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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.

COVID-19 update

The UCAT Consortium has published a statement regarding the current COVID-19 situation and its impact on the test on the UCAT website.

Following this current guidance, we are expecting applicants to offer a UCAT result for 2021 entry for our Medicine course.

About the UCAT

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 approximately the top third of all results nationally and you achieve Band 1 or 2 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), you will likely 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. Please note that for 2021 entry, this is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 page. 

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.

Please note that we do not consider applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) element of the UCAT. Applicants with a SJT band 3 are welcome to apply. However, we will prioritise applicants who are in bands 1 and 2 in both our UCAT and holistic assessments.

Further information