Academic requirements - 2020 entry

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for A100 Medicine MBChB course for 2020 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.

Academic qualifications

GCSEs - All candidates

You must have achieved at least a grade B or 6 in English Language (as a first 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.  For students taking Methods and Applications in Mathematics our minimum requirement is a Grade B or 6 in both, but we will only score the Methods in Mathematics.

For applicants who have taken qualifications other than GCSEs, an assessment of equivalence will be made.  If candidates have not sat formal examination at this stage then internal school results will be asked for (this will be the case for the majority of international candidates).

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.

GCSE 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.

All results must be listed on the UCAS form, and predicted grades must be listed in the ‘qualifications not yet achieved’ column and not solely mentioned in the academic reference

A-levels (predicted or achieved)

We require school leavers to have predicted or obtained grades of AAA at A-level, in three subjects including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives. Our standard offer is AAA, although we will consider applicants with predicted or obtained A*AB provided they have at least an A in Chemistry or Biology.

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. In addition, A-levels (or equivalent) must be obtained within two years of GCSE exams.

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

If a candidate’s third A-level is a language subject of which they are a home or native speaker, then an adjusted offer of A*AA (with the A* in your native language) will be made to reflect this if you got to the offer stage. We will also ask for a declaration as to whether you are a native or home speaker of that language later in the application process.

Please note that we do not consider the ICCE as equivalent to A-levels or the Advance Welsh Baccalaureate.

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

A-level Resits

Applicants who attain AAB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one subject.

Applicants who attain ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with resits in two subjects if there was significant mitigation that the admissions tutors have accepted and agreed to in writing prior to application.

Applicants with lower grades at their first A-level attempt and significant mitigation can apply if their mitigation is accepted in writing prior to application.  However, such applicants must apply after they have attained the required grades of AAA. Predicted grades will not be considered for such applicants.

International Baccalaureate

We also accept the International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum score of 36 points overall (excluding core or bonus points), and a minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects (including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). 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 or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, 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 to include Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, 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 or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics), 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 or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, 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.


Applicants must have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours (or equivalent) in your first* degree in order to be considered. We will consider graduate applicants from any discipline, provided the applicant meets our minimum GCSE requirements and has a grade B in either Chemistry or Biology at A-level

In addition, all applicants must also meet our minimum GCSE requirements of grade B or 6 in English Language (as a first language), Mathematics, and two GCSE science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Double Science), and have a grade B or 6 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 UCAT 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

Applicants must meet our minimum GCSE requirements and have studied one of our approved Access to Medicine courses at 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
  • Dudley College

We will NOT consider the Access to Medicine course from students who could have undertaken A-levels (ie school leavers), nor in lieu of poor science A-level results, nor poor A-level results in graduate applicants.

Graduates with an Access to Medicine Diploma are scored and ranked as other graduates (some allowance may be given for the diploma if achieved in addition to non-science A-levels), 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 feels 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 UCAT performance.

View current scoring criteria

Other requirements

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

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