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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

Gateway2Medicine (A1A1)

1 year (allows progression to MBChB)

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

SQA - 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.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

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

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

None. UCAT is not used for selection to G2M but applicants can sit the UCAT prior to start or at the end of course. UCAT is required for application to A100.

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.

Clinical work experience is not a requirement for this course.

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.

The non-academic criteria include: 

  • Reside in a postcode area classed as SIMD20 (Quintile 1) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation OR
  • Care experienced e.g. looked after by the local authority in care or care leaver

OR 2 out of the following 5 criteria: 

  • Applicant is registered with the REACH programme Scotland
  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Applicant is eligible for the Educational Maintenance Award
  • Applicant can provide verifiable independent evidence (e.g. from School Head Teacher) of severe sustained financial hardship that is not reflected in current SIMD categorisation
  • Prior to secondary school, the applicant was not schooled in English (e.g. the applicant did not speak English when starting secondary school).

Please see our website for our REACH eligibility criteria.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. For applicants which are eligible for contextual admissions, this will result in a guaranteed interview. The school takes into account the following contextual measures:

  • IMD/SIMD
  • Free school meals
  • Asylum seeker/refugee status
  • Estranged students
  • Care experienced
  • Young carer
  • First generation to H.E.

The applicant's postcode and being a carer/care experienced confers automatic eligibility for contextual admissions.

This course is only open to applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria. Graduates, non-Scottish domiciled applicants, international applicants, and those who have previously enrolled on a higher education programme are not eligible to apply for this programme.

See website for details.

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 2021

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

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 MBChB with Foundation Year is a widening participation initiative for local students. To be eligible to apply, you must:

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

You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs where the Attainment 8 score is below the English average. For September 2021 entry, GCSE performance in 2019 will be considered according to the Department for Education performance tables at compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk;
  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 at org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search and against the Index of Multiple Deprivation at imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org.

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

  • Live in a low-income household with a combined income below £35,000;
  • Have parents who did not go to university or who do not have a higher education qualification;
  • Be, or have previously been, in local authority care;
  • Be the sole carer of a parent or sibling;
  • Have refugee status;
  • Be a member of the travelling community;
  • *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;
  • *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.

Contextual admissions

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

The school considers the following contextual data: 

  • School's GCSE performance
  • IMD/SIMD
  • Asylum seeker/refugee status
  • Care experienced
  • Target postcode
  • State school
  • Young carer
  • POLAR
  • First generation to H.E.
  • Low income household

 

University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School

MBBS Medicine with a Gateway Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

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

Scottish Advanced Highers - CCC

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

The personal statement is considered alongside the application but isn't scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Candidates must evidence two forms of work experience which have informed their decision to study medicine. Clinical work experience is not a requirement for applying to this course.

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.

NOTE: The Government will not be publishing performance data for 2020 due to the pandemic therefore, we will use the Attainment 8 score in 2019 for students who achieved GCSE’s in 2020.

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 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A Levels: BBC (B grades must be in Biology and Chemistry). Maximum predicted grades: ABB. A Levels should normally be completed within a three-year period. Resits within this three-year period are accepted. You should not be predicted or have achieved higher than ABB to apply to this course.

BTEC:  Distinction-Distinction-Distinction (DDD) in the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science).

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 Medicine with a Gateway Year programme is a Widening Participation initiative and prioritises applicants from the Hull York Medical School area, who have a passion for delivering excellent healthcare.

You will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You should be aged 17 or over on 1 October in the year you start the programme
  • You must have no more than three academic years between completion of mainstream education and the start of the Medicine with Gateway Year programme
  • You must not be attending an independent school

In addition, you must either:

  • Be a care leaver

Or:

  • Fulfil two of the following contextual data criteria:
    • Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (your POLAR4 Young Participation quintile should be 1 or 2 to qualify). You can check your postcode on the Office for Students website
    • Your parents do not a higher education qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree
    • You applied for and received the UCAT Bursary

Although applications from UK students are accepted, priority will be given to applicants living in the Hull York Medical School region:

  • City of York
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hull
  • North and North East Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Darlington, Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Hartlepool

Contextual admissions

See 'widening participation' - applicants to this programme must meet our eligibility criteria.

 

Keele University School of Medicine 

MBChB Medicine with Health Foundation Year (A104)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 A-Level: BBC to include chemistry or biology.

BTEC Extended Diploma (applied science, health & social care, sport & exercise science): DDM.

Scottish Highers: BBBBB; Advanced Highers BB to include biology or chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSE: Minimum of five at grade 6/B, including sciences (combined; biology, chemistry and physics; IGCSE co-ordinated). Single-award science (e.g. IGCSE combined) or applied science not accepted. Minimum of 5/C in English language and maths.

Personal statement

The UCAS personal statement may be referred to in one multiple mini-interview (MMI) station.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interview (MMI). If Covid-19 restrictions continue to prevent travel or require social distancing, online interviews may replace MMIs.

Work experience

Applicants must complete a roles & responsibilities (R+R) form, which should include details of experiences involving direct engagement with people in one or more caring, assistive or supportive role(s). See web pages for further details.

Widening participation

This is a widening participation pathway. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria to be considered. See 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

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

To apply for this course you must be a UK applicant and meet the eligibility criteria. EU and International students are not eligible for Medicine and Surgery with a Gateway Year.

  • You meet the academic entry requirements
  • You meet two of the following criteria:
    • You live in a neighbourhood with low participation in higher education or live in an area that is less advantaged, as assessed by multiple factors; for instance, the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation . A map of the UK, showing the areas that differ in terms of young people’s participation in higher education can be found on the Office for Students website.
    • You live in a low income household. This can be demonstrated in any of three ways:
    • The school where you completed your GCSEs has a below average Attainment 8 score. You can view your school’s Attainment 8 score on the UK Government's school performance service website.
    • The school where you completed/are completing your A Levels (or equivalent) is a non-selective state school, whose examination results are below average for schools/colleges in England (C- or below).You can view your school’s average A-level results on the UK Government's school performance service website.
    • Your parent(s) did not attend university or attain a higher education qualification, apart from as a mature student .
    • You are a young carer to a parent or sibling.
    • You are a refugee.
    • You are a member of the Travelling community.
  • or you are (or have previously been) in local authority care; the period of time in local authority care must exceed three months.

Contextual admissions

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