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 2021 entry the lowers score for interview invitation was 2,370 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. This UCAT university gives your score 100% weighting. For 2020 entry, applicants scoring above 2,690 were invited to interview.
- 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.” For 2020 entry the lowest score of someone who got an interview was 1,980.
- 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. You’ll be put into deciles and given a score that’s combined with your academic score. 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. This UCAT university doesn’t look at your SJT score but will allocate interviews based on UCAT performance.
- 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) 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 score is exactly half of the shortlisting process and if you get Band 4 or score in the bottom two deciles, you’ll be automatically rejected. If you meet the GCSE requirements and score in the top 5 deciles, you’ll get an interview invite.
- 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. This UCAT uni has a cut-off score and if it’s a high-scoring year then you’ll be ranked by your scores. Applicants are grouped into similar educational and socio-demographic backgrounds and assessed against each other. They say that people with Band 1 & 2 in SJT are most likely to get an 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 get 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.
- Queen’s University Belfast. You’ll get points for your UCAT score and SJT will be ignored except for deciding on borderline applicants.
- University of Sheffield. You have to meet a cut-off score (2,430 for 2022 entry) and SJT is considered as part of the interview assessment.
- University of Southampton. You’ll be ranked by your score but your SJT banding is ignored.
- University of St Andrews. This UCAT uni ranks you by score and you must be within the top global 400 scorers to get shortlisted.
- St George’s, University of London. You’ll be ranked by score and there is a cut-off, although SJT isn’t considered. For 2022 entry the cut-off was 500 in each subtest.
- University of Sunderland. You must be within the top 8 deciles and Band 3 or above to be considered.
- University of Warwick. If you score above the national mean in verbal reasoning, you’ll move to the next stage of shortlisting. You’ll then get points for your UCAT score, so the higher you score, the higher your chances of getting an interview. For 2019 entry the lowest score of an interviewee was 2,570.
We checked with every UK UCAT university website to research their shortlisting policy but as always – please check with each individual Medical School 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.