There are over 40 universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand that require you to sit the UCAT test
. It’s important to understand how each of these UCAT university considers your UCAT score
so that you can be strategic with your application and boost your chances of getting into Med School
How Do UCAT Universities Use Scores?
The approach to scores varies with each UCAT university. Some will only shortlist candidates who meet a cut-off UCAT score, while others weight the score alongside other things like your Personal Statement or academic history.
The best way to understand how your UCAT score will be used is to check directly with the admissions team at each university.
But to give you a hand narrowing this down, we’ve extensively researched UCAT unis to bring you an overview of which ones require UCAT – and what they say about how your score will be used.
UCAT Universities In The UK
There are 30 Med Schools in the UK that require the UCAT as part of their admissions criteria. The few that don’t, require BMAT instead. The UCAT universities are:
- University of Aberdeen. They will combine your subtest scores and then give you an application score on how your performance compares with all other applicants. There is no cut-off score and for 2022 entry the lowest score for interview invitation was 2,440 for home students.
- Anglia Ruskin University. You need at least Band 3 in SJT. You’ll be ranked by score and the top-scorers will be invited for interview.
- Aston University. All SJT bands are accepted and your UCAT score counts for 1/3 of the shortlisting process. Your academic qualifications account for the remaining 2/3.
- University of Birmingham. UCAT represents 35% of your application score. Applicants are put into deciles and scored on UCAT performance.
- University of Bristol. The combined score from all subtests, with the exception of SJT, will be used to select applicants for interview. For 2022 entry, the UCAT threshold score to be invited to interview was 2870 for home applicants.
- Cardiff University. Your score may be used but they don’t give any details about how.
- University of Dundee. Your score will be used alongside academic ability, but they don’t outline how.
- University of East Anglia. This UCAT uni says: “a high score is advantageous; however, a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration.”
- Edge Hill University. You’ll be ranked by your score and the top-scorers will be interviewed. Anyone with Band 4 SJT will be automatically rejected.
- University of Edinburgh. Their UCAT cut-off score for 2023 entry applicants will be 2,470. You’ll be rejected if you get Band 4 in SJT.
- University of Exeter. UCAT counts for 25% of shortlisting with academic performance counting for 75%.
- University of Glasgow. Interviews are allocated accordingly by UCAT score for applicants who meet all other entry requirements. The range of scores they consider changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies.
- Hull York Medical School. You’ll get scored out of 40 for your UCAT score and out of 30 for your GCSE results. Up to 15 points are allocated for your SJT banding.
- Keele University. You have to meet a cut-off score (previously 2,280) and get at least Band 3 in SJT to be considered.
- Kent and Medway Medical School. You have to get at least Band 3 in SJT and meet the cut-off score (previously 2,470 in 2021-22) to be considered.
- King’s College London. This UCAT uni says your UCAT score and A-Level performance are the most important. They average out your score rather than look at individual subtest scores and they do take SJT bandings into account.
- University of Leicester. Your academic score is combined with a score based on your UCAT results. Your combined score will determine whether you are invited to interview. Applicants with Band 4 SJT will be automatically rejected.
- University of Liverpool. If you get Band 4 in SJT you’ll be rejected. Applicants with the most competitive UCAT scores will be shortlisted for interview.
- University of Manchester. The threshold will be based on the standard of scores that year. For 2021/22, it was 2,730. If you meet the UCAT threshold, as well as academic requirements, and you achieve Band 1 or 2 in SJT, you will likely be invited to interview.
- University of Newcastle. You’ll be assessed by your UCAT score and the threshold for interview in 2021 entry was 2,820.
- University of Nottingham. You’ll be given points for your score, with Verbal Reasoning getting double points – but you need at least Band 3 in SJT to be considered.
- Plymouth University. This UCAT university uses a cut-off score, which was 2,400 for 2021 entry.
- Queen Mary University of London. Your UCAT score is given equal weighting to your grades and you’ll be ranked by combined performance. For 2022, the lowest UCAT score for interview selection was 2,360.
- Queen’s University Belfast. UCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with a GCSE score to rank for interview.
- University of Sheffield. You have to meet a cut-off score and SJT is considered as part of the interview assessment. For 2022 entry, the cut-off score was 2,430.
- University of Southampton. Applicants will be ranked by UCAT score to determine who should be invited to a Selection Day. The threshold varies each year. The UCAT score is reviewed again alongside performance at Selection Days to determine who will receive an offer.
- University of St Andrews. This UCAT uni ranks you by score and you must be within the top 500 or so to get shortlisted for interview. In recent years, the lowest score for applicants invited to interview has been around 2,400.
- St George’s, University of London. You’ll be ranked by score and their standard requirement is 500 in each section. For 2022, the cut-off score was 2,710.
- University of Sunderland. You must be within the top 8 deciles and SJT Band 3 or above to be considered.
- University of Warwick. The UCAT score required to secure a place at their Selection Centre varies year on year. The first round of selection identifies those with a Verbal Reasoning score at or above the national mean for the cohort. For 2022 entry, the minimum VR score was 570. For 2021 entry, the minimum UCAT score for invitation to the Selection Centre was 2,670.
The above information is what UCAT universities are currently saying on their websites about the UCAT – but as always, please check individual university websites for the most up-to-date information before you apply.
UCAT Universities In ANZ
A number of universities in Australia and New Zealand require you to sit the UCAT ANZ. These are:
Which UCAT Unis Should I Apply To?
Luckily, you’ll get your UCAT results before the application deadline. This means you’ll know how your score compares to other applicants, so you’ll know whether you should apply to universities that require a high score or ones that place less emphasis on that one aspect of your application.
If you scored highly, it might be a good idea to apply to universities that place a lot of emphasis on the UCAT. Many of these have a UCAT cut-off score and rank their applicants this way; the higher your score, the higher your chance of getting an interview.
If you didn’t get the score you were hoping for, it’s a good idea to apply to universities that place more emphasis on other admissions criteria. Some Medical Schools put more weighting on school grades or personal statements. BMAT universities might also become more appealing in this instance.