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.

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Entry criteria: 2019 entry

GCSEs or EU/International equivalent

Grades A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 6 ( or grade B ) or above
Subjects Must include:
English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award Science).


A Levels (or accepted equivalent)

A Levels
Grades 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 (2019)

If you attend a school or college in England from this list* (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For MBBS5 this will be an A-Level offer of ABB.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional requirements
A Levels must be completed within two years.
Cambridge Pre-U Qualification
Grades D3, D3, D3
Subjects Three principal subjects to include Biology and Chemistry
Additional requirements
Either: an additional AS level at grade B or a Pre-U short course at grade M2 or above.
International Baccalaureate
Award Full award diploma
Overall score Overall score of 36 in an academic subject (including TOK and EE).
Higher level 18 points at higher level including minimum grade 6 in 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.
Access Diploma
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   Please ensure that you list all elements included in the diploma on your UCAS application. They should be clearly indicated and marked as pass, merit or distinction.

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 (or Grade 6).
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


Other qualifications
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.
European Baccalaureate

EB with 8.5/10 or 85% overall including minimum 8.5 in Biology and Chemistry.

8.5/10 or 85% in English when EB taught in English; non-native speakers of English may alternatively offer IELTS with 7.0 overall including 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in each other section.

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate in Science and Engineering (international students) 75% overall with no less than 60% in Biology, 60% in Chemistry, 68% in Academic Skill and 68% in Science and Society. Plus IELTS with 7.0 overall including 7.0 in the written element and 6.5 in all other elements, or gain 68% in Skills.

UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test)

Both the section scores and overall cut-off score must be met.
Section score

500 or above, in each section

Overall score

The 2019 entry minimum overall UKCAT score will be published in November 2018.

We will not be using the 'Situational Judgement' (SJT) section for 2019 entry.

Please note, for September 2019 we will not consider any extenuating circumstances in relation to UKCAT test scores.

Additional Information

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
 2013  2530
 2014  2590
 2015  2550
 2016  2600
 2017  1890 (The UKCAT test used one less section for 2017 entry)
 2018  2590
 2019  2490

UKCAT key dates

  • Registration opens: 1 May 2018
  • Testing begins: 2 July 2018
  • Registration closes: 18 September 2018 at 5pm
  • Booking/Rescheduling closes: 1 October 2018 at midday
  • Last testing date: 2 October 2018   
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2018

Test preparation

UKCAT has developed practice tests and a toolkit to support your test preparation.

View the information on the UKCAT Candidate Preparation Toolkit page

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 you hold qualifications which are not listed in either of these documents, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English language (2018 Entry) - This will be updated for 2019 entry soon.

If English is not your first language and you have not sat a GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.

English Language Grade B or above

Please note: if you have taken the IGCSE and have not taken all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

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)*
Additional requirements
*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 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.

Read more about DBS checks.

Professional registration

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: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:14