September – the start of a new academic year and the time people begin to focus on UCAS applications. With the deadline for medicine and dentistry fast approaching, it’s no surprise that our Student Room board has been filled with queries about applications to our Faculty of Medical Sciences.
Here are some of the most common queries we’ve received, over the past four weeks.
The first thing to note about our UKCAT threshold is that it can change each year as it’s based on all the scores achieved by applicants. Therefore information on the threshold is not available to prospective students.
We can however tell you what the UKCAT threshold was for 2015 entry. The general UKCAT cut off score was 2300 for the A100 programme (5 years) and 2910 for the A101 programme (4 years, graduate entry).
For more information have a look at the School of Medical Education web page.
The same thing applies to Dentistry scores. But if you’re interested in applying for Dentistry, the average UKCAT threshold for 2015 was 595 in each area.
For those of you thinking of taking a gap year, the Medical School does consider applications for deferred entry.
However, you will need to explain why you want to defer and what you’ll be doing in your year out. They’ll only accept a deferral if they decide that you will “use your time constructively,” and only if you ask in advance.
Our Medical School won’t usually grant a deferral after an offer has been made. So how it affects your chance of a place really depends on what your gap year plans are.
For other courses, relating your gap year to the course is not essential. However, it will certainly strengthen your application if you do.
It might be through work experience, or it could be through things like developing responsibility and maturity through travel or living independently.
While A-Levels are not taken into consideration, students must have a minimum average mark of 75% across Stage 1 Semester modules and no less than 65% for any one module. You must also sit the UKCAT.
It is extremely competitive. This year there were approximately 100 applications for the biomedical transfer route and only 7 places available.
As with the traditional application process, the UKCAT threshold is dependent on the scores achieved by the students who apply to the Biomedical Transfer route.
The UKCAT Threshold for 2015 entry was 2780.
There’s more information about internal transfers to medicine on our website.
Resitting one of your exams or getting it remarked?
Don’t worry! While predicted grades play a part in the offer making process, we will look at your full application before making a final decision, so it’s certainly worth applying. This applies to all our courses, even Biomedical Sciences.
If you do apply knowing you’ll be resitting an exam, remember to make it clear in the qualification section of your application which A-level subjects you are resitting or getting remarked.
Missed one of our Open Days this year? Don’t worry! Our next Open Days will be in July 2016.
If you can’t wait till then, here are other ways to see our campus: