King's College London

King’s College London was founded in 1828, and together with University College London, formed the two founding colleges of the
University of London. Medical students at King’s have access to clinical attachments in three of the most renowned,
and busiest teaching hospitals in the UK – Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and...

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King's College London at a Glance

Undergraduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-years
  • 360
  • B maths + English
  • AAAb
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly desirable
  • 6-years
  • 50
  • B maths + English
  • BBB-AAA
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly desirable

Graduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-years
  • 360
  • B maths + English
  • AAAb
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly desirable
  • 6-years
  • 50
  • B maths + English
  • BBB-AAA
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly desirable

There is a 5-year programme for undergraduates with an optional intercalated degree in a wide range of subjects. Most intercalated degrees are Bachelor’s degrees, but some students have taken more time out to complete their MSc, with permission of the Dean.

There is also a 6-year programme for undergraduates from non-selective state schools in Greater London, known as the Extended Medical Degree Programme, which, as part of the widening participation initiative, allows applications from students who may not have achieved the usual A level grades for admission to the 5-year programme.

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEs 

For the 5-year programme, the typical offer is AAAb at A level and AS, to include Biology and Chemistry. If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken to A level, the other must be offered at AS level grade A. General Studies and Critical Thinking are usually not accepted, but may be taken into consideration if a candidate has just fallen short of their conditional offer grades. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.   

For the 6-year programme, at least one of Biology and Chemistry must be taken to A level, and the other to at least AS level. Offers will be made in the range of BBB to AAA and will take into account the candidate’s predicted/achieved grades and the school or college where these are achieved. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.  

IB

For the 5-year programme, applicants should have at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 6,6,6 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7). Note the total point score of 35 includes Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSEs, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) The IB is not applicable for entry into the 6-year programme.

ADMISSIONS EXAM

 The UKCAT is required for all applicants. The test is only valid for one year.

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Students are encouraged to contact the admissions office if they are considering enrolling in or applying with an Access to Medicine course.

OTHER DIPLOMAS (INC. BTEC)

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted with three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology. BTEC diplomas are not considered.

WIDENING PARTICIPATION

See details of the 6-year programme above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are approximately 30 places for non-UK/EU students on the 5-year programme. The 6-year programme is not open to international applicants. To ensure that you have the right proof of English Language competency to study Medicine at King’s, please see the following webpage:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/english-language.aspx

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at King’s.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for both undergraduate programmes are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Secondary education certificates/transcripts may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

To be interviewed for admission to the 5-year programme, academic achievement, personal statements, reference letters and UKCAT scores are all taken into account. Note that there is no formal UKCAT cut-off score. UKCAT scores will be considered during selection for the interview, however they will not be the sole indicator for selection. Students who have done very well at GCSE (10-11A*) have a chance of gaining an interview, even with a mediocre UKCAT score, provided their personal statement and reference letter are also evaluated favourably. A favourable personal statement would show evidence of active involvement in school life and the wider community, a commitment to and realistic understanding of Medicine, and good communication and team-working skills. King’s expect applications to be strongly supported by the applicant’s referees, both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of character and suitability for medicine. After the interview, offers are based almost entirely on the interview performance. Note that the university states it is “very desirable” for applicants to have work shadowing or observation in a medical clinical setting, as well as voluntary or paid work experience, particularly in settings where they can interact with the general public.  

For the 6-year programme, the UKCAT is used contextually; test results are considered along with other factors, including where the applicant has been to school. However a low score in the UKCAT may substantially reduce your chances of being invited to interview. As with the 5-year programme, all parts of the application, including academic achievement, personal statement and references are also considered in determining which students to invite for interview.

INTERVIEW

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. One station is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some station scenarios are science-based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills. Others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues, and the candidate’s ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

Each year, approximately 4500 candidates apply for 410 spaces on the undergraduate programmes in total. Note that around 1200-1400 interviews take place. For the 6-year programme, there are normally approximately 400 applicants for 50 spaces on the course.

Medicine at King’s College London is ranked 29th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

It is ranked 21st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.  

It is among the top 21 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

There is a 5-year programme for undergraduates with an optional intercalated degree in a wide range of subjects. Most intercalated degrees are Bachelor’s degrees, but some students have taken more time out to complete their MSc, with permission of the Dean.

There is also a 6-year programme for undergraduates from non-selective state schools in Greater London, known as the Extended Medical Degree Programme, which, as part of the widening participation initiative, allows applications from students who may not have achieved the usual A level grades for admission to the 5-year programme.

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEs 

For the 5-year programme, the typical offer is AAAb at A level and AS, to include Biology and Chemistry. If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken to A level, the other must be offered at AS level grade A. General Studies and Critical Thinking are usually not accepted, but may be taken into consideration if a candidate has just fallen short of their conditional offer grades. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.   

For the 6-year programme, at least one of Biology and Chemistry must be taken to A level, and the other to at least AS level. Offers will be made in the range of BBB to AAA and will take into account the candidate’s predicted/achieved grades and the school or college where these are achieved. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.  

IB

For the 5-year programme, applicants should have at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 6,6,6 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7). Note the total point score of 35 includes Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSEs, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) The IB is not applicable for entry into the 6-year programme.

ADMISSIONS EXAM

 The UKCAT is required for all applicants. The test is only valid for one year.

