Academic requirements - 2021 entry

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for A100 Medicine MBChB course for 2021 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. Please see our scoring document for how we score and select applicants for interview, also refer to our FAQs (PDF, 512kb) which you may find useful.

Academic qualifications

GCSEs - all candidates

Applicants must have achieved at least a grade B or 6 in English Language (as a first language), Maths, and two sciences (including Chemistry and Biology or Double Science.). For students taking Methods and Applications in Maths our minimum requirement is a Grade B or 6 in both, but we will only score the Methods in Maths.

For applicants who have taken qualifications other than GCSEs, an assessment of equivalence will be made. If candidates have not sat formal examinations at this stage then internal school transcripts 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 (ie first and resit grades), 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 obtained)

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

Where applicants study Maths and Further Maths, only one of these grades will count towards a potential offer.

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

Please note that we do not consider the ICCE (International Certificate of Christian Education) as equivalent to A-levels or the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate skills challenge certificate.

A-level resits

Applicants who attain AAB or ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one or two subject(s). First sit grades must be declared on the UCAS form.    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 only 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 34 points overall, and a minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects (or 7,6,5 provided you have at least a 6 in Chemistry or Biology) including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

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, Maths or Psychology. We will also consider the 2 sciences at Advanced Higher (grade AA) plus 3 other subjects at Highers level (grades AAB). 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  four subjects at H1 (including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology), with a further two subjects at H2.

BTEC

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, Maths 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.

Graduates

Applicants must have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours (or equivalent) in their 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.   

*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 a 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. They 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
  • East Sussex College
  • College of West Anglia
  • Dudley College
  • Bolton College
  • Harlow College
  • Truro and Penwith College
  • QAA approved distance learning course (please check with the university before you register)

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 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.