Medical School Requirements
Considering medical school requirements strategically is one of the most important aspects of choosing a medical school. Your UCAS form only allows you to select four universities, so you must choose carefully.
It’s important not to miss out on a great medicine course because the entry requirements are too high, or you don’t have an A-Level in Chemistry. Make sure you check these thoroughly!
A good way of doing this is to use our medical school requirements comparison tool. This compares all medical school requirements of different universities in one table. Simple!
Which medical school requirements should I consider?
When beginning your application process, make sure to consider the following:
GCSE/IB subjects and grades
Does the university require certain GCSE subjects or grades? Some universities recommend certain subjects. Others have minimal requirements. Barts (Queen Mary, University of London) requires Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics at AAABBB or above. The University of Exeter only requires English Language at Grade B.
The same applies to IB grades. Buckingham, for example, requires Chemistry and Biology to be taken at higher level. Bristol requires 36 points overall with 18 at higher level, while Birmingham requires a minimum of 32 points.
A-Level subjects and grades
Do you have the correct A-Levels and grades? Most universities will require an A-Level in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Some may require specific grades. For example, the University of Aberdeen requires Chemistry, and one subject from Biology/Human Biology/Maths/Physics. However, Exeter requires Chemistry and Biology at Grade A. Don’t waste a UCAS form choice on a course that requires an A-Level you don’t have!
Is a UKCAT score required? UKCAT is used differently by each medical school. Generally speaking, medical school requirements vary across universities. Some do not use the UKCAT in their admissions procedure. Others look at the average score as part of an overall application. Some rank applications using a UKCAT score and invite the best scorers to interview.
For example, Cambridge does not require a UKCAT. King’s College London, however, operates using a rough guideline score each year (last year, this was 630 and in 2014, 735). It’s important to know which of these your four choices fall into!
If your choice does require a UKCAT, make sure you know when registration opens and ends. Don’t forget to book your place on the test!
Does the university require a BMAT score? This is another important element of assessing medical school requirements.
The BMAT is currently used by the following UK universities: University of Oxford, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, University College London, Royal Veterinary College, Lancaster University, Imperial College London and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
If you are applying to one of these universities, make sure you register for the test! Last year, Brighton and Sussex invited applicants who scored 15.1 or higher in the BMAT for interview. The cut-off score varies from year to year.
How can I check medical school requirements easily?
You can visit each individual university site to check their medicine entry requirements. This may work well if you are investigating specific courses.
If you’re looking to compare entry requirements for different universities, try our medical school requirements comparison tool. This tool compiles all requirements of different universities into a table.
It compares GCSEs, IB, A-Levels, UKCAT and BMAT requirements, as well as information on interview formats and course structure.