School of Medicine
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Undergraduate Selection Process

We use a combination of your GCSE and UCAT results to check the selection criteria have been met. Offers are made based on your interview performance alone.

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

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University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

UCAT helps us identify applicants who have the most appropriate abilities, attitudes and skills required of doctors.

It's expected that you'll take the UCAT in the year that you're applying. We don’t use a fixed score to select for interviews. Once you've applied through UCAS and if you meet our academic entry requirements, we'll use each of your UCAT component raw scores in our own scoring and selection process. We use a threshold to determine who will be selected for interview. This threshold varies year by year and cannot be determined in advance. We do not publish any information about previous years or this year’s threshold.

More information about the UCAT score can be found here.

Register for UCAT

 
 

Scoring

GCSEs

Medicine BMedSci and BMBS (A100) and Medicine at Lincoln BMedSci and BMBS (A10L) 

When selecting for interview, we’ll score your highest eight GCSEs. You must have:

  • a minimum of six GCSEs at Level 7 (A), including both Biology and Chemistry
  • achieved a minimum of a grade 6 (B) in Maths and English Language

Medicine with Foundation BMedSci and BMBS (A108) and Medicine at Lincoln with Foundation BMedSci and BMBS (A18L)

When selecting for interview, we’ll score your highest six GCSE results. You must have

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at Level 6 (B). This must include:
    • Maths and English Language
    • Chemistry and Biology or double science, if you haven’t taken the individual science subjects.

All five and six-year medicine courses - A100, A10L, A108, A18L

GCSEs taken over multiple years may be accepted only for home-schooled students if they meet the entry requirements. We do not accept:

  • GCSE resits
  • applied science
  • short course GCSEs
  • functional skills for English and maths
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.

UCAT

The UCAT scores you on five different areas:

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Quantitative reasoning 
  3. Abstract reasoning
  4. Decision making
  5. Situational Judgement Test

We do not accept applicants who score a Band 4 on the Situational Judgement Test.

We double the score for verbal reasoning due to published research evidence.

A maximum of 60 points can be awarded for the cognitive skills element of the UCAT. There is no fixed threshold score to be selected for interview.

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 1 60
Band 2 45
Band 3 20
Band 4 0

If you achieve Band 4 on the SJT test, 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 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 2 45

 

 

Selection for interview

Your GCSE and UCAT scores will be added together. There is no fixed threshold score when selecting for interview.

Non standard GCSE results

If you have not taken GCSE or iGCSE or equivalents are considered separately and will have their UCAT scored. You will not be disadvantaged by only having their UCAT scored.

Fast track to interview

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

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

you'll be considered for an interview without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. You must:

  • have met our minimum entry requirements and achieved a Band 1, 2 or 3 on the Situational Judgement Test in your UCAT
  • have not studied at a University before

Fast track to interview is also available for elite athletes on the A100 and A108 courses if the minimum entry requirements are met. Find out more on our applying for Medicine at Nottingham guide.

 

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

We won’t score any additional information you provide, such as personal statements and school references, but they will be reviewed after your interview to make sure they are satisfactory.

We'll offer places to the best applicants based on interview performance. All offers are made subject to:

  • being successful at interview 
  • having an occupational health assessment 
  • having disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance 
  • no fitness to practise issues

If you’re made an offer, we’ll contact you with more information on how to complete these processes.  

Important information

  • If you’re still studying and your predicted grades meet the entry requirements, offers will be conditional on you achieving those grades.
  • If you've any extenuating circumstances 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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