School of Medicine
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Undergraduate Selection Process

When selecting students, we use a combination of your GCSE and UCAT results to judge how suitable you are for the course. We then use your interview performance to decide who to issue offers to.

Please select the relevant year of entry to see our full selection process.

Information for September 2022

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

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'll 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 (A level and UCAT) but have not taken GCSEs or are applying with a degree, we are likely to only use your UCAT results to select for interview. Equal consideration will be given to those who are scored based only on their UCAT results.

If there are 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

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) 

UCAT helps us find applicants who have the most appropriate abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required of doctors. These will help you to be successful in a clinical career. 

Applicants to our Medicine courses must complete the UCAT in the same year you're applying. 

Find out more and sign up to 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'll score your highest eight subjects.
  • For the six-year courses (A108 and A18L) we'll 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 or A*  4
 8  3
 7 or A  2
 6 or B  1

Minimum entry requirements

To progress to the next scoring stage, you'll 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'll need to proceed are:

  • five or higher for our six-year courses (A108 and A18L)
  • 12 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 evidence, 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 one  60
 Band two  45
 Band three  20
 Band four

If you achieve Band four on the SJT, you won't be considered for an 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 two  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 don't have a fixed threshold score when selecting for interview.

The score threshold varies depending on

  • the course applied for
  • whether you're a standard applicant, contextual applicant, or international applicant
  • the number of places we have on offer
  • the number of applications we receive that year

Fast track to interview

If you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course and have completed any of the following

  • Nottingham Pathways to Medicine Programme
  • Nottingham Potential
  • Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School

you'll 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're eligible for the fast track to interview you'll still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band one to three 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 2022 entry, due to the pandemic, all interviews will be online using Microsoft Teams.

Applicants will need access to IT equipment with a webcam and microphone, reliable Wi-Fi and a private and quiet space without interruptions. 

Your interviews will: 

  • include four interviewers
  • last about 60 minutes
  • include six, five-minute scenarios, with questions
  • include one role-play scenario with a current medical student
  • need you to be able to read information. Make sure you have any display screen aids or filters that you may require ready in place
  • ask you to briefly talk about one of your interests and teach the interviewer something about your chosen interest. You'll need to allow time within the five minutes allocated for this scenario to interact with the interviewer to check their understanding and make sure they have correctly understood what you want to teach them. Props, including physical objects, diagrams, models, notes or PowerPoint cannot be used.

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
  • 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'll receive more information about your interview if you're invited for an interview.

 

Offer

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

We'll 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're offered a place with us, we'll contact you with more information on how to complete these processes.

If you've 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.

 

 

 
Information for September 2023

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'll 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're 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 for 2023 entry

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

UCAT helps us find applicants who have the most appropriate abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required of doctors. These will also help you to be successful in a clinical career.

Applicants to our 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'll score your highest eight subjects
  • For the six-year courses (A108 and A18L) we'll 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

The below table shows the points we award for your grades.

GCSE scores
 Grade Points
 9 or A*  4
 8  3
 7 or A  2
 6 or B  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

To progress to the next scoring stage, you'll need to meet our minimum entry requirements. As long as the grade requirements in the compulsory subject of science, English language, and maths are met the minimum score you'll need to proceed are:

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

UCAT

If you've met our minimum GCSE requirements, we'll then use your UCAT results.

The UCAT scores you on five different areas:

  1. verbal reasoning
  2. quantitative reasoning 
  3. abstract reasoning
  4. decision making
  5. 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 the situations a few points higher or lower won't impact your application, we assign our own points based on the UCAT results. Based on recent evidence, 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 element 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
 BandPoints
Band one 60
Band two 45
Band three 20
Band four 0

Any applicants who achieve Band four on the test will not be considered for interview. 

 
Example 

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

 UCAT selection 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 two  45

Final score

Your combined score will create your final score which helps us to decide who we'll interview.

 

 

Selection for interview

We don't 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
  • the number of applications we receive 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
  • Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School
  • Lincoln Medical School Summer School

you'll be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. Providing you have met our minimum entry requirements and did not achieve a Band four in the Situational Judgement Test in your UCAT. 

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're eligible for the fast track, you'll still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band one to three on the Situational Judgement Test.

Fast track is only applicable to applicants who are applying for their first degree. 

 

Interview

Following the scoring process, successful applications will be invited to interview. 

For 2023 entry, all interviews are likely to be online using Microsoft Teams.

Applicants will need access to IT equipment with a webcam and microphone, reliable Wi-Fi and a private and quiet space without interruptions. 

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
  • 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'll receive more information about your interview if selected.

 

Offer

After your interview, we'll review any additional information you provide including personal statements and school references to make sure they are satisfactory. They won't be scored.

We'll 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're 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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