University of Liverpool: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

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

This article explains the requirements, clinical placement opportunities and rankings of the University of Liverpool’s Medicine and Dentistry degrees — 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 the University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool was established in 1881 and currently has over 33,000 students enrolled.

The School of Medicine was established in 1834  and offers students access to a virtue learning environment, augmented reality and stimulation to help them improve their learning experience.

The School of Dentistry is located on the main campus and is right next to the dental hospital. The School offers first-year students the chance to gain practical experience through their hands-on tech laboratory.

The University has over 4500 student rooms across the student village and city campus residences. Different accommodations offer a different range of facilities for students. Some examples include:

      • Greenbank Student Village: Each room has an ensuite bathroom and is self-catered. Rooms start from 176 Euros per week and the accommodation is suitable for first-year students.
      • Crown Place: Each room is self-catered, has an ensuite and has a range of sizes you can choose from. Room prices range from 154- 197 Euros per week, depending on the size you choose.
      • Vine Court: The residence hall is located on the University’s centre city campus and offers both catered and self-catered accommodation. All bedrooms are ensuite and price ranges from 168- 220 Euros per week.

The University offers more than 150 societies (including Cardiology Society, BandSoc and Arab Society), sports facilities (including pilates classes, swimming pool, and 2 synthetic hockey pitches), and a range of academic and social events (examples include The Big Brexit Debate and Chinese Painting Workshop).



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The University of Liverpool Medical Courses offered that require UCAT


Bachelor of Medicine

Course CodeLengthCampus
A1005 Years Full TimeCedar House Campus

Entry requirements:

Academic Requirements


      • A minimum ATAR of 92.

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

      • Applicants must achieve a minimum of 36 points overall at first sitting.


      • Minimum grade of AAA.
      • A*AB is also accepted (however must meet prerequisites stated below)
      • Note: A-Levels must be taken in one sitting after a 2 year period of study

Scottish Qualifications:

      • Highers: Minimum of AAAAB
      • Advanced Highers: AA




      • Chemistry
      • Biology, Physics or Mathematics

For IB:

      • Applicants must achieve a minimum of 666 at Higher Level which should include:
        • Chemistry; and
        • Biology, Physics or Mathematics; and
        • A third subject of choice.
      • The alternate option is: Applicants achieve a minimum of 765 at Higher Level.
        • Chemistry (7/6);
        • Biology, Physics or Mathematics (7/6); and
        • A third subject (5)
      • Resit applicants:
        • Resit applicants may be considered if they have met all the GCSE requirements and achieved a minimum of 34 points in the first sitting.

For A-Levels:

      • For AAA, Students must:
        • Chemistry; and
        • Biology, Physics or Mathematics; and
        • Third subject of choice
      • For A*AB, Students must:
        • A*A grades in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics;
        • Grade B in the third academic subject
      • NOTE: General Studies, Critical Thinking, and Level 3 BTECs are not considered
      • A-Level Resits: Applicants who resit their A-Levels may be considered if they meet the GSCE criteria.
        • Resit applicants must have achieved a minimum of ABB at first sitting.
        • Resit applicants must have a final minimum grade of A*AA if an offer is made.

Scottish Qualifications:

      • Highers (AAAAB):
        • Taken in one sitting after 1 year of study and must include:
          • Chemistry; and
          • One of either Biology, Physics or Mathematics
      • Advanced Highers (AA):
        • Chemistry; and
        • Biology, Physics or Mathematics


Entry Requirement: 

Applicants must sit the UCAT, complete a personal statement and achieve the minimum academic mark mentioned above.

Your UCAT and GCSE results are given points and are added together to determine your final score. You are then ranked according to your final score.

The weighting for your final score is:

      • GSCE: 75%
      • UCAT: 25%


A Situational Judgement Test score of Band 4 will not be accepted.

In 2019, the minimum UCAT result invited for an interview was 2420.

The scoring system is as follows:

        • > 3200 = 27
        • 3150 – 3199 = 26/5
        • 3100 – 3149 = 26
        • 3050 – 3099 = 25.5
        • 3000 – 3049 = 25
        • 2950 – 2999 = 24.5
        • 2900 – 2949 = 24
        • 2850 – 2899 = 23.5
        • 2800 – 2849 = 23
        • 2750 – 2799 = 22.5
        • 2700 – 2749 = 22
        • 2650 – 2699 = 21.5
        • 2600 – 2649 = 21
        • 2550 – 2599 = 20.5
        • 2500-2549 = 20
        • 2450 -2499 = 19.5
        • 2400-2449 = 19
        • 2350-2399 = 18.5
        • 2300 -2349 = 18
        • 2250- 2299 = 17.5
        • Below 2250 = Maximum 10


A minimum score of 15 from the nine best GCSE’s are needed. Points are awarded as:

        • A*/8/9 = 3 points
        • A/7 = 2 points
        • B/6 = 1 point

GCSE’s (or equivalent) in nine subjects attained by the end of Year 11 which must include:

        • English Language
        • Mathematics
        • Biology
        • Chemistry
        • Physics
        • NOTE: Core and individual Science is an acceptable alternative to the three individual sciences.
        • NOTE: Minimum of Grade B required in core subjects.

