Medical School GCSE Requirements

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Medical School

Maths

English

Science

Other Requirements

How GCSEs Are Used in Selecting for Interview

Aberdeen

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

Biology & Physics or Dual Award Science recommended

6-9 passes expected, especially in sciences

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

Anglia Ruskin

Grade 4 minimum

Grade 4 minimum

2 Sciences at grade 4 minimum

5 GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English Language, Maths and two science subjects.

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Aston

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

Chemistry & Biology or Double Science Award at grade 6 minimum

Five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade 6 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science

6 GCSEs are scored with Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry being compulsory. The highest two grades in the remaining subjects are included to make up 6 in total. The grades are given a score: A* (9/8) = 4, A (7) =3, B (6) = 2, C (5) = 1. Unless you have achieved A levels, GCSEs make up 2/3 of selection for interview.

Barts (Queen Mary, University of London)

Grade 6 minimum (Additional Mathematics or Statistics also acceptable)

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

777666 minimum in Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics. The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

Birmingham

Grade 6 minimum ( one, but not both, of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics also acceptable)

Grade 6  minimum

Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

Seven GCSEs must be offered, including English (both English Language and English Literature), Mathematics (or one, but not both, of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics), Biology and Chemistry (or dual award science), plus two additional GCSEs in any subject, at grade 6 or above.

GCSEs are scored. For the 5 required subjects, 8 or 9/A* = 4, 7/A = 2, 6/B = 1. For each of the two unspecified subjects, a score of 2 will be allocated when an 8 or 9/A*grade has been obtained. Lower grades will not receive a score.

The total GCSE score will be scaled to a maximum of 4.5. GCSEs make up 45% of the weighting in selecting for interview.

 

 

Brighton and Sussex

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

 No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Bristol

Grade 7 minimum

Grade 4 minimum

 No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Buckingham

Grade 4 minimum

Grade 4 minimum

No requirements

No other requirements

Apparently “It is unlikely that an applicant who does not have a very large majority of A grades or A* grades at GCSE will be considered likely to meet the A- level grade threshold”. Buckingham is not subject to FOI, so detailed information on their selection procedure is not available.

Cambridge

No requirements

 No requirements

 

No requirements

 

No other requirements

 

“There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved.

Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five 7/8/9s at GCSE (an A is considered equivalent to 7 and an A* is considered equivalent to 8/9). However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of 7/8/9s at GCSE.”

 

Cardiff

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

 

9 GCSEs must be offered

GCSEs are scored: 3 points for a 9; 3 points for a 8; 2 points for 7; 1 point for 6. In 2019 a score of 27 did not guarantee selection for interview.

Dundee

Grade 6 minimum, if not studied at A level

Grade 6 minimum, if not studied at A level

 

Grade 6 minimum, if not studied at A level

 

 No other requirements

Up to 8 GCSEs are scored – 6 GCSEs at grade 9 receive the maximum score. The academic score (GCSEs + A levels) makes up 60% of the weighting in selecting for interview.

Edge Hill

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

 

At least 5 GCSEs must be offered at grade 6 or above, including English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Edinburgh

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science will not be accepted

 

 No other requirements.

 

Your best 8 GCSE grades are scored. A 6 in Chemistry or biology scores 1; 6s in other subjects score 2; all 7s and up to four 8s score 3; 7s and between five and seven 8s score 4;  7s and more than seven 8s score 5. This formula can be adjusted for applicants who were unable to take 8 GCSEs; UCAT score can be given extra weight if you have not sat GCSEs. GCSEs make up 25% of the weighting in scoring for interview.

Exeter

 No requirements

 Grade 4 minimum

 No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Glasgow

No requirements

Grade 6 minimum

 No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Hull York

Grade 6 minimum, or AS Level Grade B or above, or Core Maths Grade B or above

Grade 6 minimum, or AS-level Grade B or above, or A Level English Language or Literature/Language Grade B or above.

 No requirements

6 GCSEs at grade for or above minimum

Best 8 GCSEs are scored for a maximum of 30 points. GCSEs make up 30% of the weighting in scoring for interview.

Imperial

 No requirements

Grade 6 minimum

 No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Keele

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Double/Triple award science including all 3 sciences

5 GCSEs at grade 7 minimum

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Kent and Medway

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Double award science

 

5 GCSEs at grade 6 minimum, including English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Double Science and one other subject)

GCSEs are contexualised against your school’s previous attainment, and then shortlisted

KCL

Grade 6 minimum

Grade 6 minimum

No requirements

 No other requirements

GCSEs are scored. GCSEs make up 40% of the weighting in scoring for interview, with an average of roughly 7.5 A*s and 2.5 As achieved by offer holders in 2018.

Lancaster

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or Core & Additional Science)

If Biology or Chemistry is not studied at A-level, then GCSE must be at least grade 7.

All other subjects must be at least grade 4.

 

8 GCSEs are scored, with 7-9 = 2 points and 6 = 1 point. A minimum score of 13 is required, beyond which GCSEs are not used in selection for interview

Leeds

Grade 5 minimum

 

Grade 5 minimum

 

Grade 5 minimum in minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science.

