Leicester Medical School

Academic requirements - 2023 entry

These are the academic entry requirements for UK students for A100 Medicine MBChB course for 2023 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 (PDF, 287kb) for how we score and select applicants for interview based on academic and UCAT performance.

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 or maths 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 (i.e. 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.


Our requirement is 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. We will consider applicants with A*AB provided they have A*A in the two sciences mentioned above.

Since we know predicted grades can be inaccurate, we will score any candidate predicted at least AAB

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, at the first attempt attain AAB, ABB or A*AB where A*A are not both in science subjects, can apply with a resit in one or two subjects. There is no need to submit mitigation but the first sitting results MUST be declared on the UCAS form. We will require an A* / A*A from the resit subject(s). Applicants with lower grades at the first A-level attempt must apply after they have attained the required grades of A*AA. They will not be considered with predicted grades. If first sit grades are not declared on the UCAS form the application will be rejected. In some situations, where there is evidence of significant mitigation that has been approved by the admissions tutors prior to the application, we may consider AAA.

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 including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. We will also consider candidates with 7,6,5 provided they have 7,6 in the two sciences mentioned above. 

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.


A single Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Award will be considered at Distinction*, 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.


Applicants must have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s or integrated Master’s 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 BBB or ABC at A-level including a B grade in either Chemistry or Biology.   

You must have completed, or be in the final year of your degree when you apply. In addition, we will not consider a second undergraduate degree, Masters or PhD in lieu of obtaining 2:1 or 1st class honours in your first degree. Graduates in their final year who do not provide a suitable academic reference from their current institution will not be considered. 

All applicants must show evidence of recent academic attainment - within 3 years of the UCAS closing date. Graduates of vocational professions may be considered after this if they can demonstrate ongoing professional development.

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 

We will consider candidates with the Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) provided their particular qualification conforms to the QAA subject descriptors for medicine with 45 graded L3 credits at distinction, and passes in the 15 ungraded credits. All applicants must meet our minimum GCSE requirements.

We will not consider the Access to Medicine course from students who could have undertaken A-levels (i.e. 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.

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