How to apply

Keele University School of Medicine is committed to graduating excellent clinicians. The admissions process is designed to select students with abilities and characteristics that indicate their potential to become excellent doctors.

We advise all those considering applying to check this website regularly for updates.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they meet academic and other requirements prior to applying. If we discover at a later date that you do not meet the entry criteria, your application will be cancelled, no matter how far through the process it has advanced.

Please note the following points regarding applications for 2020 entry:

Aptitude tests

  • All Home/EU applicants must take UCAT in the year of application and will also be required to submit a Roles & Responsibilities form during the last two weeks of October.
  • All applicants classed as overseas for fees* are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) instead of the UCAT. This will be used instead of the R&R form to select for interview.
  • Applicants with total UCAT scores in the lowest two deciles (i.e. in the bottom 20% of scores for the year) will not be considered. The UCAT cut-off score for 2020 entry will be 2280.
  • Anyone with a UCAT situational judgement test (SJT) score in Band 4 will not be considered.

* Please note that tuition fees for Overseas students starting in 2020 may increase significantly from the 2019 level. We advise potential applicants to check they are able to commit to paying these fees before application.

Where we are unsure of an applicant’s fees status they may be required to complete a fees assessment.

Re-application
Applications from students who have previously commenced study of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/science elsewhere will not be considered.

Admissions Overview
Keele University School of Medicine is committed to graduating excellent clinicians. The admissions process is designed to select students with abilities and characteristics that indicate their potential to become excellent doctors. All potential applicants should familiarise themselves with the principles of the NHS Constitution and the General Medical Council’s Duties of a Doctor. Applicants who cannot demonstrate commitment to the values encompassed within the NHS Constitution will not succeed in gaining a place.

Studying for the Keele MBChB will require you to demonstrate and develop the professional attitudes required for a future career in clinical practice as defined by the General Medical Council (GMC). You are required to treat your fellow students, academic and non-academic staff and the general public in a professional manner throughout the course of your studies. You will also need discipline to organise and self-direct your studies in keeping with our philosophy that learning is student-led.

Students must be aware that their behaviour outside the clinical environment, including in their personal lives, may have an impact on their fitness to practise. Their behaviour at all times must justify the trust the public places in the medical profession.

All Home/EU applicants will be required to submit a Roles & Responsibilities form shortly after the deadline for submission of UCAS applications. If you do not submit this form by the deadline your application will not be considered further. For more details see the Roles & Responsibilities Menu. Failure to meet any other deadlines for submission of documents during the selection process, or failure to respond to requests for additional information, may result in your application being cancelled.

Application routes
All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for submissions is 15th October 2019 for entry in September 2020 or deferred entry in September 2021.

We reserve the right to reject applications that are either incomplete or completed incorrectly. Applicants are reminded that they are required to declare all qualifications that have been completed, including those that were failed or achieved at low grades, in their UCAS application. If you are found to have withheld information on qualifications we shall cancel your application and inform UCAS.

UCAS operates a similarity detection service for personal statements. If we see evidence that parts of your personal statement have been copied, shared with other applicants or provided by a third party we shall cancel your application.

There are two programmes at Keele leading to the award of the MBChB degree. Your application should include the institution code for Keele University (K12) plus the appropriate course code:
A100 – the standard 5-year programme: there are 154 places available for Home/EU students in 2020; there were over 1,600 applications for up to 154 home places on this programme in 2019.
A104 – the 6-year programme with health foundation year (HFY): there were over 120 applications for up to 10 places on this programme in 2019. For 2020 entry this is becoming a widening access route.

To see how applications will be assessed, see The Selection Process section.

School of Medicine Admissions Policy 2020 Entry (for applications submitted in 2019 for entry in 2020 or deferred entry in 2021)
Introduction
Keele University School of Medicine seeks to train excellent clinicians with the ability to practise in any branch of medicine or surgery, and with the highest level of commitment to patient care and professionalism. The school provides both undergraduate (MBChB) and postgraduate (certificate, diploma, masters and doctoral level) programmes and works closely with the Science & Technology in Medicine and Primary Care & Health Sciences research institutes to provide research-based teaching and extensive opportunities for intercalated research degrees and postgraduate research. The MBChB programme has a strong emphasis on acquisition of knowledge and skills that will prepare graduates fully for their future roles as scholar & scientist, practitioner and professional, as defined by the GMC in Outcomes for Graduates. A high level of integration throughout the programme ensures that students develop a thorough understanding of how biological, behavioural and social sciences underpin and inform medical practice and professional development, as well as how problems encountered in practice and profession drive further learning.

Principles of selection
The aim of our selection processes is to recruit students with the greatest potential to graduate as excellent clinicians. The medical school admissions team is tasked with selecting those applicants with the potential to be the best doctors, not simply those with the highest levels of prior academic attainment. We are guided by current thinking on what makes a good doctor: for example the Role of the Doctor Consensus Statement, revised in 2014, outlines the unique combination of attributes and abilities doctors require. Keele University School of Medicine recognises the importance of a transparent and valid selection process, avoiding discrimination of any kind, and seeks to apply the Medical Schools Council’s Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students, revised in 2010. The selection process leading up to the offer of a place on the MBChB programme operates entirely independently of any fitness to practise or fitness for study considerations. Only when an applicant has reached the stage of qualifying for the offer of a place will issues relating to health, disability or criminal record be taken into account. In common with all organisations within and funded by the NHS, Keele University School of Medicine adheres to the principles of values-based recruitment and will assess applicants for appropriate values throughout the student selection process.

When taking the decision to embark on a career in medicine it is advisable to consider the range of different careers within the medical profession, and the education and training these involve. The majority of UK graduates will go on to work as hospital doctors or in primary care for the NHS. Significantly, up to 50% of all UK medical graduates become general practitioners, providing comprehensive health care for the local community. There is a broad spectrum of careers across medical, surgical and other specialties, and it should be noted that while many of these specialties have historically been hospital-based, healthcare is moving towards a more community-centred model of delivery; consequently, doctors will increasingly be expected to deliver healthcare in a range of settings. It is important, therefore, that we recruit students with the potential to develop into the variety of different kinds of doctor who will be needed in the next generation.

Selection process
For more details see the drop-down menu.

General requirements for 2020 entry

  • The standard offer for school-leavers will be 3 A levels at grades AAA.
  • Requirements for other level-3 qualifications and all other detailed requirements are specified under the A100 or A104 tab.
  • GCSE requirements should be met before applying.
  • Re-sits: We will not normally consider applications from anybody who is currently in the third, or later, year of study for A levels, AS levels or other level-3 qualifications required for entry. If you are re-sitting your A levels, or have taken more than two years to complete them, you must wait until you have your final grades before applying, i.e. you will not be eligible to apply before the 2020 entry round. We will, however, consider a candidate who has already achieved the required grades but is taking additional subjects. For example, an applicant with achieved grades of AAA but with only one science would be considered if currently taking an additional science A level.
  • We will not consider any applicant who is currently studying at university and due to graduate with an honours degree later than August 2020.
  • We will not consider any applicant who has been excluded from another university course on academic, disciplinary or fitness-to-practise grounds, or who is in breach of financial or other obligations to another university.
  • We will not accept requests to transfer from other degree programmes and will not accept applications to enter our programme at any level from students who have already commenced study of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/science elsewhere, regardless of the reasons for their failure to complete the previous programme. This includes students who have commenced study in other countries and wish to relocate to the UK.


The Medical Schools Council, Dental Schools Council and Pharmacy Schools Council maintain a database of students who have been excluded from medicine, dentistry and pharmacy degree programmes on fitness-to-practise grounds. This database may be accessed by two named individuals within the School of Medicine, of whom the Director of Admissions is one. Applicants will be checked against this database to ensure that students already judged unfit to practise are not considered for entry.

The A100 and A104 sections detail the minimum academic entry requirements for each programme. Any offer of a place will be conditional on fulfilment of these requirements. Please note, however, that fulfilment of the academic requirements alone is not sufficient to qualify for selection for interview. All applicants must submit full personal statements, references and the Roles & Responsibilities form. International students should check the International pages.

Applicants with qualifications from other countries will be assessed on a case-by-case basis but must have appropriate English, mathematics and science qualifications as outlined in the A100 and A104 tabs and the International pages. Equivalences to English, Welsh and Northern Irish qualifications will usually be decided on the basis of tables published by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).

Candidates are assessed on the information provided in the UCAS application, the Roles & Responsibilities form (BMAT for International applicants) and the interview. Any significant personal extenuating circumstances accounting for a non-standard academic record, e.g. more than two years between beginning and completing A levels – should be declared in writing prior to application so that we can advise on whether your application will be considered. These details must also be declared in the reference and in the “exceptional circumstances” section of the R&R form. If these circumstances might qualify to be taken into consideration we shall contact the applicant’s school, college or university to request supporting evidence [see Reference tab].

The UCAS form must be completed fully and accurately. If a qualification is not declared in the UCAS application we will conclude that it has not been taken. If any discrepancy is found between the grades stated in the UCAS application and those stated on certificates, the application will be rejected and UCAS will be notified of the discrepancy. Any offer made will be conditional upon achieving specified grades in the qualifications declared as being undertaken at the time of application. Candidates may not change the qualifications they are undertaking without notifying UCAS and gaining permission from the School of Medicine.

