2020 Medicine entry summary

Details of Medicine entry requirements, taken from university websites in September 2019 for course entry in 2020. Course codes are A100 unless stated otherwise.

Always consult the University’s website for the most up to date information.

Applicants for undergraduate medical degree courses are usually required to pass specialist admissions tests to qualify for entry:

  • BMATOpens a new window (BioMedical Admissions Test)
  • UCATOpens a new window (University Clinical Aptitude Test, formerly UKCAT)

Key

- Restrictive requirements relating to Further Mathematics

Lower case letters denote AS grades.

Capital letters denote A level grades.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information AS level attainments currently do not form part of our academic requirements, as it is on A level achievement that any offer is made. AS module re-sits are permitted providing the final three A levels are undertaken simultaneously over two years of study.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A typical offer will be conditional upon achieving AAA at one sitting in three appropriate subjects at first attempt at A2.
References to A level entry criteria

Chemistry is required. One subject from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics is required. One further A level in most other subjects.

Combinations of Chemistry, Biology plus a non-science subject are as acceptable as all-science combinations.

No mention of A level Further Mathematics.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information AS grades will not be used for selection.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned
References to A level entry criteria

The standard offer is AAA. Applicants must be predicted AAB, including Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry. Three A level subjects must be taken in the final year of secondary school.

No mention of Further Mathematics.

Typical Grades AAA or AAB for those with ‘contextual data’
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned
References to A level entry criteria

Chemistry and Biology required. We do not specify the nature of the third A level subject and the majority of our applicants will choose to study Mathematics or Physics; however we strongly encourage applications from students who study humanities or the arts as we recognise their value in broadening academic horizons. It should be noted that General Studies is not acceptable at any level.

We welcome candidates who have successfully completed an Extended Project, recognising the effort that they have expended and the valuable skills and knowledge that they will have gained. However, the EPQ will not form part of any offers that we make.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned
References to A level entry criteria

AA in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Contextual offer: AAC including AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics or ABB including A in Chemistry and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

AS/A level Further Mathematics not specifically mentioned.

Typical Grades A*A*A
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned
References to A level entry criteria

A levels in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Most applicants have at least three science/maths A levels and some colleges require this and/or particular subjects. See college websites for details.

AS/A level Further Mathematics not specifically mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned
References to A level entry criteria

Students must offer three A2 level subjects which should include Chemistry and Biology. Applicants undertaking science A levels where a separate practical endorsement is reported will require a pass in this element.

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not acceptable at A2 level.

Typical Grades ABB-AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information We also require biology, mathematics and English at least to GCSE grade B / 6, if not studied at A level (A2). Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? The results should be from exams taken at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE.
References to A level entry criteria

Chemistry and another science (from Biology, Physics, or Mathematics) required. No preference for the third subject. General Studies at A level is not accepted.

AS/A level Further Mathematics not specifically mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information Grades must be achieved over 2 consecutive years. A level resits are only considered if a minimum of ABB/AAC or equivalent, is achieved in the first sitting over 2 consecutive years including the subjects as per our entry requirements. Applicants must be predicted and are expected to achieve at least one A* in any subject where less than an A was achieved previously.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting?

A level resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB/AAC is achieved in the first sitting over 2 consecutive years including the subjects as per our entry requirements and be predicted to achieve at least one A* in any subject where less than an A was achieved previously.

Please note: for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

References to A level entry criteria

Including Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Only A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered not both.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject. Those applying with resit qualifications will not be entered into the selection system unless under very exceptional circumstances (for which verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application).
References to A level entry criteria

Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics at grade A. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

A level Biology and Chemistry at grade A. General Studies is not included in any offer.

AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information AS level Biology at Grade A (if not at A level).
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria A level Chemistry mandatory plus either A level Mathematics or Physics or Biology. Biology and Human Biology are not considered as separate subjects at A level. A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are not considered as separate subjects.
Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Our typical offer is AAA obtained at A level in your first sitting.
References to A level entry criteria

Including Biology and Chemistry (with a pass in practical experiments for the reformed A levels completed in 2017 or later). For the third A level subject, we consider all subjects equally, including arts or humanities subjects.

