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Where can I apply with a low UCAT score for 2022 entry?

Please keep in mind that the information on this page is now out of date. We’ve updated our blog post “Where to Apply with a Low UCAT Score for 2023 Entry.” Please visit the updated blog by clicking here.

Did you get a low UCAT score? This does not mean that your application to medical school is over. Your options will be limited, and you will need to apply to universities that place less emphasis on your UCAT score.

Before you choose your universities, here are a few things you should know…

🔎 You must still meet the other admission requirements for that medical school. This includes academic requirements such as predicted or actual GCSE and A-level grades, work experience, and a suitable UCAS personal statement.

👁 The university where you earned your medical degree is less important. When applying for NHS jobs, it should make no difference where you obtained your medical degree, as long as it allows you to register with the General Medical Council.

Use the information as a starting point for your decisions. Because guidance is subject to change, always check the medical school website before making a final decision. If you are still unsure, you should always email the medical school for guidance.

Don’t automatically rely on BMAT universities as a safety net. Oxbridge uses the BMAT and attracts some of the best candidates. Furthermore, our data shows that students who perform poorly on the UCAT do not perform well on the BMAT, unless there were exceptional circumstances that contributed to the lower UCAT score.

UCAT Interim 2021 Results

The following scores and deciles are based on the UCAT Interim results 2021. Because nearly 20,000 students took the exam after these results were released, there is a chance that they will change.

  • A High Score is on 8th and 9th Decile which is a score of 2800 or more.
  • A Medium Score is on the 6th and 7th Decile which is currently 2640 – 2800
  • A Low Score is on the 5th Decile and below which translates to a score of 2639 or less

What should I look for if I have a low UCAT score?

Did you get a low UCAT score? This should not put an end to your medical school application or your dream of becoming a doctor. However, your options for medical schools are now limited, and you must apply to a university that places less emphasis on your UCAT score.

Before you begin your UCAS application, here are a few important details to consider: –

  • You must still meet the other admission requirements for that medical school. This includes your selection of A-levels, GCSEs, and actual or predicted grades. Almost everyone wants Chemistry or Biology, and some even specify what their third A-level subject should be. Minimum grades in some subjects, usually Maths, English, and Science, as well as a minimum number of subjects with specific minimum grades, may apply to GCSEs.
  • You must meet non-academic requirements such as relevant work experience and proper completion of the UCAS application form.
  • The university where you earned your medical degree is unimportant for the vast majority of jobs in the NHS. Your employer will expect you to be a member of the General Medical Council.
  • Use the information below as a starting point. Medical schools’ admission requirements can and do change, sometimes after the UCAS deadline. Before making a final decision, always check the medical school’s website, and even email them if you have specific questions.
  • Don’t rely on BMAT medical schools as a source of insurance. In our experience, students who perform poorly on the UCAT are unlikely to perform well on the BMAT, unless there were extenuating circumstances when you took the UCAT that resulted in a lower score.

Here is our list of medical schools to apply with a low UCAT score for 2022 entry

Plymouth University Peninsula Medical School

The medical school has indicated on their website ‘The UCAT threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview – We do not currently include SJT Band score. 2019 cut off 2330’

🔎 To us this means they will use your UCAT score to decide whether to call you for interview, but the threshold is relatively low.

Queen’s University Belfast Medical School

To determine who will be called for an interview, the university employs a point-based system. This is graded out of 42, with points awarded based on your GCSE results and UCAT score.

The school will be looking for your best work. 9 GCSEs are worth points based on your grade in each subject, with 4 points awarded for an A* (or 9 on the new system), 3 points for an A (7 or 8) grade, 2 points for a B (6), and 1 point for a C. (5). As a result, the maximum academic score based on your GCSE grades is 36.

🔎 The remaining 6 points are based on your UCAT score, which has a much lower weight than your GSCE results. In a tiebreaker situation, situational judgement scores are used.

👉 Furthermore, Queen’s Belfast is a medical school with a lower applicant to place ratio.

University of Sunderland School of Medicine

According to the medical school’s website, “scores must be within the top 8 deciles of the cohort and situational judgement test (SJT) must be within bands 1-3.”

🔎 Based on interim 2021 results, this corresponds to a UCAT score of more than 2350, indicating a relatively low UCAT cut off score. Sunderland also has a lower applicant-to-placement ratio.

Aston University Medical School

According to the university’s website, ‘Academic qualifications and UCAT scores are taken into account for interview shortlisting, and we then use both of these and MMI results to offer a place to study medicine.’

This means that you may be able to compensate for a lower UCAT score if you perform well in the other indicators, which they have identified as academic qualifications and performance in your medical school interview.

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