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All data on this page is correct as of 28/09/2012. Please check with the individual medical schools to ensure eligibility before applying.

This page is in the process of being updated - Sept 2014.


When applying to medical schools, it is important that the strengths of your application are well-suited to the admissions policies of the universities you apply to. If you apply to medical schools with policies not complementing your strengths, you will be damaging your chances of being accepted at any of your four choices. Therefore, it is wise to do your research before choosing your medical schools. This page has been created to aid that research, as a guide to show applicants the admissions policies of various medical schools and a suggestion of when to avoid applying to that particular medical school.
All information is meant with the aim of allowing applicants to apply according to their strengths, and the applicant should check their eligibility before applying. Furthermore, this guide focuses on medical schools' policies prior to interview.

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For information on entry requirements please see the following pages:

Medical School A Level Requirements
Medical School GCSE Requirements
Graduate Entry Medicine - A Guide

Medical School Foundation and Widening Access to Medicine Programs

Standard 5/6 Year Course

Medical School Admissions Policy Top strength When to avoid applying
Aberdeen Applicants are scored in two domains prior to interview:
  1. Academic attainment/predictions (30%)
  2. UKCAT Score (20%)

The top 700 students are interviewed.

  1. Interview (50%)
Good UKCAT & academics
Barts and the London Applicants need a minimum of 2400 in the UKCAT. They are then ranked by UCAS Tariff points (including predicted grades, extended projects and music grades). The use of Tariff points favours candidates with 4 or more A2s, extra ASs, or music qualifications.

The top 800 students are interviewed.

Extra A-levels, high UKCAT Low UCAS tariff, UKCAT score below 2400 (600 average).
Birmingham Preference to students with A* at GCSE in Maths, Science and English and AAAA at AS. They look for evidence of motivation towards medicine, specifically with regards to work experience and volunteering, as well as extra-curricular activities involving broad groups of people, particularly outside of school. High academic grades. Lots of extra-curricular/volunteering. Will not consider applicants previously rejected by Birmingham after interview.
Brighton and Sussex UKCAT not used til after interview.

Strong AS grades will compensate for a modest GCSE profile. AS grades should correlate with A2 predictions. If you are applying with achieved qualifications, your application will be assessed using your most recent qualification (A2s or degree) only.

Missed A2 grades - will accept resitters with AAB predicted an A. Low UKCAT No documentary evidence of work exp (needed at interview). Poor AS grades.
Bristol The following non-academic criteria are scored, using the personal statement and reference, on a four-point scale as follows. Has the candidate:
  1. a realistic interest in Medicine?
  2. informed him/herself about a career in Medicine?
  3. demonstrated a commitment to helping others?
  4. demonstrated a wide range of interests?
  5. contributed to school/college/community activities?
  6. a range of personal achievements (excluding exams)?

Credit is given to the best 8 GCSEs at A or A*. Overall weighting is 20% academic and 80% PS/reference. UKCAT not required. Candidates with the top 800-850 scores will be invited to interview.


Updated for 2015 entry.

Once you have submitted your UCAS application, you must submit the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) on which you give your UMS scores for every A Level module. The key measure here is is "SUMS" - Science UMS. For each science/maths A level you are doing, calculate your overall percentage for that subject. Then take the average of the per subject figures. Most successful Cambridge medicine applicants have 90-100% SUMS at the point they apply. A few make it with less, but they're a minority (and probably have extenuating circumstances). If you're worried about UMS then check this document for some reassurance and look at slide 4 of this presentation for an awesome graph that will help you work out how realistic your application is.

Applicants to Cambridge are required to take the BMAT. BMAT use varies by college, but high scores in section two (academic section) are generally necessary. Here are practise BMAT papers. Applications are assessed for evidence of commitment to medicine and extra curricular activity, although it is known that Cambridge put a more academic focus on admissions.

90-100% UMS average in your maths/science A levels

If you do not have an average of 90%+ across your top three AS/A Levels.

If you are not studying three science/maths A Levels to A2 (although some colleges allow this).

