UKCAT Medical Schools

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UKCAT Medical Schools 2017-11-17T12:08:45+00:00

Universities that require the UKCAT:

Most students applying for medicine will need to take the UKCAT and that is because out of 34 universities there are currently 26 that require the test for entry (as of applications for 2017). This may change year on year so always make sure you check prospectuses when you apply to ensure you know what your choices require. As the UKCAT exam period takes place before the deadline for UCAS applications and you receive your score at the time you take the exam, you will know your UKCAT score when you make your applications. Out of those universities that require the UKCAT, each of them uses the results differently so take the time to check what your choices want. While some will look at your scores for individual sections many simply look at your overall score, placing a minimum cut-off to narrow down which candidates will progress through the selection process.

The current medical schools that require the UKCAT are listed below along with a brief description of how they use your UKCAT scores. Please bear in mind however that admissions criteria are liable to change so make sure to check what the prospectuses and the websites of your top choices suggest.

  • University of Aberdeen
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Scores considered alongside academic grades in interview selection
    • Situational Judgement only used when candidates have similar scores
    • For 2016 lowest score for interview was 2180 and for an offer was 2480
  • Barts and The London
    • Candidates ranked with a 50:50 weighting for UKCAT score and academic ability
    • Must score more than the average to be considered
    • Interviews not offered if total score is below the third decile
  • University of Birmingham
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Candidates ranked with a 70%, 30% weighting for academic ability (GCSE included) and UKCAT score respectively
    • Total UKCAT score used and scored depending on decile
  • University of Bristol
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Candidates ranked with a 20% academic score, 10% UKCAT score and 70% personal statement score
  • Cardiff University
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • UKCAT score might be used in borderline cases
  • University of Dundee
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • UKCAT score is factored when considering for interview
    • Candidate weighting is 40% UKCAT score and 60% academic (weighting is different for graduate applicants)
  • Durham University
    • Threshold varies each year based on scores of all applicants in that cycle
    • Total score looked at
    • UKCAT score used to determine who is called for interview
  • University of East Anglia
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Consider the individual section scores
    • High score is advantageous but a low score doesn’t mean disqualification
    • Unusual to be invited to interview with a score less than 2400
  • University of Edinburgh
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • All candidates UKCAT scores ranked, divided into octiles and given a score
    • Candidate weighting 50% academic, 15% situational judgement section, 20% rest of UKCAT and 15% personal statement (weighting is different for graduate applicants)
    • Average score for an offer of a place in 2016 was 2370
  • University of Exeter
    • No minimum cut off score
    • UKCAT score used as a factor when determining which candidates are selected for interview
  • University of Glasgow
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • UKCAT score considered along with other application aspects
    • Situational Judgement section score not used for 2017 entry
  • Hull York Medical School
    • Applicants with Band 4 (lowest band) score in Situational Judgement section will not be considered
    • UKCAT score used along with GCSE results to decide which candidates receive interview offers
    • UKCAT Situational Judgement test used as an extra interview station
    • Offers of places based mainly on interview performance
  • Keele University
    • Applicants scoring in the bottom 20% nationally or that score Band 4 in Situational Judgement will not be considered
    • UKCAT scores used in borderline cases
    • If your grades are just shy of their requirements you may still be considered on the basis of your UKCAT score
    • If applicants are tied on an academic level they will be ranked on their UKCAT score
    • In 2015 candidates that received offers had a score between 2190 and 3170
  • King’s College London
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Exam performance and UKCAT score most important factor when considering candidates
    • GCSE results, predicted grades, personal statement and references all considered for shortlisting also
  • University of Leicester
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Total UKCAT score used alongside academic ability when selecting for interview
    • Candidates with a Band 4 score in Situational Judgement scrutinized prior to interview
    • Situational Judgement section may be used as an MMI (multiple mini-interview) station
  • University of Liverpool
    • Minimum UKCAT threshold determined each year depending on the national scores
    • Those candidates with Band 4 in Situational Judgement will not be considered
    • Used alongside academic criteria
    • Only those with the most competitive UKCAT scores will be considered
    • Competitive score considered to be 2500 or higher
  • University of Manchester
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Applicants with the 1000 UKCAT scores proceed to interview stage
    • Candidates from similar social and educational backgrounds considered against each other
    • Equal proportions of top scoring candidates from each group asked to interview
  • Newcastle University
    • Threshold score varies each year depending on the scores of the applicants in that cycle
    • Threshold is based on the total UKCAT score
    • UKCAT score considered after academic criteria
  • University of Nottingham
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Candidates that score Band 4 in Situational Judgement will not be considered further
    • Candidates given a score based on their scores for each section
    • Situational Judgement not scored as highly as other sections
    • Top 50% go forward to the next stage which looks at personal statements
  • Plymouth University
    • Threshold score for overall UKCAT score as well as for individual sections
    • Threshold varies annually
    • Minimum scores in 2015; Verbal Reasoning 530, Quantitative Reasoning 650, Abstract Reasoning 610 and Decision Analysis 600
  • Queen’s University Belfast
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • UKCAT score considered for first stage of the selection processes
  • University of Sheffield
    • Threshold score of 1850-2700 or above for consideration
    • Situational Judgement score used to consider which candidates are called for interview
  • University of Southampton
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • Applicants ranked by UKCAT score
    • They do not consider the Situational Judgement Section
  • University of St Andrews
    • No minimum cut-off score
    • UKCAT used to rank students with the top scores called for interview
    • Situational Judgement section contributes to interview score
  • St George’s University of London
    • Candidates required to score 500 or above in each section
    • Overall threshold varies year on year depending on the national results
    • UKCAT scores used to rank applicants for interview and post-interview waiting list
  • University of Warwick
    • Threshold varies based on the scores of applicants for that particular cycle
    • Use verbal reasoning as a predictor of success
    • Applicants scoring below the mean for verbal reasoning that year will not be considered
    • Situational Judgement section not used