Keele University: UCAT and Course Entry Information

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

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

An overview of Keele University

Keele University was established in 1949 by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Oxford.

The School of Medicine was established in 1978 and has three principal buildings which are located across the main campus and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

Keele has 2800 bedrooms on campus and caters to a wide range of accommodation needs. There are 5 different on-campus Halls:

  • Barnes Hall has a common room and a bar, offers various types of rooms, and price ranges from £110 – £165 per week.
  • Lindsay Hall is located on the south side of campus and is close to science faculties, has a common room, and price ranges from £87 – £158 per week.
  • Horwood Hall costs £144 a week and has space for about 690 students
  • Lindsay Hall houses about 550 students and costs £158 week
  • Holly cross and the Oaks costs £158/ week and has 321 rooms


Campus life at Keele’s has a multitude of activities to keep students engaged, especially with over 130 societies and clubs (including Acapella, Harry Potter, and Medical Charity) you could be part of. Keele’s has an on-campus post office, a small high street with a coffee shop, pharmacy, and a bookshop.

Once a week during the term, there is a farmers’ market held outside the Students Union! The university has a 24/7 library, an on-campus arboretum, and a range of sporting facilities.


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Keele University Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CourseCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught
Bachelor of MedicineA100ATAR:

  • A minimum ATAR of 95

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • A minimum of 35 points from six academic subjects
  • Must achieve HL 666, SL 665


  • Applicants must be achieving AAA grades in addition to GCSE requirements.


  • A minimum of five A/7 courses with a minimum of B/6 in maths, English language, and sciences

Scottish Qualifications:

  • Advanced Highers: Must achieve a minimum score of AB
  • Highers: Must achieve a score of AAAAB
  • National 5’s: Must achieve 5 grade A’s.



  • Band 6 in Sciences and Mathematics
  • Band 5 in English

For IB:

  • Higher Level subjects must include two sciences including Chemistry or Biology
  • Marks awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account but they must have been completed
  • English Language at SL grade 5 is acceptable.

For A-Levels:

  • Achieve grade A in Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject
  • A pass in the practical component of science subjects
  • NOTE: Only one subject from maths/ further maths/ statistics within the three A levels.
  • NOTE: A-levels must be completed within two years.
  • NOTE: Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies, and Applied A-level subjects are not considered.


  • Must study Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Must study English Language and Mathematics

Scottish Qualifications:

  • Advanced Highers:
    • Two sciences sat in S6 including Chemistry or Biology
  • Highers:
    • AB from two sciences including Chemistry or Biology
  • National 5’s:
    • Minimum grade B in Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Entry Requirement: 

  • Applicants must sit the UCAT, submit a Roles and Responsibilities form, meet minimum academic requirements, complete a personal statement, and if selected undergo an interview.


  • UCAT scores in the bottom 20% will not be considered for an interview.
  • The UCAT cut-off score for 2020 entry was 2280.
  • A Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will also not be considered for an interview.

Roles and Responsibilities Form:

  • The Roles and Responsibilities Form will assess student suitability for the Medicine Program through the following criteria:
    • Commitment to Medicine through paid/ voluntary work in a caring or supporting role
    • Value of work undertook
    • Level of responsibility taken in the role
    • Example of a situation where you did something that had a significant beneficial outcome for another person
    • Exceptional achievements or circumstances

Personal Statement:

  • The personal statement will be used in the interview and must address the following criteria:
    • An understanding of the role of a doctor
    • Example of hands-on experience involving supporting, helping or caring for people
    • Depth of experience
    • Reflection on what was learned from such experiences
    • Initiative/ enterprise
    • Ability to balance work and personal priorities
    • Teamwork
    • Communication

Application Process:

  • NOTE: There were over 1600 applications in 2019 for 154 home places into the program.
  • Students are required to apply through UCAS with all academic results and an academic reference.
  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above.
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark, complete a Personal Statement, and a Roles and Responsibility form.
  • If selected, students will need to attend an interview usually in late December, January, February, and March.

Interview Criteria and structure:

Approximately 600 students are invited for an Interview.

  • Criteria: The interview assesses:
    • Motivation to pursue a career in Medicine
    • Empathy
    • Understanding of challenges associated with being a doctor
    • Awareness of ethical issues in health and society
    • Resilience
    • Comprehension
    • Effective communication.
  • Structure:
    • The interview is structured as Multiple Mini Interviews.
    • Applicants will also complete a separate test that assesses the ability to perform clinically relevant calculations. Students must pass this test ( > 8/20)

Alternate Entry Pathway:

If you do not receive a direct offer to the Medicine program, you are able to apply through the Medicine with Health Foundation Year (A104) program that is 6 years in length.

The criteria to apply for this program is:

  • Students must exhibit that they are from an under-represented background and do not meet normal academic entry requirements.
  • No science subject beyond 16 years of age.
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