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Ecolier is currently throwing away a lot of stuff and have discovered a "How to get into medical school (early 2000s) edition". Back in the good ol' days when there were only 28 medical schools.

I will be updating this thread every day with 1 med school - 28 days and this OP will eventually be updated with all entry requirements.

Let the discussion begin!

(Unless otherwise stated - no admission tests required)
(Grade capital letters = A2, grade in small letters = AS; A2 subject = 6 units, AS subject = 3 units)
(UCAS Tariff points: A2 Grade A = 120 points, B = 100 points, C = 80 points; AS Grade a = 60 points, b = 50 points etc. As an approximation AAA = 360 points, AAB = 340 points, ABB = 320 points, BBB = 300 points etc.)

Aberdeen: ABB in 3 A-Levels, first sitting only. Chemistry highly desirable, plus one of Maths, Biology or Physics. Most other subjects acceptable for third. or AA in two A-Levels, plus bb in two AS subjects. AS courses not generally accepatable as science options. No Advaned Extention Award (AEA) advantage

Belfast: 21 units to include 3 A-Levels, one of which may be a VCE subject. Chemistry and at least one other science required at GCE A-Level. (Only one Maths subject will be counted at A-Level although an additional AS will be acceptable). Biology required to at least AS at grade B. A non-science to at least GCE/VCE AS is recommended. A maximum of sixe units may be offted as VCE qualifications. Grades AABa / AAA. Advanced Extension Award advantage in tiebreaker situatio

Birmingham: 340-360 tariff points including minimum 300 points achieved in Year 13 from 3 A-Levels or equivalent normally including 2 GCE A-Levels - Chemistry and one of Biology, Maths, Physics. Normally 2 A grades from 3 A-Levels. Biology at a minimum of AS is compulsory from 2003 entry. Possible Advanced Extension Award advantage

Brighton and Sussex: Chemistry and Biology required at AS and at least one of these studied at GCE A-Level. 18 units with 320 tariff points if both Chemistry and Biology taken at A-Level (ABB), or 21 units with 360 points if one of Chemistry or Biology only taken to AS (AAA). 18 units could include 2 AS and 2 A-Level subjects. No AEA advantage

Bristol: Candidates encouraged to offer 4 subjects at AS, 3 being taken to full A-Level. Chemistry required at A-Level for course A106, plus one other science subject. AAB grades required at A-Level. No AEA advantage

Cambridge: Encouraged to study 4 AS in Year 12. A/B grades normally expected, condition offers would be 3 grade As at GCE A-Level. Pre-clinical requirements specify 3 of Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology to AS (all at GCSE level). Chemistry, plus one of the other three subjects required at A-Level. Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) required. AEA encouraged if available at school / college.

Dundee: ABB at A-Level to include Chemistry and one other science; or AB at A-Level and ab at AS in 2 other subjects. Subjects should include Chemistry at A-Level and another science at either level. No AEA advantage

East Anglia: Consider wide range of qualifications - not prescriptibe. AAB grades at A-Level

Edinburgh: 3 A-Levels and 1 AS in 4 subjects. Chemistry, plus Maths or Physics or Biology at A-Level. Biology at least AS. Grades AABb acheived or predicted. Non-science VCE AS and A-Levels may replace non-science GCE AS and A-Levels. Only one maths subject will be considered. No AEA advantage

Glasgow: 3 A-Level subjects must include Chemistry and one from Biology, Maths and Physics. 3 sciences are not required. General Studies is not acceptable. Biology or Human Biology in addition to Chemistry preferred. If Biology is not studied at A-Level, it should be taken at AS or GCSE. Passes in 4 AS subjects are expected from lower sixth. AAB grades required. No AEA advantage

Hull York: Minimum of 18 units from 6-unit awards (i.e. 3 subjects taken to GCE or VCE A-Level). 21 units preferred. ABB grades required. Chemistry grade A/B at A-Level, plus Biology minimum grade B at AS. AEA advantage only when taken widely at school

Leeds: AAB grades at A-Level, only Chemistry mandatory (excludes General Studies) - providing sciences and maths passed at grade B at GCSE level; or AB grades at A-Level (including Chemistry) and aa at AS (excluding General Studies). No AEA advantage

Leicester Warwick: 4 AS including Biology and Chemistry with 3 subjects continued to A-Level including Chemistry (General Studies excluded). If candidates take 2 Maths A-Levels, only 1 will count towards achieving an offer. AAB grades required at A-Level. No AEA advantage