Cardiff Updated for 2015 entry

Assessors first rank applications academically using GCSE and full A Level/IB grades. Most applicants have seven/eight A* grades at GCSE and/or AAA at A Level. AS Levels are not used and predicted grades are only used to check for minimum entry requirements. Those who have high enough ranking so far are scored by the following non-academic criteria:

  1. Medical motivation and awareness of the career
  2. Caring ethos and a sense of social awareness
  3. Sense of responsibility
  4. Non-academic interests and personal achievements
  5. Study skills
  6. Referee’s report

Those with the highest scores from the academic and non-academic screening are selected for interview. UKCAT scores may be used to distinguish between similar candidates.

If you have seven or more A* grades at GCSE

Lots of voluntary work.

If you have fewer than 6 A* grades at GCSE (although this is not a cut-off).
Dundee Before interview, candidates are ranked on a purely academic basis. All information available will be used to produce this academic ranking, including: Degree classification, A2 and AS levels, GCSEs, Standard Grades, School exit exams, etc.. Exceptional achievements such as 6 Highers A grades in one sitting, very high A Level grades and postgraduate degrees are highly relevant. A very high UKCAT score can compensate for modest achievement elsewhere in a candidate's application. Overall weighting pre-interview is 60% Academic, 40% UKCAT for school-leavers, or 40% Academic and 60% Academic for graduates.

At the point of interview, all candidates have a 'clean slate', and offers are made based on interview scores alone.

If you only just meet the minimum academic requirements, or if you have a low UKCAT score.
Durham Updated for 2015 entry.

"Once the academic screening criteria have been met academic achievement is not considered further in subsequent parts of the application process. e.g additional A levels or A* results are not considered...For the A100 programme Newcastle and Durham use the same UKCAT threshold to identify applicants for interview. This threshold may differ in each admission cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle." This policy suggests that only those with high UKCAT scores should apply, as once minimum academic screening is complete, selection for interview depends solely on the candidate's UKCAT performance. This also means that applicants with high a UKCAT score but modest GCSEs or AS Levels (but still meet the minimum requirements) are in a good position to apply. Candidates with the top 40-45% of UKCAT scores are invited to interview.

High UKCAT score Low/average UKCAT score
East Anglia "When we receive your UCAS application it will firstly undergo an initial 'academic screening' (Primary Screening). This means we will check to make sure that you have all of the academic qualifications (or are predicted the academic qualifications) that meet our minimum entry requirements. As part of this process we also check that the UKCAT test has been taken.

"For candidates who have passed primary screening, their applications will then go through to Secondary Screening, where candidates will then have their academic qualifications (or their predicted academic qualifications) and the UKCAT Test assessed and ranked alongside other applicants in the pool....When considering applications, the emphasis is placed upon predicted A2 grades rather than AS results. If there is a significant difference between the two, applicants should be prepared to explain this at interview if asked...References and personal statement will be considered as part of this process. The scores for each candidate are then ranked for short-listing for interview. The top 650 applicants will be invited for interview."

Edinburgh Updated for 2015 entry

Applications are scored under both academic and non-academic criteria. Full details of the how your application will be scored can be found here. NB: This will updated in mid-October for 2015 entry.

The breakdown of our selection weightings for applications received by 15th October 2014 was as follows:

  1. 50% - academic
  2. 30% - non academic (15% situational judgement section of the UKCAT test and 15% personal statement/reference)
  3. 20% - UKCAT score (excluding situational judgement)

For graduates/mature students who are selected for interview, your interview will end up being 30% of your final score and the remaining 70% will be based on pre-interview application/UKCAT performance.

UKCAT - Applicants will be ranked based on their total score and the cohort will be divided into octiles and allocated points based on which octile they fall into. We will still accept all scores and there will be no cut-off. NB: Prior to 2015, quartiles were used.

Edinburgh will score the following non-academic criteria:

  1. Personal qualities and skills (empathy, interpersonal and communication skills)
  2. Career exploration prior to application (understanding medicine, work experience and volunteering with diseased, disabled and disadvantaged)
  3. Breadth and level of achievements/interests (social involvement, responsibilities, leadership...)
Good academics (straight As/1s in SQA exams, or >7 A*s in GCSEs with A*AAa predictions) Any B grades or lower amongst best 10 GCSEs, low SJT band
Exeter Before interview, applications are very lightly scored on experience and reflection in medicine in the personal statement. Those who apply having achieved the minimum GCE grades are still required to meet the UKCAT cut-off. Those who apply with predicted grades will progress to interview stage depending mostly on whether they meet a general UKCAT cut-off, and lower cut-offs for each of the four sub-tests, all of which are reviewed every application cycle. Modest achievement at GCSE or AS level
Glasgow Candidates are ranked by total UKCAT score once minimum academic requirements have been achieved/are predicted to be achieved.

