Anglia Ruskin University: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

Are you thinking about doing a Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University? Are you still confused about your entry requirements? Well, this article explains everything you need to know about Anglia Ruskin University's UCAT and course requirements!

This article explains the requirements, clinical placement opportunities and rankings of Anglia Ruskin University’s Medicine degree — find out what they have to offer and what you need in terms of academic achievements, UCAT results and work experience!


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Overview of Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) was established in 1858 and has four main campuses. These include:

Currently, there are over 39,000 students from over 185 countries enrolled at the University.

The School of Medicine was opened in September 2018 in Chelmsford and includes GP simulation rooms and an anatomy suite. NOTE: The university doesn’t accept international applicants for the medicine program. 

Students who wish to live on campus whilst studying Medicine can apply for Chelmsford Student Village. The student village has 511 rooms which are spread out over 110 flats. A 6-bed flat with ensuite costs around £130 per week and a 3-bed flat with ensuite costs around £126  per week. Rooms are self-catered.

At ARU there are a range of extra-curricular opportunities students can get involved in. These include:

  • Societies: There are over 120 societies you can be a part of or if you wish you can also start your own society.
  • Social events: There are a range of events happening all year round that students can attend. These include: networking events, film nights, Friday feeling, and more!
  • Sports: Students can partake in competitive or social sport and use one of the many facilities available on campus.



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Anglia Ruskin University Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Bachelor of Medicine

Course CodeLengthCampus
A1005 Years Full TimeChelmsford Campus


Academic Requirements


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  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-B (9-4)


  • AAA at A-levels completed within two years of entry
  • Resit grades of AAA is also accepted within 2 academic years prior to application

IB (International Baccalaureate):

  • A minimum of 36 points overall

Scottish Qualifications:

  • Advanced Highers:
    • AAB; and
    • National 5 Grade B or GCSE (See prerequisites)
  • Highers:
    • AAAAA at Higher Grade; and
    • National 5 Grade B National 5 Grade B or GCSE (See prerequisites)




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  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs must include:
    • Mathematics
    • English Language
    • 2 science subjects

For A-Levels:

  • A-Levels must include:
    • 1st A Level: Chemistry or Biology; and
    • 2nd A Level: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Physics
      • NOTE: You must pass the practical element of all science subjects.
    • 3rd A-level: Any of your choice
      • NOTE: General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

For IB:

  • A minimum of 666 at Higher Level. The subjects which must be included in this combination of grades are:
    • Chemistry and/or Biology
    • One other science
    • Mathematics or English

Scottish Qualifications:

  • Highers: Higher grade must include:
    • Biology and/or Chemistry (A);
    • Another science subject (A); AND
    • National 5 Grade B or above, OR GCSE in:
      • English language
      • Mathematics
  • Advanced Highers: AA grade must come from:
    • Biology and/or Chemistry
    • Another science subject
    • National 5 Grade B or above, OR GCSE grade C (4) in:
      • English language
      • Mathematics
      • 2 Science subjects


Entry Requirement

  • Applicants are required to:
    • Meet minimum entry requirements
    • Sit the UCAT in the year of applying
    • Submit a personal statement and reference


  • There is no cut-off score students must attain for UCAT
  • However, students who receive a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement test component will not be invited for an interview.

Personal Statement: 

  • The personal statement will not be assessed in the selection process. However, it will be used to understand your motivation to study Medicine and your skills and responsibilities. You will also be required to reference the things mentioned in it in the interview.
  • The personal statement should address:
    • Motivation to study medicine
    • Appreciation and understanding of being a doctor and what it requires
    • Evidence of work experience
      • It is desired students complete work experience in the healthcare sector
      • It can be in the form of volunteering, shadowing, paid work or observing
      • Experience can be in a nursing home, nursery, charities, voluntary organisations, pharmacy, GP or hospitals
    • Level of commitment
    • Desirable personal qualities


Interview Criteria and structure

Interviews will take place between December- January. Applicant’s MMI rankings are the sole determinator for a place in the University Medical degree.

  • Criteria: The interview assesses:
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Empathy
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Preparation and motivation to study Medicine (including work experience)
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Ethical/moral reasoning
    • ‘Integrity’
  • Structure:
    • The interview is structured as a Multiple Mini Interview.
    • There will be eight stations.
    • Each station will be 7 minutes long.


Clinical placement information

Bachelor of Medicine


Year 1

Students will attend hospital placements once a week for 5 weeks where they will practise general history taking, patient examination and basic procedures. They will also spend five days in a general practice where they will observe and work with nurses, observe minor surgery, pharmacy, help with administration, reception and attend calls with a GP. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with patients — these patients may be unknown attendees or patients who have been specifically asked to attend to help you learn.


Year 2

Like in Year 1, students will visit a general practice for 5 days, however, they will be given further opportunities to develop their clinical skills. There will also be a clinical placement block at the end of the year where students will work within general practices or with the mental health Trust in Essex.


Year 3

Third year students will undertake clinical placements in blocks and learn about specialities with their first-hand experience. Students will also have another five-day placement at a general practice.


Years 4 and 5

During these final two years, students will spend most of their time in a clinical setting, whether that is in a hospital or in a general practice. Their learning will be ‘speciality-focused’ and consolidated by simulation-based teaching on campus. In Year 5 in particular, students will shadow Foundation Doctors to prepare them for that role in the next year.


Associate teaching hospitals

  • Colchester Hospital
  • Basildon Hospital (includes Essex Cardiothoracic Centre)
  • Harlow Hospital
  • Southend Hospital
  • Broomfield Hospital (includes St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns)


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