University of Birmingham: UCAT and Medical Course Information

Do you want to do Medicine or Dental Surgery at the University of Birmingham? Are you still unsure about the entry requirements and UCAT? Don't fear! We explain it all in this article.

In this article, we will guide you through academic, UCAT and non-academic requirements to get into University of Birmingham’s Medical & Dentistry degrees.

 

An overview of the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 and established by Queen Victoria by the Royal Charter. Today, the university has 3 main campuses with additional sites across Birmingham, England.

They have also opened their own stand-alone dental hospital providing a learning environment for their 600 Dentistry students.

Accommodation is offered in 3 main village:

Each village houses numerous houses and residence buildings which offers a variety of different features, including shared bathrooms or en-suites, self-catered food or meal plans, and single, duplex or shared bedrooms.

There are also sustainable living options like The Green Community or unique housing for UK and international students like the Global Community. Dedicated studios and apartments are available for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

The University of Birmingham also houses fine art pieces like Monet, Van Gogh and Rosetti in their Barber Institute of Fine Arts and 4.5 billion-year-old fossils in their Lapworth Museum of Geology.

They have a state-of-the-art library, world-class sport and fitness center (includes a rock-climbing wall, pool and squash courts) and a life-sciences park! With so many unique facilities and over 250 clubs and societies (ranging from Harry Potter to acapella and skydiving), there is always something for students to do and enjoy.

 

Rankings

Times Higher Ed RankQS RankingsAcademic Ranking of World Universities
11281201-300

 

University of Birmingham Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CourseCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus taught
Bachelor of Medicine and SurgeryMBChB code: A100

University of Birmingham code: B32

ATAR or Tertiary Entrance Rank or Equivalent (Australia)

  • 99.6
  • AND excellent results for relevant subjects

A levels: 

  • AAA
  • With predicted AAB including Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry

Note: General Studies, Critical Thinking, and EPQ are not suitable A level subjects.

GCSE (or equivalent):

  • 7 GCSE
  • B/6 or higher in relevant subjects

SQE: 

  • Highers: 5 full academic courses with grade A (AAAAA)
  • Advanced Highers: 2 subjects offered (AA)

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • Minimum of 32 points

EB (European Baccalaureate for European students):

  • Overall 85%

 

Prerequisites: 

For A-level:

  • Predicted AAB:
    • Biology/Human Biology
    • Chemistry

For GCSE:

  • English Language (min B/6)
  • Mathematics OR ONE of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics (min B/6)
  • Biology and Chemistry OR dual award science (min B/6)

For SQA:

  • Highers: 5 subjects:
    • Chemistry (A)
    • Biology (A)
    • Mathematics (A)
    • English (A)
    • Other subject (A)
  • Advanced Highers:
    • Chemistry (A)
    • Biology (A)

For IB:

  • 3 appropriate subjects are Higher Level (6, 6, 6):
    1. Chemistry (6)
    2. Biology (6)
    3. Approved and relevant subject (6)
  • Standard level (must include below if it is not offered at Higher Level):
    1. Mathematics (Maths Studies is accepted)
    2. English
  • Middle Years’ Programme or GSCE-equivalent qualification
    • Science (min 5)
    • English (min 5)
    • Mathematic (min 5)
  • Note: MYP scored according to GCSEs (i.e. 7 = A, 6 = A, 5 = B etc.)

For EB:

  • Chemistry (min 85%)
  • Biology (min 85%)

 

Entry requirements:

Students are accepted based on their academic results that are listed above, their UCAT results and their Personal Statement.

UCAT:

Student’s total UCAT scores are ranked to determine successful applications. In 2019, the cut-off for the interview rounds was a total score of 2550.

The Situational Judgement Test component is not considered in this process.

 

Application Process:

  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards stated in the above section
  • Students need to score a high mark in their UCAT exams
  • Students need to write a strong Personal Statement
  • They also need to fill in a UCAS application form

 

Interview Criteria and Structure:

The University of Birmingham usually invites 1200 students to attend the Multiple Mini Interviews. They usually have 5 interview stations and 2 calculation stations.

