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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 Leeds Medical School

Gateway to Medicine MBChB (A101)

6 years (progression onto A100 for those who pass the Gateway year)

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

BBC at A level including Chemistry or Biology. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken. Applicants with achieved or predicted A levels of ABB or greater are not eligible for this course.

Scottish Highers: Typical offer BBBBC at Standard level and BB at Advanced Higher, including B in Chemistry or Biology. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA are not eligible for this course.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Six subjects at minimum grade 4 (C) 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.

International Baccalaureate

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

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

All applicants will be sent an online form to indicate their Widening Participation criteria once their UCAS application has been received. They must meet the widening participation eligibility criteria to be considered for this course. The criteria are the same as those required for the Access to Leeds programme but it should be noted that the modules are not completed. See website for details.

University of Leicester Medical School

Medicine with a Foundation Year MBChB (A199)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

We require school leavers to have predicted or obtained minimum A-level grades of BBB in Chemistry or Biology, and one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology, and a third subject excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or Global Perspectives. We will consider applicants with predicted or obtained ABC provided the grade C is in the third subject. All A-levels should be taken within 2 years of your GCSEs.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

You must have achieved at least a grade C or 5 in English Language (as a first language), Maths, and two sciences, including Chemistry and Biology, or Double Science.

International Baccalaureate

We also accept the International Baccalaureate, for which we require at least 30 points overall, with 5 points each from 3 Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Personal statement

Not routinely read or scored except in a tie-breaker 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

There are a number of widening participation criteria that must be met to be eligible for this programme. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course is for applicants from underrepresented backgrounds who meet the course's eligibility criteria. See website for details.

Lincoln Medical School (University of Nottingham Lincoln Pathway)

Medicine at Lincoln with a Foundation Year BMedSci and BMBS

Lincoln Pathway (A18L) 6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

A levels at BBC including a B in both 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.  We will not accept citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies, or global perspectives.

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 5 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 6 in both chemistry and biology or Level 6,6 in double science.

International Baccalaureate

28 points (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry, excluding core component) and GCSE requirements (or equivalent). We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL).

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 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

Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies Year 0

1 year (789S) allows progression to MBChB

Last updated: May 2020

Degree (graduate applicants)

This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications. If any applicant does offer a degree we would expect a minimum of 2.1 honours degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications. Please note that we will not usually consider A level students who have sat the appropriate science subjects to be considered for direct entry to the A100 medicine programme or school leavers. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago and are re-entering education.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five GCSE subjects at grade 6 (B) including Maths, English Language and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Core and additional Science or Dual Science Award.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered.

Personal statement

Part of the decision making process for offering an interview

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Semi-structured panel interviews

Work experience

No specific work experience is stated but applicants must be able to demonstrate our non-academic criteria which will be assessed at interview.

Widening participation

The programme is designed for individuals who have been out of formal education for some time and who wish to take up further academic study. The minimum entry criteria is five GCSEs at B grade. Please note that the deadline for application is 15 January. 

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for application is 15 January.

University of Nottingham Medical School

Medicine with a Foundation Year BMedSci and BMBS (A108)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBC at A level including B grades in Chemistry and Biology (or human biology), with a pass in practical assessments. Excluded subjects are general studies, critical thinking, global perspectives and citizenship studies.

BB in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Highers, and BBBBB achieved at Highers, including biology and chemistry, Maths and English language.

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

At least five GCSEs at grade 6 (B), to include Biology, Chemistry (or science double award), English Language and Maths.

At least five grades in Scottish National 5 qualifications including the sciences, Maths and English language.

International Baccalaureate

28 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry, excluding core component) and GCSE requirements (or equivalent). We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL). English language is required at either standard level (grade 6) or higher level (grade 5), and at least five grade B’s in IB Middle Years (or GCSE) including biology and chemistry, maths and English language.

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 school references are checked after interview before offers are made. They are 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.

Widening participation

Contextual admissions

Plymouth University Peninsula Medical School

BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Foundation (Year 0) (A102)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level/Scottish Advanced Higher to include Biology. Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Five 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 Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Scottish Nationals are considered in lieu of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

28-32 minimum including 5 at higher level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not scored but may be referred to seek contextual marker evidence.

Admissions test

None

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

No specific requirements.

Widening participation

 

The Peninsula Pathways Programme offers a range of preparatory activities including UCAT practice sessions, mock interviews, reflective writing exercises, week long work experience programmes as a medical student, and many more interactive sessions to inspire, encourage and support those considering medicine. See website for details.

All applicants, in addition to meeting or exceeding the published academic criteria will need to meet a minimum of four contextual indicators as stated on our website. See website for details.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine

Medicine BM6 Widening Participation (BMBS) (A102)

6 years

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

 

BBB at A level including Biology and one additional science (with a pass in the practical element where it is separately endorsed). Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Subjects where there may be considerable overlap of material will not be accepted in combination.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants must hold 5 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

Overall score of 30 points with 15 at Higher Level, with 5 in HL Biology and one additional Science.

Personal statement

Applicants are asked to answer further questions as part of the selection process (see website for details). Answers are scored with the highest scoring candidates being invited to attend a selection day.  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 specified. 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).

Widening participation

You must satisfy three of the eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the BM6 programme, and you will be expected to provide documentary proof. Please see our website for full details of the eligibility criteria. 

University of St Andrews Medical School

Gateway to Medicine

1 year (allows progression onto A100 Medicine programme)

Last updated: June 2021

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBBB at Scottish Higher in S5 at one sitting to include Chemistry and one of Biology, Maths or Physics.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

If Biology, Maths or English are not offered at Higher then each must be offered at National 5 grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Personal statement

Applicants must demonstrate a clear interest and commitment to pursuing a career in medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT - this must be sat in either the year students enter the Gateway programme, or will be a condition of offer for them progressing to the A100 the year after.

Interview method

Panel interviews for entry to the Gateway course. Multiple Mini-Interviews for progression from Gateway to A100.

Work experience

No specific experience required.

Widening participation

Applicants should also meet some of the following criteria:

  • have engaged with a Reach project
  • reside in an area of socio-economic disadvantage
  • are being looked after (or have been looked after) as a result of a local authority order
  • are a registered carer
  • attend a school which has low numbers of pupils who progress to higher education
  • attend a school which has low attainment in relation to Highers and Advanced Highers.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.