UCAT Universities

This UCAT Universities information is taken from each University individual website. A link is provided for each if you want further information.

 

Aberdeen Glasgow Plymouth
Birmingham Hull-York Queen Mary, London
Cardiff Keele Queen’s, Belfast
Dundee King’s College London Sheffield
Durham Leicester Southampton
East-Anglia Manchester St Andrews
Edinburgh Newcastle St George’s
Exeter Nottingham Warwick

 

 

University of Aberdeen

Medicine

Candidates’ UCAT scores are considered in our selection for interview but are not the sole indicator for selection. They are considered alongside actual and predicted academic achievement in deciding who will be selected for interview. A minimum UCAT cut-off score is NOT used. A score is allocated based on the applicant’s overall performance in UCAT compared with all other applicants to Aberdeen.

In 2016 candidates and Universities will not get a score for Decision Making; Universities will assess candidates based on the remaining four subtests. Aberdeen will allocate a score based on the total numerical score from the three subtests: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. The SJT will not be scored, but it may be used in offer making when there are candidates with similar scores.

Applicants to Aberdeen offer a broad range of UCAT scores. For 2016 entry;

Interview: the lowest total score for an applicant invited to interview was 2180 and the highest 3350.

Offers made: the lowest total score for successful applicants who were made offers was 2480 and the highest 3350.

 

Dentistry

Candidates’ UCAT scores are considered in our selection for interview but are not the sole indicator for selection. They are considered alongside actual and predicted academic achievement in deciding who will be selected for interview. A minimum UCAT cut-off score is NOT used. A score is allocated based on the applicant’s overall performance in UCAT compared with all other applicants to Aberdeen. (Academic – 60%, UCAT – 40%)

In 2016 candidates and Universities will not get a score for Decision Making; Universities will assess candidates based on the remaining four subtests. In Aberdeen we will allocate a score based on the total numerical score from the three subtests: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning. The SJT will not be scored, but it may be used in offer making when there are candidates with similar scores.

Applicants to Aberdeen offer a broad range of UCAT scores. For 2015 entry;

Applicants: the lowest total score for an applicant was 1580 and the highest 3140. The average score for all applications was 2440.
Interview: the lowest total score for applicants who were invited to interview was 2240 and the highest 3140.
Offers made: the lowest total score for successful applicants who were made offers was 2320 and the highest 2850.

 

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University of Birmingham

An application will receive an overall score, which is the sum of weighted scores for each of the academic and UCAT components. There is no minimum cut-off score. The weightings will be: Academic – 70%; UCAT – 30%. Applicants will be ranked according to this score.

The number of interview places will define the threshold application score but it is not possible to determine the threshold score in advance. It may be necessary to rank applicants who receive the same threshold score, in which case we will use GCSE results (using the criteria defined below).

The two components of an application score (academic and UCAT) are each comprised of various elements. The academic score will be derived from GCSE/IGCSE grades. For alternative qualifications, please see below. The method for generating the value of each component is described in detail below but we are providing a calculator tool to enable you to estimate your own application score.

The personal statement is not scored but a decision will also be based on ensuring that an applicant provides sufficient evidence of commitment, motivation and relevant personal qualities.

 

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Cardiff University

All applicants must sit the UCAT test in a local testing centre, unless you hold a degree or are committed to completing one.

There is no minimum score or threshold required for Cardiff in the UCAT so no matter what you apply with, your application will still be considered.

Cardiff only use the results of an applicant’s UCAT test if they are at the end of the process with two applicants in a “tiebreak” situation, at which point they may refer to the test results to make a decision.

If you are applying as a graduate, you will will need to sit GAMSAT instead of UCAT.

 

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University of Dundee

All applicants must sit the UCAT test in their year of application unless certified exempt because there is no testing centre in your country.

There is no minimum cut-off score.

In the 2016 test, UCAT will be piloting a new Decision-Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. Neither you nor universities will receive a score for this subtest.
This means that in 2016 only, candidates will receive a total score for the sum of the three remaining cognitive sections (Verbal Reasoning / Quantitative Reasoning / Abstract Reasoning), ranging from 900 to 2700, instead of 1200 to 3600. Candidates will continue to receive their SJT results in one of four bands.

 

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University of Durham

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:Chemistry and/or Biology at A- or AS-level is required. If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A- or AS-level, the other should be offered at GCSE Grade A (or Dual Award Science Grade A). Durham does not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking and requires a current and valid UK Clinical Aptitude Test score.

