Where to Apply with a High UCAT Score

Advice & Insight From UCAT Specialists

A high UCAT is considered to be one in which the average score is over 690 across the four sub-tests. Candidates who perform well in the UCAT should consider applying to the following universities:

University of Birmingham:

The University of Birmingham combines candidates UCAT (4 points) and GCSE’s (6 points) to give an application score of up to 10 points. The conversion of UCAT scores is as follows:

​Applicants are then ranked based on this score, with those above the threshold getting an invitation to interview. Birmingham reserves 20% of its interview places for contextual applicants, which are required to meet a lower threshold.  Historically, the threshold for receiving an interview is as follows:

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King’s College London

While King’s college does not have a UCAT cut-off score, they do use this information alongside other indicators, such as GCSEs, predicted grades, personal statement and reference to select candidates for interview. These factors are weighted as follows:  

  • UCAT score accounts for 50%
  • GCSE and School performance 40%
  • other widening participation factors 10%”.

Historically, King’s has given guideline scores based on what was competitive in the previous year’s intake. These are as follows: 

Edinburgh University

Edinburgh is one of the few schools who does not interview potential applicants, choosing to rely solely on the candidate’s application to inform their selection.  In previous years, Edinburgh has used a points-based system in order to rank their applicants with the following weightings:
– 50% – Academics (GCSEs and predicted grades) –which is then converted to a maximum of 20 points
20% UCAT – the candidates are divided into octiles, with top candidates receiving 8 points.
15% – personal statement and references which are converted to 6 points
 15% – SJT, converted to 6 points.

Historically, in 2016 the points needed to secure an offer were 31 out of 40, and 30 for the 2015 entry. Edinburgh also states that “75% of offers made are to students into the top two octiles” which means that those receiving an offer for 2016 entry, had a UCAT of approximately 705. 

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Nottingham Medical School

Nottingham Medical School uses both academics and the UCAT to allocate points for an interview.  GCSEs in 8 approved subjects are awarded 2 points per A* and 1 point per A to equate to a maximum of 16 points. The UCAT score is also converted to points as follows:

The SJT is also awarded points, in a similar way:

Band 1 = 4 points,
Band 2 = 2 points,
Band 3 = 1 point.

Applicants who score a Band 4 are not considered further. The score from the four cognitive sections is added to the SJT to give a maximum of 40 points. This means the UCAT has a heavier weighting than academics, and the SJT plays a large role.

For those candidates who are ranked in the top percentage, another 16 points are then added from their personal statement and references.  Applicants who have the highest points proceed to interview.  Historically, successful applicants from the 2016 cohort had an average UCAT score of 697.5.

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