Academic Requirements – UK Qualifications

Introduction

There is a wide range of entrance qualification options for students. To find out more about the minimum entrance requirements for your qualifications, please read details about your qualification type and/or the country in which you have studied, by selecting from the list below.

Non-native English speakers should also read about English Language Requirements on the Entry Requirements page.

Re-taking examinations

Candidates who take more than the normal number of years to obtain their qualifications will only be considered if there have been extenuating circumstances that are fully documented. The re-taking of AS modules would be allowed as long as the A2 qualifications were achieved after 2 years of study.

Applicants who have recently had a change of career direction resulting in new subject options might be considered if their application is supported by a very strong previous academic performance and excellent predictions. Three A levels would still be required at one sitting. Please email medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk for guidance.

Applicants should also read about How Students are Selected.

AAAAB (Highers in S5) including Chemistry (A grade) and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

BBB (Highers/Advanced Highers in S6)

  • The Higher qualifications should normally be obtained at the same sitting in S5. Exceptions may be made for candidates who attend schools which are unable to present pupils for five Highers at one sitting.
  • Applicants who obtain a B grade in Chemistry in S5 may be considered if they are sitting Advanced Higher Chemistry in S6.
  • If Biology, Mathematics and English have not been passed at Higher grade, each must normally have been passed at Intermediate 2 (grade A or B) or National 5 (grade A or B).
  • Human Biology may replace Biology.
  • A Higher in Intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is not acceptable as one of 5 Highers required at one sitting.
  • Students unable to take missing sciences in S5 may take the missing subject(s) in S6. Two science subjects must be sat in the same year – either S5 or S6.
  • Offers made will be conditional and based on S6 programmes of study.
  • Advanced Highers or a mix of Highers and Advanced Highers are acceptable.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have achieved the prescribed AAAAB in S5 and be predicted to achieve at least BBB in S6 studies.

  • AAA (Advanced levels) including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • If Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at Advanced (A2) or AS Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better. Dual award Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Biology.
  • Human Biology may replace Biology.
  • General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research are not considered.
  • Advanced Levels must be studied over a two year period and completed in Year 13.
  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered for the 3 subjects required at Advanced Level.
  • Four Advanced Levels or a fourth subject at AS are not required.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect A Level applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve AAA in the appropriate subjects at A level.

• D3 in three subjects including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
• A mix of Advanced (A2) levels at A grade (see GCE – Advanced Levels section) and Pre-U subjects (at D3 level) will be considered.
• If Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at Pre-U, Advanced (A2) or AS Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better. Dual award Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Biology.
• Human Biology may replace Biology.
• General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research are not considered.
• Pre-U and/or Advanced Levels must be studied over a two year period and completed in Year 13.
• Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered for the 3 subjects required at Pre-U/Advanced Level.
• Four Pre-U/Advanced Levels or a fourth subject at AS are not required.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect A Level applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve AAA in the appropriate subjects at A level.

Graduate Requirements (UCAS code A100/A990, 6 year course)

  • Upper Second or First class Honours Science degree (or equivalent) to have been obtained within last 5 years.

Additional requirements over and above Honours Degree

  • Chemistry Higher/Advanced Higher/A-level (or equivalent) (Grade A at first sitting) to have been obtained within last 6 years. (Upper Second or First class Honours degree in Chemistry, or degree with substantial Chemistry content, accepted in lieu of A-level, Higher or Advanced Higher).
  • Plus grade B in Biology, English and Mathematics GCSEs or equivalent.

NOTES:

  • Only applicants with Science Honours degrees will be considered.
  • Applicants who have not studied Chemistry at the appropriate level at the time of leaving school or at undergraduate level might be eligible to apply if they obtain grade A (first sitting) in Higher/Advanced Higher/A-Level or equivalent post degree.
  • Applicants whose degree is more than 5 years old will not be considered.
  • Further study (except for a PhD) will not ameliorate for a degree that is more than 5 years old.
  • Those offering a PhD should contact Medical Admissions for advice, email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • A Lower Second Class honours degree followed by a second degree (First or Upper Second Class honours, Masters or PhD) will not be accepted.
  • Entry requirements would be the same for both Scottish/EU/RUK and those who are ‘Overseas’ for fee purposes.
  • A GPA of 3.5 is considered to be the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours degree. For advice with regard to degree classifications from other countries please email sturecruit@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • Any references to qualifications being obtained within a certain number of years should be taken to mean the date at the point of entry to Medicine.

Undergraduates who are in FIRST year of an undergraduate programme will be considered if they have fulfilled our academic entry requirements before they began their undergraduate course. They must apply by the deadline of 15 October (first semester of first undergraduate year) and have sat the UKCAT that year. We will not consider applicants who have progressed to second year. Meeting minimum entry requirements will not guarantee an offer – grades will have to be competitive with grades of all those applying at the same time. No credit for the undergraduate year is given as all entrants must do the full 6 years of the medical degree.

  • Those who are already on, or have previously studied on, undergraduate medical degree programmes will not be considered.
  • For both graduates and undergraduates, a reference from their university tutor commenting on their academic performance and suitability for medicine should be part of their UCAS application.
  • A university transcript of academic performance should be forwarded to the Admissions Office as supplementary information. Graduates need to supply an academic transcript of their performance at university at the time of application. Those who will be graduating should, at the time of application, supply details of undergraduate courses taken and grades obtained so far.

Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (ScotGEM) MB ChB (4 year course) – 2018 entry

We are delighted that the Scottish Government has chosen the Medical Schools at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, in partnership with University of the Highlands and Islands, to run a graduate entry programme for Medicine, with the first cohort entering in 2018.

For more information please go to the following link:
medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/graduate-entry-medicine

  • HNC, HND and SQA National Certificate qualifications are not taken into consideration for places in Medicine. Open University qualifications are taken into account only in the cases of those who will have graduated with a BSc honours degree in science from the Open University by the time of the proposed entry to the Medicine course.
  • Advanced Diplomas currently available do not provide a progression route to Medicine at St Andrews. We will continue to review each Advanced Diploma as it becomes available.
  • A pass in the Baccalaureate will be required, along with specified grades in three A Levels.

International Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: 38 points to include:
    Higher level: 3 passes at Grade 6,6,6 and Standard Level: 3 passes at Grade 6,6,6.
    Chemistry and one of either Biology, Mathematics or Physics must be offered at Higher Level.
    Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered at Standard Level if not offered at Higher Level.
  • Biology, Mathematics and English at GCSE grade B or better might be considered in lieu of Standard Level.
  • Standard Level Mathematics Studies is not acceptable.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk