If you meet our minimum academic requirements, you will be invited for interview. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.
Entry criteria: 2017 entry
If you have studied towards, or achieved a university degree at any point, you are not eligible to apply for this course. Instead, you may be eligible for our A101 Graduate Entry Medicine program.
GCSEs or EU/International equivalent
|Points||416 points from the top eight subjects (equivalent to an average of grade A).|
English Language (minimum grade B), Maths and Dual Award or the three separate sciences(Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
GCSE points system
|We only accept a complete set of scores from one sitting. If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage.
However, we are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs.
You are required to provide details of your full academic study prior to your current course, including certificates.
A Levels (or accepted equivalent)
A level: AAA
|Subjects||A level: Three subjects to include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology.
General Studies and Key Skills not accepted.
Adjusted criteria (2017)
|If your predicted/actual grades are between AAB and ABB, your application will be considered in relation to the average A-Level point score per student at your school/college.
You must still meet an average A in the top eight subjects in GCSEs.
Please see our eligibility flowchart (PDF).
Check our eligible schools/colleges list for 2017 entry (PDF).
|A Levels must be completed within two years.|
|Cambridge Pre-U Qualification|
|Grades||D3, D3, D3|
|Subjects||Three principle subjects to include Biology and Chemistry|
|Either: an additional AS level at grade B or a Pre-U short course at grade M2 or above.|
|International Baccalaureate (2017 entry)|
|Award||Full award diploma|
|Overall score||Overall score of 36.|
|Higher level||18 points at Higher Level, with a minimum score of 6 in at least one of Biology and/or Chemistry.|
|Standard level||A minimum score of 6 must be attained in Biology or Chemistry if not taken to Higher Level, and a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Mathematics (or Maths Studies) and English, if at least a B grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGSCE/O level Maths and English|
|International Baccalaureate (2018 entry)|
|Award||Full award diploma|
|Overall score||Overall score of 36.|
|Higher level||18 points at Higher Level, with a minimum score of 6 in at least Biology and Chemistry.|
|Standard level||A minimum score of 5 must be attained in Mathematics (or Maths Studies) and English, if at least a B grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O level Maths and English.|
|Award||Full award diploma - Access to Medicine|
|Scores||60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)|
|Grades||45 pure science related credits graded at Distinction or Merit. Biology and chemistry credits must be graded at distinction.|
|Subjects||Overall 30 credits must be graded at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.|
|Additional credits||Any other level 3 credit outside the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.|
|Other||If you have not taken GCSEs and/or A Levels (or equivalent) or you have lower grades in previous studies, you will be required to complete your Access course prior to submitting an application. Course transcript and/or syllabus will need to be provided.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics
Applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in English and Maths in conjunction with the Access course, if not previously achieved to the required minimum grade B.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are able to meet our academic criteria as stated above before making an application. Applicants should check with their college to ensure that they are able to meet the academic conditions stated above. Students studying the Access course should provide a detailed transcript. Elements included in the diploma should be clearly indicated and marked as pass, merit or distinction
|Scottish Highers||Highers: AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology
Advanced Highers: AA including Chemistry and/or Biology
Subjects: Must include Chemistry and/or Biology.
English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.
|Open University||120 units in total, including:
Level 1: Exploring/Discovering Science module, 60 units;
Level 2: Any other science based module, 30 units;
Any other subject area (including humanities or arts) 30 units.
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September the year of entry.
UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test)
|Both the section scores and overall cut-off score must be met.|
500 or above, in each section
N.B. In 2016/7 UKCAT are piloting a new test of Decision Making and neither candidates nor Universities will receive a score for this subtest.
The 2017 entry minimum overall UKCAT score will be determined after the results have been published.
We will not be using the SJT section for 2016 entry.
Please note, that we only consider any extenuating circumstances in relation to test scores on in a case by case basis.
UKCAT results are used to select students for interview and to rank our post-interview waiting list.
UKCAT scores do not need to be included on your UCAS application as we will be informed of your scores directly by Pearsons and UCAS. Please ensure that the name you use to register for UKCAT is the same as that used on your UCAS form so results can be matched. We will also be informed of applicants who are exempt from the test or subject to special arrangements.
Historic Overall UKCAT scores
For reference purposes only, we have detailed the overall scores we have required in previous years:
|Entry year||Overall Score|
UKCAT key dates
- Registration opens: 3 May 2016
- Testing begins: 1 July 2016
- Registration closes: 21 September 2016
- Booking/Rescheduling closes: 4 October 2016
- Last testing date: 5 October 2016
- UCAS application deadline: 15 October
- UCAS choice notifi cation deadline: 21 October
UKCAT Cognitive test statistics 2015
The test means and national deciles for the cognitive test scores have now been published. View the official UKCAT document
UKCAT has developed practice tests and a toolkit to support your test preparation.
Details of the exam, and register to sit the test can be found on the UKCAT website
EU and International qualifications
All applicants must make sure that their qualifications meet our entry requirements, as listed in the following:
|If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below. The test is valid for a period of two years.|
|GCSE / IGCSE||English Language grade B or above.|
|IELTS||(International English Language Testing System)
7.0 overall (including 7.0 in written and speaking element and a minimum score of 6.5 in the reading and listening element)*
|Pearson’s Test||67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)*|
|*If you have sat the examination more than twice in one year you will not be considered.|
If you studied but did not complete medicine at an alternative university and are re-applying on the basis of A Levels, please provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew from medicine studies previously. Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis; however, we're not able to consider individuals who were suspended from previous medicine studies due to fitness to practice issues or failure in assessments/examinations.
Similarly, candidates who are currently enrolled on a degree (or have already been awarded a degree) cannot be considered for this course. These applicants are invited to apply to our our graduate entry medicine course.
Non academic criteria
|Work experience (please see below for more information)||At interview, you will be required to demonstrate that you have gained voluntary/work experience in a medical or health related field and demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine. For further information about work experience please visit Taste of Medicine.|
|Health and police screening (please see below for more information)||Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox
Enhanced Police Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
|Professional registration (please see below for more information)||If you belong to a registered professional body, you will be required to provide details if invited to interview.
Work experience and insight
You will be required to demonstrate insight into Medicine through relevant work/voluntary experience at interview.You must also provide references for each piece of work/relevant experience you intend to present at interview. Undertaking relevant work experience and gaining insight from such activities helps you to decide whether Medicine is the right choice for you.We expect applicants to have a combination of experience in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. You should be able to demonstrate why these experiences are relevant to an application for Medicine. Such experience could include, but is not limited to, participation in the following:
- Paid/unpaid voluntary placements
- School, college or university societies
- Full or part-time employment
- The Guides, Scouts, Red Cross or similar organisations.
- Shadowing a healthcare professional
- Gap year experience
- Caring for a sick relative or first-hand experience of illness
It is good to have a broad range of experiences in a variety of settings, including hands-on healthcare experience where possible, in order to gain insight into different aspects of skills and qualities needed by a medical student.
As a result, you should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of your own abilities and limitations
- explain what you have learned and what you have contributed
We expect you to demonstrate insight into transferable skills such as: communication, patience, accuracy, team work, leadership and perseverance. You will also need to be able to relate those to your application for Medicine. Evidence that you have made a consistent effort to participate in such experience as a regular commitment is preferred.If invited to interview, you will be required to provide references for any formal work experience you have carried out within the last 2 years. This is not a character reference and should only state dates, hours worked and duties undertaken.
For more information about work experience, read the Medical Schools Council's guidance for medicine applicants.
Health and police screening
Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.
All candidates will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.
This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.
If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you've had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:42