What are the Medicine Entry Requirements? – Read For Full Breakdown

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Medicine is a highly competitive course, latest reports recorded more than 10 applicants per place for medicine. Despite this, thousands of students succeed in their applications every year, and you can too! In this article we will take a look at the standard medicine entry requirements to help you decide how good your chances are for securing a place.

The purpose of this article is to act as a point of reference, it doesn’t contain the full details of each medical school requirement, so we recommend visiting the websites of individual medical schools for more information. Students applying to medicine have broadly three main choices; the A100 medicine programme, A101 graduate medicine programme or the A104 medicine with foundation year. Each choice has its own requirement and depending on the medical school might have additional medicine entry requirements.

Standard entry medicine (UCAS code: A100)

The standard A100 medicine course is usually five years long, but can be six. It can have different abbreviations, such as MBBS or MBChB, but all result in the bachelor’s degree in medicine.

Standard Entry Requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate: 37 points including chemistry and another science subject.
  • A-level: AAA including chemistry and one other science, such as maths, physics biology or psychology.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Graduate entry medicine (UCAS Code: A101)

The A101 course is open to application from those who already have a bachelor’s degree. Many universities require the previous degree to be health-related, but not all. It is an accelerated four-year degree in most cases, but in some universities,  it is a five-year course.

Standard Entry Requirements:

  • 2.1 and above in the previous degree
  • International Baccalaureate: 37 points.
  • A-level: AAA.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Medicine with a preliminary year (UCAS code: A104)

This A104 course takes the form of either a five-year Standard Medicine course with an additional year at the start, making a six-year course, or sometimes the preliminary year is taken as a stand-alone one-year course. It is also known as Medicine with a Foundation Year, or similar.

Standard Entry Requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points.
  • A-level: AAA or ABB
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Medicine with a gateway year (UCAS code: A108)

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become doctors but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to MB ChB Medicine. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criterias

Standard Entry Requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points.
  • A-level: BBC at A-level to include Chemistry. Grade B must be achieved in a science subject.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

In conclusion, make sure to visit medical school websites for more information on their medicine entry requirements. It’s not enough to have top grades – to secure a place you will need to prepare thoroughly, ensure that you have taken the right subjects, found work experience and be certain about why you want to be a doctor before getting to interview. Check out these recommended books for applying to Medicine to help with your application. Good luck!

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My name is Michael and I'm a Pharmacology graduate from the University of Manchester, I was able to improve my UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) score from 2400 to 2840 and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.