Academic Entry Requirements and the UK Clinical Aptitude Test  (UKCAT) - 2019 Entry

Entry Requirements

Please note that these requirements are the minimum required in order to be considered for entry to the Medicine course. For 2019 entry we have a total of 288 places for HOME/EU students and no cap on the number of places for International Students.  International student places are limited by the availability of placements and we expect to have approximately 18-22 International places. For 2018 entry we received 1814 applications for 256 places.  The majority (85.5%) of applicants in 2018 met the minimum academic and UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) requirements.  Those that did not were deemed unsuccessful. 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 academic and UKCAT entry requirements does not guarantee an invitation to interview or the offer of a place.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

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 in the year of 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 2470/3600 or more to be given further consideration. Candidates must meet BOTH the academic entry requirements AND the UKCAT entry requirements. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component is only considered for those applicants who are invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview.

Please note:

Applicants who meet or exceed both the minimum academic requirements and the minimum UKCAT requirement will be ranked based on their UKCAT score after the application deadline to determine which of these applicants are invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview.

GCSE Requirements

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

  • You should have at least five grade A (grade 7) GCSE subjects;
  • GCSE passes at grade B (grade 6) or above in Mathematics, English and at least one science subject (which may be dual awards);
  • The five  A grades may include Mathematics, English or a science subject;
  • Acceptable science GCSEs include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Sciences (dual awards).

Please note:

  • The GCSE requirements should have been met by the point of application;
  • The relevant GCSEs should have been studied for no longer than two years;
  • The relevant GCSEs do not have to be obtained in the same sitting or year;
  • We accept GCSE resits.  Any and all GCSE resits must be taken in the same sitting (unlike first sittings), and only one resit per GCSE is permitted.  Only those GCSEs that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • A combination of numerically and alphabetically graded GCSEs is acceptable;
  • 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.  GCSE Short Courses are also not considered,
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:

  • Home/EU applicants must hold a Grade B or higher at GCSE English Language. Home/EU applicants holding iGCSE 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 the link below, titled "UK Qualifications") for details of the required grades for various GCSE and iGCSE English Language Qualifications.

A range of other qualifications will satisfy the School's English language requirements, details of these are available on the central University webpage.  Applicants completing a qualification with variable requirements should achieve an equivalent of IELTS 7.5 overall with no less than 7.0 in each component.

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)
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 at A Level is AAA to include Chemistry or Biology and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology/Human Biology or Psychology).  The combination of Chemistry and Biology is acceptable.  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 and must all be taken in the same sitting;
  • Where an A Level has a separately graded practical component, this practical component is required and a passing grade must be obtained;
  • We accept A Level resits.  Any and all A Level resits must be taken in the same sitting and only one resit per A Level is permitted.  Only those A Levels that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • We are unable to consider A Levels that have been taken early;
  • Please note that A Level Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement;
  • We do not accept A Level Further Mathematics.
  • For applicants who take four A Levels in a two year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we will accept the Mathematics A Level, even if it is taken in Year 12, and irrespective of whether the A Level is certificated in Year 12 or 13.  It is expected that Chemistry or Biology and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) will be taken in Year 13.
Applicants offering A Levels and an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Our offer for applicants offering an EPQ taken alongside A Levels is AAB at A Level plus an A or A* grade EPQ.  Please note the following:

  • The same subject requirements for A Levels that apply to applicants without an EPQ (see above) apply to applicants offering an EPQ;
  • A grade A is required in the mandatory science A Level (Chemistry or Biology);
  • A level 3 extended project qualification is required and this must have been taken alongside A Levels.  (Typically this is in Year 12 or 13 at school.);
  • The EPQ can be in any subject;
  • Level 3 EPQs taken alongside GCSEs, Level 2 EPQs, BTECs, City and Guilds Level 3, Level 3 NVQs and OCR Nationals are not accepted;
  • No adjustment is made to the GCSE entry requirements for appliants offering an EPQ;
  • Where an appliant is taking an EPQ alongside A Levels and is predicted to attain a Grade A or A*, predicted A Level grades of AAB are acceptable.;
  • Where an applicant is taking an EPQ alongside A Levels but is predicted to attain less than a grade A in their EPQ, they will be required to have or be predicted to attain AAA at A Level.
Other Qualifications

Our usual offer for other qualifications is:

  • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate - grades D3, D3, D3 in Chemistry or Biology and another science subject;
  • Scottish Highers - AAAAB plus Advanced Highers grades AA in Chemistry or Biology and another science subject;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - grade A, plus grades AA in two A Levels, subjects must include Chemistry or Biology and another science subject (Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology);
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - H1,H1,H1,H1 with H1 in Chemistry or Biology and another science subject;
  • International Baccalaureate - 36 points overall with 6s in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology and another science subject) and no less than 4 in each of the 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 the tab below.

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 (Upper Second Class) 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 or Biology.

Please note:

  • All three A Levels must have been taken in the same sitting;
  • We accept A Level resits.  Any and all A Level resits must be taken in one sitting, and only one resit per A Level is permitted.  Only those A Levels that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken;
  • A Levels in Further Mathematics, Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted for the A100 programme;
  • 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 or Biology, we will consider the application if the candidates has taken A Level Chemistry or Biology 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