Candidates with the top 800 UKCAT scores are selected for interview. Past UKCAT cut-offs have been: 640 for 2010 entry and 652.5 for 2011 entry. Data is unavailable for the exact UKCAT cut-off for 2012 entry, but it is known to be 650 at the highest.

High UKCAT & modest GCSE/AS grades. UKCAT score below 650 average.
Hull York HYMS considers applications as follows:
  1. Personal statement, reference and evidence of academic ability on UCAS form are scored out of 25
  2. UKCAT is scored out of 25 by the following score boundaries: (UKCAT=points awarded) 2200-2399=5, 2400-2599=10, 2600-2799=15, 2800-2999=20, 3000+=25

The two previous scores are added, and those candidates with the top 400-500 scores are invited to interview. At interview, a further score out of 50 is awarded, and the candidates with the top ~300 scores out of 100 are given offers.

UKCAT below 650
Imperial Applications are scored pre-interview using the following information:
  1. GCSE and AS and A2 Level (or equivalent) achieved/predicted grades
  2. BMAT scores
  3. Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career
  4. Community activities
  5. Leadership and teamwork
  6. General interests
  7. Reference

A BMAT cut-off score is calculated each year for invitation to interview. For 2014 entry, the cut-off scores were 4.5, 4.6 and 2.5B in each section, respectively. Imperial does not invite candidates to interview if they are below this cutoff.

Confident of high BMAT score
Keele Applications are first given an academic score, using the candidate's GCSE profile and AS grades if the candidate is applying with predicted grades. Candidates with achieved grades will be given an academic score using those, although minimum grade Bs are still required in English and Maths. Applications are then assessed for the following non-academic criteria:
  1. Understanding of the role of a doctor
  2. Examples of regular hands-on caring work experience
  3. Depth of experience in a role involving personal interaction
  4. Reflection on what was learnt from these experiences
  5. Initiative/enterprise
  6. Work/life balance
  7. Working in teams
  8. Communication (particularly outside your peer group)
  9. Quality of written application
Excellent personal statement and reference. Poor GCSEs and AS grades.
King's College London KCL will assess the personal statement and reference for evidence of commitment to medicine and similar usual criteria. In addition, they will use all academic information available and balance that against your UKCAT score. They say: "Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. They will not be the sole indicator for selection. They will be balanced against achievement in other areas, in particular your academic performance to date. All indicators will be considered together in deciding who will be selected for interview. It is therefore important to understand that there is no universal 'cut off' score for the UKCAT when applying for 2014 entry. For example, if an applicant has an excellent academic background then the test scores will play a less significant part in selection. For those with weaker academic backgrounds (relative to our overall applicant pool), the scores will become more important. An applicant who may not normally be considered on academic grounds could be invited to interview on the strength of strong UKCAT scores that may indicate potential. Also, if applicants are very similar in all other ways, the score may be the determining factor in selection for interview. As a guide for applicants, for 2012/3 entry, most applicants invited for interview had scored at least 695." Strong UKCAT Low UKCAT/academics combo.
Lancaster Firstly, academic assessment of candidates in made using GCSE grades, using the following points system: A*/A=2 points, B=1 point. For short course GCSEs, half the number of points. Preference is given to candidates with higher GCSE scores, and predicted grades at A2 level may be influential. Following this, non-academic assessment is made using the following criteria:
  1. health care career awareness/insight and
  2. a caring contribution to the local community and
  3. a critical, coherent, and informative approach to written communication

Those performing competitively both academically and non-academically are invited to interview. UKCAT not used.

Excellent GCSEs
Leeds Applications are given scores out of the following maxima in the following criteria to select for interview:
  1. 16: Academics, scored by either GCSE or AS results and A2 achieved results. Leeds will score your GCSEs or AS Level achievements, depending on which profile is superior and whether AS Levels are cashed in. Those who are applying with predicted grades may only score a maximum of 14 for this section.
  2. 6: Reference.
  3. 24: Personal statement, split equally among the following sections:
    1. Insight and motivation
    2. Responsibility
    3. Social awareness
    4. Extra curricular achievement
  4. 1: A bonus point awarded for UKCAT scores of at least 700.

