University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
All applicants for both the standard five-year (A206) and six-year (A204) courses are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), formerly known as the UKCAT.
UCAT has been designed to help universities determine whether you have the best combination of mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour appropriate for an aspiring doctor. The test is taken online at centres throughout the UK and internationally. Its aim is to probe innate skills and competencies rather than test acquired knowledge.
Further details are available through the UCAT website, which you are advised to visit early in the application process. You are strongly advised that the best way to prepare for the test is by practicing the sample questions on the UCAT website.
The UCAT result is valid only for the year in which you apply (either for direct or deferred entry). If you are making a second application, you must retake the UCAT.
Use of the UCAT
To help identify talented students from all backgrounds, UCAT scores from UK/EU candidates who come from similar educational and socio-demographic backgrounds are considered together. This is conducted using supplementary information provided by publicly available datasets.
We will also use the SJT section of the UCAT in our assessment for 2020 entry and expect applicants to be in Bands 1 or 2.