Medicine - Entry 2017

Academic Entry Requirements and UKCAT

Entry Requirements

Please note that these requirements are the minimum required in order to be considered for entry to the Medicine course. For 2016 entry we received approximately 2200 applications for 237 places with the majority of these meeting at least the minimum academic requirements.  As our selection procedure takes into account academic achievements applicants will be assessed on the results (achieved and/or predicted) of all their qualifications. Due to the competitive nature of applying for the course most candidates selected to attend a multiple mini interview usually far exceed our minimum requirements.  Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an invitation to interview or the offer of a place.

It is required that all examinations at each level be taken in one sitting.  Unfortunately we are unable to consider examinations taken early or resit examinations.  Please note that A Levels in Critical Thinking and General Studies are not acceptable.  We will not consider A Level Further Mathematics for candidates who hold Mathematics A Level.


All applicants applying to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield will need to undertake the UK Clinical Aptitude Test for Medicine and Dentistry (UKCAT) in order to be eligible for admission. The test must be taken prior to your application, details of test dates and how to register can be found on the UKCAT website which can be accessed from the link on the right. 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 UKCAT entry requirements. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component is considered for those applicants who are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.

How the UKCAT has changed for applicants seeking entry in 2017

UKCAT has removed the Decision Analysis subtest. In 2016 UKCAT will be piloting a new test of Decision Making and neither candidates nor Universities will receive a score for this subtest. This means that in 2016 only, candidates and universities will receive a total cognitive scaled score for the sum of the three remaining cognitive section (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.

GCSE Requirements

Applicants for the A100 programme must meet the following GCSE minimum requirements:

  • You should have at least eight GCSE subjects at grades A*- C. Of these, you must have six A grades in GCSE subjects that have been taken in one sitting.
  • GCSE passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English and the Sciences (which may be dual awards).
  • The six A grades may include Mathematics, English and the sciences.
  • Acceptable science GCSEs include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sciences (dual awards)

Please note:

  • The GCSE requirements should have been met by the point of application.
  • The relevant GCSEs should be studied for no longer than two years.
  • The six A grades must all be obtained in the same sitting. The other two GCSEs needed to meet the requirement of at least eight GCSEs in total do not have to be taken at the same time as the six A grades.
  • The required C grades in Mathematics, English and the Sciences do not need to be obtained in the same year as the six A grades.
  • We do not accept GCSE resits.
  • Applicants taking GCSEs graded using the new numerical system will need to obtain eight GCSEs graded 9-4, of these you must have six 7 grades taken in one sitting.
  • Non-GCSE qualifications (such as Level 2 OCR qualifications) taken alongside GCSEs are not considered as equivalent and do not count towards meeting the GCSE requirement. If you have not studied GCSEs but have studied an equivalent international qualification, please contact the Medical Admissions Office for information about the acceptability of the qualifications and required levels of achievement.
English Language Requirements

The required grade for GCSE English Language varies depending on whether you are applying as a UK/EU applicant or as International applicant:

  • UK/EU applicants must hold a Grade C or higher at GCSE English Language. UK/Home applicants holding GCSE English as a Second Language or Edexcel iGCSE English Language B are required to hold a Grade B or higher.
  • For International applicants, the grade required depends on the qualifications taken and the examining body. For more information, please see the University Guidance (see the third table at this link, titled "UK Qualifications" for details of the required grades for various GCSE and iGCSE English Language Qualifications.

We are not able to consider the following English Language qualifications for entry to our Medicine course:

  • Anglia Examinations in English
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • Cambridge preliminary English Test (PET)
  • City and Guilds (I)ESOL
  • Key English Test (KET)
  • London Chamber of Commerce: English for Business
  • Malaysian Certificate of Educational English Language
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency
  • Nigerian National Examinations Council qualification (NECO)
  • Oxford International Business English Certificate
  • Pitman English for Business Communications
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)

Acceptable English Language qualifications
AS Level Requirements

There are no AS requirements for the A100 programme. Where an applicant holds AS Levels, they will not be considered as part of the application.

A Level Requirements

Our offer for subjects taken as A Level is AAA to include Chemistry and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology or Psychology). Applicants who do not yet hold A Levels at the time of application must have predicted grades of at least AAA. Please note the following:

  • The three A Levels should be studied for no longer than two years, must be passed on the first attempt and must all be taken in one sitting.
  • Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component is required and a passing grade must be obtained.
  • We are unable to consider A Level resits or examinations taken early.
  • Please note that A Level Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement.
  • We will not consider A Level Further Mathematics for candidates who hold A Level Mathematics.
Other Qualifications

Our usual offer for other qualifications is:

  • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate - grades D3, D3, D3 in Chemistry and another science subject.
  • Scottish Highers - AAAAB plus Advanced Highers grades AA in Chemistry and another science subject.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - grade A, plus grades AA in two A Levels, subjects must include Chemistry and another science subject (Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology). 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - AAAAAB with A in Chemistry and another science subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - 36 points overall with 6s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry and another science subject) and no less than 4 in Standard level subjects. (Subsequent to the publication of the MBChB Course Brochure - the University of Sheffield now recognises 36 points equivalent to AAA at A Level.)
  • Higher Level Qualifications - Please see tab

Unfortunately, we are not able to consider the following qualifications for entry to our Medicine course:

  • Bedales Examinations
  • BTECs
  • HE Diplomas
  • International Certificate of Christian Education
  • Masters degrees. (Bachelors Degrees are considered under Higher Level Qualifications)
  • PhDs
Higher Level Qualifications

Graduates will be expected to hold at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree in any subject. In addition, graduate applicants must have grades of at least BBB at A Level, one of which must be Chemistry.

Please note:

  • All three A Levels must have been taken in the same sitting and passed on the first attempt.
  • We do not accept resits at A Level.
  • A Levels in Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted for the A100 programme.
  • We will not consider A Level Further Mathematics for candidates who hold A Level Mathematics.
  • Where a graduate applicant with a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in any subject has BBB or better at A Level but the pre-degree A Levels do not include Chemistry, we will consider the application if the candidates has taken A Level Chemistry after their Bachelor's degree and achieved (or is predicted to achieve) a Grade B or higher.
  • There are no exemptions from any part of the Medicine course for graduates who hold a science or biomedical science degree.
  • Dental Graduates must have the BDS (BChD) or be due to obtain the MFDS or FDS. There are no exemptions from any part of the Medicine course for dental graduates.
International Qualifications You should write to the Medical Admissions Office with full details of your qualifications, enclosing copies of certificates/transcripts. Normally, International applicants will be expected to hold an acceptable English Language Qualification. If taking the IELTS we require a score of 7.5 overall with no less than 7.0 in each component.
Disrupted Studies If you are an undergraduate applicant and you have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected either your post-16 studies, or any GCSE Qualifications that are cited in our course entry requirements, you can let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form. Details of our Admissions Policy on disrupted studies is available via the download on the right or you can find more information via the following link: Disrupted Studies