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Understanding how each university uses the UKCAT in their admissions process is invaluable in making effective university choices. We have compiled essential information from university admissions officers and published information, in order to help you make a more informed and successful Medicine Application.

 
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University of Aberdeen

  • The UKCAT is used alongside actual and predicted grades as part of interview selection process.
  • Minimum UKCAT Score cut-off not used.
  • Minimal emphasis on Situational Judgement Score; primarily used in borderline cases.
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University of Birmingham

  • In considering applications, University of Birmingham use a 70%:30% weighting of academic attributes: UKCAT score respectively.
  • ​Total UKCAT scores of applicants are sorted into deciles and scored (ie. top decile scorers receives the most points = 3.0)
  • Situational Judgement Test scores are only used following interview in borderline cases (ie. If your interview score is within 5% of the cut-off score).
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University of Bristol

  • Applicants are ranked as per the following weighting:

​GCSE 15% | A-level 15% | Personal statement 50% | UKCAT 20% 

  • No UKCAT cut-off is operated.
  • Scores for the Situational Judgement subtest are not taken into account

 

The University of Buckingham

  • The UKCAT is not presently required, although this is being considered for future application cycles.
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Cardiff University

  • No UKCAT cut-off is used, and the UKCAT may be used as part of the assessment procedure.

 

University of Dundee

  • UKCAT Score factored into pre-interview rank
  • Average UKCAT Score for those invited to interview was 2590 (2015 Applicants)
  • Average UKCAT Score for those receiving offers was 2720 (2013 Applicants).
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University of East Anglia

  • No UKCAT cut-off used, although an interview invitation is unlikely for applicants scoring below the third decile (approximately 2400).
  • Situational Judgement banding not taken into consideration.

 

The University of Edinburgh

  • UKCAT Score contributes approximately 8% of the total application and can affect both interview selection and offer allocation.
  • Points are allocated to applicants who score in the top quartile for the UKCAT (3 points), with 0 points for applicants in the bottom quartile. This score is added to one’s overall application score.
  • Situational Judgement will be assessed as part of ‘non-academic requirements’ rather than alongside one’s UKCAT score.
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University of Exeter

  • UKCAT will be used alongside other academic profile components in order to select students for interview
  • The UKCAT score will be assessed as a whole rather than individual sub-sections, with candidates scoring less that 2500 unlikely to be invited for interview.

 

University of Glasgow

  • UKCAT used alongside other aspects of the application in order to select approximately 700 candidates for interview
  • Situational Judgement score not used for assessment of candidates (2018 entry).
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The Hull York Medical School

  • Applicants with an SJT Score of Band 4 (Lowest band) will not be invited for interview
  • In previous years, applicants with an overall score less than 2000, or an individual score of less than 450 in any of the main four sections have also been excluded from interview selection.
  • Applicants who meet HYMS academic requirements, are selected for interview based on their UKCAT Score (Maximum: 40 Points), UKCAT SJT Band (Maximum: 15 Points), Top 8 GCSE results (Maximum: 30 Points) and Contextual Data (Maximum: 15 Points).
  • SJT Band will also be considered following interview, as part of the allocation of offers.

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Keele University

  • Applicants in the bottom two deciles for the UKCAT will not routinely be considered for interview
  • SJT: Applicants scoring ‘Band 4’ will not be considered for interview
  • UKCAT Cut-Off (2016 entry): 2330; UKCAT Cut-Off (2017 entry): 1730. Nb. There were only three core scoring sections for 2017 entry compared to four, in 2016 entry. 
  • For 2018 entry, the cut-off score was 2340.
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King’s College London

  • No strict UKCAT cut-off, however King’s College London do operate a guideline score above which students are normally interviewed provided other aspects of their application meet entry requirements.
  • Guideline scores: 2015: 630; 2014: 735; 2013: 695; 2012: 685.
  • The overall UKCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.​

 

University of Leicester

  • UKCAT scores (Maximum Score: 32) are used alongside your academic score (Maximum score: 32) in order to calculate total score (Maximum Score: 64) and determine eligibility for interview.
  • UKCAT Score for 2018 entry was calculated by dividing the total UKCAT Score of the three main sections by 100, with students scoring more than 3200, given 32 points.
  • SJT may be used as a virtual multiple interview station.
  • Applicants with band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected pre-interview.
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University of Liverpool

  • Applicants scoring Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will not be considered for entry.
  • Candidates with ‘competitive UKCAT score’ regarded as greater than 2500 will be considered for interview.

