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Entry requirements vary for different Medicine courses, but there are some key common factors – such as admissions tests and at least one A-Level science subject. Understanding the entry requirements will help you to choose a Medical School, because you’ll be able to shortlist the ones with criteria that you can realistically meet.

Do I Meet The Entry Requirements?

When you’re thinking about applying for Medical School, the first thing you should consider is whether you meet the basic entry requirements:

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Which Admissions Test Is Required?

Med Schools require you to sit either the UCAT or the BMAT as part of the admissions process. So you’ll need to sit one of these tests (or both) depending on which universities you want to apply for. To be extra-focused, you might want to apply for only UCAT universities or only BMAT universities.

If you sit the UCAT, you’ll know your UCAT score before you apply with your Med School choices – so you can use this to choose your Med Schools strategically. If you scored highly in the UCAT, you’ll probably want to shortlist Med Schools which rank candidates by score. Or if you didn’t perform as well as you’d hoped in the UCAT, you should focus on Med Schools which don’t place such an emphasis on the test – as long as you meet their minimum score requirements. Find out how different Med Schools judge UCAT scores.

If you sit the BMAT, you won’t get your BMAT score until the end of November, which is past the UCAS application deadline for Medicine. If you’re feeling confident about how you did in the test, you may want to apply to Med Schools which rank applicants by BMAT performance. Or if you’re feeling less confident about what your score might be, you can choose Med Schools which place less weighting on it. Find out how different Med Schools take BMAT scores into account.

How Can I Check Medical School Requirements?

The quickest way to check Medical School requirements is with our Med School Comparison Tool. It shows you the requirements for GCSE, A-Level, IB, Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers in an easy-to-read table, and lets you compare up to four Med Schools at a time.

You should also check university websites to get to know their criteria, as there could be more details or nuances to be aware of.

What If I Don’t Meet Medicine Entry Requirements?

If you don’t think you’ll meet the requirements for Medical School, some of your alternative options include:

  • Taking a gap year to bolster your application (e.g. with more work experience, more UCAT/BMAT preparation, etc) and re-applying to Medical School next year
  • Resitting A-Levels to improve your grades and re-applying next year (but make sure you consider that certain Med Schools won’t consider candidates who are resitting A-Levels)
  • Checking if you are eligible for any Foundation Medicine Courses
  • Doing a different degree course (e.g. Biomedical Science) with a view to applying for Graduate Entry Medicine later, after you’ve completed this degree
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