How Do Universities Use the UCAT

The UKCAT is used differently by each university and we recommend that students take the time to understand exactly how the test is assessed and how much weight it carries when applying to different medical schools and even establish a target UKCAT score. It is always good to be well informed, so we have highlighted how different universities weight the UKCAT.

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The UKCAT is used differently by every university and we recommend that students take the time to understand exactly how the exam is assessed and how much weight it carries when applying to different medical schools and even setting a UKCAT target score. It’s always good to be well-informed, so we have highlighted how different universities weigh the UKCAT. Oxbridge Applicants will require the BMAT.


UKCAT Cut-Off

The ukcat cut-off changes each year so please do check the university websites for more information and the latest info on 2019 entry.  Here is a list of universities that used a cut-off last year, with links to each one:

  1. University of Glasgow
  2. St George’s, University of London
  3. University of Liverpool
  4. University of Newcastle
  5. Plymouth University

SJT Section

Not every university considers the band score in the STJ. However, there are universities that do automatically reject applicants who scored a Band 4:

  1. Keele University
  2. University of Nottingham
  3. Hull York Medical School
  4. University of Liverpool

 

Some universities took the STJ into account later on in the application process, they include:

  1. University of Aberdeen
  2. University of Birmingham
  3. University of Edinburgh
  4. University of Leicester
  5. University of Manchester
  6. Queen’s University Belfast
  7. University of Sheffield
  8. University of St Andrews

Where the ukcat Score is vital

The ukcat is used differently by every university and it is important to understand how it is assessed and how much weight the test carries when they shortlist applicants for interview. Here is the list of universities that relied very heavily on the ukcat last year:

  1. University of Glasgow
  2. St George’s, University of London
  3. King’s College, University of London
  4. University of Liverpool
  5. University of Newcastle
  6. Plymouth University
  7. Queen Mary, University of London
  8. University of Sheffield
  9. University of Southampton

Where the UKCAT Score is not vital

Once you know your ukcat score and have researched the medical schools and their use of the UKCAT, you can increase your application success. Here is a list of universities who do not rely heavily on the ukcat score:

  1. University of Aberdeen
  2. University of Birmingham
  3. University of Bristol
  4. Cardiff University
  5. University of Exeter

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