We are unable to consider Mathematics and Further Maths, or Biology and Human Biology, as distinct subjects for the purposes of offering three distinct A level subjects.

If you are taking the EPQ alongside your A Levels, our offer is AABa. You will only be eligible to this offer if you choose Hull York Medical School as your firm choice in UCAS. This offer is not available if you are re-sitting A Levels or the EPQ.

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE Mathematics grade B/6 or above
  • Core Maths at B or above
  • AS level Mathematics grade B or above
Typical Grades

Minimum AAA

Typical A*AA

UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? The minimum entry requirements must be met in one examination sitting.
References to A level entry criteria

Minimum A in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. Typical offer A*AA includes A* in either Biology or Chemistry. If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

AS/A level Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? We require a minimum of three A levels or equivalent to be completed within a two-year period. Applicants who have taken more than two years to complete three A levels or equivalent must apply after completion of these qualifications with the required achieved grades.
References to A level entry criteria

To include biology or chemistry plus another designated science subject (biology, chemistry, physics, maths/further maths/statistics) and a third academic subject. Any science A level (biology, chemistry, physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Only one subject from a combination of maths/further maths/statistics will be considered within the three A levels.

Typical Grades A*AA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry. If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA-AABb
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information

AAA if three subjects taken.

AABb including a 4th subject or EPQ.

Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Three subjects taken at one sitting. Lancaster Medical School will consider applications from applicants who have taken longer than two years to achieve the required grades at A level, if the applicant otherwise meets the GCSE criteria and the non-academic entry requirements. This includes those who have retaken Year 12, resat their A levels or taken additional subjects at A level after year 13.
References to A level entry criteria Including any two of Biology, Chemistry or Psychology. Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered.
Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

Including A level Chemistry or Biology. If Chemistry is not offered then Biology must be offered with either Physics or Maths at A level.

Certain combinations are not acceptable, typically:

  • Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology
  • Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage to those taking three. We do not rate A* as being higher than A, so we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information

Applicants who attain AAB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one subject. Applicants who attain ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with resits in two subjects if there was significant mitigation that the admissions tutors have accepted and agreed to in writing prior to application.

A-levels sat in year 12 will not form part of the pre-interview selection process, nor will EPQs, or 4th subject AS levels, except in the rare situation of a candidate being in a borderline group

Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Candidates must take three subjects in year 13 to show they can cope with the depth and breadth of study required. In addition, A-levels (or equivalent) must be obtained within two years of GCSE exams.
References to A level entry criteria

Including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology, but excluding General Studies. Our standard offer is AAA, although we will consider applicants with predicted or obtained A*AB provided they have at least an A in Chemistry or Biology.

If you study Mathematics and Further Mathematics, you may only count one of these grades towards your potential offer.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A levels in three subjects taken at one sitting, usually after 2 years of study.
References to A level entry criteria

To include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject. Alternatively A*AB also accepted but the A*A grades must include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Maths; and a B grade required in the third academic subject.

Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information We have no specific requirements at AS level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible, for example: studying four A level subjects; studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects; taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor.
References to A level entry criteria

To include Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology and one of the following subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology/Human Biology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics or Further Mathematics

A combination of three sciences is equally acceptable at A level. However, our offer will not include combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Mathematics and Further Mathematics together. Where the science offered includes a practical element that must also be passed.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information Once the academic criteria have been met, academic achievement is not considered further in subsequent parts of the application process e.g. additional A levels or A* results or additional GCSE results are not considered.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Applicants ideally should have achieved the necessary A level grades at the first attempt as an indicator that they will be able to manage the intensity of the course. Newcastle University recognises that sometimes circumstances mean that students underperform. As a result, we allow a subject to be repeated once if there is a genuine reason for having underperformed.
References to A level entry criteria

AAA excluding General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element.

AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA (or AAB contextualised offer)
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A levels must be taken within a two-year period.
References to A level entry criteria A level Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry at grade A (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately).
Typical Grades A*AA
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Three A level subjects to be taken in one academic year.
References to A level entry criteria Candidates are required to achieve at least a grade A in both A level Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. We expect you to have taken and passed any practical component in your chosen science subjects.
Typical Grades

A*AA-AAB

UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

Must include an A grade in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. Your third A level can be from any subject area including the humanities, languages, music, sport, science and the social sciences.

AS/A level Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades A*AA – A*AAb
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information For 2016, or earlier, results: A*AAb. Compulsory subjects. Two science A levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Both Chemistry and Biology at AS to a minimum of grade B.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A levels requirements must be achieved in one sitting over no longer than a 2 year period.
References to A level entry criteria

Entry from 2017: Includes Chemistry or Biology, and another science or maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Mathematics).

If A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered in the same sitting, Further Mathematics is acceptable at AS level only.

For candidates offering four A levels, two science and two non-science subjects, our normal offer is A*AAC (A grades required in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry) if all four subjects are pursued to A2 level and no AS levels have been cashed in.

Typical Grades AAAa or A*AA or A*AAb
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information See final column for details of offers including AS qualifications.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

AAA at A level + A in a fourth AS level subject including A level Chemistry plus at least one other A level from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If not offered at A level then Biology/Human Biology grade A as a 4th AS level or grade B as a 5th AS level. Grade A in the EPQ or a grade B in a 4th A level will be acceptable in lieu of the 4th AS level.

OR A*AA at A level including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.

OR A*AA at A-level including Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics + AS level Biology grade B.

Please also note that only one maths subject will be counted at A level (the other would be acceptable as the fourth AS level).

Typical Grades AAA or AAB + A*/A in EPQ
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information

There are no AS requirements for the A100 programme. Where an applicant holds AS levels, they will not be considered as part of the application.

We accept A Level resits. Any and all A Level resits must be taken in the same sitting and only one resit per A Level is permitted. We are unable to consider A Levels that have been taken early.

Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? The three A levels should be studied for no longer than two years and must all be taken in the same sitting.
References to A level entry criteria

To include Chemistry or Biology and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology/Human Biology or Psychology). The combination of Chemistry and Biology is acceptable.

We do not accept A level Further Mathematics. For applicants who take four A levels in a two year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we will accept the Mathematics A level, even if it is taken in Year 12, and irrespective of whether the A level is certificated in Year 12 or 13. It is expected that Chemistry or Biology and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) will be taken in Year 13.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information No specific AS information given.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? Not mentioned.
References to A level entry criteria

Including Chemistry and Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Typical Grades Standard entry grades: AAA. Minimum entry grades: AAB
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information Four A levels or a fourth subject at AS are not required and sitting a fourth A levels is of no advantage for admissions assessment.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A levels must be studied over a two-year period and completed in Year 13.
References to A level entry criteria

If not passed at AS or A-Level, applicants must have GCSE (B or 5) in Biology, Mathematics, and English.

Typical Grades AAA – A*AA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information Not mentioned.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? A levels must be completed within two years.
References to A level entry criteria

To include A level Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology.

AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics not mentioned.

Typical Grades AAA
UCAT/BMAT UCAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information

We accept A Level re-sits under certain circumstances:

  • Where an applicant has been awarded AAB, the applicant is only required to re-sit the B grade subject
  • Where an applicant has been awarded less than AAB, they are then required to re-sit all 3 A Levels in the same sitting in order to be considered
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? The primary admissions criteria which is being considered (eg A Levels) must have been completed within the past five years.
References to A level entry criteria

Including Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject. Any science A Level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement.

Only one subject from a combination of Maths or Further Maths or Statistics will be considered within the three A Levels.

Typical Grades A*AA
UCAT/BMAT BMAT
Criteria for AS qualifications, including re-sit information Not mentioned.
Do all A levels need to be taken in the same sitting? We require three A levels studied at the same time (which must be completed within two years). The examinations for the three A levels must be sat at the same time.
References to A level entry criteria

Chemistry and Biology must be studied at A level. The third subject is the student’s own choice and can be any subject other than General Studies or Critical Thinking.

We would expect any “extra” qualifications that an applicant has undertaken to be completed and passed.

AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics not mentioned.