 

The University of Manchester

  • If your UKCAT 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, UKCAT scores from UK/EU candidates who come from similar educational and socio-demographic backgrounds are considered against each other. This is done by using supplemental information provided by publicly available datasets. Equal proportions of top scoring applicants from each group are then selected for interview.
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Newcastle University

  • Applicants meeting Newcastle University’s academic thresholds will be assessed based on UKCAT score in deciding whether to invite an applicant for interview.
  • UKCAT thresholds vary depending on the course, route of entry and also on a yearly basis.
  • Situation Judgement scores will not be included in the admissions process.

 

The University of Nottingham

  • There are five components to the UKCAT test which will be scored (Maximum score = 39 points). The four cognitive components (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision analysis) are each scored as follows: 801 – 900 = 9 points; 701 – 800 = 8 points; 601 – 700 = 7 points; 501 – 600 = 6 points; 401 – 500 = 5 points; 301 – 400 = 4 points
  • The fifth component, SJT is scored as follows:​ Band 1 = 4 points; Band 2= 2 points; Band 3= 1 point; Band 4= 0 point  (Applicants who achieve a band 4 are not considered further).
  • This UKCAT score is combined with one’s GCSE score (Subjects scored: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Maths, Best three other subjects – 2 points for ‘A*’, 1 point for ‘A’ with maximum GCSE score of 16.)
  • ​The top (approximately) 50% of applicants will be considered further and have their personal statement and references further scored. 
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Peninsula Medical School

  • UKCAT used alongside academic factors to determine eligibility for interview.
  • UKCAT threshold (cut-off) for each of the four main sections as well as an overall target score. Nb. not all thresholds need to be met.

 

Queen Mary, University of London

  • ​UKCAT score is used alongside UCAS Tariff (50:50 weighting) in deciding which applicants are suitable for interview.
  • Graduates who apply for the five-year programmes and four-year GEP programme who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees.
  • Candidates scoring below the third decile (< 2420 in 2018) will not be considered for interview.
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Queen’s University Belfast

  • For all candidates UKCAT will be scored using the overall results from four of the papers. Candidates can obtain up to a maximum of 6 additional points: 0 Points: 1200 – 1899; 1 Point:  1900 – 2099; 2 Points: 2100 – 2299; 3 Points: 2300 – 2499; 4 Points: 2500 – 2699; 5 Points: 2700 – 2899; 6 Points: 2900 – 3600
  • Situational Judgement Test results were not used for 2018 entry, except in borderline cases, where candidates have received similar interview scores.

 

The University of Sheffield

  • Minimum UKCAT score required for 2018 entry applicants: 2460
  • SJT score will be considered for applicants invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
  • UKCAT scores are used alongside academic entry requirements:
  1. GCSE passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English and the Sciences (which may be dual awards).
  2. You should have at least six A grades in GCSE subjects.
  3. The six A grades may include Mathematics, English and the sciences.
  4. Acceptable science GCSEs include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sciences (dual awards)
  5. Applicants taking GCSEs graded using the new numerical system will need to obtain eight GCSEs graded 9-4, of these you must have six 7 grades taken in one sitting.  A grade 4 is deemed equivalent of a grade C.  A combination of numerically and alphabetically graded GCSEs is acceptable;
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University of Southampton

  • Applicants are ranked by UKCAT score and invited to a Selection Day (Provided they meet the academic requirements).
  • Required UKCAT scores vary on a yearly basis

 

University of St Andrews

  • Applicants meeting academic requirements, will be ranked according to their overall UKCAT score with those in the top 400 (or so) invited to interview.
  • Situational Judgement Test scores were incorporated into the interview score for 2018 entry applicants.
  • The average overall UKCAT score to receive an offer in 2015 was 2700.
  • The minimum UKCAT score required for interview in 2016 entry was 2400.
  • For 2017 entry, the lowest score for applicants called to interview at St Andrews was 1800 (that equated to around 2400 in previous tests).
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St Georges, University of London

  • UKCAT used alongside academic criteria to rank students for interview and to rank post-interview waiting list
  • UKCAT individual section minimum score: 500 or above
  • UKCAT Overall cut-off (2018): 2590
  • Situational Judgement Test score not used for 2018 entry

 

The University of Warwick

  • Warwick Medical School provide a particular emphasis on Verbal Reasoning score. The first round of selection identifies those with a verbal reasoning score at or above the mean for the cohort sitting the UKCAT in the year of application. Those scoring below the cohort mean are generally rejected at this stage.
  • Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UKCAT score, with higher total UKCAT scores receiving higher points.
  • The lowest UKCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree who was invited to selection centre was 2,060 for 2017 entry (3 subtest sections), 2,770 for 2016 entry, 2,800 for 2015 entry; 2,940 for 2014 entry and 2,810 for 2013.
  • Situational Judgement Test scores were not considered for 2018 entry.
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