Newcastle University, UK: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Requirements

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This article explains Newcastle University’s UCAT, academic and non-academic entry requirements for their Medical and Dentistry courses.

 

An overview of Newcastle University

Newcastle University was created a result of the merging of multiple colleges. In 1937, the merging of the School of Medicine and Surgery (1834) and Armstrong College (1971) formed the King’s College of the federal University of Durham.

However, in 1963, the federal University dissolved. So, King’s College became University of Newcastle upon Tyne, also known as Newcastle University. Today, these campuses are internationally known, with campuses in Newcastle upon Tyne, London, Malaysia and even Singapore.

Newcastle University offers a wide range of accommodation, ranging from Victorian halls like Windsor Terrace to modern buildings like The View! Students have a choice between self-catering or catered options, ensuites or washbasins, or standard rooms.

There are also over 160 societies to join at Newcastle University, ranging from 20 Minute Society to Religious and Cultural societies to Zumba. They also have a world-class gym, brand new studios including a spin cycle studio, an 8 court sports hall and lots of other sporting facilities.

 

Rankings

Times Higher Education RankQS RankAcademic Ranking of World Universities
201-250146201-300

 

Newcastle University Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CoursesCourse Code Entry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught 
Bachelor of Medicine and SurgeryA100ATAR:

  • 92

A-Level:

  • AAA

International Baccalaureate:

  • Overall, 38 points

Scottish Highers:

  • AAAAA at Higher Grade
  • AND AA at Advanced Higher Grade

Irish Leaving Certificate:

  • H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2

Cambridge Pre-U:

  • D3, D3, D3 in Principal Subjects

Prerequisites: 

ATAR:

  • Recommend:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

A-Level:

  • Biology (Pass in practical element)
  • Chemistry (Pass in practical element)
  • Physics (Pass in practical element)
  • Note: The following subjects are excluded:
    • General Studies
    • Use of Mathematics
    • World Development
    • Communication and Culture
    • Critical Thinking

International Baccalaureate:

  • Minimum grade 5 in all subjects
  • Recommend:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Scottish Highers:

  • Recommend:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate:

  • Recommend:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Cambridge Pre-U:

  • Recommend:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Entry Requirements: 

Acceptance is based on students’ academic results and UCAT results.

UCAT:

Students who score a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test are automatically rejected from an interview. Then, students are ranked according to their total UCAT scores and the top division of students are invited to an interview. As such, the threshold for UCAT scores changes every year.

Work Experience:

Although personal statements aren’t assessed, students should undertake work experience to demonstrate their commitment to caring and their skills in the interview section. Newcastle University recommends volunteering or undertaking work experience at an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or simply helping someone less fortunate.

Application process:

  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam, score a high mark and pass the interview section

Interview criteria and structure:

In 2019, Newcastle University invited 1180 applicants to their interview rounds. However, only 342 students are accepted into their Medical Courses each year.

  • Criteria: The interview will assess students’ integrity, communication skills, empathy and self-awareness, motivation and commitment to be a doctor, teamwork and leadership skills, personal organisation and persistence and resilience.
  • Structure: Newcastle University structures their interview into Multiple Mini Interviews. Each station will run for 7 minutes and assess different capabilities mentioned above, with one station involving a role-play.

Other options to entry:

  • Graduate entry:
    • Honours degree in any Upper Second Class discipline
    • OR first-class Honours or integrated master’s degree.

Degree facts: 

  • Only 342 students are accepted into Newcastle University’s Medical course every year
  • Newcastle University also has a campus in Malaysia. Students who are interested in studying medicine in Malaysia can apply for NUMed. This programme is equivalent to the UK programme.
5 Years Full-TimeNewcastle University Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary
Bachelor of Dental SurgeryA206ATAR:

  • 92

A-Level:

  • AAA

International Baccalaureate:

  • Overall, 37 points

Scottish Highers:

  • AAAAA at Higher Grade
  • AND minimum A/B in 2 Advanced Highers

Irish Leaving Certificate:

  • Higher Level: H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H3

Cambridge Pre-U:

  • Principal Subjects: D3, D3, D3
  •  AND GCSE: AAAAA or 77777

Prerequisites: 

ATAR:

  • Recommended:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

A-Level:

  • Chemistry (A and Pass in practical elements)
  • Biology (A and Pass in practical elements)
  • Physics (Pass in practical elements)
  • Note: General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

International Baccalaureate:

  • Higher Level (Grade 6)
    • Chemistry
    • Biology

Scottish Highers:

  • Higher Grade:
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
  • Advanced Highers:
    • Biology
    • AND/OR Chemistry
  • Standard Grade (Grade 2 or intermediate 2 equivalents):
    • English
    • Mathematics
  • Note: If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken at Higher, then the student must take the other science at Advanced Higher and achieve Grade A in both.
  • Note: If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken at Advanced Highers, then Grade A is required in that science.

Irish Leaving Certificate:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths
  • Note: Irish is excluded

Cambridge Pre-U:

  • Principle subjects:
    • Chemistry (D3)
    • Biology (D3)
  • GCSE:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • OR Dual Award Science (AA/77)

Entry Requirements: 

Acceptance is based on students’ academic results, UCAT results, Personal Statements and Work Experience.

UCAT:

Students are ranked according to their total UCAT scores and the top division of students are invited to an interview. As such, the threshold for UCAT scores changes every year. Newcastle University then examines students’ work experience as evidenced in their Personal Statements. Those with less than 10 days or no work experience will automatically be unsuccessful for an interview.

Personal Statements and Work Experience:

Students must undertake a minimum of 10 days of relevant work experience to demonstrate their commitment to dentistry and their skills. Newcastle University recommends volunteering or undertaking dental work experience. They must demonstrate their motivation to study and work in the dentistry profession, teamwork and leadership skills, personal achievements, voluntary and mentoring activities. Students’ Personal Statements are used to determine whether or not a student is successful for an interview. 

Application process:

  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam, score a high mark and evidence their work experience in their Personal Statements
  • Students must pass the interview

Interview criteria and structure:

Only students who achieve a high UCAT score and have a strong Personal Statement will be invited for an interview.

  • Criteria: The interview section assesses candidates’ aptitude, motivation and personal qualities that are necessary for the dentistry profession. Student’s are assessed on these 6 categories and graded:
    • Preparation and motivation for dentistry
    • Effective learning skills
    • Teamwork skills
    • Personal qualities and resilience
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Empathy, integrity and professionalism
  • Structure: The interview runs for 20 minutes and is assessed by 2 selectors.

Other options to entry:

  • Graduate: 2:1 degree with a significant amount of Biology and Chemistry studied in the course
5 Years Full-Time Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences

 

 

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