Cardiff University: UCAT and Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

Are you thinking about doing a Medicine or Dental surgery degree at the University of Cardiff? Are you still confused about your entry requirements? Well, this article explains everything you need to know about University of Cardiff's UCAT and course requirements!

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of Cardiff University and the medicine courses it offers which require UCAT for admission.

An overview of Cardiff University

Cardiff University was established in 1883 and now has 31,935 students enrolled.

The University has two campuses: Cathays Park and Heath Park.

The School of Medicine is located on the Heath Park campus which shares the site with University Hospital Wales.

The School of Dentistry is also located on the Heath Park campus.

Cardiff University offers a range of accommodation to suit individual preferences and budget. There are 17 halls of residence on campus. The halls in walking distance to the Heath Park campus include:

 

Cardiff has over 200 sports clubs and societies (including baking society, Disney and musical theatre society, and Jazz society), 16 libraries, and a range of sporting facilities (including Sports Fields, Studio 49, and Fitness and Conditioning Centre).

 

Rankings

Times Higher Ed RankQS rankingsAcademic Ranking of World Universities
191159151-200

 

Cardiff University Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CoursesCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught
Bachelor of MedicineA100Academic requirements

ATAR (for NSW):

  • AAA grades convert to an ATAR of a minimum of 90.
  • A*A*A* equivalent is an ATAR of 97

A-level Standard offer:

  • AAA

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • At least 36 points overall (19 at HL).

 

Prerequisites:

For A-level standard offer:

  • Biology (A)
  • Chemistry (A)
  • Another subject (A)

For IB:

  • Minimum of 19 at Higher Level, including:
    • Grade 6 in Biology
    • Grade 6 in Chemistry
  • Note: Grade 7 SL Biology or Chemistry can be taken in place of Grade 6 HL Biology or Chemistry, IF you have grade 6 in HL Maths, Physics, or Statistics
  • Note: Excluding Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay

 

Entry Requirement: 

Acceptance is based on student’s meeting the minimum academic results, UCAT results, Personal Statement, and their interview.

UCAT:

There is no minimum threshold mark required for the UCAT.

GCSE: 

Applicants must achieve the minimum requirements at GCSE (or equivalent qualifications)

  • 9 GCSEs at Grade B/6, including:
    • English/Welsh
    • Biology;
    • Chemistry; and
    • Maths
  • Note: For Australian applicants, a Year 10 certificate is comparable to the GCSE. (A* – C = 9 – 4). A subject studied in Year 12 is also equivalent to a GCSE grade

Personal Statement: 

Students need to write a personal statement which will be addressed based on the following criteria:

  • Insight into a career in Medicine
  • Evidence of experience relating to the field of Medicine through work experience or volunteering
  • Evidence and reflection of personal responsibility
  • Evidence of a balanced approach
  • Evidence of self-directed learning.

 

Application Process:

  • Students are required to apply through UCAS.
  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark
  • Students need to write a Personal Statement.
  • If selected, students will need to attend an interview between December and January.

 

Interview Criteria and structure:

To select students for the interview, the University follows this scoring process:

  • GCSEs:
    • 9, 8, A* = 3 points
    • 7, A = 2 points
    • 6, B = 1 point
  • A Level (A-Level grades and honour degrees give additional points):
    • A* = 3 points
    • A = 2 points

Note: For Australian applicants, a subject studied in year 12 is also equivalent to GCSE grade (A = A, B = B, C = C)

The university invites 1500 students for an interview out of which 300 are offered a place. The cut-off marks for the interviews change every year.

  • Criteria: The interview focuses on personal qualities and attributes which are important in becoming a good doctor, including:
    • Ability to think fast and on your feet
    • Reflection on issues in the medical profession
    • Critically appraise information
    • Communicate ideas effectively
  • Structure:
    • The interview is structured as Multiple Mini Interviews.
    • There are 9 stations with each station assessing a specific criterion.
    • Each station is 8 minutes long.

 

Extra information:

  • Note: The University doesn’t accept undergraduate transfers into its medicine program.
  • The school receives approximately 3000 applications.

 

5 years full-timeHeath Park Campus
Bachelor of Dental SurgeryA200Entry Requirement

ATAR (for NSW):

  • AAA grades convert to an ATAR of a minimum of 90.
  • A*A*A* equivalent is an ATAR of 97

A-level Standard offer:

  • AAA grades

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • At least 36 points overall

 

Prerequisites:

A-level standard offer:

  • Chemistry; and
  • Biology
    • Note: Applicants must pass in the practical element of both Sciences
  • Note: General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable at the A2 level.

IB:

  • 6 in Higher Level in Biology and Chemistry, or
  • 666 in 3 Higher Level subjects including Biology and Chemistry

Non-Academic Requirements:

UCAT:

  • There is no cut-off score for the UCAT.

Personal Statement

Students must write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes. The Personal Statement will be judged based on the same criteria as the statement required for the medicine program.

GCSE

Applicants must achieve the minimum requirements at GCSE (or equivalent qualifications):

  • English or Welsh (B/6)
    • Note: Preferences will be given to applicants with a grade A/7.
  • 6 other GCSE:
    • Grade A/7 in single Sciences; OR
    • Min grade AA or Grade 7 in Double Award (or equivalent)
  • Note: Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects are not accepted.

Note: For Australian applicants, a subject studied in year 12 is also equivalent to GCSE grade (A = A, B = B, C = C)

 

Interview Criteria and structure:

The cut-off marks for the interviews change every year. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (GCSE) and Level 3 (A-Level).

  • Criteria: The interview focuses on personal qualities and attributes which are important in becoming a good dentist, including:
    • Ability to think fast and on your feet
    • Reflection on issues in the health profession
    • Critically appraise information
    • Communicate ideas effectively
    • Applicants will be required to show evidence of volunteering or work experience in the interview,
  • Structure:
    • Interviews are structured as Multiple Mini Interviews.
5 Years full-timeHeath Park Campus

 

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