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Medical Schools & AS Levels For 2017 Entry

How will Linear A Levels affect your medical school application? With the new Linear A level system coming into place soon, there has been a lot of confusion as to how each medical school will assess candidates with different qualifications. The table below outlines whether or not each university will consider AS levels for 2016/2017 applications, and if so, what the entry requirements will be.

Please note, this information is subject to change. If you are unsure about any information in the table, don’t hesitate to double check with the appropriate medical school admissions offices. 

Medical SchoolAS levels taken into account for 2017 entry?
AberdeenNo
BartsIf Linear A levels are taken, you need AAA. If Modular A levels are taken, you need to have a 4th AS to at least grade B.
BirminghamNo
Brighton & SussexNo
BristolNo
CambridgeFor Linear A-Levels: A*A*A.
CardiffUnlikely (awaiting finalisation policy)
DundeeRecommend taking 4th AS level. It would be 'advantageous' to take a 4th AS level if offered. AS level must be attained at grade A.
DurhamNo
EdinburghFor Linear A levels: Chemistry & Biology must be taken to A level. If Modular A levelts are taken, one of Chemistry or Biology must be taken to A2, & the other to AS level with grade A. If your school offers AS levels, you must take a 4th AS level subject.
ExeterNo
GlasgowFor Linear A levels, Chemistry & Biology must be taken to A level. If Modular A levels are taken, one of Chemistry or Biology must be taken to A2, & the other to AS level with grade A.
Hull YorkNo
ImperialNo
KeeleNo
KCLIf Linear A levels taken, Chemistry & Biology must be taken at A level. If Modular A levels taken, one of Chemistry or Biology must be take to A2, with the other taken to AS. If your school offers AS levels, you must take a 4th AS level subject, and achieve at least a B grade.
LancasterRegardless of whether applicants have taken a 4th AS or EPQ or not, all applications will be considered on their own merits. A2/A level offers will range from AAAb - A*AA.
LeedsIf Linear A levels taken, scoring for interview selection will be based on GCSE results. If Modular A levels taken, scoring for interview selection will be based on AS results.
LeicesterIf Linear A levels taken, Chemistry & Biology must be taken to A Level. If Modular A levels taken, one of Chemistry or Biology must be at A2, and other up to AS.
LiverpoolNo
ManchesterIf your school offers AS levels, you must take a 4th AS level but you only need to pass it.
NewcastleNo
NorwichNo
NottinghamNo
OxfordNo
PlymouthNo
SouthamptonNo
Queens University BelfastIf Modular A levels taken, 3 A levels & a 4th AS level are required. If Linear A levels are taken, an EPQ will be accepted in place of a 4th AS level, or alternatively, a grade B in a 4th A level may be offered.
SheffieldNo
St. AndrewsNo (but if Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at Advanced (A2) or AS Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better).
St. George'sNo
SwanseaGraduate only
UCLNo
UCLantbc
WarwickGraduate only

Not sure what Linear A Levels are?

The Department for Education is reforming the current A level system. The ‘de-coupling’ of A Levels results in AS levels no longer counting towards final A level grades. Therefore, Linear A Levels are a two-year course with one set of exams at the end. AS levels will be a separate, stand-alone qualification.

However, some schools will still teach AS levels and encourage students to sit them alongside their first year of studying the A Level course. Some Medical Schools will count these extra AS level qualifications, and others will not. Please use the table above to see how each university will consider the A Level reform.

The reason behind the reform is apparently ‘grade inflation’. As a result of high numbers of students getting top grades, the new system is designed to make A Levels tougher by removing modules and coursework.

If you’d like to learn more about Linear A Levels, please see the Government’s website here.


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