  • Criteria: Examiners assess students’ personal attributes, including
    • Motivation to study medicine
    • Communication
    • Perspective and empathy
    • Self-insight
    • Ethical reasoning
    • Critical evaluations
    • Ability to prioritise
    • Accurately manipulate numerical data
  • Structure:
    • Calculation stations require students to solve GCSE level mathematical questions. Students need to recognise important data that needs to be manipulated and figure the right order to solve the problem.
    • 5 interview stations will be selected from those listed below:
      • Debate
      • Ethics
      • Motivation and insight into Medicine
      • Data interpretation and communication
      • Communication I (confidence in meeting new people)
      • Personal and ethical challenge
      • Communication II (potential challenges faced by doctors)

The results of the interview process are determined in this way:

  • 1/7 marks awarded for each of the 5 Interview Stations
  • 1/7 marks awarded as an average of the 2 Calculation Stations
  • 1/7 marks awarded from student’s Situational Judgement Test results (in UCAT)

 

Other options to entry:

  • There are post-graduate options to enter a Medical degree at the University of Birmingham.

 

5 Full Time YearsEdgbaston Campus
Bachelor of Dental SurgeryA200ATAR:

  • N/A

A levels: 

  • AAA

GCSE (or equivalent):

  • See below in prerequisites

SQA

  • Highers (Scotland): AAAAA

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • 32

Prerequisites: 

ATAR:

  •  N/A

A Level:

  • Chemistry (A)
  • Biology or Human Biology, but not both (A)

GCSE:

  • Chemistry (A*/8)
  • Biology (A*/8)
  • Mathematics (A/7)
  • English Language or Literature (A/7)

SQA:

  • Advanced Highers:
    • Chemistry (A)
    • Biology (A)
    • Note: Don’t need third advanced Higher

IB:

  • At Higher Level:
    • Chemistry (6)
    • Biology (6)

Entry requirements:

Acceptance is based on a variety of factors including academic results, UCAT results, non-academic interests and achievements and your confidential reports.

UCAT:

Students’ UCAT scores are ranked then divided into quartiles. Those in the lowest quartile are automatically rejected. Students who are in a higher quartile will receive more credit. Birmingham relies on UCAT and other aspects of an application to select students for an inteview (eg. work experience). Students with a weaker UCAT score can be compensated by the other aspects (if they are not in the lowest quartile), and students with higher UCAT scores can compensate other weaker areas.

Note: As of now, Situational Judgement is not assessed.

Work experience:

Apart from achieving high UCAT scores, Birminham also looks for students who have work experience. This means a minimum of 3 days work experience in an NHS or NHS and private mixed practice setting. Note, they do not consider purely private or hospital work as work experience. Students with work experience will be more likely to be invited for an interview

Volunteering:

Birmingham also expects all students to volunteer in the community to develop their communication skills and gain an appreciation of the need for public health. More credit is given to students who volunteer in more challenging areas. These include care homes, the homeless, people with learning difficulties or patients, not sports clubs or schools.

Personal Statements:

Your Personal Statements must shows that you are highly motivated to work in the Dental field. You need to be committed, empathetic, involved and have a strong understanding of the role of healthcare for the wider community.

Application Process:

  • 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 also need to write a Personal Statement
  • Students will also need to pass the interview stage
  • A UCAS application form needs to be filled out

Interview Criteria and Structure:

Birmingham will invite strong candidates to their multiple mini-interview (MMI) sessions.

They will be held similar to the Medical MMIs.

Other options to entry:

  • For graduates:
    • 2:1 in a health sciences related degree (OR for unrelated degrees, you need an average of 65%)
    • AND minimum ABB at A Level for:
      • Chemistry
      • Biology
      • Other
  • Resits for A Level and GCSE are not accepted

Degree facts:

  • Birmingham only offers 3 places in their Dental Surgery Course for international students
  • They will not accept students who applied for both Dentistry and another medical course, like Medicine
5 YearsBirmingham Dental Hospital

and

School of Dentistry (a mile from Edgbaston)

 

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