarification of qualifications studied.

Admissions test

UCAT

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

The Foundation Year is a widening participation initiative for local students. To be eligible to apply applicants must have lived in the North West of England and have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs, where the Attainment 8 score is below the national average. In addition, students must meet one element from specified criteria. See website for details.

Additional information

Subject to meeting all requirements of the course and passing all assessments, students can progress to Year 1 of the five year MBChB without reapplying through UCAS.

University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School

MBBS Medicine with a Gateway Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 2.3 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 7.5 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB or ABC at A Level in any subjects, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. 

CCC in Scottish Advanced Highers.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Six GCSEs at grade 6 (B) or above, including English Language, Maths and either a single science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or double science. Applicants who do not meet the GCSE requirement must be resitting GCSEs and predicted to achieve the required grade. This should be evident from their UCAS application.

International Baccalaureate

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

Personal statement

The personal statement is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Work experience is considered at interview. Candidates are advised to undertake people-focused work experience and be prepared to discuss how this has informed their decision to study medicine.

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. See website for details.

University of Glasgow School of Medicine

Glasgow Access Programme (GAP) (A900)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

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

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

Only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Minimum of Scottish Higher of AABB or equivalent from S5 (allowance may be given for individual circumstances). Preference given to those with Higher Chemistry and Biology and one from 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. This is for Scottish applicants only from SIMD20 postcode areas.

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

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

Not used as a selection tool.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Panel Interview 

Work experience

There is no mandatory requirement for medical work experience, but candidates must have a sound understanding or the role and responsibilities of medical professionals.

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 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.

Additional information

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. 

Hull York Medical School

MBBS Medicine with a Gateway Year (A101)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 3.5 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 9 | International: N/A

Open only to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBC at A level (with B in Biology and Chemistry). Scottish Highers – please contact the medical school. BTEC: DDD in Extended National Diploma in Applied Science. Conditions apply to all of these entry requirements. See website for details.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

5 GCSEs grade A*-C/level 9-4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above. Resits are accepted.

International Baccalaureate

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

Personal statement

Screened but not scored; may be used in borderline decisions.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No prescribed experience required but applicants should try to obtain a realistic understanding of the demands of medical training and practice. Applicants may find it useful to get some experience in a range of caring situations, observing or working alongside healthcare staff, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

Widening participation

The programme is a Widening Participation initiative. To apply you must have no more than three academic years between completion of mainstream education and the start of the MB BS Medicine with Gateway Year programme. You must not be attending an independent school.

Applicants must fulfil one of the following two Widening Participation requirements: 1) You are a Care Leaver or 2) You fulfil two of the following contextual data criteria:

  1. Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (POLAR quintile 1 or 2) 
  2. None of your parents have any higher education qualifications, such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education.
  3. You applied for and received the UCAT Bursary

Although applications from anywhere in the UK will be accepted, HYMS will prioritise those from the local area at all stages of the application process. For full details on criteria, please see the website.

Additional information

Students who successfully complete the Gateway year automatically progress to the five year MBBS programme.

Keele University School of Medicine 

MBChB Medicine with Health Foundation Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 6 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 23 | International: N/A

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Level: BBC including either Biology or Chemistry.

Advanced Higher: minimum of BB from two subjects (including Biology or Chemistry)
Higher: minimum of BBBBB 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE: minimum of five at grade 6/B, including either combined science/dual-award (6,6/B,B) or three separate sciences (6,6,6/B,B,B); minimum of 5/C in English language (including speaking & listening elements) and mathematics.

Scottish National 5: minimum of five at grade B, including biology, chemistry and physics; minimum of C in English language and mathematics.

Personal statement

UCAS personal statements are not used in selection for interview. They may be used within an interview as a prompt for discussion of relevant experiences.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interview and computer-based numeracy test 

Please note: for entry in 2021, interviews may have to be adapted to allow for travel restrictions and/or physical distancing. See website for updates.

Work experience

Applicants are expected to have gained experience of working directly with people, preferably in a supportive or caring role. This may include voluntary roles in care settings, community groups, charities, schools or paid employment involving interaction with the public. Experiences do not have to be gained in healthcare settings and no credit is given for shadowing or other forms of observation. Experiences should be gained in applicants' own communities if at all possible; undertaking international travel to gain experience is discouraged.

Widening participation

See our Widening Participation pages for more information about our WP activities, including guidance on a new collaboration between UK Medical Schools (UKWPMED), our Steps2Medicine programme, Medicine Careers Day and MedPath initiatives.

Additional information

This programme is only open to students meeting specific criteria relating to educational and socio-economic disadvantage. Students must meet selection criteria (including successful interview) before entering the Health Foundation Year. Progression to year 1 of the MBChB programme is dependent on meeting the academic and professional requirements of the foundation year. No reapplication via UCAS is necessary.

King’s College London School of Medical Education

Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS (A101)

6 years (7 if an optional intercalated degree is undertaken)

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Data unavailable. 

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A level: ABB at A level including grade A in either Biology or Chemistry and grade B in the other. If taking linear A levels in England, you will also be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects. Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

ABB at Scottish Higher and AB at Advanced Higher, including Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level. Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. A Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject would not be counted.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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

English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher.

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. Grade 5 at Standard Level is required in both English language and Maths, if not offered at GCSE. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Personal statement

Evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. Personal statements are used as part of the interview shortlisting process. King's are not able to consider applicants whose personal statements are not focused on Medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a clinical setting. If this is not possible, King's look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, for example in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

The EMDP uses a highly contextualised admissions process to assess each applicant, and to take account of various widening participation criteria. You must meet certain criteria in order to apply. See website for details.