Note: A maximum of 3 points are awarded in each subject area (eg. Further Maths and Maths)

For international/EU/Australian applicants who can’t provide a GCSE, you must attach your Year 11 report with to your application.

Personal Statement:

Personal Statements aren’t included in the scoring process when determining interview applicants. However, the Personal Statement is considered as part of the interview process. The personal statement should address:

      • Insight and awareness regarding health care career
      • Care for the community
      • A critical, coherent, and informative approach to written communication
      • The values that embody and underpin good healthcare practice.


Application Process:

      • Students are required to apply through UCAS and ensure they meet the minimum academic requirements and have a high UCAT.
      • Students will also be required to submit a personal statement and an academic reference although they are not routinely screened as part of the process through which potential students are shortlisted for an interview.


Re-applying criteria: Applicants are able to reapply once again if they have been rejected after an interview.


Interview Criteria and structure:

Interviews will take place between late January and February. In 2019, over 1800 interviews were offered for home applicants.

Note: Due to COVID-19, interviews will be semi-structured and online.

      • Criteria: The interview assesses:
        • Motivation to study medicine
        • Caring and compassionate approach
        • Teamwork
        • Communication skills
        • Ethical values
      • Structure:
        • The interviews are structured as Multiple Mini Interviews with various rotating stations assessing differing skills.


More Information about the program:

      • The program offers students a chance to spend a year studying in China.
      • There are 303 places available: 280 from home/ EU students and 23 for international students.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Course CodeCourse LengthCampus
A2005 Years Full TimePembrook Place


Academic Requirements: 


      • NA

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

      • Minimum of 36 points overall


      • Grades AAA in 3 A-Levels taken in one sitting, 2 years after study

Scottish Qualifications:

      • Highers: AAAAA grades; and
      • Advanced Highers: AAA grades.




      • NA

For IB:

      • At least 6 in Higher Level:
        • Chemistry; and
        • Biology

For A-Levels:

      • Students must achieve an A in:
        • Biology; and
        • Chemistry; and
        • 3rd subject may be from Arts or Sciences
      • NOTE: General Studies, Critical Thinking and Vocational/Applied A-levels are not accepted.
      • The practical endorsement must be passed.
      • A-Level Resits:
        • A-level resits applicants are not considered

Scottish Qualifications:

      • Advanced Higher must include Chemistry and Biology


Entry Requirement: 

Applicants are assessed based on academic results, UCAT, personal statement, and academic reference before an interview is offered.


      • A Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will not be considered for an interview.
      • There is no threshold score for the UCAT.


All applicants must achieve the following GCSE’s or equivalent:

      • A minimum of 8 GCSEs to include at least
        • 5 subjects at grade A/7; and
        • 3 at grade B/ 6.
      • Grade B/6 or above should be achieved in:
        • English Language;
        • Maths; and
        • Science
      • NOTE: Vocational/ Applied GCSEs are not accepted

Personal Statement:

The personal statement should address the following criteria:

      • Knowledge and insight into the profession
      • Work experience and shadowing
        • Note: The University provides some advice about gaining work experience during the pandemic here.
      • Evidence of a caring nature
      • Cohesive writing skills
      • Strong and positive personal values


Application Process:

      • Applicants must meet the minimum entry criteria and apply through UCAS.
      • The Personal Statement is then assessed to ensure the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of a career in dentistry.
      • The reference should also support the claims made in the personal statement.


Re-applying criteria: Applicants who were not offered a place following an interview are unable to reapply.


Interview Criteria and structure:

Interviews are held from Late January to the start of March. Interviews for the Dental program follow the same structure as the Medicine program interviews.


Other facts about the degree:

      • There are only 72 places for this course


Clinical placement information

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

Year 1

There is no clinical placement in the first year, as this is when students learn about the fundamentals of professional clinical behaviour and skills, which will prepare them for their upcoming experiences.


