University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
All applicants for both the standard five-year (A106) and six-year (A104) 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 healthcare professional. 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 threshold
We have two primary selection criteria involving the UCAT.
Application of the UCAT threshold
If your UCAT score is in the approximately the top third of all results nationally then you will be invited to interview based on our UKCAT threshold as long as you meet our minimum academic requirements (for example, GCSE and predicted grades). We expect to invite approximately 900-1000 candidates to interview based on this selection route.
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 against each other. This is conducted using supplementary information provided by publicly available datasets.
To help you determine where your UCAT score sits nationally, please refer to the UCAT Cognitive Test Statistics (PDF).
What if my score does not meet the threshold?
We recognise that everyone has a different set of skills. If your UCAT does not fall within the top third of results nationally then we will include it as part of a holistic assessment using all the information available to us to arrive at a decision (for example, GCSE grades, A-level profile, additional qualifications, NAI form etc). We expect to invite 500-600 applicants to interview on this selection route.
You may offer BMAT in lieu of our standard entry requirements if:
- You are classed as “Overseas” for tuition fees purposes
- You have studied and have or will achieve a U.S. High School Diploma (but do not have Scholastic Aptitude Test II or Advanced Placement qualifications which would satisfy our standard entry requirements).
Applicants in this position MUST declare the BMAT (pending or achieved) in the qualifications section on their UCAS application. If BMAT is not declared (and the application does not satisfy our standard entry requirements) the application will be rejected and will not be reinstated under any circumstances.