Admissions/aptitude tests
UCAT
All home/EU applicants for courses A100 and A104 must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year of application (ie in 2019 for 2020 entry or deferred entry in 2021). Details of the test, along with fully timed practice tests, are available on their website. Please note the test dates and ensure that you are able to complete the test within the range of dates. Allowances will not normally be made for inability to take the test (or poor performance) owing to illness, family circumstances, etc., if it would have been possible for you to take the test on an alternative date. Please note that you cannot take the test more than once in a single calendar year.

If you require extra time for the test owing to a specific disability (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia or working memory deficit) candidates must apply the UCAT office for approval to sit the UCATSEN.

If you have taken this version of the test you must provide us with a report from a licensed medical practitioner or registered educational psychologist, signed and dated within the last three years, that shows your eligibility for the extra time provision. This will be requested if you are invited for interview. Any student who has taken the UCATSEN but cannot provide the required evidence of eligibility will be barred from receiving an offer. UCAT also offers a test with 50% extra time (UCATSEN 50): this must be registered for specifically and evidence of eligibility must be presented to UCAT before the test is taken.

Please note that UCAT no longer operates a procedure for general exemption from the test. All applicants are expected to take it. If you believe that it is impossible for you to take the test for geographical/political or health reasons you must contact the School of Medicine before applying to request consideration without a UCAT score. Such requests are unlikely to be granted in any but the most extreme circumstances and exemptions will not be granted retrospectively after an application has been submitted.

Bursaries are available to cover the test fee for applicants from less well-off families. Please check the UCAT web site for details.

UCAT is not a test of knowledge. It is a test of cognitive abilities in the areas of verbal, numerical, abstract and interpretative reasoning. For this reason, it is not possible to prepare specifically for the questions that will come up in the test, although preparation is required to enable a sufficient number of questions to be answered under time pressure. Neither UCAT nor Keele University endorse or recommend any commercially available test preparation materials or courses. We would however encourage candidates to take the timed practice tests on the UCAT website to get used to the style of questions and to prepare for the time pressure of the test.

UCAT have created a new video aimed at helping candidates to prepare for the UCAT.
UCAT Preparation Plan in Youtube


- For 2016 entry, the threshold was 2,330. we did not consider pplicants with total UCAT scores in the lowest two deciles.
- For 2017 entry the threshold was 1,730 due to changes in the composition of the test; we did not consider anyone with a situational judgement test (SJT) score in Band 4.
- For 2018 entry the threshold was 2,340; we did not consider anyone with an SJT score in Band 4.
- For 2019 entry, the threshold was 2280. We did not consider anyone with an SJT score in Band 4.

BMAT
All applicants classed as overseas for fees must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application (i.e. in 2019 for 2020 entry or deferred entry in 2021). Details of the test, along with fully timed practice tests, are available on their website. At present we are unable to state threshold scores for this test. However, we shall take into account marks from all three sections of the BMAT, including both the content and quality of English scores for section 3.

English Language Requirements
All UK applicants must have completed an English language qualification that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE (minimum grade B/6) and Level 1/2 Certificate (grade B) but not functional skills qualifications.

The multiple mini-interview includes assessment of the ability to use and comprehend spoken English. Applicants who have performed poorly in speaking & listening assessments within their English language qualifications should consider carefully whether they are likely to be able to meet the requirements of the interview.

Applicants from other countries who do not offer GCSE English Language at the required grade must have one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component taken at the same sitting
  • Grade C1 (Advanced) or C2 (Proficiency) in the Cambridge English Assessments system (https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/)
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23 and listening 25
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) minimum overall score of 65 with a minimum of 65 in each communicative skill
  • Grade B in International GCSE (IGCSE) First Language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in Paper 5 (optional speaking & listening component)
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B


Conditions of entry to the programme
Owing to the requirement to attend placements off campus from an early stage in the programme, students should have reached the age of 18 before commencing the A100 course or by 1 October of the year in which they start the course. Successful applicants who are too young to join the course will be made a deferred offer for the following academic year.

Graduation
Please note that entry to the degree programme does not guarantee graduation. Furthermore, graduation is only the first stage in acquiring the right to practise as a doctor in the UK. The following statement was issued by the Medical Schools Council in May 2017:

"At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC), subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time-limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1,125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.
All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK."


Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time. There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an BMBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (the MLA) from 2022 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Medicine, along with some other university courses, is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants will therefore be required to apply through the university for an enhanced-level disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Following a ruling in 2013 by the Court of Appeal, the offences that will show up on this disclosure have changed from those previously appearing on a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure. Applicants should find out whether any convictions or cautions they have received will appear. Applicants must bring photographic identification to interview so that their identity can be confirmed for the purposes of DBS applications. Failure to supply photographic evidence on the day of the interview will result in your being required to re-visit the university to present this identity documentation at a later date.

Any offence on an applicant’s DBS disclosure must be discussed with a pre-admission fitness to practise panel prior to the confirmation of the offer of a place. It is in applicants’ own interest to declare any offences to the School of Medicine at the earliest possible opportunity in order to avoid multiple visits to the university. In the event that significant issues are identified by the panel, applicants may be referred to a full meeting of the School of Medicine’s Health & Conduct Committee to determine whether the application should continue to be considered.
The university follows the DBS code of practice in these issues and can provide a copy of this code on request. The University also has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which will be made available to you should you wish to apply. Please note that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a place on this course. However, deliberately withholding relevant details is likely to result in withdrawal of the offer of a place.

The school reserves the right to ask for further information about any criminal offence on an applicant’s record. It may not be appropriate for the school to adopt a blanket position refusing to consider an applicant outright; that is potentially unfair and discriminatory. However, once detailed circumstances are known, an application can be judged against faculty-wide student fitness to practise criteria that would apply once a student is admitted to the school. These have recently been formulated and are thought to be fully compliant with the law and with professional regulatory standards. They include public interest arguments (e.g. relating to child protection and sex offences) whereby a student could be considered a risk to patients and/or the public (including students and staff). This policy document stands as a university-wide position.

More information about fitness to practise can be found on the GMC’s website, where you can view the page on Medical Students – Professional Values and Fitness to Practise

Students with Disabilities Applying for Medicine
If you have a disability and are thinking of applying to Keele School of Medicine, please contact the Admissions Manager for further advice prior to submitting your UCAS application, so that individual circumstances may be considered and support can be given. Applicants are advised to declare any special needs on the UCAS application form. Applications will then be considered in the usual way.

Keele University welcomes applications from disabled students and strives to provide an appropriate level of support to meet known individual needs. The University is committed to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and any guidance issued by the Medical Schools Council (Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students, 2010) and the General Medical Council (GMC). We consider applications against the usual academic criteria. However we also take into account any limitations in accordance with the General Medical Council's fitness to practise requirement that students must meet the standards of competence, care and conduct as laid out in the GMC Good Medical Practice guide (2013). Anyone with a disability wishing to enter medical school is advised to read and reflect on this document.

If an application is of a sufficiently good standard, applicants will be invited to attend for interview. No candidate will be offered a place without interview. Applicants indicating a specific disability on their UCAS form may wish to be considered for reasonable adjustments. Any adjustments for the interviews must be requested in writing in order to be considered by the Admissions office. Once on the course students requesting reasonable adjustments should contact the central University Student Services in the first instance.

Following an offer all successful applicants are sent a health questionnaire. If a health condition is declared the Occupational Health Unit may invite them to discuss how they manage their disability or condition and what coping strategies they have developed, so that a judgement can be reached regarding their fitness to practise. It is advised that all conditions are declared as failure to do so will be considered to demonstrate a lack of probity.

Applicants should be aware that whilst appropriate measures can be taken to accommodate particular needs to enable them to study effectively in the theoretical and classroom components of the course, clinical practice placements may require alternative arrangements. Once registered, all students with declared disabilities will be offered an appointment with the School Disability Link Officer or our Reasonable Adjustments Panel to discuss their needs.

The School of Medicine reviews all students' general progress regularly and will discuss with them any support issues related to their disability or condition. We operate a health and conduct committee. If it appears that their condition compromises safety in a clinical setting or that it is unlikely that they will be able to meet the fitness to practise requirements for registration with the GMC, then this will be discussed with them as soon as possible and appropriate guidance and support will be offered. This may result in a referral to the University's Fitness to Practise Committee, and possibly to them being unable to remain on their current programme.

The School of Medicine has an excellent Student Welfare Service which offers advice and support to students with disabilities.
The Disability Link Officer of the School is happy to discuss individual queries via the Admissions Office.

Exam Results & Re-marks
Due to the Office for Students (OfS)/Health Education England (HEE) quota of places allocated to us as a Medical School our numbers are tightly controlled. Therefore, when the A-level results are published in August 2020 we will make our decision based on those grades. If you don’t meet the academic terms of your offer and subsequently decide to appeal to the Examination Board for a re-mark, you must advise us of this immediately in writing. Our Admissions Policy states that we may defer entry to 2021 for applicants who do not initially meet the terms of their offer, but who do so after a re-mark. Any dispute over grades must be conducted between the student, her/his school or college and the relevant exam board or accrediting body. We will not respond to requests for special consideration from students or schools/colleges who feel that grades have been awarded inappropriately.

Note: this is a summary table for applicants with UK qualifications for A100. For full details see the drop down menus.

