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GCSE Requirements for Medicine

Wondering what the GCSE requirements for Medicine are? This page will guide you through GCSE entry requirements, including subjects and grades, for different medical schools.

What Are Each University’s GCSE Requirements for Medicine?

Below is a table of different medical schools in the UK and their GCSE requirements for Medicine, including subject and grade requirements.

Please note that while we have tried to ensure that this information is kept as up to date as possible, entry requirements are subject to change. If you have any questions about GCSE entry requirements for Medicine, we suggest contacting the universities themselves.

UniversityGCSE Requirements
AberdeenA combination of Grade A and B passes at GCSE is expected, especially in science subjects. Grade C Passes in English and Maths are required. Biology is recommended; Physics is recommended (or Dual Award Science).
Barts (Queen Mary, University of London)Grades AAABBB (777666 for GSCEs taken from 2015) or above (in any order). Subjects to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
BirminghamEnglish, Maths and Science at grade
A is essential.
Brighton and SussexWe require all applicants to have obtained grade B or above in Maths and English Language or English Literature.
BristolMinimum five GCSEs at grade A to include Mathematics, English Language and two science subjects.
CambridgeGrade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) Double Award Science and Mathematics. Two single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science.
CardiffEnglish Language/Welsh 1st Language to grade B; Mathematics to grade B; Science - either AA in Science and Additional Science (formerly Double Award Science) or equivalent, or AAB in Chemistry, Physics and Biology in any order. Or, AAB in Core Science, Additional Science, and further Additional Science as a triple science combination, in any order. Other subjects not stated above, to make a total of nine, at a minimum of grade B.
DundeeGCSE grades A-C.
Edinburgh Grade B in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics. Double Award combined sciences or equivalent at Grade BB may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science will not be accepted.
ExeterGCSE English and Maths to grade C.
GlasgowA GCSE pass in English at 6 or above or Grade B is required.
Hull YorkUnspecified
Keele5As; maths, English & science GCSEs at a minimum of grade B. Science/core science (including AQA Science A or Science B) plus additional science is acceptable as an alternative to biology, chemistry and physics. Applied Science not acceptable.
King'sGCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.
LeedsAt least 6 grade Bs including English and Maths, and either Dual Science or Chemistry and Biology.
LeicesterYou must have achieved at least a grade C in English Language, Mathematics, and 2 sciences, including Chemistry, or Double Science. They do not specify a minimum number of A* grades at GCSE.
LiverpoolGCSEs in 9 separate subject areas: Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics (all at least grade B).
ManchesterYou must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade C at GCSE or AS.
NewcastleIf only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A or AS level, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A or 7 (or Dual Award Science grade A or 7).
NorwichWe require six GCSE passes at grade A to include English, Mathematics and two Science subjects. If the applicant has achieved a grade A in English Literature, then they must also have a minimum grade B in English Language. They do not accept GCSE General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship Studies.
NottinghamAt least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science. (Applied Science is not accepted); GCSE grade B in English and maths.
OxfordNo formal GCSE requirements.
PlymouthApplicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C which must include English language, mathematics and either GCSE single and additional science or GCSE biology and chemistry.
Queen'sMathematics, English and Physics (or Double Award Science) are required if not
offered at AS or A-level.
SheffieldYou should have at least eight GCSE subjects at grades A*- C. Of these, you must have six A grades in GCSE subjects that have been taken in one sitting. GCSE passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English and the Sciences (which may be dual awards). Acceptable science GCSEs include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sciences (dual awards)
SouthamptonA minimum of five GCSEs at grades C or above, including mathematics, English language and double award science.
St AndrewsIf Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at Advanced (A2) or AS Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better. Dual award Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Biology.
UCLEnglish Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required.

Which GCSE Subjects are Required by Universities?

Medical schools require GCSE Maths, English and Sciences, and most require them at a minimum grade B. However, most medical schools stress that these requirements are minimum and most successful candidates will score As and A*s at GCSE.

Many medical schools also have specific requirements for science subjects, so make sure to check these on the individual medical school’s website. For example, some universities, like Cardiff, require either grades AA in Science and Additional Science (formerly Double Award Science) or equivalent, or AAB in Chemistry, Physics and Biology in any order. However, Edinburgh state that Additional Applied Science and Applied Science will not be accepted – make sure you know the GCSE requirements of each school so you can choose your subjects wisely.

As competition for medical school is highly competitive, it’s important to achieve the best results you can at GCSE. Not least because it will indicate which A-Levels you choose, but also because many medical schools look at your GCSE grades as the academic basis for interview, so make sure you work hard to the best of your ability!

Looking to Choose Your A-Levels?

You might find it useful to visit our pages on What A-Levels do you Need To Be A Doctor? and How To Choose Your A-Levels for Medicine for information on which subjects to choose – and those to avoid.

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