Applicants achieving a preset UCAT threshold will be invited for interview.

 

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University of East-Anglia

UEA does not set a minimum cut-off score for the UCAT, but consider the component scores within the academic screening processes. Whilst a high UCAT score may be advantageous, a low score in an otherwise strong application, will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration. However, it is unusual for an applicant with a UCAT score of less than 2400 to be invited to interview.

Applicants who take the UCAT (SEN) test will be required to provide evidence to the University detailing their entitlement to the extra time. This evidence can take the form of a Psychologist, medical (GP) or a dyslexia report. Further information will be sent to relevant applicants once a UCAS application has been received.

 

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University of Edinburgh

The Selection Committee uses your UCAT score to make a more informed decision about your application.

“Once all the scores are received we rank them, divide the groups into octiles and allocate a score. The points are then added to your total score to contribute towards your final ranking.
Due to the introduction of the Situational Judgement section of the test, we will be assessing this as part of our non-academic requirements and not alongside your overall UCAT score.”

 

Edinburgh will consider all scores.

No applicant will be excluded from selection based on the score achieved in their UCAT test (although applicants will be excluded if they have failed to take the test and not gained an exemption).

The score an applicant achieved may be looked at again when final decisions are being made and there is a number of applicants with the same ranked score and limited places left to offer.

 

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University of Exeter

Candidates applying with predicted or achieved A levels will also be required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). This is a non-science based aptitude test which will measure your critical thinking, problem-solving skills, empathy and learning techniques.

Applications will be sorted according to academic profile and overall UCAT score in order to determine which applicants will receive an offer of an interview.

Whilst the University of Exeter will be selecting candidates according to the overall score only, please note that in the 2016 test, UCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. You will not receive a score for this subtest.

 

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University of Glasgow

The UCAT results are an important part of the MBChB Admissions process. The incorporation of the UCAT results into the admissions process is reviewed on an annual basis.
For entry in September 2016 the Medical School will interview approximately 600 applicants. An interview or entry is not guaranteed. Applicants should note that they will be considered within their year of application and by the standard presented during that admissions cycle alone.

Glasgow considers UCAT with all other aspects of the application.

All aspects are considered in equal measure. The range of scores we consider changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies. The Situational Judgement section of the UCAT test will not be taken into consideration for entry in 2016. Applicants who have not sat the UCAT and who have not received a UCAT exemption will not be considered for entry.

 

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Hull York Medical School

All applicants must take the UCAT in the year they apply. Applicants with a Situational Judgement Test Band of 4 (the lowest band) will not be considered.

 

Prior to interview
Prior to interview, your total UCAT score alongside your GCSE results will be used in order to decide who to invite to interview.
For 2016 entry, a number of points will be awarded based upon your total UCAT score, this will be done only once all UCAT results are received. As UCAT results are not released to universities until November, the number of points that each UCAT score will receive as part of the Selection Procedure will not be determined until after the UCAS deadline.

 

After interview
Following interview, offers are made based primarily on interview performance, and the UCAT Situational Judgement Test is used as an extra interview ‘station’.

 

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Keele University

Keele excludes total scores in the bottom 20% nationally or band 4 SJT.

Keele currently uses UCAT results in borderline cases. Those applicants who narrowly miss achieving the required score for their application may receive further consideration on the basis of their UCAT score. Similarly, if the number of applicants tied on a particular academic score exceeds the number of interview slots available, these applicants will be ranked on their total UCAT score. In these borderline cases, the required UCAT score will depend upon the level of performance in the test among this group of applicants.

Applicants holding offers who narrowly miss achieving the required grades in their A-levels (or equivalent level-3 qualification) may receive further consideration if there are places available. In these circumstances, the factors taken into consideration in allocating remaining places will include interview score and UCAT score.

 

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King’s College London

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UCAT score
in any particular year, and UCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, published guideline scores indicate what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Average scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

 

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University of Leicester

In considering your application, Leicester will calculate a score for your academic ability, up to a maximum of 24 points, based on your UCAS form.

  • If you have predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) we will score 8 GCSE qualifications.
  • If you have achieved A-Levels (or equivalent) we will score 6 GCSE qualifications and 3 A-Levels.
  • If you have a predicted or achieved degree we will score 5 GCSE qualifications, 3 A-Levels and your degree prediction or achieved classification.
  • Your academic score will be combined with a score based on your UCAT results, again up to 24 points, giving a maximum possible score of 48 points overall.

