UCAT

The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

How Universities use the UCAT

UCAT results are made available before the UCAS deadline and you should use them to help inform your UCAS choices, otherwise you might be wasting an application.  It is important to understand that the UCAT score is used in different ways by universities during the admissions process.

For some the UCAT score is a significant factor in their consideration of applications. For others it may be a less significant factor or only used in marginal situations.  Most universities consider the total score (i.e. the score after each of the cognitive subtest scores have been added together), however some  do look at individual subtest scores and may even have a cut-off score for a particular subtest. 

Some universities have a threshold score that candidates have to achieve in order to be considered further in their admission processes. This score is often determined each year but universities will usually indicate on their website threshold scores that have been used in previous years. 

Others use the UCAT alongside factors such as academic achievement, personal statement and interview performance. The factor may be significant or may contribute a small amount to the final outcome. 

A small number of universities use the test to provide opportunities to candidates who perhaps would not have progressed to interview (for example) using traditional selection methods. This may advantage candidates who have not have achieved the highest academic score but have performed particularly well in the UCAT.

All our universities provide information on their websites regarding how they use the UCAT score in admissions.  Please see the table below for links to the relevant pages of their websites: 

 

University

 Click on the Course Codes below for further information

         

 A20

University of Aberdeen 

 A100

A105

A201

   

 

 A60

Anglia Ruskin University

 A100

 

     

 

 A80

Aston University

 A100

 

     

 

 B32

University of Birmingham

 A100

A101

A200

   

 

 B78

University of Bristol

 A100

A108

A206

A208

 

 

 C15

Cardiff University 

 A100

A104

A200

A204

 

 

 D65

University of Dundee 

 A100

A104

A200

A204

 

 

 E14

University of East Anglia 

 A100

A104

     

 

 E42

Edge Hill University

 A100

A110

     

 

 E56

University of Edinburgh 

 A100

 

     

 

 E84

University of Exeter 

 A100

 

     

 

 G28

University of Glasgow 

 A100

A200

     

 

 H75

Hull York Medical School 

 A100

A101

     

 

 K12

Keele University 

 A100

A104

     

 

 K31

Kent and Medway Medical School

 A100

 

     

 

 K60

King's College London 

 A100

A101

A102

A202

A205

A206

 L34

University of Leicester 

 A100

A199

     

 

 L41

University of Liverpool

 A100

A200

     

 

 M20

University of Manchester 

 A104

A106

A204

A206

 

 

 N21

University of Newcastle 

 A100

A101

A206

   

 

 N84

University of Nottingham 

 A100

A10L

A108

A18L

 

 

 P60

Plymouth University 

 A100

A206

     

 

 Q50

Queen Mary University of London 

 A100

A101

A110

A120

A200

 

 Q75

Queen's University Belfast 

 A100

A200

     

 

 S18

University of Sheffield 

 A100

A101

A200

   

 

 S27

University of Southampton 

 A100

A101

A102

   

 

 S36

University of St Andrews 

 A100

A990

     

 

 S49

St George's, University of London 

 A100

 

     

 

 S84

University of Sunderland

 A100

 

     

 

 W20

University of Warwick 

 A101

 

     

 


The Medical Schools Council (MSC) also publish a booklet about entry requirements: 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR UK MEDICAL SCHOOLS: 2020 ENTRY