QualificationRequirement
Aptitude Tests

UCAT (excluding bottom 20% or SJT in band 4) (Home/EU applicants)
Roles & Responsibilities form (see separate section)

GCSE

5 x A/7
english language, maths and all sciences grade B/6

 A levels

AAA
two sciences to include chemistry or biology, plus a third academic subject
- pass in any science practical endorsement
- excludes general studies, critical thinking
- only one of maths, further maths or statistics

 Scottish

Advanced Highers - AB
to include two sciences sat in S6 including chemistry or biology

Highers - AAAAB
to include AB from two sciences including chemistry or biology

National 5s - 5 x A
B in maths, english language, biology, chemistry & physics

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA
to include two full science A levels one of which must be Biology or Chemistry

GCSE requirements - as above

International Baccalaureate 

HL 666; SL 665
Higher Level subjects to include two sciences including chemistry or biology.
Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account but these components must have been completed
English Language (Language A) at SL grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English Language

Standard GCSE requirements apply. Alternatively Mid Years Programme (MYP)
Five x 6s at MYP
to include maths and all the sciences at grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate

6 x H1/H2
to include biology or chemistry plus two more of biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science, mathematics/applied mathematics

Junior Certificate
5 x A
to include english language, maths and all sciences at grade B

 Graduates

2.1 Honours degree
and
GCSE maths, english and sciences at grade B/6 
plus
A levels at BBB (two sciences to include biology or chemistry)
or
GAMSAT
- an overall score of 55 or more with a section III score of 58 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections
- an overall score of 58 or more with a section III score of 55 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections

 Access to Medicine

All 45 graded level-3 credits must be achieved at distinction, with a further 15 level-2/3 credits passed to complete the diploma
GCSE maths and english language at grade B/6

We currently accept the following Access to Medicine courses

  • College of West Anglia (CAVA)
  • Stafford College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Dudley College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Sussex Downs College (Laser Learning Awards)
  • Manchester College (Open Awards)

This programme is open to home and international students with appropriate school-leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels. It is also open to graduates with 1st or upper-2nd class honours degrees who meet additional requirements (see Honours Degrees, below). Students undertaking a recognised Access to Medicine diploma may also apply: please see Access to Medicine Diplomas, below, for details of the access programmes we recognise.
All Home/EU applicants to A100 must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) during the year in which they apply. International applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) during the year of application.

Please be aware that you must declare all of the qualifications that you completed.

GCSE: a minimum of 5 x A /7 with a minimum of B /6 in maths, english language and sciences

Please note all GCSE requirements must be met prior to application, with the exception of applicants undertaking Access courses and maths/English GCSEs simultaneously.

We require a minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade A/7, not including short-course GCSEs. Mathematics, english language, biology, chemistry and physics (or double science and additional science/triple-award science) must be passed at a minimum of grade B/6. Applied Science is not an acceptable GCSE.

Applicants who have studied in Scotland must have passed a broad range of subjects with a minimum of 5 subjects at Standard or National 5 grade A/1. English language and mathematics must be passed with a minimum of grade B/2. Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must also have been passed at Standard/National 5 Level B/2.

Students who have been educated outside the UK must be able to provide evidence of broad study of science – covering biology, chemistry and physics – up to the equivalent of level 2 (approximately age 15-16) and will be required to have completed either a first-language English qualification incorporating assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening or an appropriate qualification to demonstrate ability across these four areas, such as IELTS or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Combinations of subjects that do not fulfil these requirements (e.g. Science, Biology and Chemistry) will not be accepted, even if these were the only combinations offered by the school. ”Multiple entry” at GCSE will be dealt with by looking only at the GCSEs that are necessary to fulfil our minimum academic requirements for the programme. Students whose schools have entered them for multiple qualifications in the same subjects (e.g. Science and/or Additional Science as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will only have the minimum required subjects taken into account; the grades for the additional GCSEs will be ignored. Please be aware that you must declare all of the qualifications that you completed.

UK applicants must have completed level-2 qualifications (GCSE or equivalent) that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are accredited by Ofqual, Cymwysterau Cymru or the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for delivery in maintained schools: this includes appropriate sciences (double-award/combined science, triple-award/combined science trilogy or three separate sciences), mathematics, and an English language qualification incorporating use and understanding of both written and spoken English.

Applicants who have taken non-GCSE level-2 qualifications in ICT – e.g. OCR National, BTEC Level 2 Diploma or Certificate/Diploma in Digital Applications (CiDA/DiDA) – should contact the Admissions Office before applying to confirm that they fulfil the academic requirements. We will not usually accept DiDA Unit 5 (Games Authoring). Other level-2 diplomas and certificates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the Admissions Office before applying if you have these qualifications.

The specific science requirements, as well as the 5 A/7 grade minimum, may be waived for applicants who have already achieved higher qualifications (A-level or degree) at the discretion of the Director of Admissions, but this is not guaranteed and will depend upon what other evidence of science ability is presented. However, all entrants to the course must have a minimum of grade B (or 6) in GCSE or equivalent English Language and Mathematics.

A level: AAA

GCSE requirements must also be met as above.

A levels in three subjects at grades of AAA are required, 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: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Applications for 2020 entry are accepted from students who have already achieved grades of AAA from three A levels (including chemistry or biology and a second science). Note that students may apply with achieved grades of AAA with only one science if they are currently taking a second science A-level. Any offer will be conditional on achieving a minimum of A in the additional A-level (see below).

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

If only two sciences are offered, the science subjects not offered at A level are required at GCSE grade B (or 6) or above.

We require a minimum of three A levels or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate) 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. We will not consider applications from students currently in their third year of A level study unless they have already achieved the required grades and are taking additional subjects. For example, an applicant with achieved grades of AAA but with only one science would be considered if currently taking an additional science A level. Anyone who has not achieved the required A levels within three years will not be considered.

The following subjects are not accepted at A level for A100: Citizenship Studies; Critical Thinking; General Studies; any AQA Applied A level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied ICT; Applied Leisure Studies; Applied Science; Applied Travel & Tourism; Science in Society; Use of Mathematics); any Edexcel Applied A Level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied ICT; Engineering; Health & Social Care; Leisure Studies; Media; Performing Arts; Travel & Tourism); any OCR Applied A level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied Health & Social Care; Applied ICT; Applied Leisure Studies; Applied Performing Arts; Applied Science; Applied Travel & Tourism); any WJEC Applied A level (Applied Business; Applied ICT; Applied Science). Key skills qualifications will not be taken into account in assessing academic ability.

Cambridge Pre-U

Candidates taking the Cambridge Pre-U diploma will be required to perform to a minimum of P1 standard in all components, including global perspectives and independent research (GPR). Principal subjects should be offered at grades of D3 M1 M1 or D2 M1 M2, with chemistry required at a minimum of M2. A second science (biology, mathematics or physics) and a third subject should also be offered, with no grades below M2. Scores for Pre-U short courses in modern languages will not be taken into consideration.

Up to two A levels may be substituted for Pre-U principal subjects. A levels must be achieved at a minimum of grade A and the overall principal grades should be equivalent to D2 A A or D3 A* A. The usual subject and combination exclusions apply to A level components.

The following combinations of subjects are not accepted: biology and sports science; mathematics and further mathematics.

Scottish Qualifications

National 5 - minimum 5x A with minimum of B in maths, english language, biology, chemistry and physics

Higher - minimum of AAAAB, including chemistry/biology plus a second science both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)

Advanced Higher - minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences) sat in S6 - any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher

Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at Standard/National 5 grade B/2.

Scottish Baccalaureate (science)

Grades of AA required in 2 Advanced Highers (including chemistry or biology) plus AA in interdisciplinary project unit and 1 higher. Chemistry or biology must be offered at Advanced Higher grade A.

Standard Grade/National 5 requirements must also be met.

Welsh Baccalaureate AAA

We require an A grade Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and two full science A-levels at grade AA taken within a two year period. Chemistry or biology is essential plus one subject from chemistry, biology, physics or maths/further maths/statistics.

GCSE requirements must also be met: see above.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants must offer Maths “5 hours” plus at least one science option. The subjects must include chemistry. Overall we require a final result of 78%.

English language requirements must also be met: please see details under 'Admissions Overview' if you do not have GCSE English grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate: HL 666, SL 665

Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate will be asked to achieve the IB Diploma with a score of at least 35 points from six academic subjects. Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Higher Level subjects should include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths and a third rigorous subject. Any science not taken at the Higher Level must be offered at Standard Level grade 5 or GCSE grade B (or equivalent). Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account but these components must have been completed.

Standard GCSE requirements apply. Alternatively Mid Years Programme (MYP) Five x 6s at MYP to include maths and all the sciences at grade 5.

English Language (Language A) at Standard Level grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English Language. Please see English Language Requirements under Admissions Overview if you do not have either of these.

Students holding an offer who achieve grade 4 or below in any subject, grade 5 in more than one subject at Standard Level or grade 5 in any subject at Higher Level will not have fulfilled the conditions of their offer; such students will be required to wait until the publication of A level results before receiving a final decision.

Irish Leaving Certificate: 6 x H1/H2

Students should offer six H1 or H2 grades at higher level, to include biology or chemistry plus two more of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science, mathematics/applied mathematics. A minimum of five grade As are required at Junior Certificate with english, maths and all sciences offered at junior certificate level grade B as a minimum.

Honours Degrees: 2.1 plus 3Bs at A2 and maths and english language at GCSE B/6

For application to course A100, graduates must have an upper second-class (2i) honours degree or better in any subject. 

Graduates must meet the minimum requirement for GCSE grade B/6 in English language, maths and all sciences.