Your combined score for your academic achievement and UCAT will determine whether you are invited for interview. In order to distinguish between ‘borderline’ applicants, your ‘personal qualities’ based on your personal statement and reference may also be taken into account .
Because applications are ranked, there is no set score which guarantees an interview. The threshold will depend on the quality and quantity of applications received.

 

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University of Manchester

Medicine

Those applications that do not meet the UCAT threshold chosen will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course. Please note that we will not be using the SJT band as an Admissions criterion for 2016 entry.

To help identify talented students from all backgrounds, UCAT 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.

Dentistry

Each candidate is scored on their performance in the test. The actual raw score is not particularly important, but each candidate is also given a percentile score that shows how they performed in relation to other candidates. It is this percentile score that is examined as part of the assessment of the UCAS application.

We do not operate a cut-off score for UCAT results. It is merely one element of the assessment of the application. Gaining a low UCAT percentile score does not mean you will be automatically rejected. Similarly, a high UCAT percentile score does not mean you will be successful, either.

 

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University of Newcastle

All applicants will be required to complete the UCAT.

The definition of ‘current UCAT Score’; UCAT scores can only be used to support an application made in theyear in which it is achieved (e.g. UCAT sat between July – October 2016 can only be used to support an application through UCAS by the UCAS closing date of 15 October 2016).

The UCAT scores will be used to identify those we wish to interview. The UCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle. The UCAT scores now include Situational Judgement Test (SJT) information, but we will not be using these scores in our admission process.

 

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University of Nottingham

Academic ability and the UCAT scores you achieved and are predicted to achieve are assessed at this stage.

The UCAT test must be taken in the same year as the application is made to UCAS. With the exception of exemptions issued by UCAT, if you haven’t taken the UCAT test your application will not be considered. Applicants who have completed GCSE’s or IGCSE’s and are studying, or have completed, A-levels will be assessed as follows: The GCSE/IGCSEs scored are limited to the highest 8 subjects (first sit results only –we do not consider re-sit results). GCSESC and BTEC/Diplomas are not included. The following GCSE/IGCSE subjects included are:double science, maths, English language, best three other subjects OR biology chemistry, physics, English language, maths, best four other subjects.
The GCSE’s are scored as follows:

  • A* = 2 points
  • A = 1 point

A maximum of 16 points will be awarded.

There are five components to the UCAT test which will be scored. 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 weighting for each of the four components is equal.
The fifth component, SJT is scored as follows:

  • Band 1 = 3 points
  • Band 2= 2 points
  • Band 3= 1 point
  • Band 4= 0 point

Applicants who achieve a band 4 are not considered further.

To help you work out your score for the UCAT test, please follow this example:
An applicant who has achieved the following scores will be awarded the following number of points:

  • Verbal Reasoning score of 680= 7 points
  • Quantitative Reasoning score of 500= 5 points
  • Abstract Reasoning score of 710= 8 points
  • Decision Analysis score of 580= 6 points
  • SJT Band 2= 2 points
  • Total points awarded for UCAT= 28 out of a maximum of 39.

The aforementioned scores are totalled and the top 50% of applicants will be considered further and have their personal statement and reference read and scored. The lower 50% of applicants will not be considered further.

 

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Plymouth University

As part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry uses the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in order to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for a place on the BMBS programme. UCAT test results will be used, alongside the academic information contained on your UCAS form to select direct school leavers for interview. You will be required to meet a minimum standard in each of the subtests, plus meet an overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel.

Please note: If you are re-applying for a second year with achieved grades, you will need to register and complete a new UCAT test as part of your application.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview can alter each year and is influenced by overall candidate performance in the UCAT and the number and quality of applications received. Adjacent are examples of the score thresholds applied during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 admissions cycles. Please note that all thresholds needed to be met.

