Widening access to medicine

We have a range of support and opportunities available to enable students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education to study Medicine.

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​Contextual admissions

Our Access Sheffield policies help to ensure that everyone who has the potential to succeed at the University of Sheffield has the opportunity to do so. If you meet one or more of the Access Sheffield criteria, you could get a contextual offer, which takes into account your academic achievements, your personal situation and your potential to succeed.

We’ll give your application additional consideration when we receive it and when exam results are released. If we offer you a place, we may also be able to make you a lower offer. 

Access Sheffield policies


Widening access programmes

We support a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in medicine and are from a background that is underrepresented in higher education.

Our two-year Access to Sheffield (Medicine) programme offers a range of activities that can benefit you when reflecting on your experiences, whether that’s on your UCAS application or at a medical school interview. Throughout the programme you can work with current undergraduate medical students, gaining an understanding of what studying a medicine degree here at Sheffield is really like.

Access to Sheffield (Medicine)

We set lower entry requirements for MBChB Medicine (A100) applicants who have participated in this and other widening access programmes, including the national Realising Opportunities programme.

A Level entry requirements

Applicants who are participating in Access to Sheffield (Medicine), another access programme offered by the University of Sheffield, or the national Realising Opportunities programme, are eligible for a contextual offer equivalent to up to two A Level grades below our standard entry requirements. A full list of programmes where participants can be made a contextual offer, and more information about eligibility for contextual offers, is given in our Access Sheffield policies.

GCSE entry requirements

Applicants who are participating in Access to Sheffield (Medicine) or Realising Opportunities are required to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grades 9-6/A*-B) with grade 4/ C or above in Science (Double Award accepted), Mathematics and English Language.

Participants in other widening access programmes must meet our standard GCSE entry requirements.

Your GCSEs should each have been studied for no longer than two years but do not have to be obtained in the same exam sitting or year.

We accept GCSE resits, but these must be taken in one sitting, and also should have been studied for no longer than two years. Only GCSEs that do not meet the entry requirements given above need to be retaken. Only one resit per GCSE is permitted. 

Non-GCSE qualifications (such as Level 2 OCR qualifications) are not considered as equivalent to GCSEs and do not count towards meeting our GCSE requirements. If you have not studied GCSEs, please email medadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk for information about alternative acceptable qualifications and required levels of achievement.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Applicants who are participating in Access to Sheffield (Medicine) or Realising Opportunities must meet our minimum University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score threshold for their year of entry. However, they will not have their UCAT score ranked alongside other applicants in order to determine whether they will progress to the interview stage of our selection process.

Participants in other widening access programmes will have their UCAT score ranked as part of our standard selection process.

Medicine selection process

We also run an annual mentoring programme and work with other medical schools in our region to run an annual summer school.

Medics Mentoring

Yorkshire Medical Schools Summer School


University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University pathways

We provide a pathway to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield for home students who have completed the first year of one of the following programmes and are from a background that is under-represented in higher education. 

  • Foundation in Clinical Sciences and Medicine (UCAS code: B991), University of Bradford 
  • Clinical Sciences (UCAS code: B990), University of Bradford 
  • Biomedical Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code: A049), Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Biomedical Sciences (UCAS code: B940), Sheffield Hallam University

If you achieved a score of at least 70% in the first year of one of these programmes, and you meet the other entry requirements and widening participation criteria given below, your A Levels (or equivalent) will not be considered as part of our selection process.

Applicants from the University of Bradford’s Foundation in Clinical Sciences and Medicine must also have achieved a score of at least 70% in the Chemistry for Clinical Sciences module (CLS3003-B).

Medicine applicants from any other foundation or degree programme must meet our standard entry requirements.

GCSE entry requirements

Applicants from a University of Bradford or Sheffield Hallam University pathway are required to have a grade 4/C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

Your GCSEs should have been studied for no longer than two years but do not have to be obtained in the same exam sitting or year.

We accept GCSE resits, but these must be taken in one sitting, and also should have been studied for no longer than two years. Only GCSEs that do not meet the entry requirements given above need to be retaken. Only one resit per GCSE is permitted. 

Non-GCSE qualifications (such as Level 2 OCR qualifications) are not considered as equivalent to GCSEs and do not count towards meeting our GCSE requirements. If you have not studied GCSEs, please email medadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk for information about alternative acceptable qualifications and required levels of achievement.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Applicants from a University of Bradford or Sheffield Hallam University pathway must meet our minimum University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score threshold for their year of entry. However, they will not have their UCAT score ranked alongside other applicants in order to determine whether they will progress to the interview stage of our selection process.

Medicine selection process

Widening participation criteria

Applicants from a University of Bradford or Sheffield Hallam University pathway are required to meet two or more of the following criteria. More information to help you find out whether you are eligible will be published soon.

  • You lived in a neighbourhood with a low rate of participation in higher education
  • You are care experienced
  • You are a care leaver
  • You have been a carer
  • You have been estranged from your family
  • You have parenting responsibilities
  • You were entitled to Free School Meals
  • You are a forced migrant
  • You are part of the first generation in your family to enter higher education
  • Your parents were unemployed or working in unskilled jobs
  • You received a 16-19 Bursary or similar grant
  • You have a disability

Applicants who are required to meet our widening participation criteria will be asked to complete a short form after they submit their application. For 2025 entry, this must be returned to us by 5pm on 30 June 2025. Applicants who receive offers will be required to provide supporting evidence that they meet this criteria at registration.

Funding your studies

Please note that if you have spent time in higher education prior to starting the MBChB Medicine programme, you may not be eligible for the same level of student finance.

Student finance for undergraduates – eligibility


Graduate Entry Medicine

Our MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine (A101) course only accepts students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education, who meet our widening participation criteria. More information about this course, including entry requirements and widening participation criteria, can be found in our online prospectus.