Liverpool: A combination of GCE/VCE AS and A-Level qualifications is acceptable. AAB grades at A-Level required, including grades AB in 2 science GCE A-Level subjects (out of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Statistics). Biology and Chemistry, if not offered at A-Level, must be offered at AS with a minimum grade a. General Studies is acceptable as the 4th AS subject. No AEA advantage

London - Barts: ABB from 3 A-Levels and a pass if an additional AS is taken. Chemistry and Biology required at AS and one or other of these subjects at A-Level. 2 science A-Levels (out of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) required, including Chemistry or Biology. The 3rd A-Level may be a science or a non-science. The AS and A-Levels must be taken within a 2-year period. AS subjects taken on their own must be taken after 1 year, or after 2 years if taken alongside A-Levels. No AEA advantage

London - Imperial: AS: Chemistry, Biology, one other science or Maths subejct plus a 4th subject in any subject. A-Level: 2 sciences, including Chemistry or Biology (3 A-Levels and 1 AS - AABb). Maths cannot be offered with any extension Maths, for example, Further or Applied - as 2 individual subjects. No AEA advantage

London - King's College: ABB at A-Level. C at 1 free-standing AS (unless Biology or Chemistry, when b required). Chemistry and Biology required, 1 at A-Level. One vocation AS or A-Level may be included. General Studies is not acceptable. No AEA advantage

London - Royal Free and University College: 4 AS taken in 1st year, including Biology and Chemistry. 3 subjects taken on to A-Level, including Chemistry (excluding General Studies). If candidates take 2 Maths A-Levels, only 1 will count towards achieving an offer. ABB grades are required at A-Level and a pass is required in an additional AS. From 2004 entry onwards, some preferene will be given to those offering at least one non-science AS or A-Level. Applicants must sit the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and must therefore apply directly to UCL, in addition to applying through UCAS. AEA welcomed but UCL has not yet decided whether or how to incorporate them

London - St George's: 4 AS with 3 subjects continued through to A-Level. Chemistry and/or Biology at A-level and 2 other subjects. Non-science subjects are encouraged. Grades between AABb to BBCb considered in light of school performance (see prospectus for details). No AEA advantage

Manchester:
Combination of Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Maths plus a further rigorous academic subject at A-Level (Sciences not at AS/A-Level required at GCSE, ideally grade B). Equally acceptable are 3 sciences or 2 sciences plus 1 other rigorous subject. AAB grades at A-Level. No grade specified in the extra AS subject. No AEA advantage

Newcastle: AAB from 18 units, including a minimum of 12 units from 2 A-Levels, excluding General Studies. Chemistry or Biology is required at AS or A-Level. At least grade C at GCSE required to include English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics (or Dual Award Science). No AEA advantage

Nottingham: AAB including Chemistry and Biology, plus one AS subject. A pass is to be achieved in the additional AS subject. No AEA advantage

Oxford: 3 full A-Levels, including Chemistry and one other from Biology, Physics and Maths. Plus at GCSE, if not offered at AS/A-Level, Maths, Biology and Physics or Dual Award / Combined Science. Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) required. Offers will typically be AAA. No AEA advantage

Penisula: 18 units required, although additional units are encouraged. Normally either 3 GCE A-Level or 2 GCE A-Level, plus 2 GCE AS subjects. At least one science GCE A-Level subject required, and preferably one non-science GCE A-Level subject. 320-370 points, with 220 points from 2 GCE A-Levels. Grades below C will not be considered. No AEA advantage

Sheffield: AS: preferred subjects - Chemistry, Biology and 1 other science or Maths subject, plus a 4th AS in any subject. A-Level: Chemistry plus another science and any other subject (completed at AS), including General Studies (at least grade B). The grades required at these subjects will be A and a B in the 2 science subjects, plus B in the third subject (ABB). No AEA advantage

Southampton: 360 points required from 21 units, for example, AABe, to include either Chemistry and Biology / Human Biology at AS or A-Level Chemistry. (Overlapping subjects should not be offered, for example, Maths and Further Maths, Biology and Environmental Science / Physics Education). No AEA advantage

St Andrews: ABB, including Chemistry and at least one other science at GCE A-Level. If Biology or Maths or Physics is not offered at A-Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better; or AB at A-Level and ab at AS in 2 other subjects. Subjects should include Chemistry at A-level and another science at either level. If Biology or Maths or Physics is not offered at AS or A-Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better. A good pass in Dual Award Science at GCSE will be accepted instead of a single GCSE pass in Physics. No AEA advantage

Wales: A combination of GCE and VCE AS or A-Levels may be offered. 2 science GCE A-Level subjects required out of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Statistics (one being Chemistry or Biology). Chemistry or Biology required at AS, with a grade b, if not at GCE A-Level. 370 points required, including ABB grades at A-Level, AB grades being achieved in 2 science A-Levels and a minimum C grade in Year 13 qualifications. If applicants offer 2 or more Maths subjects at AS or A-Level, only 1 will count towards meeting the conditions of an offer. General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A-Level. No AEA advantage

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Ah, the good old days of being experimented on with new exam systems, introducing new awards nobody understood and results day ****-ups! Sounds familiar?!

