Medicine and Surgery MBChB

Key information

  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A100
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted in lieu of A levels
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Entry Requirements

Non graduates to the A100 programme will be expected to sit the UCAT admissions test. Graduates applying for the A100 programme must meet specific minimum criteria as defined in our guidelines and are required to sit GAMSAT. 

A level offerA (Chemistry); A (Biology); A (third academic A level)
Subject requirementsEvidence of excellent attainment in general and advanced secondary education:

GCSEs in nine separate subject areas: attained by the end of Year 11 and at least a score of 15 points or better (where A*/A = 2; B = 1) from the nine and including:

Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics (all at least grade B). Preference may be given to applicants with a higher GSCE score. Two points is the maximum score awarded in each subject area (e.g. Only one of Maths and Further Maths will be considered and 2 points at most will be available for Dual award GCSEs except for Dual Science for which up to 4 points may be awarded).

Short course GCSEs will at most receive half the points of a full GCSE but two short courses can be offered in place of a full GCSE.

A levels in three subjects taken at one sitting, usually after 2 years of study: at a minimum of AAA Chemistry and Biology are subject requirements at A2 level.

Invitation to interview is highly competitive and both academic and non-academic criteria inform the selection process.

Because of the competition, meeting the minimum academic and non-academic requirements does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to interview.

The Medical School reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending on a candidate’s application.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaNot acceptable in lieu of A levels
International Baccalaureate36 points to include 3 subjects at higher level; at least 6 and 6 in Biology and Chemistry and at least 6 in one other subject plus 3 further subjects at standard level, minimum of 5 points each
European Baccalaureate84% average with no less than 84% in both Chemistry and Biology
Irish Leaving CertificateSix Higher Level subjects must be offered at a single sitting (Grades of H1 in all six subjects and to include English Language, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths).
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAAAAB-AAAAA plus Biology (A) and Chemistry (A) at Advanced Higher
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedNot acceptable as third A-level.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaD3, D3, M1 acceptable in principal subjects with D3 in both Biology and Chemistry. M2 usually acceptable for Global Perspectives and Independent Research report. Up to two A levels at A grade may be substituted for Principal Subjects.
AQA BaccalaureateA (Chemistry); A (Biology); A (third A level).
EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
AccessSpecified Access to Medicine courses acceptable (see our Admissions page for more information).
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Work Experience Requirements

No formal work experience is specified but applicants will need to address our non-academic criteria and include the demonstration of healthcare career awareness/insight, a caring contribution to the community, a critical, coherent and informative approach to communication and the values that embody and underpin good healthcare practice.

EU Entry Requirements

EU Qualifications

Duty Of Care Requirements

Applicants to programmes in the School of Medicine should be aware that the professional body governing the practice of medicine (The General Medical Council) has specific requirements relating to the protection of both staff and patients. Students will be required to undertake an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, undergo an occupational health check and be tested for and/or immunised against a range of infectious diseases prior to patient contact. See the General Medical Council website and the archived Department of Health guidanace document.

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science