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UCAT Universities (and how they use your score)

Advice & Insight From UCAT Specialists

There are thirty different universities which each use the UCAT score differently. Before applying, it is important to familiarise yourself with how each university will use your score during the admissions process. For some, the UCAT score plays a significant factor in determining applications and as such they may have a minimum overall cut-off score that must be attained or even individual minimum scores in the cognitive subtests. Some universities look at the total scaled score achieved whilst others may focus more on individual subtest scores. Other universities will consider the UCAT score alongside factors such as academic achievement, your personal statement and other contextual factors (such as socio-economic factors).

When thinking about where to apply, either before you have done the UCAT or once you have your test results, it is worth knowing how each university will use your UCAT score. Here follows a summary of how each of the thirty UCAT universities use UCAT scores in their entry requirements. For more detailed and the latest up to date information, you should consult the relevant pages on their websites.

University of Aberdeen

UCAT scores are considered when selecting for interview alongside actual and predicted academic achievement. A minimum UCAT cut-off score is not used. A score is then allocated based on the applicant’s overall performance in UCAT compared with all other applicants to Aberdeen University.

Anglia Ruskin University

The UCAT is a key requirement along with excellent academic results. A Multiple Mini Interview will also need to be undertaken. There is no mention of minimum cut-off scores.

Aston University

The UCAT is a key requirement along with excellent academic results. There is no mention of minimum cut-off scores.

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University of Birmingham

Applications are scored with a weighting of 45% academic performance, 30% UCAT score and 25% contextual factors. There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score, but applicants’ total scaled scores will be ranked and awarded a score accordingly.

University of Bristol

If the minimum academic requirements are met, the combined UCAT scaled score from the four cognitive subtests will be used with a 100% weighting to select candidates for interview.

Cardiff University

The UCAT score may be used in the selection process; no UCAT minimum cut-off score is used.

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University of Dundee

The UCAT score may be used in the selection process; no UCAT minimum cut-off score is used.

University of East Anglia

The UCAT score is used in the selection process. It may be used to rank applicants for selection for interview. No UCAT minimum cut-off score is used although a high score may be advantageous. The overall UCAT score is also used alongside the interview score when making offers to applicants.

Edge Hill University

Candidates who meet the minimum academic requirements will have their UCAT score ranked, and a minimum cut-off score is determined (this may vary from year to year depending on the current year’s cohort of applicants). Note that candidates scoring Band 4 in Situational Judgement will be rejected.

University of Edinburgh

All UCAT scores are considered during the application process, however, candidates scoring Band 4 in Situational Judgement will be rejected. There is no minimum UCAT score required.

University of Exeter

Candidates must take the UCAT test as an entry requirement. Academic achievement and overall UCAT score will be used to determine which applicants are invited for interview.

University of Glasgow

The UCAT is a minimum entry requirement but there is no specification as to how the UCAT score will be used for the selection process.

Hull York Medical School

UCAT scores (including Situational Judgment Bands) are used to rank candidates for interview selection, alongside academic performance and contextual data.

Keele University

Any applicant with a UCAT combined score of less than 2280 or with a Situational Judgement Band 4 will not be considered.

Kent and Medway Medical School

The UCAT score is used in the selection process and a minimum cut-off score is used, but this may vary depending on which application group (A, B, C or D) you fall into.

King’s College, London

The UCAT score is used in the selection process; no UCAT minimum cut-off score is used. The overall score averaged across the four subtests is given greater consideration that the individual subtest score. Also, the Situational Judgement score is also taken into account when shortlisting.

University of Leicester

The UCAT score will be used in conjunction with academic results to rank candidates for interview. Applicants achieving Band 4 in Situational Judgement will not be accepted.

University of Liverpool

The UCAT is an entry requirement but it is not specified whether or how the test scores are used when selecting candidates for interview.

University of Manchester

The UCAT score is used in the selection process and a UCAT minimum cut-off score is used. If your UCAT score is in approximately the top third of all results national and you achieve Band 1 or 2 in Situational Judgement, you will most likely be invited to interview. If you do not meet these requirements, your application may still be assessed alongside other holistic information (e.g. academic achievements, additional qualifications, NAI form etc).

University of Newcastle

The UCAT score is used in the selection process; a UCAT minimum cut-off score is used which may vary from year to year.

University of Nottingham

They assign their own points system to UCAT scores by awarding up to 12 points for each cognitive subtest (up to 24 for Verbal Reasoning) and up to 60 points for Situational Judgment. This total is combined with a similar points system used for GCSE achievement which is then used to select for interview. Note that Band 4 in Situational Judgement will not be accepted.

Plymouth University

The UCAT score is used in the selection process with a minimum cut-off score applied from year to year.

Queen Mary University of London

A UCAT score in the third decile or above is required in conjunction with academic performance to date.

Queen’s University, Belfast

The UCAT score will be used in conjunction with academic results to select candidates for interview.

University of Sheffield

The UCAT score will be used in conjunction with academic results to rank candidates for interview; in addition, a minimum UCAT cut-off score is used.

University of Southampton

Candidates’ UCAT scores are ranked to determine who will receive an offer. Following interviews, UCAT scores are once again reviewed alongside interview performance to determine who will gain a place.

University of St Andrews

UCAT combined scores are used to rank candidates; the top 400 or so will be invited for interview.

St George’s, University of London

The university operates a minimum cut-off total UCAT score which changes from year to year; in addition, a minimum score of 500 is required for each of the cognitive subtests. Situational Judgement scores are not looked at.

University of Sunderland

UCAT scores must be in the top 8 deciles of the cohort in order to be considered for interview; in addition, you must achieve a Situational Judgement score of at least Band 3 or above.

University of Warwick

UCAT scores will need to meet a minimum cut-off threshold but this will vary from year to year. Please note that priority will be given to candidates who achieve a Verbal Reasoning score at or above the national mean for the cohort. Such candidates will then receive points for their total UCAT score, with higher UCAT scores being allocated higher points.

One final tip

Remember that universities often amend their admissions policies from time to time and therefore in order to find the most up to date information, it is recommended that you consult each university’s website.

UCAT Universities (and how they use your score)

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