Academic requirements - 2020 entry

Academic requirements

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for 2020 entry to the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB course. There are different entry requirements for applicants applying to the A100 Medicine MBChB course.


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

We do not specify a minimum number of A* grades at GCSE. However, we do take GCSE performance into consideration when selecting applicants for interview, as competition for our places is so intense.

GSCE Resits

We will consider resits in GCSE English Language from any applicant. We will only consider resits in other GCSE subjects if there are very significant mitigating circumstances that have been previously agreed by the admissions tutors in writing.

A-levels (predicted/obtained)

We require school leavers to have predicted or obtained A-level grades of BBB in Chemistry or Biology, and one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Psychology, and a third subject excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or Global Perspectives.  All A-levels should be taken within 2 years of your GCSEs.

NB if the third subject is a language other than English, and you are a native or home speaker of that language you would be made an adjusted offer if you got to offer stage. Candidates with foreign language A-levels or equivalent will be asked to declare whether or not they are a native speaker.

If you study Mathematics and Further Mathematics, you may only count one of these grades towards your potential offer.

A-levels sat in year 12 will not form part of the pre-interview selection process, nor will EPQs or 4th subject AS levels, except in the rare situation of a candidate being in a borderline group. Candidates must take three subjects in year 13 to show they can cope with the depth and breadth of study required.

We do not accept General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or Global Perspectives (Cambridge Pre-U) or the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

International Baccalaureate (predicted/obtained)

We also accept the International Baccalaureate, for which we require at least 32 points overall (not including core or bonus points), with 5 points each from 3 Higher Level subjects (including Chemistry and Biology), and 3 Standard Level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 5 points. We do not consider bonus points.

BTEC (predicted/obtained)

We accept the BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD in Applied Science. We do not accept other BTEC National Extended Diplomas because they do not cover enough of the required science subject material. We will accept a single BTEC in conjunction with two A-levels, provided that the A-levels are in Chemistry and Biology.

Other qualifications

Candidates with other qualifications or combinations should email, listing their qualifications and years of completion.

Widening participation requirements

Find out about the widening participation requirements you must meet should you wish to apply for the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB.

See widening participation requirements

Other requirements

Find out more about other requirements for entry, including UKCAT score, DBS checks, age and health requirements.

Learn about other requirements

Scoring applications

In considering your application, we will calculate a score for your application based on your academic ability and UKCAT performance. Find out about our scoring criteria for the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB.

How we score applications