Most Medical schools require GCSE Maths, English and Sciences, and some will accept a Grade 5 as a minimum. However, most Schools stress that successful candidates will score 7s, 8s and 9s at GCSE.
It’s important that you know the GCSE requirements of each school so you can choose your subjects wisely – or shortlist your choices to universities where you definitely meet their criteria. You can check our Medical School Comparison Tool to see a side-by-side overview of GCSE requirements – then you should check each university’s website for more detail.
We’ve researched the entry requirements for every Med School in the UK, and have discovered that:
See which Med Schools require certain subjects with the table below. You can sort it by subject, so you can see all that require Physics together, for example.
|Medical School||English Language||Maths||Chemistry||Biology||Physics||Double Science as substitute|
|University of Aberdeen||y||y||y||y||y|
|Anglia Ruskin University||y||y||Any two Sciences|
|Barts And The London School Of Medicine And Dentistry (QMUL)||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Birmingham||y||y||y||y||y|
|Brighton & Sussex Medical School||y||y|
|University of Bristol||y|
|The University of Buckingham||y|
|University of Cambridge||Not specified|
|University of Dundee||y||y||y|
|Edge Hill University||y||y||y||y||y|
|The University of Edinburgh||y|
|University of Exeter||y|
|University of Glasgow||y||y|
|Hull York Medical School||y||y|
|Imperial College London||y||y||y||y||y|
|Keele University||not specified|
|Kent And Medway Medical School||y||y|
|King's College London||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Leeds||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Leicester||y||y||y||y|
|The University of Liverpool||y||y||y|
|The University of Manchester||Not considered|
|Norwich Medical School (UEA)||y||y|
|University of Nottingham||y||y||y|
|university of oxford||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Plymouth||y||y||y|
|Queen's University Belfast||y||y||y|
|The University of Sheffield||Not specified|
|University of Southampton||y||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Sunderland||y||y||y||y||y|
|University of Central Lancashire||Not specified|
|University of Warwick||Not considered|
To see the GCSE grades required in each subject, use our Comparison Tool.
The GCSE grades required differs greatly by Medical School. One may simply state that you need to get a grade 7 in Maths or a 5 in English Language, while others are more detailed and will list the subjects and grade combination. For example, one Med School requires 777666 to be scored across Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Maths and other subjects.
You can see all this detail when you Compare Med Schools with our tool.
Our research shows that:
If you have really strong GCSEs, you’ll want to focus on the Med Schools that place a greater emphasis on these grades. For example, the University of Nottingham will score your GCSE grades and UCAT scores when shortlisting who to invite for an interview.
If you are less confident with your GCSEs, you may want to shortlist Med Schools that have less competitive GCSE requirements – or place more emphasis on A level requirements.
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