UCAT universities are the Medical Schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand that require you to sit the UCAT test. It’s important to understand how each 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 Universities Use UCAT Scores?

The approach to UCAT scores varies with each Med School. 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.


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UK UCAT Universities

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.

We checked with every UK university to find out how they’ll use your score. But as always – please check with each individual Medical School before you apply.

UniversityHow do they use your UCAT score?
University of AberdeenA minimum UCAT cut-off score is NOT used. You'll get an application score (between 1200 - 3600) based on the your overall performance compared with all other applicants. It's based on the total numerical result from the four subtests and the SJT will not be scored, but it may be used in offer-making when there are candidates with similar scores. For 2021 entry, the lowest score for interview invitation was 2370 for home students.
Anglia Ruskin UniversityNo minimum UCAT score. You'll be ranked by score and a certain number will be invited to an Interview Day, providing you also meet the main academic entry requirements. Applicants with an SJT score of Band 4 (lowest band) will not be invited for an interview for September 2020 entry onwards.
Aston UniversityThere is no specific UCAT minimum score and all four SJT bands are accepted. You'll get a score for your UCAT performance, which counts for 1/3 of the interview shortlisting process. Academic qualifications make up the remaining 2/3. The total possible range of UCAT scores are divided into equal deciles from 3600 to 1200 with points, in 0.5 gradations awarded.
University of BirminghamNo minimum UCAT cut off score. You'll get an overall score with UCAT representing 35% of it, academic criteria being 45% and contextual data making up the remaining 20%. Total UCAT scores (excluding SJT) will be separated into deciles and scored (i.e. the top 10% of applicants’ scores will be in the top decile). The maximum score is 4.0. For example, for 2018-19 applicants, the 10th decile was a score of 2950 and allocated a score of 4; 9th decile was a score of 2840 and allocated a score of 3.55 and so on.
University of BristolYour UCAT score has a 100% weighting, but there is no cut-off score. For 2020 entry, candidates who scored 2690 or above were invited to interview - but the threshold changes every year.
Cardiff UniversityNo minimum score for the UCAT, nut your UCAT score may be used as part of the assessment procedure or in borderline cases. No additional detail is given.
University of DundeeAt Dundee, there is no minimum cut-off score. Your UCAT score will be factored into the pre-interview rank alongside academic ability.
University of East AngliaUEA do not set a minimum cut-off score for the UCAT, but consider the component scores within the academic screening processes. They say "A high score is advantageous; however, a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration". Your score (excluding SJT) is used alongside your interview performance when deciding who to make an offer. For 2020 the lowest score of someone who got an interview was 1980.
Edge Hill UniversityApplicants who meet the minimum academic requirements will be ranked according to their UCAT scores. A UCAT threshold is then set up depending on the number of interviews that are to be held. The threshold varies on a year-by-year basis, as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those who apply in each cycle. Any candidate that scores within the band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected.
University of EdinburghBand 4 in JST isn't accepted. You'll be ranked into deciles and given a score, plus a score for your SJT band. These scores are added to your academic scores when shortlisting for interview.
University of ExeterYour UCAT score counts for 25% of the interview selection scores, and academic achievement counts for the other 75%.
University of GlasgowInterviews are allocated by UCAT score, assuming you meet all other requirements. SJT score isn't looked at. For 2020 entry the minimum score for interviews was 2620
Hull York Medical SchoolA number of points (out of 40) are awarded based upon total UCAT score - this is done once UCAT results are released in early November. UCAT scores will be considered in line with GCSE results (out of 30) as well as meeting academic requirements. Interviews are given out accordingly. Up to a maximum of 15 points are allocated depending on the Situational Judgement Test Band achieved.
Keele UniversityKeele has a cut-off score of 2280 and won't accept band 4 in SJT.
Kent and Medway Medical School For 2021 entry, KMMS had a cut-off score of 2470 and SJT band 3 or above. For 2022 this could be different - the details for this year haven't been shared.
King's College LondonAt King's, GCSE scores, predicted A-Level grades, the personal statement and reference all contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important. KCL does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test is also taken into account when the shortlisting process occurs.