In addition, graduates must have achieved:

  • A level (A2) grades of BBB, including chemistry or biology plus one further subject from: biology, chemistry, physics, maths/further maths/statistics OR 28 IB points from six academic subjects, including the standard science/maths requirements at HL, with no subject grades below 4 and no more than one HL grade below 5. Higher Level subjects should include chemistry or biology, plus one from chemistry, biology, physics or maths and a third rigorous subject. Equivalent-tariff grades will not be considered in lieu of BBB e.g. ABC. 
  • GCSE english language and maths and all sciences/double-award science at grade B (or 6) or better
  • Graduate applicants with scottish high school qualifications would normally require National 5 - minimum 5x B with minimum of B in maths, english, biology, chemistry and physics, Higher - minimum of BBBBB, Advanced Higher - minimum of BB from two subjects (both sciences). Equivalent tariff grades will not be considered.

Postgraduate qualifications (master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be taken into consideration in lieu of a 2i. We will not engage in discussions with applicants about this requirement.

Applicants with a 1st/2i honours degree but without the required A level subjects/grades or science GCSEs may be considered for the A100 course if they have taken the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and achieved either:

  • an overall score of 55 or more with a section III score of 58 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections, OR;
  • an overall score of 58 or more with a section III score of 55 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections

Graduate applicants must also take the UCAT/BMAT as required.

Access to Medicine Diplomas: 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction + 15 Level 2/3 Credits at pass

The Access to Medicine courses we recognise are those from:

  • College of West Anglia (CAVA)
  • Stafford College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Dudley College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Sussex Downs College (Laser Learning Awards)
  • Manchester College (Open Awards)

All 45 graded level-3 credits must be achieved at distinction, with a further 15 level-2/3 credits passed to complete the diploma. No non-standard combinations of credits or extenuating circumstances for lower grades will be considered.

Applications may occasionally be considered from students on other Access to Medicine programmes at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Such applicants must have express permission to apply, and this will only be granted on the basis of exceptional circumstances detailed in a supporting letter from the College. It will also be necessary for the college to provide full details of the diploma programme specification, including content, assessment methods and grading criteria. If permission to apply has not been granted in advance, applications from students with (or undertaking) Access diplomas other than those listed above will be rejected automatically.

Please note that Access to Medicine diplomas only provide evidence of the required academic ability. All applicants meeting the entry criteria will also be assessed on their relevant experiences in their Roles & Responsibilities form (see separate menu) We will not accept applications from those who have done an Access to Medicine course after achieving below 2i in a previous degree unless there is evidence of substantial subsequent experience in a healthcare-based and/or academically challenging career. This must be approved before application. In any case, we will not consider applications from candidates who have undertaken an Access to Medicine diploma less than three years after completing A levels, other level-3 qualifications or a degree. Access programmes provide an opportunity for people who have not previously had the chance to take the required academic qualifications.

Health Foundation Year for Medicine

The following information is for applicants with EU qualifications.

If you are unsure of your fee status, please check the guidance on the website

  • All Applicants must meet minimum academic entry requirements: Medicine EU Qualifications for Entry
    Please give us as much detail as you can on your UCAS form about exams that you have taken overseas. Applicants invited to interview will be expected to provide evidence of their qualifications
  • All applications to Medicine (A100) should be made via UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK)
  • The deadline for all applications is 15 October for entry in the following September/October or deferred entry one year after
  • All Home/EU applicants for 2020 Entry are required to take UCAT in the year of application and will be required to complete a Roles and Responsibilities form after application. Applicants with total UCAT scores in the lowest two deciles (ie in the bottom 20% of scores), or with an SJT in Band 4, will not be considered.
  • EU applicants will be classed as Home for fees for 2020 entry

  • All applicants who are overseas for fees for 2020 entry are required to take BMAT in the year of application. The highest ranking will be invited to interview providing they meet the academic criteria. See https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/internationalstudents/

Please note that our degree may not give any exemptions to those examinations required to practise medicine overseas.

English language requirements

Unless otherwise stated, applicants from the European Economic Area and Overseas who do not offer GCSE English Language at the required grade must have one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component taken at the same sitting
  • Grade C1 (Advanced) or C2 (Proficiency) in the Cambridge English Assessments system (https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/)
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23 and listening 25
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) minimum overall score of 65 with a minimum of 65 in each communicative skill
  • Grade B in International GCSE (IGCSE) First Language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in Paper 5 (optional speaking & listening component)
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B

Visit our international entry requirements page for details.

Applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by the deadline of 15 October.

All Home fees applicants must:
  • meet the minimum academic requirements (including GCSE/level-2 qualifications, A level or equivalent qualifications and UCAT, and
  • return the Roles & Responsibilities form on time

These applications are assessed in detail by Admissions Tutors and Admissions Office staff.

The application will be assessed only on the information provided in the UCAS application and the Roles & Responsibilities Form, which is sent electronically after the UCAS deadline. It is vital that applicants provide us with an accurate and clear picture of the roles and responsibilities they have undertaken as an assessment of this will be a major factor in the selection of most students for interview.

We will not accept any additional supporting material (eg CVs, work portfolios, letters of recommendation) unless we have specifically requested it from the individual applicant.

All applicants who are Overseas for fees must:
  • meet the minimum academic requirements (including GCSE/level-2 or equivalent qualifications, A level or equivalent qualifications AND
  • take the BMAT in September or October 2019 and achieve a threshold score to be invited to interview.

Applicants will be assessed only on the information provided in the UCAS application and your BMAT score. We will not accept any additional supporting material (e.g. CVs, work portfolios, letters of recommendation) unless we have specifically requested it from the individual applicant.

The selection process

The highest-ranking applicants will be selected for interview. Typically, we receive 1,600 or more applications each year. For 2020 entry we aim to interview around 600 applicants.

The selection process involves three phases: academic screen, shortlisting, and interview.

Phase 1: Academic Screen

All applications are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirement including UCAT/BMAT cut-off score.

See A100 or A104 drop down menus for minimum entry requirements.

For 2020 entry Home applicants with a total UCAT score in the bottom 20% or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered. For 2019 entry this threshold was 2280.

Phase 2: Shortlisting

Home applicants: shortlisting for interview is based on the Roles & Responsibilities form.

International applicants who are overseas for fees: shortlisting for interview is based on the BMAT score.

A proportion of Home applicant interviews will be allocated to students who demonstrate evidence of having overcome significant social, economic and/or educational disadvantage, see Widening Participation page.

Phase 3: Interview

It is our policy to interview approximately 600 applicants for entry to the 5-year course. Numbers for the Health Foundation Year will be in proportion to the number of places.

  • Interviews are usually held at the School of Medicine building on the University campus. Each candidate will have a similarly structured multiple mini-interview. The interviewers are drawn from the university, local healthcare settings (hospital and community) and the wider local community. All interviewers have undergone specific training for interviewing prospective medical students.
  • Interviews are likely to take place in blocks during the period December 2019–March 2020
  • After the interview, applicants will receive the University’s decision via UCAS. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an offer holder day

Keele currently uses UCAT results in borderline cases. Pre-interview, if the number of applicants with the same roles and responsibilities form score exceeds the number of interview slots available, these applicants will be ranked on their total UCAT score. In these borderline cases, the required UCAT score will depend upon the level of performance in the test among this group of applicants. Post interview we may also use the UCAT score to differentiate between applicants.

Applicants holding offers who narrowly miss achieving the required grades in their A levels (or equivalent level-3 qualification) may receive further consideration if there are places available. In these circumstances, the factors taken into consideration in allocating remaining places will include interview score and UKCAT score.

Feedback after application

Decisions on invitation to interview and offer of places are final. Unsuccessful applicants will inevitably be disappointed at not being offered a place. We will provide written general feedback on the basis of decisions at the time of notification that an application has been unsuccessful. However, owing to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to provide more detailed feedback after the admissions process is complete (after Easter). 

There is no obligation on members of the admissions staff to provide reasons why an application was unsuccessful, other than to indicate whether it was on the grounds of submitting an incomplete application, failing to fulfil the minimum academic entry criteria or achieving an application/interview score below the required threshold. Queries regarding admissions procedures must be submitted in writing by the applicant. We will not discuss applications with anybody other than the applicant (eg parents, teachers, members of parliament, etc.) without signed, written authorisation from the applicant.

Formal appeals

Anyone wishing to make a formal appeal should refer to the Appeals Policy.

The Personal Statement

The personal statement is important in your application to Keele because one of the stations in the multiple mini-interview (MMI) will involve discussion of your relevant experiences.

The interviewer will be able to question you on any of the following aspects of your personal statement so it is important that you address all of the points.

  •  Understanding of the role of a doctor
  •  Examples of regular hands-on experience involving supporting, helping or caring for people
  •  Depth of experience in one or more role(s) involving personal interaction
  •  Reflection on what was learnt from these experiences
  •  Initiative/enterprise
  •  Ability to balance work and personal priorities
  •  Working in teams
  •  Communication (particularly outside your peer group)

The Reference

Each application must be accompanied by a reference from a current or former educational institution. In general, any reference that is not from a current or former educational institution will be ignored. Applications from people who have not been engaged in some kind of formal study (school, college, undergraduate or postgraduate) in the previous 5 years will be scrutinised carefully to determine whether the applicant is likely to be suitable for university study. If the decision is favourable, a non-academic reference may be taken into consideration. It is strongly recommended that any applicant in this situation contact the School of Medicine before applying to discuss how her/his application would be viewed. Any application that does not include a reference could be rejected.

