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Undergraduate Selection Process

When selecting students for our courses we use a combination of their GCSE and UCAT results to judge how suitable they are for the course. We then use their performance at the interview stage to decide who to issue offers to.

For 2022 entry, our scoring system has been updated. All of our undergraduate entry courses now use the same scoring system to make the system easier to understand.

We do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as we do not require predicted A level grades as part of our selection process. However, you will still need to achieve the A level grades or equivalent required to meet the academic conditions of any offers.

If you meet our entry requirements but have not taken GCSEs or are applying with a degree, we are likely to only use your UCAT results to select for interview. Your application will not be disadvantaged if we only use your UCAT results.

If you have any extenuating circumstances you must inform your exam board before the exam or test. This is to inform their grading or to help you reschedule depending on the exam. Extenuating circumstances usually include illness or unforeseen personal situations.

If you don't meet the entry requirements and you have not informed the relevant exam boards of any extenuating circumstances, then we are unlikely to consider your application.  

View our admissions policy

UCAT

We use the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). This helps us find applicants who have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required of doctors. These will help you to be successful in a clinical career.

Applicants to the Medicine courses must complete the UCAT in the same year they’re applying.

Find out more and sign up to take the UCAT

 

Scoring

GCSEs

You'll be awarded points for each grade you achieve at GCSE level.

For the five year courses (A100 and A10L) we will score your highest eight subjects.

For the six year courses (A108 and A18L) we will score your highest six subjects.

The compulsory subjects of the sciences, English language and maths will be included in the scored subjects.

A maximum of 32 points can be awarded.

GCSE scores

Grade

Points

9

4

8

3

7

2

6

1

Example

If you achieved five 8s and two 7s with a 6 in English language in your GCSEs you would receive a total of 20 points.

Minimum entry requirements

In order to progress to the next scoring stage you will need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

As long as the grade requirements in the compulsory subjects of the sciences, English language, and maths are met, the minimum scores you will need to proceed are:

  • 6 or higher for our six year courses (A108 and A18L)
  • 11 or higher for our five year courses (A100 and A10L)

UCAT

If you have met our minimum GCSE entry requirements, we will then make use of your UCAT results.

The UCAT scores you on five different areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Situational Judgement

The first four categories are scored by UCAT out of 900. The Situational Judgement Test places you in one of four bands.

To make sure that in most situations a few points higher or lower won't impact an application, we assign our own points based on the UCAT results. From 2022 entry onward, based on recent studies, we now place more value on your verbal reasoning ability and so will double the score you get in that category.

A maximum of 60 points can be awarded for the cognitive skills elements of the UCAT.

Cognitive Skills

UCAT Score

Points

801 to 900

12

701 to 800

10

601 to 700

8

501 to 600

6

401 to 500

2

Situational Judgement Test

SJT Band

Points

Band 1

60

Band 2

45

Band 3

20

Band 4

0

 

Any applicants who achieve Band 4 on the SJT will not be considered for interview.

 

Example

With the following results you would receive a total of 79 points out of 120.

UCAT Section

UCAT Score

Points

Verbal Reasoning

680

8 X 2 = 16

Quantitative Reasoning

500

2

Abstract Reasoning

710

10

Decision Making

580

6

Situational Judgement Test

Band 2

45

 

Final Score

The GCSE score and the UCAT scores are then added together to create your final score which will help us to decide who we will invite to interview.

Selection for Interview

We do not have a fixed threshold score when selecting for interview.

The score threshold varies depending on the course applied for; whether you are a standard applicant, a contextual applicant, or an international applicant; the number of places we have on offer; and the number of applications we receive in that year.

Fast track to interview

If you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course and have completed the Nottingham Pathways to Medicine Programme, Nottingham Potential or Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, you will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. 

The fast track to interview is also available for elite athletes on the A100 and A108 courses if the minimum entry requirements are met.

If you are eligible for the fast track to interview you will still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test.

The fast track to interview is only applicable to applicants who are applying for their first degree. 

Interview

Following the scoring process, successful applicants will be invited for interview.

This is usually in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) at either Nottingham or Lincoln and they are typically made up of eight stations. 

For 2021 entry, due to the pandemic, all interviews were online using Microsoft Teams.

The interviews:

  • Had two interviewers on the panel
  • Lasted between 30 and 40 minutes
  • Included questions on four scenarios one of which was a role play.

Applicants required access to IT equipment with a webcam and microphone, reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet space.

For 2022 entry, interviews may be face to face or online using Microsoft Teams. We will provide more details as they become available.

The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities usually considered important for the practice of medicine. You'll be expected to have:

  • good communication and listening skills,
  • an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork
  • and respect for patients and the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine. 

These qualities are based on the Medical School Council's guidelines.

You will receive more information about the interview day if you are invited for an interview.

Offer

After your interview, we will  review any additional information you provide including personal statements and school references to make sure they are satisfactory, but they will not be scored.

We will then offer places to the best applicants based on your performance at interview.

All offers are made subject to an occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues. If you are offered a place with us, we'll contact you with more information on how to complete these processes.

If you have any extenuating circumstances while holding an offer to study medicine that might affect you achieving the  academic conditions of your offer, please provide the details as soon as you can to the relevant exam board.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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