A threshold score is calculated each year for interview selection. For 2012 entry, the threshold was a score of 39/47.

Achieved high A2s.
Leicester Academic ability and UKCAT scores are each scored out of 30, as clearly explained in this document.

As detailed in the above document, a further score of 30 is awarded for the personal statement and reference, combined. The following criteria apply:

  1. Motivation and commitment
  2. Appreciation of challenges of a medical career
  3. Work experience and extracurricular activities
  4. Contribution to school/college life and the wider community
  5. Written communication skills
  6. Support from teachers/staff
  7. Confirmation of some aspects of personal statement in reference

A score out of 90 is awarded to each candidate, and those with the top 750 scores are invited to interview.

Liverpool Firstly, academic assessment of candidates in made using GCSE grades, using the following points system: A*/A=2 points, B=1 point. For short course GCSEs, half the number of points. Preference is given to candidates with higher GCSE scores, and predicted grades at A2 level may be influential. Following this, non-academic assessment is made using the following criteria:
  1. health care career awareness/insight and
  2. a caring contribution to the local community and
  3. a critical, coherent, and informative approach to written communication

Those performing competitively both academically and non-academically are invited to interview. UKCAT not used.

Excellent GCSEs
Manchester Applications to Manchester Medical School are dealt with in sequential stages.
  1. Scoring of non academic criteria - insight into career, caring work experience, hobbies & interests, evidence of teamwork/leadership/communication
  2. Ranking by UKCAT total score. In 2013 the range of UKCAT scores for applicants without 'contextual flags' who were invited to interview was 2650 and above (figures for 2011 and 2012 were 2610 and 2590 respectively).

Details about contextual flags can be found at www.manchester.ac.uk/contextualdata

UKCAT score below 640 average, unless you receive one or multiple 'contextual flags'.
Newcastle Updated for 2015 entry.

Once candidates meet the minimum academic criteria, they are ranked by UKCAT score. Past UKCAT thresholds were: 615 (2009 entry), 645 (2010 entry), 667.5 (2011 entry), 667.5 (2012 entry), 695 (2013 entry) and around 750 for 2014 entry. The admissions policy is very clear and can be found at this link: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/mbbsadmissions.pdf

High UKCAT score Low/average UKCAT score
Nottingham Nottingham score the following areas:
  1. Highest eight GCSEs (including the three sciences or the science double award, maths and English language)
  2. Personal statement and reference
  3. Results from the online questionnaire
  4. Each of the four cognitive sections of the UKCAT are given separate scores

Candidates with the top 800 scores are invited to interview. See here for further details on how candidates are scored: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/documents/ugstudy-docs/school-of-medicine-scoring-of-applications-2015-(a100).pdf

All-rounder Poor GCSE grades
Oxford Updated for 2015 entry.

Oxford Medicine is very competitive. Short-listing for interview is based heavily and equally on (I)GCSE performance and BMAT (or BMAT alone if the applicant didn't sit GCSEs). Poor performance in one area can be compensated for by exceptional performance in the other. The GCSE component looks at percentage and number of A* grades at GCSE. Over half of successful students got straight A*s at GCSE. However Oxford consider applicant's performance relative to that of their school, and information about extenuating circumstances is also used. (Oxford also look at the rest of the UCAS application, but this carries less weight. Fore example, not getting straight A grades at AS is fine.) Take a look at the statistics on their website - in particular scroll down to the graphs about GCSE results of successful applicants.

More than 90% A* at GCSE, confidence in a high BMAT score Less than 7/8 A* grades at GCSE (if GCSEs taken)
Plymouth Before interview, applications are very lightly scored on experience and reflection in medicine in the personal statement. Those who apply having achieved the minimum GCE grades are still required to meet the UKCAT cut-off. Those who apply with predicted grades will progress to interview stage depending mostly on whether they meet a general UKCAT cut-off, and lower cut-offs for each of the four sub-tests, all of which are reviewed every application cycle. As a guide, the UKCAT cut-offs for 2012 entry were: 642.5 overall, and 530, 570, 560, 570 in the VR, QR, AR and DA sub-tests respectively. Modest GCSE/AS UKCAT score below 642.5 average, or any particular sub-test score below the values given to the left.
Queen's Belfast Queen's will score the top nine GCSEs as follows to give a score out of 36: A*=4 points, A=2 points. Short courses count for half the appropriate points, and two short courses can be counted as one of your nine top GCSEs. Those who already hold sufficient entry qualifications (completed A Levels, IB, or degree) automatically score the full 36 points.

