All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.
|UK entry requirements
||IB 36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) with GCSEs stated (or equivalent)
A level offer
We do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.
AAA: must include biology (or human biology) and chemistry.
A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately.
We will not accept citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies, or global perspectives as your third A.
You must study three A levels for two years and meet the entry requirements, however you can take an extra A level a year earlier or later if needed to meet the entry requirements or recommended by your school or college.
Please note we do not usually accept A levels which have taken three years to complete.
We will consider resits for no more than two A levels as long as:
- you have completed your A levels in the last 12 months
- you have already obtained at least ABB with at least one A in biology/human biology or chemistry
- you must achieve AAA after taking your resits
You are also able to apply for this course if you already have a degree.
You will need a 2:1 degree in any subject plus the A level requirements and a minimum of GCSE level 4 (C) in maths and English language
You may also consider applying for our Graduate Entry Medicine course as this is specifically aimed at graduates of other disciplines.
Candidates may apply for medicine during any year of their existing degree studies – you do not need to withdraw. You may continue with your studies while awaiting your new Medicine application outcome. Any exams taken while on the degree will not be taken into consideration. A-levels and GCSE’s must therefore meet the requirements as outlined in our standard requirements.
Where a candidate is reliant on their degree for academic entry purposes, they may apply for our course through UCAS at the beginning of their final year with their degree or integrated masters result pending. In these cases, offers to study Medicine will be conditional on candidates achieving the necessary academic requirements. The degree must be an honours degree and the award must be conferred to us by providing a final transcript no later than 20 July each year.
Degrees must have been completed in the natural length intended for your qualification - for example 3 years for a bachelors (like a BSc) or 4 years for an undergraduate masters (like an MSci).
If you are applying with an undergraduate (bachelors or undergraduate masters) degree, you may not need to meet the standard A level requirements. We will review this if you have achieved or are predicted to achieve a first class honours degree at undergraduate level in a relevant subject with enough biology and chemistry content. You will still, however, need to have achieved as least a 4 (C) in GCSE in both maths and English language. Any offers made without the A level requirements are conditional on you achieving a first in your primary degree before starting the course.
For more information on which degrees are relevant, please contact the Student Recruitment Support Hub.
Accelerated degrees resulting in the award of a BSc Hons (completed over two years rather than three) may be accepted in lieu of A levels where a 1st class has been achieved. We will review these applications on a case-by-case basis. GCSE maths and English language must still be achieved at a minimum of C grade. For information on whether your degree is accepted please contact the Student Recruitment Support Hub.
36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent)
We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL).
We do not score the IB and we do not require predicted IB grades as part of our selection process. However, you will still need to achieve the IB grades required to meet your offer.
We will consider resits of a maximum of 2 subjects as long as:
- You have completed your IB in the last 12 months
- You have achieved 34 total points overall
- You have obtained 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a 6 in chemistry or biology – the other one being at level 5.
- Students must be predicted and achieve 666 (including biology and chemistry)
A levels - AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry
IB - 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent)
This type of offer is given to students who meet our contextual admissions or elite athlete criteria.
If you meet the requirements for a contextual applicant and you're successful at interview, your offer will then be lowered to the contextual offer of AAB or 35.
Find out more about contextual offers at the University of Nottingham
Minimum entry requirements
If you are applying with A levels or the IB, you must meet the following GCSE requirements unless otherwise stated.
We require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Level 7 (A).
These 6 GCSEs at Level 7 must include chemistry and biology – or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects – and may include maths and English language.
If maths and English language are not included in your 6 GCSEs at Level 7, you will need a minimum grade of Level 6 in both subjects.
When selecting for interview, GCSE grades are scored and allocated points. We score a maximum of 8 GCSEs including the required subject grades.
If you are applying with a degree, you must have achieved at least a level 4 (C) in maths and English language.
Find out more about the selection process
We do not accept GCSE resits.
Where applicants chose to sit their GCSEs examinations for the first time in the Autumn 2020 or Autumn 2021 examination series, we will not consider this as a re-sit.
We do not accept applied science, short course GCSEs or functional skills for English and maths.
GCSEs taken over multiple years may be accepted for home schooled students as long as they meet the entry requirements.
If English is not your first language, you will need to have proof of your fluency with one of the following:
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 79 (minimum 76)
- Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
If your home country is not the UK, but you moved to the UK (with indefinite leave to remain) within two years before taking GCSE English Language or equivalent and did not achieve Level 6 then we will accept one of the alternative qualifications.
Applicants are usually expected to complete regular work experience when applying for medicine.
This can be:
- Volunteering in a care related setting
- Volunteering with disadvantaged groups
- Paid employment in a job working with the general public
As part of your application we usually ask for evidence of your work experience. This may include a description of the experience, dates for when it took place, and a reference contact.
Please note, we are not expecting any NHS work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Your application for 2023 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete any NHS work experience you had planned. We will however be looking for knowledge of the profession and an understanding of the scope of the role and we may ask about this during your interview.
If possible we'd advise that you speak to someone working in the NHS to ensure you are making an informed choice about your career in medicine.
We expect you to demonstrate a commitment to caring for people and a realistic idea of what working as a doctor entails.
Any students considering a gap year should use their time constructively either by working or further preparing yourself for a future career in medicine.
You must also complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the same year you are applying. We do not accept the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for entry.
Find out more about the UCAT
We do not have a fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview.
We do not accept applicants who achieve Band 4 on the Situational Judgement Test on the UCAT.
Find out more about how we use the UCAT in the selection process for interviews
You will be required to have an interview. For 2023 entry, all interviews are likely to be online using Microsoft Teams.
Interviews are offered to candidates based on scores as calculated by our selection process. The percentage threshold varies from year to year based on the number of applicants.
If you meet the entry requirements for the course and have completed the Nottingham Pathways to Medicine Programme, the Nottingham Potential Summer School, the Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, or the Lincoln Medical School Summer School, you will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. However, 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 those applying for their first degree.
Find out more about the selection process for interviews
Fitness to practise
We must be confident in your conduct, health and ability to be professional and interact safely with patients.
As part of your application you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. This usually takes place around May or June for offer holders.
We are able to accept pre-existing DBS checks as long as they meet the enhanced criteria check and are registered on the Update Service.
If we have any serious concerns we will not offer you a place, and reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.
Find out more about fitness to practise
Excluded students database
When offering places to students we check the MSC Excluded Students Database as part of our commitment to professionalism and fitness to practise. We may also ask if you have encountered professionalism issues with other professional bodies such as the Pharmacy Council or the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
If either we or another medical school have terminated your studies, your details are shared with regulatory bodies and other medical schools through this database.
All offers are made subject to being successful at interview, and having an occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues.
If you are still studying for the required qualifications and your predicted grades meet the entry requirements, offers will be conditional on you achieving those grades.
If you have already met the offer requirements, offers will be unconditional subject to having an occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues.
Find out more about the undergraduate selection process.
Foundation progression options
If you don't meet the grades for this course and meet specific criteria, you could apply for our Medicine at Lincoln with a Foundation Year course. It's the same great course, but it gives you an extra year to ensure you have the skills you need to succeed in Medicine.
Please note that you cannot apply for both this course and the Medicine at Lincoln with a Foundation Year course.
You cannot use other foundation courses at this university or any other medical school to transfer onto this course.