Entry Requirements for Medicine A100

Keele University 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.

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Applicants must meet all of the entry requirements detailed in the route they are eligible for.

In addition to the academic entry requirements listed on this webpage, applicants should also read our 'how to apply' webpage which includes information about additional entry requirements such as our Roles and Responsibilities form and the interview process. 

UK / Home Applicants

A level route

Applicants who have not undertaken study for any higher-level qualifications

Aptitude test – UCAT

A total UCAT score below 2,280 or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered

Five GCSEs at grade 7/A including a minimum of grade 6/B in

  • English Language
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

GCSE combined science (6/6) and IGCSE co-ordinated sciences (double award, 66 or BB) are accepted. 

GCSE requirements must be met before applying.

 

A level grades A*AA or AAA + EPQ grade A/A* (please see our Widening Participation pages)

Any science A-Level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement.

A level subjects must include -

A first designated subject from 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry 

PLUS

A second designated subject from

  • Biology,
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Maths/Further Maths/Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

PLUS 

A third academic subject excluding General studies, Citizenship, Critical thinking and barred subject combinations

Only one subject from a combination of Maths/Further Maths/Statistics will be considered. 

Applicants may apply with achieved grades of A*AA with only one first or second designated subject if they are currently taking further A-Levels to complete the subject requirements.

Graduate route

 

Applicants applying with a Bachelor's degree

 

 

Aptitude test - UCAT

A total UCAT score below 2,280 or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered

GAMSAT is also required if A level or science GCSE requirements not met

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

GCSE minimum grade 6/B in

  • English Language
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

GCSE combined science (6/6) and IGCSE co-ordinated sciences (double award, 66 or BB) are accepted.

GCSE requirements must be met before applying.

 

A level grades BBB including

A first designated subject from

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

PLUS

 A second designated subject from

  • Biology,
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Maths/Further Maths/Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

PLUS

A third academic subject excluding General studies, Citizenship, Critical thinking and barred subject combinations

Only one subject from a combination of Maths/Further Maths/Statistics will be considered.

 

Honours degree 1st or 2:1 in any subject

Postgraduate qualifications (PGCert, PGDip, master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be considered

Access to HE route

Applicants who have not undertaken Level-3 or higher qualifications within three years prior to commencing the Access course

 

 

Aptitude test – UCAT

A total UCAT score below 2,280 or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered

GCSE minimum grade 6/B in

  • English Language
  • Maths 

May be taken during the current academic year

 

An Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) complying with the QAA subject descriptor for medicine with 45 graded level-3 credits at distinction plus 15 ungraded level-2/3 credits passed.

 

Aptitude Tests

 

All applicants with a UK/Home fee status must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year of application (i.e. in 2022 if applying in October 2022 for 2023 entry or for deferred entry for 2024).

All applicants with international fees status are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) rather than UCAT.  This will be used instead of the Roles & Responsibilities form to select for interview.

All Graduate applicants who do not meet the A level or science GCSE requirements must take the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) as well as the UCAT or BMAT as above.

For information on how fee status is assessed visit the UKCISA webpages for more information. Applicants may be required to complete a fees assessment before their application can be assessed.

International Applicants

A level (or equivalent) route

 

Applicants who have not undertaken study for any higher-level qualifications

Aptitude test - BMAT

GCSE or equivalent or evidence up to 11th grade/age 16 of high performance in

  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 

GCSE English language grade 6/B or

  • 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
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT or IBT Home Edition) 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 0500, 0900 or 0524 [USA]) first language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in component 4 (speaking & listening test)
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B

A level grades A*AA

A level subjects must include -

A first designated subject from 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

PLUS

A second designated subject from

  • Biology,
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Maths/Further Maths/Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

PLUS 

A third academic subject excluding General studies, Citizenship, Critical thinking and barred subject combinations

Only one subject from a combination of Maths/Further Maths/Statistics will be considered.

Applicants may apply with achieved grades of A*AA with only one first or second designated subject if they are currently taking further A-Levels to complete the subject requirements.

or equivalent qualifications listed by country on our international entry requirements page.