 

 6 GCSEs at grade 5 minimum including English Language, Maths, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Award Science)

9 GCSEs are scored, with a maximum of 27 points available, with 3 points for an 8/9, 2 points for a 7, and 1 point for a 6/5. GCSEs make up 67.5% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Leicester

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

 

No other requirements

8 GCSEs, including the mandatory subjects of English Language, Maths, Chemistry and Biology or Dual Award Science, will be scored as follows: 8/9 = 4, 7 = 3, 6 = 1. GCSEs make up 50% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Liverpool

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, or Core & Additional Science

9 GCSEs attained by the end of Y11 with a minimum score of 15 points, with 8/9 = 3, 7 = 2, 6 = 1. Up to two Level 2 BTECs (1 point) or OCR awards (D* = 3, D = 2, M = 1) can replace GCSEs.

9 GCSEs are scored as on the left. GCSEs make up 75% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Manchester

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in two sciences or Dual Award Science

 

 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above minimum; Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE

Via the non-holistic route (UCAT in top 1/3, B1 or B2), GCSEs are not scored and only minimum requirements are needed. Via the holistic route, GCSEs are considered, but not scored, and selection for interview is based on the “academic
judgment of the colleagues reviewing an application”

 

Newcastle

 No requirements

 No requirements

 No requirements

No other requirements

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Norwich/UEA

Grade 7 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 7 minimum in two sciences or Dual Award Science

6 GCSEs at grade 7 or above minimum, including Mathematics and either two single science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Science

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Nottingham

Grade 6 minimum (if Grade 7 in Physics, or Grade 7,7 in Dual Award Science,  otherwise Grade 7 Maths required)

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 7 minimum in Biology and Chemistry, and Grade 7 in one of Physics or Maths, with the other at grade 6 OR grade 7,7 in Dual Award Science and grade 6 in Maths

 

6 GCSEs at grade 7 minimum, including 3 sciences/Dual Award Science, Maths, and English Language at grade 6 minimum

8 best GCSEs including sciences, English and Maths scored, with 8/9 = 2 and 7 = 1. If GCSEs are not offered, only UCAT is considered. GCSEs make up 29% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Nottingham - Lincoln

Same as Nottingham – see above

Same as Nottingham – see above

 

Same as Nottingham – see above

 

Same as Nottingham – see above

 

Same as Nottingham – see above

 

Oxford

Grade 4 minimum if not offered at A level

 No requirements

Grade 4 minimum in Biology and Physics if not offered at A level

No other requirements

GCSEs are scored by combining the proportion of 8/9 grades at GCSE and number of 8/9 grades at GCSE (with equal weighting), and considered in the context of academic achievement at your school. For those shortlisted for interview who had taken GCSEs, the mean number of A*/8/9s at GCSE was 10.2 and the mean proportion of A*/8/9s at GCSE was 0.94 in 2019. GCSEs make up 50% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Plymouth

Grade 4 minimum

Grade 4 minimum

Grade 4 minimum

in either Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

7 GCSEs at grade 4 minimum, including English Language, Maths, and either Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Queen's

Grade 4 minimum if not offered at A level

 

 No requirements

Grade 4 minimum in Physics or Double Award Science if not offered at A level

 

GCSE Short Courses attract 2 points for an A*, 1.5 for an A grade, 1 for a B grade and 0.5 for a C. A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Level 2 qualification will be considered equivalent to one or two GCSEs as appropriate, and taken into account

9 best GCSEs are scored with 9 =4, 7/8 = 3, 6 = 2, 4/5 = 1, for 36 out of a total 42 points. 32 points were required for interview in 2019. GCSEs make up 86% of the weighting in scoring for interview

Sheffield

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 in at least one science subject or Dual Award Science

5 GCSEs at grade 7 minimum

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Southampton

Grade 7 minimum

 

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 7 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science

 

Six GCSEs at grade 7 minimum, including Maths and Science

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

St Andrews

Grade 5 minimum if not offered at A level

 

Grade 5 minimum if not offered at A level

 

Grade 5 minimum in biology if not offered at A level

 

5 GCSEs at grade 7 minimum. Dual award Science is not acceptable instead of GCSE Biology

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

St George's

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Double or Triple award science

 

5 GCSEs at grade 6 minimum, including English Language, Maths, and Double/Triple Award Science

 

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

Sunderland

Grade 6 minimum

 

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum in Biology, Physics and Chemistry

 

5 GCSEs at grade 7 minimum

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 

UCLan

Unclear

Grade 6 minimum, or you can sit an in-house English test

 

Unclear

sustained academic achievement (GCSE or equivalent to include English Language B or higher) with a broad study of Science and Math up to the age of 15- 16"

Unclear

UCL

Grade 6 minimum

 

Grade 6 minimum

 

 No requirements

UCL expects all UK applicants to offer a modern foreign language at 5 minimum. Candidates can be admitted if they do not offer a foreign language GCSE (and their application will not be disadvantaged), but they would be obligated to take a language course during their first year


 

GCSEs are not scored. Only minimum requirements needed

 


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