An academic reference is likely to be written by your head teacher, college principal, head of year or form tutor. We want to know what the writer of the reference thinks about you as a whole person, not merely about your academic achievements and potential. Please ensure that whoever is writing the reference sees a copy of these guidelines.

Referees should be aware that we expect to see more than a record of academic achievement. References indicating your strengths in the areas listed above are much more valuable than simple “school report”-style references. Also we rely on references to elaborate on any exceptional circumstances or exceptional achievements that we may wish to take into account. These must also be mentioned in the relevant section of the R&R form if you wish us to take these into consideration. For example if you are a young carer. Young carers are defined as ‘…children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness or disability, or is affected by mental ill health or substance misuse. Young carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.’

If you experience any extenuating circumstances at the time of your examinations, your school or college should report this immediately to the relevant examination boards so that any allowances can be made. If we consider that extenuating circumstances brought up in the reference should be taken into account formally in the assessment of your application, we shall write to your referee to request further details. Please do not send such details unsolicited.

The roles and responsibilities form 2020

Home fees applicants

Completing the Roles & Responsibilities (R&R) form is a very important part of the application process. It is the main means by which we make an initial assessment of your non-academic achievements and aptitude for a career in medicine.

The form will be sent to all relevant applicants on a rolling basis from Monday 7 October through to Wednesday 16 October and must be returned by 11.59pm (GMT) on 31 October 2019. You will be sent an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your form.

Late forms are not accepted under any circumstances, we therefore recommend that you submit your form early in case of technical problems. We also recommend you check that you receive the email confirmation that your form has been received. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check the form has been sent and received. If you do not receive the email acknowledgement or have any difficulties submitting the form please contact us immediately.

Admissions tutors will assess the Roles and Responsibilities form using the following criteria:

  • Commitment to paid and/or voluntary work, preferably in a caring or supportive role
  • The value of the work/role you undertook
  • The level of responsibility taken in any of the above roles
  • An example of a situation where you did something that had a significant beneficial outcome for another person
  • Any exceptional achievements or circumstances

The Roles & Responsibilities form provides an opportunity for you to provide evidence of commitment and personal characteristics appropriate for a future doctor. In completing the Roles & Responsibilities form please note the following:

Four work experience roles and their detail

Roles and responsibilities can be paid or voluntary and do not have to be in the health sector. Credit may be given for caring for family members or friends if there is both a time commitment and depth of caring that goes above and beyond that which would be expected in normal family life. Mature students using their regular work for examples will need to demonstrate a level of commitment over and above their normal job role.

There is space on the form for credit to be given for up to four roles and responsibilities. If you have more than four to choose from then please use recent experiences (ideally within three years of application) and choose the most important. You do not need to write about every experience listed, but you should list every experience that you write about so this can be validated from the references provided. Maximum credit for duration of work experience is given for more than 160 hours, so if you have more it is better to concentrate on providing details of the experiences that required most commitment from you. Mature applicants in paid employment in caring roles will be likely to benefit from including some additional voluntary experience.

Although shadowing and observation may be useful in understanding the roles of a doctor, we will not give credit for it in assessing the Roles & Responsibilities form. "Work experience tourism" is discouraged: we expect applicants to have undertaken significant experiences within their own communities. In the space provided make sure you tell us some of the things you actually did and reflect on how you demonstrated the attributes required of a doctor, keeping in mind the values described in the NHS Constitution. You will not be credited for anything you watched somebody else do: only for things you did yourself. Please do not exaggerate your role, e.g. by stating that you performed or assisted with medical procedures while unqualified.

Details of responsibility taken

We need to know about a responsibility you have undertaken. Clearly the expected level of responsibility will be different for school leavers, graduates and mature students. We don’t give credit simply for titles (e.g. head boy/girl, ranger/young leader, etc.): we need to know what you actually had responsibility for, whom you had responsibility to and how you exercised this responsibility in practice. Similarly, we don’t give credit for naming programmes that you have completed (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award): you must provide details of one or more responsibilities you discharged within the programme. Specific responsibilities are likely to gain more credit than general ones, and telling us something particular you have achieved as a result of taking on a responsibility is likely to help your application. It is better to write in detail about one responsibility than give us a list with little detail.

Give an example

Next you have the opportunity to give us a real example of something that you have done which has been a real practical help to someone else. Candidates who give us an example with an important benefit for someone from a sustained effort will attract more marks than those giving examples from a one-off incident. We do expect you to write (with appropriate regard for confidentiality) about an individual you have helped. In most cases students will do well to use examples to demonstrate their effectiveness when undertaking work experience, e.g. how an individual benefitted from the student’s engagement with them. Mature applicants who give an example from their normal work will need to demonstrate commitment over and above that expected in their job role. If the example used relates to family or friends, then the help given needs to be well above and beyond what would be expected from any friend or family member. Examples do not have to come from caring experiences. If you have made a positive difference to someone’s life through a supporting, mentoring or coaching role – whether in school/college, a community organization or a leisure group (sports team, drama group, etc.) – and this reflects a specific, sustained effort that you made for that person, this may also provide a good example.

Exceptional achievements or circumstances

Few students will achieve marks for exceptional achievements, but we know some young people do amazing things. If this is you, then make sure you write about it clearly so we can give you the credit. This section can also be used to highlight any exceptional difficulties or circumstances you have had to overcome. In most cases we would expect to find this reflected in the academic reference.

Some students may qualify for consideration on the basis of our widening participation programme if they are young carers. Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness or disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole. If you are a carer as defined above then you need to ensure this is clearly stated on the Roles & Responsibilities form, ideally with a comment about this in your reference.

We may choose to request verification of your statements from the contacts you have given, so it is very important that you provide us with an accurate picture of what you have achieved.

We regret we are unable to provide any additional information about what candidates should include on the Roles and Responsibilities form. Admissions Tutors will assess the R&R form using these criteria published on the website.

Draft roles and responsibilities form 2020 - This form is for information only, do not submit this form.

Roles & Responsibilities Form Guidance Notes

No applicant will be offered a place without attending for interview. Interviews usually take place on the Keele University campus. The decision on the offer of a place will be based primarily on the applicant’s performance at interview. Candidates with interview scores close to the threshold for an offer will be differentiated on the basis of UCAT/BMAT score or WP Status and/or evidence of educational/socio-economic disadvantage.

Our selection process requires candidates to be interviewed before any offer can be made. Approximately 600 applicants will be invited for an interview and approximately 300 offers made. Interview decisions will be communicated via UCAS Track.

Our interviews take the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs). These are a style of interview where candidates rotate around a series of stations at which various different aspects of their understanding of Medicine and their case for selection to Medical School are assessed. The format of stations may vary from a 1:1 traditional interview through to a role-play. The MMI assesses a range of attributes of applicants, including

  • Motivation/experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
  • Empathy and insight
  • Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor
  • Awareness of ethical issues in health and society
  • Resilience
  • Comprehension
  • Effective communication

In addition interviewees will complete a separate test which will assess their ability to perform clinically relevant calculations. This is a pass/fail testInterviewees who do not achieve the pass score (≥8/20) will be judged unsuccessful at interview. Applicants who are invited to interview are strongly advised to work through the practice questions (links below) before attending. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place in late December, January, February and March. More detailed information will be available to candidates invited for interview.

View our movie to find out more:

Post interview

There may be a delay before we can confirm the outcome of your interview, as we must perform a certain proportion of interviews before being able to determine the threshold score for an offer. We anticipate that the earliest date we will be able to confirm a decision is February. Some candidates may be placed on a waiting/hold list as their performance at interview was close to our offer threshold. However, all final decisions will be submitted by the 31 March UCAS deadline. Offers are made on the basis of score at interview and passing the data handling test. In borderline cases UKCAT score may be used to discriminate between tied candidates.

Successful candidates will be sent a letter confirming their offer of a place, together with a health questionnaire. All offers made are conditional and may include both academic conditions and Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service clearances. In March and April we offer a number of Offer-Holder Days for those holding offers. This enables candidates to view all the university facilities and talk to staff and students before making their final UCAS decisions.

Anyone wishing to make a formal appeal against the outcome of an interview on grounds of procedural or technical irregularities should refer to the University’s Appeals Policy.

Widening Participation in our admissions process

Keele University School of Medicine is committed to providing fair access to students from all educational and social backgrounds. To this end contextual data is used in the admissions process.

A100: to be eligible for widening participation consideration for A100, applicants require two or more contextual data flags arising from information on your UCAS application. These are based on residential postcode, school performance and time spent in care.
Applicants must still meet the normal entry requirements, including the required UCAT score, and be able to provide further information on request.
WP Applicants who are successful at interview may be eligible for a reduced grade offer.

A104: For 2020 entry we are offering a new gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years). See our Health Foundation Year pages for details.

See our Widening Participation pages for more information about our WP activities, including Steps2Medicine, our Medicine Careers Day and MedPath.

The medical school also participates in the university open days each year.

What is the medical school’s view of applicants who are taking gap years?
The School of Medicine is happy to consider applications from those who want to defer their entry. If applying for deferred entry, we would expect applicants to show on their UCAS form how they intend to spend the year. If applicants decide that they wish to defer entry after they have already submitted their UCAS form, they must write to us to tell us of their change of intention, and at that stage they can outline their plans for the year. We would not usually consider requests to defer entry once examination results have been published.

Does the medical school consider applications from mature learners?
We encourage applications from mature applicants: either recent graduates or people who wish to change career. Please note that that you should have some experience of recent academic study (usually within the last 5 years). Those who have been out of education for a substantial period are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for further advice. Please see entry criteria below.

