GCE Advanced Levels: AAA (or AAB contextual offer).
We do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of their selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.
A Level Offer:
AAA, which must include biology (or human biology) and chemistry.
A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of practical tests taking place, this will not required for 2022 applicants.
Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies, or global perspectives are not accepted as the third A.
Students must study three A levels for two years and meet the entry requirements, however they can take an extra A level a year earlier or later if needed to meet the entry requirements or recommended by their school or college. Please note that we do not usually accept A levels which have taken three years to complete.
We will consider resits for no more than two A levels as long as:
- you have completed your A levels in the last 12 months
- you have already obtained at least ABB with at least one A in biology/human biology or chemistry
- you must achieve AAA after taking your resits
You are also able to apply for this course if you already have a degree. You will need a 2:1 degree in any subject plus the A level requirements and a minimum of GCSE level 4 (C) in mathematics and English language.
You must be in your final year or have completed your degree before applying. Degrees must have been completed in the natural length intended for your qualification - for example 3 years for a Bachelor's (like a BSc) or 4 years for an undergraduate Master's (like an MSci).
If you are applying with an undergraduate degree, you may not need to meet the standard A level requirements. This will be reviewed if you have achieved or are predicted to achieve a first class honours degree at undergraduate level in a relevant subject with enough biology and chemistry content. You will still, however, need to have achieved as least a 4 (C) in GCSE in both mathematics and English Language. Any offers made without the A level requirements are conditional on you achieving a first in your primary degree before starting the course.
IB offer: 36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent).
We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL). We do not score the IB and do not require predicted IB grades as part of the selection process. However, you will still need to achieve the IB grades required to meet your offer.
Resits of a maximum of two subjects are considered as long as:
- You have completed your IB in the last 12 months
- You have achieved 34 total points overall
- You have obtained 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a 6 in chemistry or biology - the other one being at level 5.
- Students must be predicted and achieve 666 (including biology and chemistry)
A levels: AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry
IB: 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component) with the GCSE requirements (or equivalent).
This type of offer is given to students who meet the contextual admissions or elite athlete criteria. If you are a contextual applicant and you are successful at interview, you will receive the standard A level offer. If you select this course as your firm choice, your offer will then be lowered to the contextual offer of AAB or 35.
Find out more at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/applying/contextual-offers.aspx.
If you are applying with A levels or the IB, you must meet the following GCSE requirements unless otherwise stated.
We require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Level 7 (A).
These 6 GCSEs at Level 7 must include chemistry and biology - or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects - and may include maths and English language.
If maths and English language are not included in your 6 GCSEs at Level 7, you will need a minimum grade of Level 6 in both subjects.
When selecting for interview, GCSE grades are scored and allocated points. We score a maximum of 8 GCSEs including the required subject grades.
If you are applying with a degree, you must have achieved at least a level 4 (C) in maths and English language.
We do not accept GCSE resits.
We do not accept applied science, short course GCSEs or functional skills for English and maths.
GCSEs taken over multiple years may be accepted for home schooled students as long as they meet the entry requirements.
English Language Requirements:
If English is not your first language, you will need to have proof of your fluency with one of the following:
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 73 (minimum 67)
- Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
If your home country is not the UK, but you have moved to the UK (with indefinite leave to remain) within two years before taking GCSE English Language or equivalent and did not achieve Level 6 then we will accept one of the alternative qualifications.
Applicants are usually expected to complete regular work experience when applying for medicine. This can be:
- Volunteering in a care related setting
- Volunteering with disadvantaged groups
- Paid employment in a job working with the general public
As part of your application you will usually be required to provide evidence of your work experience. This may include a description of the experience, dates for when it took place, and a reference contact.
Please note, we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2022 entry will not be negatively affected if you've been unable to complete any work experience you had planned. We will however be looking for knowledge of the profession and an understanding of the scope of the role and we may ask about this during your interview.
If possible we'd advise that you speak to someone working in the NHS to ensure you are making an informed choice about your career in medicine. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to caring for people and a realistic idea of what working as a doctor entails.
Any students considering a gap year should use their time constructively either by working or further preparing yourself for a future career in medicine.
You must also complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the same year you are applying. The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is not accepted for entry.
For more information, please refer to the UCAT website: www.ucat.ac.uk
There is no fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview. We do not accept applicants who achieve Band 4 on the Situational Judgement Test on the UCAT.
You will be required to have an interview. This usually takes the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). For 2022 entry, interviews may be face-to-face or online using Microsoft Teams. We will provide more details as they become available.
Interviews are offered to candidates based on scores as calculated by our selection process. The percentage threshold varies from year to year based on the number of applicants.
If you meet the entry requirements for the course and have completed the Nottingham Pathways Programme, the Nottingham Potential Summer School, or the Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, you will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. However you will still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test.
The fast track to interview is only applicable to those applying for their first degree.
Find out more at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/study-with-us/undergraduate/undergraduate-medicine/undergraduate-selection-process.aspx.
Fitness to Practise:
We must be confident in your conduct, health, and ability to be professional and interact safely with patients. As part of your application you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.
If we have any serious concerns we will not offer you a place, and reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.
Find out more at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/study-with-us/undergraduate/undergraduate-medicine/fitness-to-study.aspx.
Excluded Students Database:
When offering places to students we check the MSC Excluded Students Database as part of our commitment to professionalism and fitness to practise. We may also ask if you have encountered professionalism issues with other professional bodies such as the Pharmacy Council or the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. If either we or another medical school have terminated your studies, your details are shared with regulatory bodies and other medical schools through this database.
If you would like more information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact our enquiries team at email@example.com or call +44 (0)1522 886644.