How medical schools use UKCAT


Medical school applicants always worry as to how medical schools use the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) to screen applicants for interview.

The data given by ISC Medical gives a good synopsis of the admission practicalities related to UKCAT as shown below and thought it would be of paramount importance to share it here. But some of the data might not be up-to-date as, for instance, Leicester Medical School has introduced a new approach to weigh applications for both the 5-yr (A100) and 4-yr (A101) – which involves grading UCAS applications  as per academic ability and UKCAT initially and assess personal qualities through reviewing personal statements and references thereafter, with the introduction of mini-interviews as well.

University of Aberdeen UKCAT scores are ranked in quartiles and used to make decisions on borderline cases.
Barts and The London Candidates scoring above a certain threshold are invited to interview. The threshold may vary from year to year. In 2010 this was 2660 (average 665)  for A’Level entrants and 2720 (average 680) for graduate entrants.
Brighton and Sussex UKCAT scores are used for indication only and are not looked at until after the interview.
Cardiff University UKCAT scores are used to made decisions on borderline cases only.
Dundee University The UKCAT score is added to a mark for grades and the personal statement. This gives a total mark used to decide whether candidates should be invited to interview. As such a high UKCAT scored is obviously preferred, but a low or average score can be compensated by higher academic or pesonal statement scores.
Durham University Candidates scoring above a certain threshold are invited to interview. The threshold may vary from year to year, but in 2009 (entry 2010), it was over 650.
University of East Anglia The UKCAT score is added to a mark for grades and the personal statement. This gives a total mark used to decide whether candidates should be invited to interview. As such a high UKCAT scored is obviously preferred, but a low or average score can be compensated by higher academic or pesonal statement scores.
Edinburgh University The UKCAT is 8% of the application process. The UKCAT score is compared to all other applicants UKCAT scores and points are awared depending on the quartile in which the scores fall: Top 25% UKCAT scores = 3 points; Next 25% scores = 2 points; Next 25% scores = 1 point; Bottom 25% scores= 0 points.
Glasgow University UKCAT is used as part of a package to determine whether candidates are eligible to be interviewed. All candidates are ranked according to their UKCAT results and the top 800 are invited to interview. In 2009, the threshold was 2570 (i.e. average 640).
Hull York Medical School UKCAT results are translated into a score out of 10, which is added to the UCAS score. The top 600 candidates are then invited to interview.
Keele University UKCAT results are mostly used to deal with borderline cases.
Kings College London Although the university is insisting that there is no universal cut-off mark, in reality few candidates with averages below 675 are interviewed at Kings.
Imperial College London UKCAT score is translated into a mark added to UCAS score and used to determine shortlisting for interview.
Leeds University Score mostly used to decide on borderline cases.
Leicester University UKCAT scores are considered individually and not as an average across all four subtests. Scores are allocated to bands and awarded points e.g. >700 marks = 10 points, 9 points if score is between 650 and 700, 8 points if score is between 600 and 650, etc. The scores are then added to academic and personal statement marks to make an overall score.
Manchester University UCAS ranking comes first, then those who were successful are further shortlisted using UKCAT results (650 being the common threshold). The top 900 candidates are invited to interview.
Newcastle University Cut off mark for UKCAT was 2600 (Average 650) in 2009.
Nottingham University No information available other than UKCAT results are used as part of overall information to determine shortlisting for interview.
Oxford University No information available other than UKCAT results are used as part of overall information to determine shortlisting for interview.
Peninsula Medical School No information available other than UKCAT results are used as part of overall information to determine shortlisting for interview.
Queen’s University Belfast 1 point is added to the UCAS score for each UKCAT subtest where the candidate’s mark is above average (so overall a maximum of 4 extra points). Similarly 1 point is deduted for each subtest where the candidate’s mark is below the average. Note that the reference is the actual average in that year and not necessarily 600.
Sheffield University The UCAS form is first used and then UKCAT is used to determine shortlisting for interview. The top 15% of candidates are interviewed. Cut off in 2009 was 2740 (Average 685).
Southampton University Applicants to BM5 and BM4 programmes whose UKCAT results fall in the bottom quartile (25%) of the overall national UKCAT results will not have their application considered any further. Cut off in 2009 was 2370 (Average 592.5) and in 2008 was 2260 (Average 565)
St Andrew’s University The UKCAT score is translated into a banding and counts for 10% of the overall admission mark.
St George’s University The UKCAT is only used in borderline cases after the interview. Students who did not do well in the interview will be put on a waiting list and their UKCAT Score will be ranked, the top ranked students will receive an offer.
Warwick University The UKCAT results are used to determine whether candidates are invited to interview. In 2009, the cut-off mark was 650.

More often than not, the medical schools that do not put great emphasis on UKCAT are listed as:

  • Birmingham (UKCAT not used)
  • Bristol Medical School (UKCAT not used)
  • Liverpool including the Lancaster one (UKCAT not used)
  • Brighton & Sussex (UKCAT for indication only. The UKCAT score not looked at until after the interview)
  • Aberdeen (Borderline cases only)
  • Cardiff (Borderline cases only)
  • UEA (Borderline cases only)
  • Keele (Borderline cases)
  • Southampton (rejected if score lies in the bottom 25%)
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One Response to How medical schools use UKCAT

  1. Lydie says:

    I am afraid the data about St Georges is wrong for 2012. They are using an absolute cut-off of 2530 to invite for interview with no less than 500 in any module. Used in conjunction with meeting GCSE and A level predicted grades criteria. No discussion. That is completely at odds with what is stated here.

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