How does the medical school deal with diverse applicants?
Keele University has adopted an equal opportunities policy which states that no student will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, gender (including gender realignment), marital status, sexuality, disability, religion, political belief, socio-economic background, parental status, age or trades union membership. The University is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this policy is fully effective.

How do I contact you?
Please get in touch with our admissions team.

Our address is: Admissions Office, Keele University School of Medicine, David Weatherall Building, University Drive, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
Telephone: 01782 733632 /734644 /733642 /734651

What courses are available?
5-Year MBChB degree (Course Code A100)
This is a five year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme (MBChB) which is awarded by Keele University. 

6-Year MBChB Health Foundation Year for Medicine (Course Code A104) 
The Health Foundation Year for Medicine is currently a transfer course that offers an opportunity for progression to the Medicine principal programme upon successful completion. In 2020 this will become a new gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years).

Applications will not be considered from those who have applied for direct entry into medicine and have been unsuccessful.

Do you use AS level or extended project qualification (EPQ) grades when assessing applications?
From 2016 AS grades will no longer be used when assessing applicants. EPQs are not taken into account when making decisions on applications but should be seen as useful preparation for the early stages of studying at university.

Do you use predicted A level grades when assessing applications?
No. We do not take any account of predicted grades.

Is it a requirement that I have chemistry A level at grade A*?
No. At A level we require grades A*AA including biology or chemistry, plus another science subject and a third rigorous subject. We do not specify which subject should be achieved at A*.

Can I re-apply?
If you were unsuccessful at interview we would not normally consider an application from you in the following year. However, those applicants who did not reach the interview threshold may submit a further application. We would suggest that those re-applying review the content of their Roles & Responsibilities form before re-applying.

Can I transfer from another medical school?
No. Transfers from other medical schools are not considered. Students who have failed assessments in degree programmes elsewhere or been excluded from professional degree programmes on fitness to practise grounds will not be considered. No extenuating circumstances will be taken into account and we will not enter into discussion with candidates about the grounds for their exclusion. We will not accept any applications from students who have previously commenced medical, dental or veterinary courses elsewhere (including in other countries), regardless of their grounds for failing to complete these courses.

We also do not consider applications from students on degree courses in other subjects who wish to transfer before completing their degree.

Will extenuating circumstances for lower exam grades/degree classifications be taken into consideration?
Applicants should report all extenuating circumstances to the relevant examination board at the time of the examinations. It is the responsibility of that examination board to make adjustments to grades or degree classes if appropriate. We will not respond to requests to consider circumstances involving policies or practices of schools, exam boards or regulators.

All requests to consider extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to medicine@keele.ac.uk. If you submit your request by 31 August then you should receive a decision before the UCAS Deadline. However if you submit your mitigation after 31 August we will be unable to provide you with a decision before the UCAS deadline i.e. you will not know whether we have accepted it or not.

Each mitigating circumstances submission is subject to the discretion of an Admissions Tutor or Admissions Committee, therefore an immediate decision cannot be given over the phone.

We cannot guarantee to consider mitigating circumstances submitted after 31st August or after the UCAS application deadline of 15th October.

Requests to defer entry
Requests to defer entry must be made in writing, giving details of the reasons you wish to defer, and must be made by 31st July in the original year of entry. 

Requests to switch institutions after the UCAS deadline (15 October)
We will not consider requests to swap UCAS choices from another institution to study Medicine at Keele after the UCAS deadline of 15th October.

What are the age restrictions?
Due to the clinical work which students will be involved in from an early stage in the course, applicants need to be at least 18 by the start of the course in the year in which they join Year 1 of the MBChB programme. Usually a deferred entry place for the following year may be offered to students who will not be old enough at that time. There are no upper age limits. Students at the School of Medicine come from a wide age range and have a variety of previous work and study experiences. We feel that having such a variety of students benefits everyone at the School.

Please note: the following is a summary of the entry criteria for 2019 entry. The full entry criteria will be updated in due course.

UK School Leavers (A100)

UKCAT:               Compulsory        Exclude bottom 20% or Band 4 SJT

R&R Scoring:      Compulsory

GCSE:                 5 A/7s; Maths, English Language & Science GCSE at a minimum of grade B /6

Science/Core Science (including AQA Science A or Science B) plus Additional Science is acceptable as an alternative to Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
If Further Additional Science has been taken, this must also be passed at grade B/6. IGCSE double-award Science is also acceptable. Applied Science is not an acceptable GCSE. Please note that physics – as well as biology and chemistry – must have been passed at the required level, either as a stand-alone GCSE or as part of double/triple-award science.

Pending A Levels:              A*AA

Grades of A*AA are required from three A-levels within a two year period, to include chemistry OR biology and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Statistics/Further Maths) plus a third academic subject.  General Studies, Critical Thinking and applied A-levels are not accepted. Maths/Further Maths/Statistics are not accepted in combination.

Achieved A levels:            A*AA 

Applicants who are taking 3 years in their A levels, should apply with achieved grades.

Practical Endorsement: Any science A-level practical endorsement must be passed; without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Alternative Qualifications: Further details on full website.

UK School Leavers (A104)

UKCAT:                  Compulsory        Exclude bottom 20% or Band 4 SJT

R&R Scoring:          Compulsory

GCSE:                    5 A/7s; Maths and English Language at a minimum of grade C/5.

Pending A Levels:    A*AA. Grades of A*AA from three A-levels within a two year period. 

Achieved A levels            A*AA

Applicants who are taking 3 years in their A levels, should apply with achieved grades.

Practical Endorsement: Any science A-level practical endorsement must be passed; without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade

To apply for A104 Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE.

The following subjects are not accepted at A-level for A104: General Studies; Critical Thinking, Chemistry.

Key Skills qualifications will not be taken into account in assessing academic ability.

Alternative Qualifications: Further details on full website.

Please note that the Health Foundation Year Entry criteria will be changing for 2020 and will no longer be for non-science applicants.

Access to Medicine Diploma (A100)

UKCAT:                             Compulsory        Exclude bottom 20% or Band 4 SJT

R&R Scoring:                      Compulsory

The Access to Medicine courses we recognise are those from:

College of West Anglia (CAVA), Stafford College, Dudley College (Open College Network West Midlands), Sussex Downs College (LASER Learning Awards), Manchester College (Open Awards)

All 45 graded level 3 credits must be achieved at distinction, with a further 15 credits passed at Level 2/3 to complete the diploma. No non-standard combinations of credits or extenuating circumstances for lower grades will be considered.

Maths & English language GCSE Grade B/6.

Time element: Min 3 years after last enrolled in Level 3 or HE course before commence Access Course

Access to HE (A104)

For details see the A104 tab on the website.

Please note that the Health Foundation Year Entry criteria will be changing for 2020 and will no longer be for non-science applicants.

UK Graduates (A100)

UKCAT:            Compulsory        Exclude bottom 20% or Band 4 SJT

R&R Scoring:    Compulsory

Degree:            1st or 2:1

GSCE:              Maths & English Language and all sciences at Grade B /6 or above

A-Levels:          Minimum BBB Including min 2 sciences or 1 science and maths/statistics. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not accepted. Maths/Further Maths/Statistics are not accepted in combination.

GAMSAT:         Graduates not meeting the GSCE or A Level science requirements may apply with GAMSAT with the following score:

  • an overall score of 55 or more with a section III score of 58 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections OR
  • an overall score of 58 or more with a section III score of 55 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections

UK Graduates (A104)

UKCAT:           Compulsory        Exclude bottom 20% or Band 4 SJT

R&R Scoring:    Compulsory

Degree:            1st or 2:1 in a non-science subject

GSCE:               Maths & English Language at Grade C/5 or above

A-Levels:            Min BBB - No science especially chemistry post 16 years.

To apply for A104 Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE.

The following subjects are not accepted at A-level for A104: General Studies; Critical Thinking, Chemistry. Key Skills qualifications will not be taken into account in assessing academic ability.

International Baccalaureate

A total of 35 points from six academic subjects is required. 666 at Higher Level and 665 at Standard level. For more details see the full website.


Applicants who are overseas for fees

Overseas Fees. Tuition Fees for students commencing in 2019 and who are classed as overseas for fees are likely to increase significantly. We advise potential applicants to check they are able to commit to paying these fees before application. 

Overseas – updates will be made available on International page in due course.

http://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/internationalstudents/

Please note:

  1. The GCSE requirement will now be the equivalent of 5 GCSEs at Grade A/7.
  2.  All applicants who are Overseas for Fees for 2019 entry are required to take BMAT http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/ 

    This will be used in place of the Roles & Responsibilities form when ranking for interview.

    BMAT results are only valid in the year that the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application. UKCAT is not required.
  3.  Applicants from the European Economic Area and overseas who do not offer GCSE English Language at the required grade must have one of the following:
  • Grade B/6 or above in the Certificate of Proficiency or Advanced Certificate in English offered by Cambridge English under the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic standard) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component taken at the same sitting
  • Grade B in International GCSE (IGCSE) First Language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in Paper 5 (Speaking & Listening component must be passed).
    We do not normally accept Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) qualifications. The requirement for an appropriate English Language qualification will not be waived under any circumstances.

This programme is open to Home and International students with appropriate school-leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels. It is also open to graduates with 1st or upper-2nd class honours degrees who meet additional requirements (see Honours Degrees, below). Students undertaking a recognised Access to Medicine diploma may also apply: please see Access to Medicine Diplomas, below, for details of the access programmes we recognise. All Home/EU applicants to A100 must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) during the year in which they apply. International applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) during the year of application.

