University of Nottingham: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Requirement

Want to study Medicine at Nottingham but unsure of the entry requirements? Well, you came to the right place. This article will explain everything you need to know.

This article explains the University of Nottingham’s UCAT, academic and non-academic requirements to study Medicine at their school!

 

An overview of The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham‘s first civic college was opened in 1881. However, it wasn’t until 1948 that the University of Nottingham was given their Royal Charter. Today they have expanded their campus from the UK to China and Malaysia, with approximately 35 000 students.

The University of Nottingham’s Medical School is based in Queen’s Medical Centre, with some sites at the Royal Derby Hospital and Nottingham City Hospital.

A wide range of accommodation is also available. They have catered or self-catered halls of residence, ensuite or shared bathrooms, single or shared study areas, studios or flats, 2 bedrooms or 1 bedroom. The halls of residence include:

Nottingham also offers a large number of student-run societies, sports clubs, and volunteering activities. There are also frequent events held on and off-campus, like live music, pub quizzes, speed dating, comedy nights and club nights, and a student-run theatre!

 

Rankings

Times Higher Ed RankingQS RankingAcademic Ranking of World University
15282101-150

 

University of Nottingham Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CourseCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught
Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

(Nottingham and Derby pathway)

A100ATAR: 

  • N/A

A-Levels:

  • AAA

GCSE:

  • The maximum possible score achieved from the best 8 subjects (A, A or 7, 8, 9)
  • Note: GCSE results are combined with UCAT results to determine possible interview candidates. Refer to prerequisites below to see scoring details.

IB:

  • Overall, 36

Prerequisites: 

ATAR:

  • N/A

A-Levels:

  • Biology or Human Biology (A)
  • Chemistry (A)
  • Note: General studies, Global Perspective, Citizenship Studies, and Critical Thinking are excluded.

GCSE:

  • Triple Science, Double Science, Maths, English Language and best 4 other subjects
  • OR Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Maths and best 3 other subjects
  • Note: The maximum achievable score is 16. GCSE results are scored in this manner:
    • Alphabet gradingNumerical gradingScore
      A*8 or 92
      A71

IB:

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

Entry Requirements:

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

UCAT:

Students’ academic results and UCAT results are considered together based on Nottingham’s scoring system. This will determine candidates for the interview stage.

UCAT cognitive components (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making) are scored in this way:

  • 801 – 900 = 9 points
  • 701 – 800 = 8 points
  • 601 – 700 = 7 points
  • 501 – 600 = 6 points
  • 401 – 500 = 5 points
  • 301 – 400 = 4 points

The Situational Judgement Test is scored in this manner:

  • Band 1= 4 points
  • Band 2 = 2 points
  • Band 3 = 1 point
  • Band 4 = Students who achieve a Band 4 will be automatically rejected

In total, students can receive a maximum of 40 points for their UCAT exam.

Personal Statement and Work Experience:

Your Personal Statements should demonstrate a strong understanding of the realities of working in a medical profession, your skills, attitude, motivation and commitment to the medical profession and your strengths and weaknesses. The University of Nottingham highly suggests that students undertake work experience in a health-care setting or volunteering to help the disadvantages to act as evidence of the above requirements. They also suggest that students talk to doctors to ensure that they are making an informed decision.

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 will need to write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes

Interview Criteria and structure:

In 2019, the University of Nottingham received approximately 2500 applicants who met the entry requirements. However, only 1000 students were interviewed and only 206 Home/EU and 25 International students were accepted into the course.

  • Criteria: Students will be assessed on personal qualities that are essential to practice medicine, like communication, empathy, teamwork skills, respect, and listening skills.
  • Structure: The interviews are divided into Multiple Mini Interviews, with 8 stations. There will be 2 role-playing stations and 6 question-based stations involving scenarios. The interview will run for approximately 1 hour.

Other options to entry:

  • Mature non-graduates:
    • 2:1 degree* in any subject
    • AND AAA at A level (including biology and chemistry)

Degree Facts:

  • Students will study Bachelor of Medical Science in the first 3 years of this course, before completing their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
5 Full-Time YearsMultiple Locations
Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (with a Foundation Year)A108ATAR: 

  • N/A

A-Levels:

  • BBC

GCSE:

  • The maximum possible score achieved from the best 6 subjects (A, A or 7, 8, 9)
  • Note: GCSE results are combined with UCAT results to determine possible interview candidates. Refer to prerequisites below to see scoring details.

IB:

  • N/A

Prerequisites: 

ATAR:

  • N/A

A-Levels:

  • Biology/Human Biology (B)
  • Chemistry (B)
  • Third subject (C)

GCSE:

  • Double Science, Maths, English Language and best 2 other subjects
  • OR Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics (or Triple Science Award), English Language, Maths and best 1 other subjects
  • Note: The maximum achievable score is 12. GCSE results are scored in this manner:
    • Alphabet gradingNumerical gradingScore
      A*8 or 93
      A72
      B61

IB:

  • N/A

Entry Requirements:

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

UCAT:

Students’ academic results and UCAT results are considered together based on Nottingham’s scoring system. This will determine candidates for the interview stage.

UCAT cognitive components (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making) are scored in this way:

  • 801 – 900 = 9 points
  • 701 – 800 = 8 points
  • 601 – 700 = 7 points
  • 501 – 600 = 6 points
  • 401 – 500 = 5 points
  • 301 – 400 = 4 points

The Situational Judgement Test is scored in this manner:

  • Band 1= 4 points
  • Band 2 = 2 points
  • Band 3 = 1 point
  • Band 4 = Students who achieve a Band 4 will be automatically rejected

In total, students can receive a maximum of 40 points for their UCAT exam.

Personal Statement and Work Experience:

Your Personal Statements should demonstrate a strong understanding of the realities of working in a medical profession, your skills, attitude, motivation and commitment to the medical profession and your strengths and weaknesses. The University of Nottingham highly suggests that students undertake work experience in a health-care setting or volunteering to help the disadvantages to act as evidence of the above requirements. They also suggest that students talk to doctors to ensure that they are making an informed decision.

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 will need to write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes

Interview Criteria and structure:

In 2019, the University of Nottingham received approximately 250 applicants who met the entry requirements. However, only 125 students were interviewed and only 27 students were accepted into the course.

  • Criteria: Students will be assessed on personal qualities that are essential to practice medicine, like communication, empathy, teamwork skills, respect, and listening skills.
  • Structure: The interviews are divided into Multiple Mini Interviews, with 8 stations. There will be 2 role-playing stations and 6 question-based stations involving scenarios. The interview will run for approximately 1 hour.

Degree Facts:

  • This degree is only offered to UK students or students who have an indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Students whose academic and UCAT results meet the A100 requirements will not be accepted into this (A108) course
  • Graduate students (or students studying at a Higher Education) will not be considered for this course
6 Full-Time Years Multiple Locations

 

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