Medicine alternative qualifications

Alternative qualifications accepted for 2020 entry to Medicine with the Health Foundation Year

BTEC Qualifications




Level 3 Extended Diploma or National Diploma


Any subject

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including GCSE Maths and English language at a minimum of grade 4 (C)

Level 3 Diploma or BTEC National Certificate


Accepted with one A level grade A*

Or D*D with one A Level at grade A

Any subject

A level must not include Chemistry or a subject covered by the BTEC

As above

BTEC National Award or Subsidiary Diploma


Accepted with two A levels grade A*A or D* and two A Levels grade AA

Any subject

A levels must not include Chemistry, biology in combination with another science, or a subject covered by the BTEC

As above

Access to HE Diploma

All modules must be at Distinction grades or marks of at least 70%
60 credits  a minimum of 45 credits with distinction at Level 3 and another 15 credits passed at a minimum of level 2

Science or non-science accepted

GCSE Maths and English language at a minimum of grade 4 (C)

Level 2 equivalents are not accepted

Honours Degree

1st or 2.1 classification and A level grades BBB or above.

Non-science subjects

As above

International/EU candidates


Candidates whose first language is not English will need IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in all subtests.  IGCSE grade B may be accepted if the speaking and listening element has been taken.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 35 points including Highers 6,6,6 and Standard levels 6,6,5

Chemistry at Higher Level/Standard Level is not accepted

English language grade 6 is accepted in lieu of GCSE English

Further information on accepted qualifications can be found on the School of Medicine website.

Applicants' qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.