University of LeicesterUCAT forms 50% of the pre-interview scoring system. If you have band 4 in SJT or score in the bottom two deciles, you'll be automatically rejected. For 2021 entry, that was a score of 2370. If you've met the grade requirements within two years of your GCSEs and have a UCAT score in the top 5 deciles, you'll get an invite to interview.
University of LiverpoolAt Liverpool, the UCAT is assessed alongside academic criteria. It is expected that applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test of the UCAT will not have their applications processed beyond the first stage. Of the remainder, only those applicants who meet or exceed their minimum academic criteria and who offer the most competitive overall UCAT scores will have their applications proceed to the second stage. The UCAT threshold is determined each year on a competitive basis.
University of ManchesterThey use a cut-off score but will rank applicants by score if it's a year with a high number of highly scoring candidates. SJT band 4 is automatically rejected. If you got band 3 you're welcome to apply, but they say that bands 1 & 2 are more likely to get you an interview if you meet the grade and UCAT thresholds.
To help identify talented students from all backgrounds, UCAT scores from UK/EU candidates who come from similar educational and socio-demographic backgrounds are considered against each other. Equal proportions of top scoring applicants from each group are then selected for interview. Scores that do not fall within the top third of national results will be treated as part of a holistic assessment, all information available will inform decisions (such as GCSEs, A-Level profiles, additional qualifications). 500-600 applicants are invited to interviews through this route.
University of NewcastleAt Newcastle, applications fulfilling the academic thresholds will then be assessed on their UCAT scores. The UCAT threshold may vary depending upon the competition to each programme. For 2021 entry the UCAT threshold was 2820.
University of NottinghamAt Nottingham, there is no UCAT threshold. To make sure that in most situations a few points higher or lower won't impact an application, Nottingham assigns their own points based on your score. From 2022 entry onward, VR scores get double points. You must score Band 3 or higher in SJT to be considered. Check their website for the breakdown of points.
Plymouth UniversityA cut-off score is used. For 2021 entry that was 2400.
Queen Mary University of LondonYour score and grades will be given a 50:50 weighting and you'll be ranked by combined performance. If you score below the third decile, you won't be invited to interview.
Queen's University BelfastAt QUB, you are awarded points for your UCAT score and this is used at stage one of the selection process. For 2022 entry you can view the points system on their website. SJT scores won't be used except to help decide on borderline applicants if necessary. It may be used for 2023 entry. Your UCAT score will be added to your grades score and if this meets the threshold, you'll be invited to interview.
University of SheffieldThe cut-off score for 2022 entry is 2430. SJT is considered for those invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).
University of SouthamptonAt Southampton, students are ranked by UCAT score and from there invited to a Selection Day, provided they also meet the academic criteria. The threshold score changes on a year-by-year basis. They do not currently use the Situational Judgement test.
University of St AndrewsAt St Andrews, the UCAT is used to rank for interviews (you must be within the top global 400 score) for the 2020 entry sitting of the test. In recent years the lowest UCAT score applicants have been in the region of 2400.
St George's, University of LondonYou'll be ranked by your UCAT score. The cut-off score for 2022 entry is 500 in each section, and the SJT band isn't used.
University of SunderlandScores must be within the top 8 deciles of the cohort admissions for the 2020 entry. Situational Judgement Test results should fall in the 1-3 band too.
University of WarwickFor the first round of selections, Warwick uses the UCAT verbal reasoning score as a prediction for success in particular examinations at medical school. Therefore for the first round of selection identifies those with a verbal reasoning score at or above the national mean for the cohort sitting the UCAT in the year of admission. Scores below the cohort average will be rejected. Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UCAT score, the higher your total UCAT scores the more points received. UCAT scores threshold vary on a year-by-year basis. For the 2019 entry, the lowest score applicants had was 2570.

UCAT ANZ Med Schools

A number of universities in Australia and New Zealand require you to sit the UCAT ANZ. These are:


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Where Should I Apply?

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.


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