Please be aware that you must declare all of the qualifications that you completed.

GCSE: a minimum of 5 at grade A (or 7) with a minimum of B (or 6) in Maths, English and Sciences

Please note all GCSE requirements must be met prior to application, with the exception of applicants undertaking Access courses and maths/English GCSEs simultaneously.
We require a minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade A/7, not including short-course GCSEs. Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or double science and additional science]/triple-award science) must be passed at a minimum of grade B/6. Applied Science is not an acceptable GCSE.

Applicants who have studied in Scotland must have passed a broad range of subjects with a minimum of 5 subjects at Standard or National 5 grade A/1. English Language and Mathematics must be passed with a minimum of grade B/2. Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must also have been passed at Standard/National 5 Level B/2.

Students who have been educated outside the UK must be able to provide evidence of broad study of science – covering biology, chemistry and physics – up to the equivalent of level 2 (approximately age 15-16) and will be required to have completed either a first-language English qualification incorporating assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening or an appropriate qualification to demonstrate ability across these four areas, such as IELTS or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Combinations of subjects that do not fulfil these requirements (e.g. Science, Biology and Chemistry) will not be accepted, even if these were the only combinations offered by the school. ”Multiple entry” at GCSE will be dealt with by looking only at the GCSEs that are necessary to fulfil our minimum academic requirements for the programme. Students whose schools have entered them for multiple qualifications in the same subjects (e.g. Science and/or Additional Science as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will only have the minimum required subjects taken into account; the grades for the additional GCSEs will be ignored. Please be aware that you must declare all of the qualifications that you completed.

UK applicants must have completed level-2 qualifications (GCSE or equivalent) that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are accredited by Ofqual, Cymwysterau Cymru or the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for delivery in maintained schools: this includes appropriate sciences (double-award/combined science, triple-award/combined science trilogy or three separate sciences), mathematics, and an English language qualification incorporating use and understanding of both written and spoken English. 

Applicants who have taken non-GCSE level-2 qualifications in ICT – e.g. OCR National, BTEC Level 2 Diploma or Certificate/Diploma in Digital Applications (CiDA/DiDA) – should contact the Admissions Office before applying to confirm that they fulfil the academic requirements. We will not usually accept DiDA Unit 5 (Games Authoring). Other level-2 diplomas and certificates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the Admissions Office before applying if you have these qualifications.

The specific science requirements, as well as the 5 A/7 grade minimum, may be waived for applicants who have already achieved higher qualifications (A-level or degree) at the discretion of the Director of Admissions, but this is not guaranteed and will depend upon what other evidence of science ability is presented. However, all entrants to the course must have a minimum of grade B (or 6) in GCSE or equivalent English Language and Mathematics.

A level: A*AA

A levels in three subjects at grades of A*AA are required, 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: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Applications for 2019 entry are accepted from students who have already achieved grades of A*AA from three A levels (including Chemistry or Biology and a second science). Note that students may apply with achieved grades of A*AA with only one science if they are currently taking a second science A-level. Any offer will be conditional on achieving a minimum of A in the additional A-level (see below).

There is no requirement for an A* or A grade to be achieved in a specific subject. Only one subject from a combination of Maths/Further Maths/Statistics will be considered within the three A levels.

If only two sciences are offered, the science subjects not offered at A level are required at GCSE grade B (or 6) or above.

We require a minimum of three A levels or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate) 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. We will not consider applications from students currently in their third year of A level study unless they have already achieved the required grades and are taking additional subjects. For example, an applicant with achieved grades of A*AA but with only one science would be considered if currently taking an additional science A level. Anyone who has not achieved the required A levels within three years will not be considered.

The following subjects are not accepted at A level for A100: Citizenship Studies; Critical Thinking; General Studies; any AQA Applied A level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied ICT; Applied Leisure Studies; Applied Science; Applied Travel & Tourism; Science in Society; Use of Mathematics); any Edexcel Applied A Level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied ICT; Engineering; Health & Social Care; Leisure Studies; Media; Performing Arts; Travel & Tourism); any OCR Applied A level (Applied Art & Design; Applied Business; Applied Health & Social Care; Applied ICT; Applied Leisure Studies; Applied Performing Arts; Applied Science; Applied Travel & Tourism); any WJEC Applied A level (Applied Business; Applied ICT; Applied Science). Key skills qualifications will not be taken into account in assessing academic ability.

GCSE requirements must also be met as above.

Cambridge Pre-U

Candidates taking the Cambridge Pre-U diploma will be required to perform to a minimum of P1 standard in all components, including Global Perspectives and Independent Research (GPR). Principal subjects should be offered at grades of D3 M1 M1 or D2 M1 M2, with Chemistry required at a minimum of M2. A second science (Biology, Mathematics or Physics) and a third subject should also be offered, with no grades below M2. Scores for Pre-U short courses in modern languages will not be taken into consideration.

Up to two A levels may be substituted for Pre-U principal subjects. A levels must be achieved at a minimum of grade A and the overall principal grades should be equivalent to D2 A A or D3 A* A. The usual subject and combination exclusions apply to A level components.

The following combinations of subjects are not accepted: Biology and Sports Science; Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Scottish Qualifications

National 5 - minimum 5x A with minimum of B in maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Higher - minimum of AAAAB, including chemistry/biology plus a second science both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)

Advanced Higher - minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences) sat in S6 - any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher

Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at Standard/National 5 grade B/2.

Scottish Baccalaureate (science)

Grades of AA required in 2 Advanced Highers (including chemistry or biology) plus AA in interdisciplinary project unit and 1 higher. Chemistry or Biology must be offered at Advanced Higher grade A. Standard Grade/National 5 requirements must also be met.

Welsh Baccalaureate A*AA

We require an A grade Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and two full science A-levels at grade A*A taken within a two year period. Chemistry or Biology is essential plus one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths/Further Maths/Statistics.

GCSE requirements must also be met: see above.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants must offer Maths “5 hours” plus at least one science option. The subjects must include Chemistry. Overall we require a final result of 78%.

English Language requirements must also be met: please see general Entry Requirements if you do not have GCSE English grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate: HL 666, SL 665

Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate will be asked to achieve the IB Diploma with a score of at least 35 points from six academic subjects. Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Higher Level subjects should include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths and a third rigorous subject. Any science not taken at the Higher Level must be offered at Standard Level grade 5 or GCSE grade B (or equivalent). Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account but these components must have been completed.

English Language (Language A) at Grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English Language. Please see English Language Requirements under General Requirements if you do not have either of these.

Students holding an offer who achieve grade 4 or below in any subject, grade 5 in more than one subject at Standard Level or grade 5 in any subject at Higher Level will not have fulfilled the conditions of their offer; such students will be required to wait until the publication of A level results before receiving a final decision.

Irish Leaving Certificate: 6 x H1/H2

Students should offer six H1 or H2 grades at higher level, to include Biology or Chemistry plus two more of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics. A minimum of five Grade As are required at Junior Certificate with English, Maths and all sciences offered at junior certificate level grade B as a minimum.

Honours Degrees: 2.1 plus 3Bs at A2 and maths and English Language at GCSE B/6

For application to course A100, graduates must have an upper second-class (2i) honours degree or better in any subject.

In addition, graduates must have achieved:

  • A level (A2) grades of BBB, including Chemistry or Biology plus one further subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics OR 28 IB points from six academic subjects, including the standard science/maths requirements at HL, with no subject grades below 4 and no more than one HL grade below 5. Higher Level subjects should include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths and a third rigorous subject. Equivalent-tariff grades will not be considered in lieu of BBB e.g. ABC. 
  • GCSE English Language and Maths and all sciences/double-award science at grade B (or 6) or better
  • Graduate applicants with Scottish high school qualifications would normally require National 5 - minimum 5x B with minimum of B in maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Higher - minimum of BBBBB, Advanced Higher - minimum of BB from two subjects (both sciences). Equivalent tariff grades will not be considered.

Postgraduate qualifications (master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be taken into consideration in lieu of a 2i. We will not engage in discussions with applicants about this requirement.

Graduates must meet the minimum requirement for GCSE grade B/6 in English language, maths and all sciences.

Applicants with a 1st/2i honours degree but without the required A level subjects/grades or science GCSEs may be considered for the A100 course if they have taken the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and achieved either:

  • an overall score of 55 or more with a section III score of 58 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections, OR;
  • an overall score of 58 or more with a section III score of 55 or more supported by a score of 50 or more in all other sections

Graduate applicants must also take the UKCAT/BMAT as required.

Access to Medicine Diplomas: 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction + 15 Level 2/3 Credits at pass

The Access to Medicine courses we recognise are those from:

  • College of West Anglia (CAVA)
  • Stafford College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Dudley College (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • Sussex Downs College (Laser Learning Awards)
  • Manchester College (Open Awards)

All 45 graded level-3 credits must be achieved at distinction, with a further 15 level-2/3 credits passed to complete the diploma. No non-standard combinations of credits or extenuating circumstances for lower grades will be considered.

Applications may occasionally be considered from students on other Access to Medicine programmes at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Such applicants must have express permission to apply, and this will only be granted on the basis of exceptional circumstances detailed in a supporting letter from the College. It will also be necessary for the college to provide full details of the diploma programme specification, including content, assessment methods and grading criteria. If permission to apply has not been granted in advance, applications from students with (or undertaking) Access diplomas other than those listed above will be rejected automatically. Other Access to HE diplomas are not accepted for entry to A100 but may be considered for the Health Foundation Year. For details see the A104 tab.