 

Graduate route 

 Applicants applying with a Bachelor's degree 

Aptitude test - BMAT  

GAMSAT is also required if A level or science GCSE (or equivalent) requirements not met  

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 section 
 
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 

 GCSE or equivalent or evidence up to 11th grade/age 16 of high performance in  
  • Maths 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 

GCSE English language grade 6/B or  

  • 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 
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT or IBT Home Edition) 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 0500, 0900 or 0524 [USA]) first language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in component 4 (speaking & listening test) 
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B.
 A level grades BBB including  

 A first designated subject from 

  • Biology  
  • Chemistry 

PLUS 

 A second designated subject from  

  • Biology,  
  • Chemistry 
  • Economics 
  • Maths/Further Maths/Statistics 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 

PLUS 

A third academic subject excluding General studies, Citizenship, Critical thinking and barred subject combinations.

Only one subject from a combination of Maths/Further Maths/Statistics will be considered. 

Postgraduate qualifications (PGCert, PGDip, master’s degrees, doctorates) will not be considered.
 

Equivalent Qualifications

Please note, the following qualifications will not be considered:

  • T-Levels
  • BTEC qualifications
  • Key skills qualifications

The following qualifications are considered with the following requirements:

A minimum of P1 standard in all components including Global Perspectives and Independent Research (GPR)

Principal subjects with grades of D1 D3 M1 with Chemistry required at a minimum of M1.

A second science (Biology, Mathematics or Physics) and a third subject with no grades below M1.

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

Scores for Pre-U short courses in modern languages will not be taken into consideration.

Up to two A-Levels at grade A or above may be substituted for Pre-U Principal subjects.  The overall Principal grades should be equivalent to D1.   The subject and combination exclusions apply to A level components.

 

  • A level route equivalent 

A minimum of five National 5s at grade 7/A with a minimum of 6/B in English Language, Mathematics and Sciences.

 

Higher: minimum of AAAAA including Chemistry/Biology plus a second science (Chemistry/Biology/Physics) 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: Chemistry/Biology/Physics) 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 National 5 grade B.

  • Graduate route equivalent

Higher: minimum of BBBBB plus Advanced Higher grades of BB including Chemistry or Biology and a second science at Higher and two sciences at Advanced Higher

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 at Advanced Higher grade A.

National 5 requirements must also be met.

Grade A 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:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Maths/Further Maths/Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

GCSE requirements must also be met, as detailed in the A-level route above.

  • A level route equivalent

Achieve IB Diploma with a score of at least 36 points (including ToK/EE)

Higher level: minimum grades 666 including Chemistry or Biology

Plus one from:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Application & Interpretation)

and a third rigorous subject.

Standard level: minimum grades 555

Any science not taken at the higher level must be offered at standard level grade 5 or GCSE grade 6 (or equivalent).

We accept Standard level A&A or A&I Maths as long as the science requirements are met at Higher level.

GCSE requirements must also be met, as detailed in the A-level route above.

English language (Language A) at Standard level grade 6 is accepted in lieu of GCSE English language.

Middle Years Programme (MYP) with five grade 6s and including Maths and all the Sciences at grade 5 is accepted in lieu of GCSE requirements.

  • Graduate route equivalent

Achieve IB Diploma with a score of at least 28 IB points from six academic subjects including the Chemistry or Biology

Plus one from:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Application & Interpretation)

and a third rigorous subject, with no subject grades below 4 and no more than one HL grade below 5.

  • A level route equivalent 

Six H1 or H2 grades at Higher level including Biology or Chemistry

plus two more of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Agricultural science
  • Mathematics/Applied Mathematics

A minimum of five grade As at Junior Certificate with English, Maths and all Sciences at minimum grade B.

  • Graduate route equivalent

Three subjects at H2 or higher including Chemistry or Biology

plus one more of the following subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Physics

plus three more at H3 or higher

English Language and Maths and science at Junior Certificate grade B.