Application cycle 2012 for 2013 entry

  • Verbal Reasoning : 550
  • Quantitative Analysis : 610
  • Abstract Reasoning : 580
  • Decision Analysis : 590
  • Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2560

Application cycle 2013 for 2014 entry

  • Verbal Reasoning : 504
  • Quantitative Analysis : 612
  • Abstract Reasoning : 599
  • Decision Analysis : 713
  • Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2671

Application cycle 2014 for 2015 entry

  • Verbal Reasoning : 520
  • Quantitative Analysis : 650
  • Abstract Reasoning : 600
  • Decision Analysis : 580
  • Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2600

Application cycle 2015 for 2016 entry

  • Verbal Reasoning : 530
  • Quantitative Analysis : 650
  • Abstract Reasoning : 610
  • Decision Analysis : 600
  • Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2610

 

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Queen Mary, University of London

All candidates for medicine must undertake the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

Your overall UCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date.

For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees compared to other applicants who apply in that same year.
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 UCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees

You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.

 

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Queen’s University, Belfast

The selection process for Medicine involves two stages:

Stage 1: Cognitive Ability
Consideration of previous academic performance, including school, college an university grades as appropriate.
Aptitude testing using the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Stage 2: Non-Cognitive Ability
This will comprise multi-mini interviews carefully designed to objectively evaluate non-cognitive skills.
All applicants will be scored at Stage 1 of the selection process and ranked. From this, candidates will be selected for interview (Stage 2) and a final decision about whether or not to make a conditional or unconditional offer will be based solely on interview performance.

 

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University of Sheffield

All applicants applying to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield will need to undertake the UK Clinical Aptitude Test for Medicine and Dentistry (UCAT) in order to be eligible for admission. Please note that test results are only valid for the current admissions cycle, if you re-apply to this medical School you will need to sit the test again. In addition to the academic requirements, candidates must have achieved a score of 1850/2700 or above to be given consideration. Candidates must meet BOTH the academic entry requirements AND the UCAT entry requirements. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component is considered for those applicants who are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.

 

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University of Southampton

For BM5 and BM4 applicants are ranked by UCAT score and invited to a Selection Day, provided they meet our academic criteria.
For BM6 applicants must take the UCAT test.
Please note that the UCAT score of those applicants attending a Selection Day varies year on year and as such it is not possible to give applicants an indication of the score that is required to attend a Selection Day.

 

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University of St-Andrews

The selection process includes an assessment of all information on the application form including:

  • Academic performance
  • Personal statement
  • Reference
  • UCAT scores

We have a limited number of interview places (around 400). To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record, a positive reference and relevant, medically related work experience (see Qualities and Experience tab on Entry Requirements page).

Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 400 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score and the global UCAT score.
Interviews take place in December and then in the following January, February and March. Applicants who applied via UCAS will be notified of decisions via UCAS and those who submitted a direct application will be notified via email.
Although some decisions may be made early on in the admissions cycle, the majority of decisions are not made until mid-March when it is much clearer where applicant scores fit within the overall ranking.

 

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St Georges’ University of London

Both the section scores and overall cut-off score must be met.

Section score 500 or above, in each section + Overall score
The 2018 entry minimum overall UCAT score will be determined after the results have been published.
We will not be using the SJT section for 2016 entry.
Please note that we are unable take into account any extenuating circumstances in relation to test scores. We will only accept them as communicated to us by Pearsons.
UCAT results are used to select students for interview and to rank our post-interview waiting list.
UCAT scores do not need to be included on your UCAS application as we will be informed of your scores directly by Pearsons and UCAS. Please ensure that the name you use to register for UCAT is the same as that used on your UCAS form so results can be matched. We will also be informed of applicants who are exempt from the test or subject to special arrangements.

Historic Overall UCAT scores

For reference purposes only, we have detailed the overall scores we have required in previous years:

Entry year / Overall Score

  • 2013 — 2530
  • 2014 — 2590
  • 2015 — 2550
  • 2016 — 2600

 

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Warwick University

Please note that the total UCAT score required to secure a place at our Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UCAT performance of applicants to Warwick Medical School. For example, a downward shift in overall UCAT score could result in a lower UCAT score needed to achieve a place at Selection Centre, compared to previous years. Please bear this in mind when making your decision to apply.

We use the UCAT verbal reasoning score as one of the predictors of success in certain examinations at medical school. Our first round of selection therefore identifies those with a verbal reasoning score at or above the mean for the cohort sitting UCAT in a the year of application. Those scoring below the cohort mean will be rejected at this stage. Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UCAT score, with higher total UCAT scores receiving higher points.

The lowest UCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree who was invited to selection centre was 2,800 for 2015 entry; 2,940 for 2014 entry and 2,810 for 2013.

 

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