A further score out of 6 is awarded for the UKCAT, using the following bands: 1900-2099=1 point, 2100-2299=2 points, 2300-2499=3 points, 2500-2699=4 points, 2700-2899=5 points, 2900+=6 points. These two scores are combined to reward a score out of 42 and a threshold is calculated to short-list for interview. For 2012 entry, this threshold was 37/42. Additional A/A* grades at GCSE and/or As at AS may be used for scores close to the threshold score to select for interview.

Completed A2s or very good GCSEs.
Sheffield All previous and predicted achievements are considered to give each applicant an academic score. A grade between A and E is then given for your personal qualities, as assessed through your personal statement and reference. To assign this grade, they are looking for:
  1. motivation for medicine
  2. evidence of commitment for caring
  3. work experience
  4. understanding the nature of medicine
  5. breadth and depth of interests, and linking these with ability to cope with stress
  6. evidence of team work, leadership skills, communication skills, acceptance of responsibility

You are then given an overall score, and candidates with the top 650 scores are invited to interview. For 2013 entry a score of 2600 or above (the national average) was required to meet the minimum requirement

Good personal statement Low/average UKCAT score
Southampton Southampton's admission policies have changed significantly for 2014 entry - see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/undergraduate/courses.page. The main changes are that they will interview students before making offers, and UKCAT score will be a major factor when deciding who to interview. For 2014 entry, the UKCAT score cut-off will be 2500 (SJT is not considered). For BM4 and BM5, Southampton will then rank applicants by UKCAT score and a certain percentage will be invited to a selection day, which will likely include an interview and group task. Strong UKCAT score Low/average UKCAT score
St Andrews St Andrews place the following weightings on the different areas of an application:
  1. 50% Academic: competitive standards are 8 As at GCSE and predicted/achieved grades of A*AA (AAAAB at Higher and at least 2 A grade predictions for S6 study for Scottish applicants). Those with achieved grades will score higher, giving re-applicants an advantage.
  2. 15% UKCAT: a cut-off score is operated, based on the international average (usually around 615-625). The UKCAT is also used alongside all other data to rank applicants after interview, where the average UKCAT score for successful applicants for 2012 entry was 675.
  3. 15% Personal statement and reference.
  4. 20% Interview.
Excellent academics, especially if already achieved UKCAT score below 625 average.
St George's Since SGUL assess all non-academic qualities at interview, satisfying the following criteria will guarantee you an invite to interview:
  1. You must have a score of at least 416 points from your top eight GCSEs, including English Language, Maths, and Dual Award/all three sciences. The points assigned to each grade are as follows: A*=58, A=52, B=46, C=40, D=34, E=28.
  2. Meet a UKCAT score cut-off, which was 625 average for 2012 entry.
  3. Have predictions of AAA at A Level (you may be allowed lower predictions if your school is poor-performing. See this document.)
  4. Have a fourth AS Level at grade B or higher.
Good academics
UCL Candidates will be selected for interview using the following indicators:
  1. Predicted and achieved grades: GCSEs and AS Levels will be used to gauge prospective medics, where a strong performance in AS chemistry and biology is expected.
  2. BMAT performance: scores lower than the average in any section is likely to lead to an unsuccessful application. High scores in any or all sections will boost the strength of an application. For 2014 application, the average applicant BMAT scores were 4.8, 4.9, 3.2A in each section respectively.
  3. Personal statement and reference.
Excellent AS grades + BMAT scores