Please note that Access to Medicine diplomas only provide evidence of the required academic ability. All applicants meeting the entry criteria will also be assessed on their relevant experiences in their Roles & Responsibilities form (see separate menu) We will not accept applications from those who have done an Access to Medicine course after achieving below 2i in a previous degree unless there is evidence of substantial subsequent experience in a healthcare-based and/or academically challenging career. This must be approved before application. In any case, we will not consider applications from candidates who have undertaken an Access to Medicine diploma less than three years after completing A levels, other level-3 qualifications or a degree. Access programmes provide an opportunity for people who have not previously had the chance to take the required academic qualifications. For 2019 entry, people with qualifications at an appropriate level but in the wrong subjects, as well as those with level-3 BTEC diplomas at distinction level, should apply for our health foundation year. For details see the A104 tab.

Please note: The Health Foundation Year Entry criteria will be changing for 2020 and will no longer be for non-science applicants. 

This programme is open to Home, EU and International students with appropriate school-leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels but without post-16 study of science. It is also open to graduates with honours degrees in subjects with no significant bioscience or chemistry content who have not taken Chemistry or more than one other science beyond GCSE. Students with other level-3 qualifications or undertaking a recognised Access to HE diploma may also apply.

Please note that all Home/EU applicants to A104 must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) during the year in which they apply. See UKCAT for details. International applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) during the year of application.

To apply for A104 Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE. 

GCSE: minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A (7), Maths and English at minimum grade C (4)

Applicants must demonstrate a good level of achievement at GCSE and/or equivalent level-2 qualifications.

We normally require a minimum of five subjects at grade A (or 7), not including short-course GCSEsMathematics and English Language must be passed at a minimum of grade C (or 4).

Students who have been educated outside the UK must be able to provide evidence of broad study of science – covering biology, chemistry and physics – up to the equivalent of level 2 (approximately age 15-16) and will be required to have completed either a first-language English qualification incorporating assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening or an appropriate qualification to demonstrate ability across these four areas, such as IELTS or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Combinations of subjects that do not fulfil these requirements (e.g. Science, Biology and Chemistry) will not be accepted, even if these were the only combinations offered by the school. ”Multiple entry” at GCSE will be dealt with by looking only at the GCSEs that are necessary to fulfil our minimum academic requirements for the programme. Students whose schools have entered them for multiple qualifications in the same subjects (e.g. Science and/or Additional Science as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will only have the minimum required subjects taken into account; the grades for the additional GCSEs will be ignored. Please be aware that you must declare all of the qualifications that you completed (see Admissions Overview).

UK applicants must have completed level-2 qualifications (GCSE or equivalent) that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are accredited by Ofqual, Cymwysterau Cymru or the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for delivery in maintained schools: this includes appropriate sciences (double-award/combined science, triple-award/combined science trilogy or three separate sciences), mathematics, and an English language qualification incorporating use and understanding of both written and spoken English.

Other level-2 qualifications, such as BTEC Level 2, may be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office before applying to confirm that your qualifications are acceptable.

The 5 A-grade minimum, may be waived for applicants who have already achieved higher qualifications (A-level or degree). However, all entrants to the course must have a minimum of grade C (or 4) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

A Level: A*AA

Three A-levels at grades of A*AA are required. A-level combinations should not include Chemistry. A-level Biology is acceptable if combined with non-science A-levels. The combination of Maths and Physics is acceptable with another non-science subject. Applied Science is accepted. 

To apply for A104 Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE.

Any science A-level (Biology, Physics) completed after 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.

We require a minimum of three A-levels to be scheduled to be completed within a two year period. Applicants who have taken more than two years to complete three A-levels must apply after completion of these qualifications. We will not consider applications from students currently in their third year of A-level study unless they have already achieved our academic requirements. Anyone who has not achieved the required A-levels within three years will not be considered.

The following subjects are not accepted at A-level for A104: Citizenship Studies, General Studies; Critical Thinking.

Key Skills qualifications will not be taken into account in assessing academic ability.

GCSE requirements must also be met. 

Cambridge Pre-U: D3 M1 M1 or D2 M1 M2

Candidates taking the Cambridge Pre-U diploma will be required to perform to a minimum of P1 standard in all components, including Global Perspectives and Independent Research (GPR). Principal subjects should be offered at a minimum grades of D3 M1 M1 or D2 M1 M2. Chemistry must not have been taken. Scores for Pre-U short courses in modern languages will not be taken into consideration.

Up to two A levels may be substituted for Pre-U principal subjects. A levels must be achieved at a minimum of grade A and the overall principal subject tariff should be greater than or equivalent to D2 A A or D3 A* A. The usual subject and combination exclusions apply to A-level components.

The following combinations of subjects are not accepted: Biology and any other science, including Sports Science; the combination of Mathematics and Further Mathematics; Physics and Mathematics with any other science, including Sports Science

GCSE requirements must also be met.

Scottish Qualifications: AB with AAAAB

Applicants who have taken Scottish Standard Grade/National 5 qualifications must have passed a broad range of subjects with a minimum of 5 subjects at grade A/1. English Language and Mathematics minimum grade C/3.

Scottish Highers are required at grades of AAAAB, not including chemistry or more than one other science

Advanced Highers: two Advanced Highers (not including chemistry or biology) must also be achieved at minimum grades of AB.

Physics and Mathematics are acceptable with two non-science subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate: A*AA

We require a grade A Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and two full A-levels at grade A*A taken at a single sitting, Chemistry must not have been taken. Biology, Physics or Mathematics is acceptable along with a non-science subject.

GCSE requirements must also be met.

International Baccalaureate: HL 666, SL 665

Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate will be asked to achieve the IB Diploma with a score of at least 35 points from six academic subjects. Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Students holding an offer who achieve grade 4 or below in any subject, grade 5 in more than one subject at Standard Level or grade 5 in any subject at Higher Level will not have fulfilled the conditions of their offer; such students will be required to wait until the publication of A-level results before receiving a final decision. Subjects must not include Chemistry. Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account.

English Language (Language A) at Grade 6 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English Language. Please see English Language Requirements under General Requirements if you do not have either of these.

Irish Leaving Certificate: 6 x A1/A2

Students should offer at least six A1 or A2 grades at higher level, Biology and Chemistry in combination are not accepted. However Biology will be accepted in combination with non-science subjects at grade A. Five grade As should be achieved in the Junior Certificate with English and Maths at junior certificate level grade C as a minimum.

Access to HE Diploma: Distinctions

All Access to HE courses must include 60 Credits: 45 Level 3 credits graded at Distinction and another 15 level-2 or 3 Credits. Applicants should have Maths and English Language GCSE at Grade C.

A science or non-science Access to HE diploma is acceptable, plus substantial relevant experience.

We will not accept applications from those who have done an Access course after achieving below 2i in a previous degree. We will not consider applications from candidates who have undertaken an Access diploma soon (less than three years) after completing A Levels, other level-3 qualifications or a degree. Access programmes provide an opportunity for people who have not previously had the chance to take the required academic qualifications.  

BTEC National Extended Diploma: D*DD

The BTEC National Extended Diploma in any subject is acceptable. Grades of D*DD must be achieved.

Applicants should have five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including maths, English Language and all the sciences/dual award science.

BTEC National Certificate/Level 3 Diploma: D*DD/A*DD

The BTEC National Certificate is acceptable in combination with one A level. Grades of DD and A* or D*D and A are required from the BTEC Certificate and A-level, respectively. The A-level must not be in chemistry or in a subject covered by the BTEC Certificate.

Applicants should have five (5) GCSEs at Grade C (or 4) or above, including maths, English Language and all the sciences/dual award science. 

BTEC National Award or Subsidiary Diploma D*DD/A*DD

The BTEC National Certificate is acceptable in combination with two A-levels. Grades of D and A*A or D* and AA are required from the BTEC Award and A-levels, respectively. The A-levels must not include chemistry, biology in combination with another science, or any subject covered by the BTEC Award.

Applicants should have five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including maths, English Language and all the sciences/dual award science.  

Ordinary (non-Honours) degree

Graduates who entered an Ordinary Degree programme in any subject will be considered, subject to marks greater than 70%. Graduates who failed to graduate with honours from an Honours Degree programme will not be considered.  

Honours Degrees: 2.1 plus 3Bs at A2 and maths and English Language at GCSE B/6

Graduates with at least a 2i honours degree in a non-science subject can be considered for the Health Foundation Year provided they did not take sciences to A-level standard or higher.

In addition, graduates must have achieved:

  • A-level (A2) or equivalent grades of BBB or BTEC DDM. Equivalent-tariff grades will not be considered in lieu of BBB, e.g. ABC.
  • a minimum of GCSE grade C (or 4) in English Language and Mathematics

Postgraduate qualifications (master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be taken into consideration in lieu of a 2i.

Students with Health Degrees such as Physiotherapy or Nursing, are advised to contact the Admissions Office with a full academic history, including degree modules.

Applicants without Chemistry at A or AS level, may apply for this entry route or may take GAMSAT and apply for A100 subject to achieving satisfactory marks. All entrants must have a minimum of GCSE grade C (or 4) in English Language and Mathematics.

For students offering qualifications other than those listed above, please send a full academic history to the Admissions Office.