The University of Sheffield
The Medical School

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 2013 entry we received over 3,000 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 for interview usually far exceed our minimum requirements.

It is expected that all examinations be taken in one sitting, unfortunately we are unable to consider examinations taken early or resit examinations.  Please note that General Studies is not acceptable and in some cases, we may not be able to consider Modern Languages, please contact us for further information.

UKCAT

All applicants applying to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield will need to undertake the 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 for the test 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.  It is likely that any candidate with a score of 2600 or above will be given consideration. 

For the six-year course with a Pre-medical Year (A104)

The Pre-medical year is open to candidates who have excellent results but not in the appropriate subjects for entry to Phase 1 of the course.

GCSE requirements

You must have GCSE passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English and the Sciences (which may be dual awards). You should have at least six A grades in GCSE subjects.

Requirements for Candidates taking AS and GCE 'A' level curriculum

You should study four AS Levels and achieve grades of at least ABBB.  Our usual offer for subjects taken at A2 level is AAA and it is expected that these will be taken in one sitting.  Please note AS Level results must be declared on the UCAS application, if AS Levels have not been certificated UMS scores will be required.

Our usual offer for other qualifications is:

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate - D3,D3,D3
Scottish Highers - AAAAB + Advanced Highers - AA
Irish Leaving Certificate - AAAAAB
International Baccalaureate - 37 points overall to include 6s in Higher Level subjects and no less than 4 in Standard Level subjects.
Higher Level Qualifications Please see below.

For the 5 year course - Phase 1 entry (A100)

GCSE requirements

You must have GCSE passes at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and the Sciences (which may be dual awards). You should have at least six A grades in GCSE subjects.

Requirements for Candidates taking AS and GCE 'A' level curriculum

You should study four AS Levels, subjects must include Chemistry and another science (Maths, Physics, Biology or Psychology), you should achieve grades of at least ABBB in these subjects, if AS Levels have not been certificated UMS scores will be required.

Our offer for subjects taken at A level is AAA to include Chemistry and another science (Maths, Physics, Biology or Psychology), it is expected that these examinations are taken in the same sitting as we are unable to consider resits or examinations taken early.  Please note that in some cases we may not be able to consider a Modern Language as a third A Level, please contact the department for further information.

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.
Irish Leaving Certificate - AAAAAB with A in Chemistry and another science subject.
International Baccalaureate - 37 points overall with 6s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry and another science subject) and no less than 4 in Standard Level subjects.

Higher Level Qualifications Please see below.

Higher Level Qualifications

Graduates applying for the Pre-medical Year (A104) will be expected to hold at least a 2:1 degree in a non-science subject. Those applying for entry to Phase I (A100) will be expected to hold at least a 2:1 degree in a science-based subject.  Although mature applicants will be judged on individual merit, competition for places is fierce with many graduate applicants applying with a 1st class degree.  Grades of at least BBB at A Level will also be required for graduate/mature applicants.

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 if available.  Most International applicants will be expected to hold an acceptable English Language Qualification, if taking the IELTS we require a score of 7 overall with no less than 6 in each component.  Candidates taking the TOEFL will need to obtain 600 in the paper based test, 250 in the computer based test or 100 in the internet based test.