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Undergraduate Selection Process

When selecting students for our courses we use a combination of their GCSE and UCAT results along with their performance at the interview stage to decide who to issue offers to.

If you have not taken GCSEs, we are likely to base our selection only on your UCAT results and your performance at the interview stage.

We do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent.

If you have any extenuating circumstance, like an illness or unforeseen personal circumstances, you must inform the relevant exam boards before the exam or test to inform their grading or to reschedule it depending on the exam. If you don't meet the entry requirements and you have not informed the relevant exam boards, then we are unlikely to consider your application.  

UCAT

We use the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) to find applicants who have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required to become a doctor and 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 will need to meet the entry requirements for the relevant course as seen on the course profile. This includes English language at Level 6 (B).

Medicine and Medicine at Lincoln

You will be awarded points for each grade you achieve at GCSE level for your highest eight subjects, though this will include the compulsory subjects of the sciences, English language and maths. A maximum of 16 points can be awarded.

Grade

Points

8 or 9 (A*)

2

7 (A)

1

In order to meet the current entry requirements you will need a score of 6 or higher.

Example

If you achieved five 8s and three 7s in your GCSEs you would receive a total of 13 points.

Medicine with a Foundation Year and Medicine at Lincoln with a Foundation Year

You will be awarded points for each grade you achieve at GCSE level for your highest six subjects, though this will include the compulsory subjects of the sciences, English language and maths. A maximum of 18 points can be awarded.

Grade

Points

8 or 9 (A*)

3

7 (A)

2

6 (B)

1

In order to meet the current entry requirements you will need a score of 5 or higher.

Example

If you achieved two 8s and three 7s and one 6 in your GCSEs you would receive a total of 13 points.

 

UCAT

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 either way don’t impact, we assign our own points based on the UCAT results.

A maximum of 40 points can be awarded for the UCAT.

Cognitive Skills

UCAT Score

Points

801 to 900

9

701 to 800

8

601 to 700

7

501 to 600

6

401 to 500

5

301 to 400

4

Situational Judgement Test

SJT Band

Points

Band 1

4

Band 2

2

Band 3

1

Band 4

0

 

Any applicants who achieve Band 4 on the SJT will not be accepted.

 

Example

With the following results you would receive a total of 28 points out of 40.

UCAT Section

UCAT Score

Points

Verbal Reasoning

680

7

Quantitative Reasoning

500

5

Abstract Reasoning

710

8

Decision Making

580

6

Situational Judgement Test

Band 2

2

 

Final Score

The GCSE score and the UCAT score are then added together to create your final score.

There are a maximum of 56 points that can be awarded.

Example

Our example candidate achieved 13 points for their GCSEs and 28 points on the UCAT.

Their final score would be 41 out of 56.

If the example candidate had GCSE equivalents, we would only use their UCAT score.

This would make their final score 28 out of 40.

Selection for Interview

Interviews are offered to the top percentage of candidates based on their final scores.

We do not have a fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview as the score threshold is based on the number of applicants and varies from year to year. 

The UCAT threshold is set using the scores of applicants with GCSE scores. Anyone with GCSE equivalents will be selected for interview if they meet the same UCAT threshold score.

Interview

If you are successful you will be invited for an interview at either Nottingham or Lincoln depending on the courses you have applied for. This will be in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and will be made up of eight stations.

The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities we consider essential for the practice of medicine. You will be expected to have good communication and listening skills, an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for 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

Following your interview, we will review your application and offer places to the best applicants. Offers will only be based on your performance at interview.

We will also review personal statements, references and your work experience information to make sure they are satisfactory, but they will not be scored.

All offers are made subject to being successful at interview, and having a satisfactory occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues. If you have been offered a place on one of our courses, we will contact you with more information on how to complete these processes.

If you have any extenuating circumstances while holding an offer to study medicine, please provide the details to the relevant exam board.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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