Year 2

Hospital placement

Students will begin to apply their knowledge in clinical practice with a very structured hospital-based programme.

GP placement

In addition to the hospital placement, students will attend a general practice in pairs for one-week blocks. There, they will observe and be involved in a range of daily working routines including “telephone/online triage, telephone/video consulting, face-to-face appointments, ordering investigations and review of results, prescribing, practice meetings, change planning, significant event analysis or audit.”


Year 3

Various rotations

Students will be placed at various integrated hospitals and community-based settings for 4-week blocks, where they work with clinical teams and provide patient care.

GP placement

Third year students will attend a practice for 7 sessions a week for 4 weeks to observe GPs, nurses and other clinical staff. Through this experience, students will have the opportunity to consult with patients independently, observe surgeries and experience what it’s like to be in a primary health care team.


Year 4

Specialist placement

Students will be challenged with more specialist placements that hone in on mental health, neurology, palliative care, paediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology.

GP placement

Like the GP placement in Year 3, fourth year students will attend a practice for 7 sessions a week for 4 weeks.


Year 5

Emergency and Acute Medicine, Surgery, GP and Psychiatry placements

Students will have the opportunity to shadow doctors in a range of specialities and wards in the hospital. Their GP placement will run for 3 weeks with 7 sessions in each week.

Research project

Students will have the option to embark on a 5-week research project on a topic of their choosing. This could involve a specialist placement or a community based project.

Selective Advanced Medical Practice (SAMP)

SAMP is an optional placement throughout which students attend a community practice for 6 sessions a week for 6 weeks to learn about the role of a general practitioner in depth.


NHS Trust partners

Aintree University Hospital

      • Clinical programmes for Years 2-5
      • Provides acute and ongoing healthcare
      • Hosts various medical and surgical specialities, including an endoscopy unit, major trauma centre, and regional services in respiratory medicine, rheumatology, maxillofacial surgery and liver surgery


Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

      • Clinical programmes for Years 3-5
      • A major children’s and teaching hospital
      • Provides paediatric specialist services and expertise in paediatric ophthalmology, cardiology, neonatal surgery, neurosurgery, nephrology, respiratory, rheumatology and much more
      • Community services include school nursing, home case, child development centre, child and adolescent mental health


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

      • Provides acute health care and specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services
      • Hosts general practice placements
      • Offers simulation programs for 4th and 5th year medical students that involve managing a deteriorating patient and other human factors


Countess of Chester Hospital

      • Clinical programmes for Years 3-5
      • Consists of a large district General Hospital and an Intermediate Care Service
      • Provides both emergency and elective services to patients


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

      • Clinical programmes for 5th year SAMP students in Medical Cardiology
      • The programme includes 2 weeks allocated to the Respiratory CF ward and one week to ITU/Anaesthetics


Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust

      • Clinical programmes for Year 3
      • Major maternity and gynaecology unit — featured on Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute!
      • Provides elective, emergency and tertiary services
      • Specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology, and main clinical areas include labour ward, outpatients, ambulatory operating, operating theatres and fetal medicine


Mersey Care

      • Clinical programmes for Year 4
      • Provides adult specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability, acquired brain injury services, and community health services


North West Boroughs Healthcare

      • Clinical programmes for Year 4
      • Provides community-based physical health, mental health and learning disability services


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

      • Clinical programmes across all specialities, including a highly commended palliative care placement and a Foundation Year bedside teaching programme
      • The Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trusts delivers acute and community health care
      • The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital also undertakes specialist care for spinal patients, while the Ormskirk District General Hospital provides women’s and children’s services


St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals

      • Clinical programmes for Years 2-4
      • Hosts various acute inpatient, outpatient, day case, and emergency services


The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals

      • Clinical programmes for Years 2-5


The Walton Centre

      • Clinical programmes for Year 3
      • Specialised in comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services


Warrington and Halton Hospitals

      • Clinical programmes for Years 4-5 (including 5th year SAMP placements in anaesthetics, breast surgery, cardiology, diabetes, elderly care, gastroenterology, O&G, ophthalmology and paediatrics)
      • Hosts specialist critical care, stroke, cardiac and surgical units


Wirral University Teaching Hospital

    • Clinical programmes for Years 2-5
    • Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton provides emergency and acute services for adults and children (including maternity services) and hosts a variety of medicine, surgery and women’s healthcare placements
    • Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington delivers planned surgical services and some specialist rehabilitation, and 4th year students can attend oncology placements at its specialist cancer unit
    • St Catherine’s Community Hospital and Victoria Central Health Centre both offer x-ray and some outpatient services
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