Northern England’s Medical Schools and the UKCAT

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September 3, 2015 by Emedica

Our whistle-stop tour of the United Kingdom’s medical schools ends in the North – an area rich in culture, scenery, history and Medical Schools!

University of Central Lancashire

Central Lancashire is a new university which only accepts international students. Having previously suggested that they will use the UKCAT as part of admissions they are now saying that they will not require it for 2016 entry.

University of Durham

Durham and Newcastle Universities have a joint applications policy. They consider the UKCAT score immediately after the initial academic screening process and it informs who they offer an interview to.

They also operate a ‘widening access’ program which may attract different UKCAT cut-off scores).

They, like other universities, state that they cannot predict the exact levels where the cut off may fall, but data from previous years suggests it’s around the top 20%.

They will not be using the SJT score for 2016 entry.

Click to access OverviewofApplicationandUKCATdata.pdf

Hull York Medical School

Your UKCAT score is worth up to 50 points (compared to your top 8 GCSE results being worth up to 40 points). They can’t tell you what UKCAT score will attract how many points until after testing ends. The four cognitive sections of the UKCAT will make up your score.

Students who score a band 4 in the SJT section will not be considered. Your SJT band will count for up to 20 points if you get through to the interview stage.

Click to access selection-procedure-2016.pdf

Lancaster University

Lancaster require candidates to take the BMAT.

University of Leeds, School of Medicine

Leeds no longer uses the UKCAT and now asks for BMAT.

University of Liverpool

Liverpool have only joined the UKCAT consortium this year. Their website still has no specific details about how they plan to use the UKCAT. The link is currently dead. Keep checking back!

University of Manchester

Manchester has the most information about how they use UKCAT to enable a widening participation mechanism. If you meet their geo-demographic / educational indicators or have lived ‘in care’ then Manchester is definitely worth looking at as the UKCAT thresholds are considerably lower. Check here:

Manchester detail and four point procedure of which academic criteria is the first point and attaining the UKCAT threshold is the second. They publish threshold data for the last few years which indicates that generally they ask for around a top 25% UKCAT for standard applicants and around a top 60% for candidates with a “WP Plus Flag “.

UKCAT thresholds for A104 (a six year course including a foundation year) are considerably lower than those for A106 (a five year course).

University of Newcastle

Durham and Newcastle operate a joint applications policy – please refer to the information for Durham.

University of Sheffield, School of Medicine

Sheffield operate a cut off. Any candidate scoring under 2510 in the UKCAT will not be considered. (This is around the top half in a typical year).

We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 2000 fully updated UKCAT questions, with the same screen layout as the real thing. The service reflects all the new changes for the current year. We also run a 1 day Crammer Course to help boost your UKCAT score – book here!

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