Graduate Entry

Medical School Admissions Policy Top strength When to avoid applying
Barts and the London Once candidates have met the minimum academic criteria (2.1 Science/Health degree plus Chem & Bio either at degree level or B grade at AS/A2), they are ranked by UKCAT score. The top 200 are invited to interview. UKCAT Low UKCAT score
Birmingham In deciding who to interview, academic excellence is not the only criterion. It is equally important to be able to demonstrate that you are well-motivated towards a career in medicine especially through volunteering and/or work experience. In addition, we want to ensure that you possess other qualities required of a potential doctor. Therefore, extracurricular involvement is important in addition to the work experience. Evidence of on-going activities involving significant interactions with a broad range of people in a responsible capacity is a relevant aspect. 1st class degree
Bristol Excellent A level grades
Cambridge Cambridge are looking for candidates with a scientific mind, though will accept any degree title.
Imperial Interview offers will be based on the content of your application and your performance in the UKCAT. UKCAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate UKCAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. As a result, the absolute UKCAT cut-off changes each year. However, the UKCAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide. For 2012 entry, a minimum score of 640 in each of the following sections was required: Quantitative Reasoning; Decision Analysis; Verbal Reasoning; Abstract Reasoning High UKCAT score
King's College London Updated for 2015 entry.

Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. Normally, candidates are selected from those with scores within the top 25-30% of the applicant pool. Within this group, all indicators are then considered for a final selection of around 160-180 interviewees.

High UKCAT score
Leicester Updated for 2015 entry

The last intake is for 2015. GCSE's, A levels, Degrees and UKCAT to give each applicant a score and then they interview the top scorers.

Paid experience in a caring role
LiverpoolThe A101 medical course has been developed specifically for students who have already (at the time of application) obtained at least a good 2:1 degree in a Biomedical/Health Science subject plus a minimum of BBB at A level (see specific requirements above). GCSEs in nine separate subject areas at a minimum of grade C: attained by the end of Year 11 and at least a score of 15 points or better (where A*/A = 2; B = 1) from the nine and including: Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics (all at least grade B) will usually be required. A minimum of 12 points may be considered but individuals offering< 15 points at GCSE will be expected to show exceptional attainment in post GCSE qualifications. Healthcare experience is also a prerequisite.

Interviews and offers for a place on A101 are made on a competitive basis and both the academic and non-academic criteria will be independently ranked prior to offers being made to the most competitive candidates.

Already achieved degree Poor GCSEs
Newcastle Updated for 2015 entry

GCSEs, A levels and Masters are all ignored. The UKCAT is used alongside academic and non-academic factors.

High UKCAT score
  1. Academic ability. This is an intensive and academically-oriented course, and you will have to show that you will be able to cope with it. We accept that some excellent students are "late developers", and so we will not insist on excellent A-levels or an outstanding first degree result (though we would normally expect two science A-levels and a 2:i or better, or a GPA above 3.5); but we do need to see some hard evidence of real academic strength. This course has a very strong academic and scientific emphasis; we need to be sure that we are selecting students who are academically in the top flight. We shall look for: scholastic excellence (in the broadest sense); evidence of originality of thought or initiative; good comprehension and verbal reasoning; an ability to present ideas clearly in writing; an ability to handle and interpret quantitative data; an ability to think analytically.
  2. Commitment to medicine. Different people have different ways to show commitment, but medicine is emotionally and academically demanding, and you will need to be sure that it is what you want to do. We will want to be convinced that you are. We shall look for: a clear commitment to medicine, and a realistic attitude to the subject; interest in, and curiosity about, the scientific basis of medicine.
  3. Personal suitability for medicine, and for the four-year course. Medicine is a very broad subject, and there is room for many different types of personality; but it is always necessary to show an ability to listen and to communicate, and to be able to win the trust of your colleagues and patients. A mature and professional attitude to work and to other people will be essential. Specifically we shall look for: evidence of self-motivation and an ability to organize life and work; ability to develop good relationships with other people; a high level of communication skills, with an interest in and an ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds; personal integrity; stability of character; leadership potential; concern for the welfare of others.
Southampton In addition to academic entry requirements, the selectors will look at your UCAS personal statement and reference for evidence of non-academic criteria.

You will be asked to demonstrate that you:

  1. are self-motivated and have initiative
  2. are literate and articulate
  3. are able to interact successfully with others
  4. have learnt from your experiences of interacting with people in health or social care settings - this may draw on what you have learnt from your own life experiences (e.g. friends and family), or from more formalised activity (e.g. paid or voluntary work, or work shadowing)
St George's Achieved high GAMSAT
Swansea Selection is based upon three main factors:
  1. assessment of your UCAS application form, which includes your academic achievements, personal statement and academic referee’s report
  2. your GAMSAT score
  3. performance at interview
Warwick Shortlisting of applications to attend a Selection Centre is based upon the UCAS form and the UKCAT score.

