Academic requirements - 2019 entry

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for A100 Medicine MBChB course for 2019 entry. You must have evidence of academic study within three years of application. If you studied outside the UK, please see our academic requirements for international students.

NB. These are the entry requirements for students starting 2019. View the entry requirements for 2020 start.

Academic qualifications


You must have achieved at least a grade B or 6 in English Language, Mathematics, and two sciences (including Chemistry and Biology) or Double Science, achieved in your first sitting - unless in the case of significant mitigating circumstances that have been previously accepted by the admissions tutors.

We do not specify a minimum number of A* or 8/9 grades at GCSE. However, we do take GCSE performance into consideration when selecting applicants for interview, as competition for our places is so intense.


We require school leavers applying to have grades of AAA at A-level, in 3 subjects including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology, with predicted or achieved grades. Our standard offer is AAA.

We do not currently insist on a 4th AS-level or an EPQ, although in some situations (e.g. a tie-break pre- or post-interview, or a 'near miss' on results day) these qualifications may act in your favour.

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

If a modern language is one of your A-level subjects, we will ask for a declaration as to whether you are a native or home speaker of that language. If you are a native speaker, you may be made an adjusted offer of A*AA, with the A* in your native language.

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

International Baccalaureate

We also accept the International Baccalaureate, for which we require at least 36 points overall, including three Higher Level subjects (including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology), and three Standard Level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 6 points. We do not consider bonus points.

Scottish Advanced Highers

We will consider Scottish Advanced Highers either alone or in combination with A-levels. Our standard offer is AAA, to include Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology. We will not consider you if you are only taking Scottish Highers.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Our entry requirements for students who have studied the Irish Leaving Certificate are AAAAAB at Higher level, including A1A1 in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology, achieved in a single sitting.

With the new grading system being introduced in 2017, we will require four subjects at H1 (including Chemistry and Biology), with a further two subjects at H2.


A single Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Award will be considered, in combination with A-levels at AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology.

Other qualifications

If your qualifications are not listed on our website, please email us with details of your studies to find out whether we will consider you.


We will consider graduate applicants from other disciplines as well as those from biological or health sciences. You must have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours in your first* degree in order to be considered.

In addition, applicants must also meet our minimum GCSE requirements of grade B in English Language, Mathematics, and two GCSE science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Double Science), and have a grade B in either Chemistry or Biology at A-level.

*Please note that we do not consider applicants who are in the second year of their degree, and we will also not consider a second undergraduate degree, Masters or PhD in lieu of obtaining a 2:1 or 1st in your first degree.

Deferred entry for graduates

We will not consider deferred entry from graduate entry applicants. If after interview an offer is made, and then (for financial or other reasons) an applicant wishes to defer, we would instead consider their reapplication for entry the following year. Provided their academic and UKCAT score remained competitive, we would make them another offer without asking them to repeat the interview.

Please note that we are unable to give any indication of the likelihood of the success of a subsequent application, as this will depend on the quality of all applications received.

Access to Medicine

You can apply with an Access to Medicine qualification from any of the following institutions. You must have distinctions or the equivalent in all graded L3 subjects.

  • City and Islington College
  • Glasgow Kelvin College
  • Lambeth College
  • The Manchester College
  • Stafford College/New College Telford
  • Sussex Downs College
  • College of West Anglia

Please note that we will NOT consider the Access to Medicine course in lieu of A-levels, or previous poor A-level performance in either undergraduate or graduate candidates, unless there are significant mitigating circumstances.

Graduate applicants will be scored and ranked as other graduates, not as Access candidates.

We will also require Access candidates to submit a full CV at the time of application, detailing all their previous schooling and educational qualifications, all previous work experience (paid or unpaid), and highlighting and explaining any educational or employment gaps.

Mitigating circumstances

If the candidate does feel that there is significant mitigation that has affected their attainment to date, they will need to formally evidence this for it to be considered by the admissions tutors, and this must have been agreed before the UCAS closing date of 15 October. 

Please note that if you have not reached our minimum entry requirements your application will be automatically rejected.

Scoring applications

Find out how we calculate a score when considering your application for the A100 Medicine MBChB, based on your academic and UKCAT performance.

View current scoring criteria

Other requirements

See further conditions for application, including UKCAT testing, DBS checks and age and health requirements, as well as information about re-applying and resitting exams.

See other requirements