Also makes me feel about 1000 years old - I applied in 2001!
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All sounds dreadfully new-fangled to me! :shakecane:
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This makes me feel old... I was all set to apply in 2003ish (can't quite get the dates straight in my head) and then everything went upside down after a death in my family and I ended up messing up my exams and going completely off course... 17 years later here I am as a med school applicant :rolleyes:
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Updated with Belfast... sorry I'm about an hour late :oops:
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Updated with Birmingham
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For any passing young people: 340-360 UCAS points would have been equivalent to AAB - AAA. 300 points would have been equivalent to BBB.

No A*s back then.
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For any passing young people: 340-360 UCAS points would have been equivalent to AAB - AAA. 300 points would have been equivalent to BBB.

No A*s back then.
I will update the first post with this excellent piece of information.

A = 120 points
B = 100 points
C = 80 points etc. etc.

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(Original post by ecolier)
I will update the first post with this excellent piece of information.

A = 120 points
B = 100 points
C = 80 points etc. etc.

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I had no idea my AS grades were worth UCAS points - every day is a school day! All pointless now, they're exceptionally old and not worth very many points to begin with...
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I had no idea my AS grades were worth UCAS points - every day is a school day! All pointless now, they're exceptionally old and not worth very many points to begin with...
Yep! Prior to scrapping of the modular AS / A2 systems everything was worth points.
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I had no idea my AS grades were worth UCAS points - every day is a school day! All pointless now, they're exceptionally old and not worth very many points to begin with...
Only the ones you didn't carry on to A2, I think?
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Only the ones you didn't carry on to A2, I think?
Thanks to some bright spark in my college's SLT I took 4 full A2 and 3 AS additionally. Even bang average grades there would all add up!
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Thanks to some bright spark in my college's SLT I took 4 full A2 and 3 AS additionally. Even bang average grades there would all add up!
Yep, tariff points can add up pretty quickly, especially if people do music, dance or drama exams, too!
Sadly, only Barts uses them for shortlisting these days......!
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Yep, tariff points can add up pretty quickly, especially if people do music, dance or drama exams, too!
Sadly, only Barts uses them for shortlisting these days......!
If they used my D in AS Physics from 15 years ago rather that my MSc, MRes, or Diploma then I would withdraw my application
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Updated with Brighton and Sussex (not called BSMS back then )
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Updated with Bristol
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What on Earth was the AEA? I come from before this time, back when A-levels were still A-levels, before they got changed to A2, and when the UCAS form was still a piece of paper and everything happened by post not via a website login
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What on Earth was the AEA? I come from before this time, back when A-levels were still A-levels, before they got changed to A2, and when the UCAS form was still a piece of paper and everything happened by post not via a website login
Advanced Extension Award. Can't remember what you actually had to do for it though, my school didn't do them and I think they only existed for a few years.
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Yep! Prior to scrapping of the modular AS / A2 systems everything was worth points.
I’m sure AS can still be awarded with UCAS points in the linear system if the school decides to sit the official AS exams and students are given official certificates for the subject they take to AS-level only :hmmmm:
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What on Earth was the AEA? I come from before this time, back when A-levels were still A-levels, before they got changed to A2, and when the UCAS form was still a piece of paper and everything happened by post not via a website login
It's supposed to be for students who would be expected to achieve better than an A grade in A2.

However these days with A*s, AEAs have all but disappeared (except Maths for some reason).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Extension_Award

https://www.gov.uk/government/consul...tension-awards

Advanced Extension Awards (AEAs) are qualifications taken alongside A levels, designed to stretch and challenge the most able students. Our rules permit AEAs in any subject, but there is currently only one available, in mathematics. Around 700 school-age students take this qualification each year. Some universities use it to inform entry decisions.

(Original post by Mesopotamian.)
I’m sure AS can still be awarded with UCAS points in the linear system if the school decides to sit the official AS exams and students are given official certificates for the subject they take to AS-level only :hmmmm:
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