Foundation Year and Access Courses

Medical School Admissions Policy When to avoid applying

- Select applicants on the basis of the UCAS form and then interview approximately the top 20% of applicants.

- If you have studied chemistry to A2 standard in combination with an additional laboratory-based science subject

- If you have not achieved AAA at A2 level at the same sitting, at the first attempt and completed in two years

- If you do not like traditional medical courses

CardiffThere are three stages to the selection process:

1) Academic Requirements - consists of screening applications according to whether they meet the minimum academic requirements . The remaining applications will be ranked according to their overall prior academic qualifications. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements will procede to the next stage: it will depend on their ranking

2)Non-Academic Requirements - applicants are then assessed according to the information contained in their PS and the Reference given on the UCAS Application Form. Applications are reviewed and the following are assessed and scored: Medical motivation and awareness of the career; Caring ethos and a sense of social awareness; Sense of responsibility; Non-academic interests and personal achievements; Study skills; Reference

3) Interviews - are offered to applicants who achieve the highest positions according to their academic and non-academic rankings. A decision is made after the interview is determined by an applicant's overall ranking and the interview performance.

Applicants with more than one science A-level are not usually admitted
DundeeDundee will invite all applicants to complete an on-line survey to expedite the selection process with applications ranked on academic achievement and UKCAT score. The top 550 will be invited to select an interview time to suit them. Cycle information on non-academic achievements and references will not be considered until interview. Non-academic achievements will be discussed at interview and they may seek confirmation of these at their discretion. Avoid applying if you have Chemistry at A-Level
DurhamAdmissions decisions are to be based on professional judgement of applicants’ individual academic achievement, ability and potential, taking into account all of the information presented in applications and applying established entry criteria in a consistent manner.
East AngliaIf you have any useful information please post a thread in AAM, AAM Link. Do not apply if you're any of the following: an A level resit candidate, Graduate, Access to Higher Education Programmes, Pre Med Programmes, Foundation Degrees, Foundation Years, Nursing Diplomas, International or EU candidates.
KeeleThree stages: Stage 1- All applications are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirement and given an overall academic score. Stage 2 Admissions Tutors assess your UCAS application for information on the following areas: Understanding of the role of a doctor; Examples of regular hands-on caring work experience; Depth of experience in a role involving personal interaction; Reflection on what was learnt from these experiences; Initiative/enterprise; Work/life balance; Working in teams; Communication; Quality of written application. Stage 3 – Interviews
If you have applied for direct entry into medicine and have been unsuccessful
King's College LondonKCL are looking for the following when considering an applicant: Scholastic activities (Desirable); Community activities (Very Desirable); General activities/interests (Desirable); Work shadowing/observation (Desirable) and Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable)
ManchesterIf you have any useful information please post a thread in AAM, AAM Link.
NottinghamThe following areas of your application are scored:

1- Highest 6 GCSEs including chemistry, biology (or the science double award), maths and English language. 2 - Personal statement together with the referees statement. 3- Results of completed on-line questionnaire. 4- UKCAT test - each of the individual cognitive sub-components are scored. 5 - Eligibility criteria.

Scores are totalled and the applicants with the highest total scores are interviewed (50 applicants each year for the 10 places available.)

Do not apply if you were previously rejected after interview.
SheffieldIf you have any useful information please post a thread in AAM, AAM Link.
SouthamptonYou will be asked to demonstrate (in your PS and reference combined) that you:

1) are self-motivated and have initiative 2) are literate and articulate 3) are able to interact successfully with others 4) have learnt from your experiences of interacting with people in health or social care settings - this may draw on what you have learnt from your own life experiences (e.g. friends and family), or more formalised activity (e.g. paid or voluntary work, or work shadowing)

St George'sYou must meet all of the academic and non-academic requirements to be eligible.

You must also have work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field. A minimum of three years' work experience is required, demonstrating significant career progression, as well as evidence of formal post-16 study.

Do not apply if you have less than 3 years worth of work experience.

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