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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

The QMUL entry requirements are based on following factors:

  1. Academic qualifications and performance (or predictions)
  2. Aptitude testing – the UCAT
  3. Age
  4. English Language 

For your application to be considered, the following entry requirements should be met: 

1. Academic qualifications

A Levels

A levels at A*AA, achieved in one sitting over a study period of no longer than two years. A-levels must include:

  • First A Level - Chemistry or Biology
  • Second A Level - Another Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths)
  • Third A Level - Any A level except Critical Thinking or General Studies, or Further Maths if Maths is taken too. Please note, the third subject you choose does not impact your application and is free choice.

 

  • The A* can be in any of the three subjects and doesn't need to be in one of the required sciences
  • If A level Maths and Further Maths are offered in the same sitting, Further Maths will not be counted towards the minimum A*AA requirement.
  • General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects.
  • For candidates offering four A levels, two science and two non-science subjects, our normal offer is A*AAC (A grades required in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry).
  • Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their final school years thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must follow our extenuating circumstances procedure.

Other Accepted Qualifications

In general, we do not accept equivalent qualifications so candidates with overseas qualifications may not be accepted. However, we do accept the following:

International Baccalaureate

The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard Level including Chemistry or Biology if not offered at the Higher Level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate

We require A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 at Higher Level including A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology.

Cambridge Pre-U

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including Biology and/or Chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE. If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A level subjects you should contact the medicine admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.

European Baccalaureate

The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate are also required.

Other qualifications

Graduate students applying for the five-year BDS programme

  • You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories, you can find more information on our degree title checker
  • Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).
  • If you are unsure that your degree subject is acceptable, or what A/AS requirements you may need then please use our degree title checker or contact us and we will be happy to advise. We may request you provide us with evidence as to why you believe your degree should be exempted for the A or AS level requirement
  • Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications in lieu of A Levels and so candidates with overseas qualifications may not be accepted.

Graduates with a non-UK degree

  • You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories, you can find more information on our degree title checker
  • Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).
  • If you are unsure that your degree subject is acceptable, or what A/AS requirements you may need then please use our degree title checker or contact us and we will be happy to advise. We may request you provide us with evidence as to why you believe your degree should be exempted for the A or AS level requirement
  • Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications in lieu of A Levels and so candidates with overseas qualifications may not be accepted.
  • Graduates from USA/Canada must offer an honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Advanced Placement Program

A GPA of 3.3 or higher in the High School Diploma, including a minimum grade B in English Language. At least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher; two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.

Australian Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00. In addition Chemistry and Biology must have been studied within year 12.

Canadian Qualifications

Entry requirements differ depending on province (please see reference table in our Admissions Policy below). In addition Year 12 must include Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Maths or Physics). The average will be calculated looking at academic subjects. Chemistry must be studied in Year 11 with a minimum score of 85 per cent.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) at AAA including Chemistry and Biology.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. Level 5 in 3 elective subjects. Level 5 is needed in Chemistry and Biology.

Indian Qualifications

Central Boards (CBSE, ISC) and West Bengal Board 90 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 90 per cent in these and Standard X 85 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths. State board qualifications other than West Bengal, 95 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 95 per cent in these and Standard X 90 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths. 

Israel’s Bagrut Examinations

90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied Bagrut with 90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied including Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics).

Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels

Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels (SIPCAL) at AAA at H2 level including 2 science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths).

Qualifications we do not accept

We do not accept vocational or applied A levels, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits), the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits), the Access to HE Diploma or the Advanced Diploma, or foundation, pre-medical/dental programmes or access courses from any other institution.

Alternative routes into Medicine

There are also alternative routes into medicine including: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)/Oral Medicine; and, Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) and St Andrews applicants – please see further information below.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) / Oral Medicine – 3 Years

Entry on to year 3 of the 5 year MBBS programme is designed specifically for qualified dentists who are fully registered with the General Dental Council and members of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM). There are 10 available places each year and is only open to UK/EU applicants. Applicants must have the MFDS, at least 12 months experience of clinical pathway and clear career aims. In addition it is desirable to have some publication history or research experience.

Applicants applying for this course are not required to take the UCAT.

Applications should be made directly to Barts and The London from October each year with an application deadline in December.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

St Andrews Applicants – 3 Years

Students looking to join the St Andrews and Barts route should apply to St Andrews, directly. Following the 3 years at St Andrews students who are selected from this route join the Year 3 of the Barts course for a further 3 clinical years. For further information, please see our St Andrew's webpage.

Admissions Policy

Please click here to view the full Admissions Policy for Medicine and Dentistry.

From year three of the programme students will require an iOS or Android mobile device in order to complete the logbooks of Assessment.

GCSE Grade Requirements

All eligible applicants must have Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics) at GCSE level, at grades 777666 (AAABBB for GSCEs taken before 2015) or above, in any order. The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

GCSE grades are not required for applicants who are applying with a degree. 

2. UCAT

UCAT – third decile or above

All candidates for medicine must undertake the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Your overall UCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date. To register, and for further information please see: www.ucat.ac.uk

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.

3. Age

All students for the MBBS programme must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course.  Applicants who are within weeks of being 18 at the start of the course must, along with their parents, follow the QMUL Under 18 Policy. Applicants who will be under the age of 18 by th start of the course can apply for deferred entry so that they will meet the minimum age requirement by the start of the course.

Applications are encouraged from mature students. There is no upper age limit, provided academic entry requirements are satisfied.

4. English Language Requirements

GCSE English Language grade 6

or 

An IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in the other components. This must be taken within two years of starting the course.

For further information on other accepted qualifications, please see our English Language page

Admissions Policy

Please click here to view the full Admissions Policy for Medicine and Dentistry.