2021 entry

MBChB Applicants' area

End of Cycle Update - 26 March 2021

We intend to have all decisions completed and communicated through UCAS by Wed 31 Mar 2021. Congratulations if you have received an offer.

There are some applicants who we have been unable to make offers to at the present time, but who will receive an e-mail from us asking whether they wish to be kept on a reserve list. Some of you may already have received similar messages from other medical schools.

Because of the big increase in the number of applications for medicine nationally, the challenges of conducting interviews online and continuing uncertainty over what the profile of A-Level grades will look like, we have to be very careful to avoid recruiting too many medical students. Medical schools are forbidden from exceeding our target numbers.

As we cannot use conversion rates from previous years to predict how many applicants receiving offers will make Keele their firm choice, or how many of these will go on to achieve the required grades in their A-Levels or equivalent qualifications, we are having to be cautious about how many offers we make. This is likely to mean that we need to make offers to applicants on the reserve list later in the spring or summer. Please note that we will contact you if we are able to offer you a place. Please don't contact us during this period to ask about the status of your application.

If you are on the reserve list and have not heard from us by A-Level results day (currently scheduled as Tue 10 Aug 2021), please contact us then if you have met the standard offer conditions.


Spring update - 16 March 2021

We are now coming to the end of our interviews and aim to have all decisions on by the end of March.

Please refer to UCAS for decision dates 

Regarding summer grades, our understanding is that Ofqual will be putting something in place for private candidates. The outcome of the consultation

Occupational Health: We will be sending out Occupational Health forms to offer holders in the next week or so.

DBS: DBS checks will be done online after A level results in August.

Police Check: if you need to submit a police check because you have studied/lived abroad, please upload this to your record as soon as possible and let us know via email.

A reminder that individual requests for feedback from unsuccessful applicants only will be considered between 1 April and 31 July 2021. Please submit requests to medicine@keele.ac.uk between those dates.

New Year Update - 08 January 2021

January 2021 applicant update 

Winter Update

Winter Update December 2020

Home applicants

A link to access the Roles & Responsibilities form will be sent to all relevant applicants on a rolling basis from Monday 5 October through to Friday 16 October. On logging into your portal, you can then select the R&R form link. Once a form is submitted the link will no longer be available (from the next time you log in). The form must be completed and submitted by 11.59pm (GMT) on Monday 2 November 2020. You will be sent an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your form. Guidance notes are on the main website. 

A104 applicants and overseas applicants do not need to complete the Roles & Responsibilities form.

Overseas applicants

These will be assessed on the BMAT score and academic requirements. This means we may not assess Overseas applications until late November time when the BMAT results are released.

With such a detailed process it does take quite a while for us to select the highest ranking applicants for interview. Interview notifications will be sent out on a rolling basis and many applicants may not receive a decision until the New Year.

Please see our entry requirement pages for entry criteria.

There is more information about interviews below and on the main medicine admissions website.


We have received over 2500 applications for A100 and over 320 applications for A104 for 2021/2022 entry.

Please bear with us, as it takes a long time to assess the large number of applications. You may not hear from us until the new year.

For information on interviews, please see drop-down boxes below.

If you began Year 12 in September 2018 and plan to take final A level exams in the summer of 2021 (i.e. three years after commencing), we will treat these as your first attempt and you will be eligible to make a new application for 2021 entry.

If you are in this situation, and if you had an offer for medicine at Keele for 2020 and held us as Firm or Insurance choice, we will not require you to take UCAT again for your 2021 application. We will also reinstate your conditional offer for 2021 as long as you inform us before 30 Sep 2020 that you intend to reapply. Note that you might wish to take UCAT again if you also wish to apply to other medical schools.

If you are in this situation but did not have an offer for medicine at Keele for 2020, we will require you to take UCAT in the 2020 test season and go through the full application process, including R+R form submission and interview (if shortlisted).

Please note that you must include the grades you were awarded in 2020 (including practical annotation) within your new UCAS application, however, we will not use those grades in any decisions on your eligibility for interview or offer. 

Once you have selected an interview date, you will not be able to change it. We are only able to offer alternative dates for those with extenuating circumstances.

Our selection process requires candidates to be interviewed before any offer can be made. Approximately 600+ applicants will be invited for an interview. For 2021 entry interviews are scheduled to take place online in December, January, February and March. More details about the interview can be found below and in our Interview section

Interview guidance for candidates

MSC Guidance for candidates taking online interviews 


In February, March and April the university run 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.

Use these links to check which documents you are required to provide for your DBS Check.

If applicants decide that they wish to defer entry after they have already submitted their UCAS form, they must complete our Request to defer entry to Medicine MBChB by 31 May. We would not usually consider requests to defer entry once examination results have been published.

Individual requests for feedback from unsuccessful applicants only will be considered between 1 April and 31 July 2021. Please submit requests to medicine@keele.ac.uk

General Feedback 2021 Entry