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 must be submitted to email@example.com before the October UCAS deadline (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.
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 A*AA at A-level, in three subjects including Chemistry or Biology (with practical aspects) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives. The A* would need to be in one of the sciences as mentioned above. We will consider applicants with AAA (including two sciences as above) and EPQ grade B or an AS-level grade A in a fourth subject.
If you have taken four full A-levels (not including overlapping subjects such as Maths and Further Maths), we can also give an alternate offer of AAAB. In this case, all A-levels must be completed in Year 12 or 13. If one of the four A-levels is a language subject other than English of which the candidate is a home or native speaker, we would require AAA in the three remaining A-levels.
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 fourth 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 will be made to reflect this if they get to 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 nor the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate skills challenge certificate.
For students who are part of one of the UKWPMED programmes (including Access Leicester: Medicine) we would make an alternative offer of ABB plus completion of the course. For students who are part of a Realising Opportunities Programme we would make an alternative offer of AAA plus completion of the course.
Year 12 Resits (first sit of A Levels after 3 years)
Candidates who for significant health or social reasons have taken 3 years to sit their A Levels for the first time will be considered, but this will have to have been formally agreed by the admissions tutors ahead of application. The latest date for receipt of requests will be 1 September in the year of application, and all requests, along with supporting formal evidence should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Level Resits
Applicants who had not attained the required grades at first sit will only be considered with resits if there is substantial mitigation that has previously been agreed by the admissions tutor. All mitigation requests should be sent along with formal supporting evidence to email@example.com by the UCAS deadline. If the request is received by midnight of 1 September, we will provide a definitive response as to whether or not the mitigation is accepted before the UCAS closing date; after this date we are not able to guarantee that candidates will receive a response before the UCAS closing date.
We also accept the International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum score of 34 points overall, and a minimum score of 7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. The 7 would need to be in one of the sciences as mentioned above. We will also consider candidates with an overall score of 36 and 6,6,6 in their three Higher Level subjects including two sciences as 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 A*A in Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, provided there is not significant subject matter overlap with the A Levels.
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 only consider mature applicants (must be 22 years or more at registration) by this route, with evidence of five years' paid employment, or an apprenticeship post-school, including at least a year in a relevant caring role.
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).
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.