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Students are encouraged to contact the admissions office if they are considering enrolling in or applying with an Access to Medicine course.

OTHER DIPLOMAS (INC. BTEC)

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted with three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology. BTEC diplomas are not considered.

WIDENING PARTICIPATION

See details of the 6-year programme above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are approximately 30 places for non-UK/EU students on the 5-year programme. The 6-year programme is not open to international applicants. To ensure that you have the right proof of English Language competency to study Medicine at King’s, please see the following webpage:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/english-language.aspx

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at King’s.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for both undergraduate programmes are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Secondary education certificates/transcripts may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

To be interviewed for admission to the 5-year programme, academic achievement, personal statements, reference letters and UKCAT scores are all taken into account. Note that there is no formal UKCAT cut-off score. UKCAT scores will be considered during selection for the interview, however they will not be the sole indicator for selection. Students who have done very well at GCSE (10-11A*) have a chance of gaining an interview, even with a mediocre UKCAT score, provided their personal statement and reference letter are also evaluated favourably. A favourable personal statement would show evidence of active involvement in school life and the wider community, a commitment to and realistic understanding of Medicine, and good communication and team-working skills. King’s expect applications to be strongly supported by the applicant’s referees, both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of character and suitability for medicine. After the interview, offers are based almost entirely on the interview performance. Note that the university states it is “very desirable” for applicants to have work shadowing or observation in a medical clinical setting, as well as voluntary or paid work experience, particularly in settings where they can interact with the general public.  

For the 6-year programme, the UKCAT is used contextually; test results are considered along with other factors, including where the applicant has been to school. However a low score in the UKCAT may substantially reduce your chances of being invited to interview. As with the 5-year programme, all parts of the application, including academic achievement, personal statement and references are also considered in determining which students to invite for interview.

INTERVIEW

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. One station is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some station scenarios are science-based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills. Others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues, and the candidate’s ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

Each year, approximately 4500 candidates apply for 410 spaces on the undergraduate programmes in total. Note that around 1200-1400 interviews take place. For the 6-year programme, there are normally approximately 400 applicants for 50 spaces on the course.

Medicine at King’s College London is ranked 29th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

It is ranked 21st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.  

It is among the top 21 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

There is a 5-year programme for undergraduates with an optional intercalated degree in a wide range of subjects. Most intercalated degrees are Bachelor’s degrees, but some students have taken more time out to complete their MSc, with permission of the Dean.

There is also a 6-year programme for undergraduates from non-selective state schools in Greater London, known as the Extended Medical Degree Programme, which, as part of the widening participation initiative, allows applications from students who may not have achieved the usual A level grades for admission to the 5-year programme.

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEs 

For the 5-year programme, the typical offer is AAAb at A level and AS, to include Biology and Chemistry. If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken to A level, the other must be offered at AS level grade A. General Studies and Critical Thinking are usually not accepted, but may be taken into consideration if a candidate has just fallen short of their conditional offer grades. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.   

For the 6-year programme, at least one of Biology and Chemistry must be taken to A level, and the other to at least AS level. Offers will be made in the range of BBB to AAA and will take into account the candidate’s predicted/achieved grades and the school or college where these are achieved. Applicants must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, if these subjects were not taken further.  

IB

For the 5-year programme, applicants should have at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 6,6,6 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7). Note the total point score of 35 includes Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSEs, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) The IB is not applicable for entry into the 6-year programme.

ADMISSIONS EXAM

 The UKCAT is required for all applicants. The test is only valid for one year.

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Students are encouraged to contact the admissions office if they are considering enrolling in or applying with an Access to Medicine course.

OTHER DIPLOMAS (INC. BTEC)

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted with three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology. BTEC diplomas are not considered.

WIDENING PARTICIPATION

See details of the 6-year programme above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are approximately 30 places for non-UK/EU students on the 5-year programme. The 6-year programme is not open to international applicants. To ensure that you have the right proof of English Language competency to study Medicine at King’s, please see the following webpage:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/english-language.aspx

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at King’s.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for both undergraduate programmes are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Secondary education certificates/transcripts may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

To be interviewed for admission to the 5-year programme, academic achievement, personal statements, reference letters and UKCAT scores are all taken into account. Note that there is no formal UKCAT cut-off score. UKCAT scores will be considered during selection for the interview, however they will not be the sole indicator for selection. Students who have done very well at GCSE (10-11A*) have a chance of gaining an interview, even with a mediocre UKCAT score, provided their personal statement and reference letter are also evaluated favourably. A favourable personal statement would show evidence of active involvement in school life and the wider community, a commitment to and realistic understanding of Medicine, and good communication and team-working skills. King’s expect applications to be strongly supported by the applicant’s referees, both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of character and suitability for medicine. After the interview, offers are based almost entirely on the interview performance. Note that the university states it is “very desirable” for applicants to have work shadowing or observation in a medical clinical setting, as well as voluntary or paid work experience, particularly in settings where they can interact with the general public.  

For the 6-year programme, the UKCAT is used contextually; test results are considered along with other factors, including where the applicant has been to school. However a low score in the UKCAT may substantially reduce your chances of being invited to interview. As with the 5-year programme, all parts of the application, including academic achievement, personal statement and references are also considered in determining which students to invite for interview.

INTERVIEW

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. One station is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some station scenarios are science-based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills. Others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues, and the candidate’s ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

Each year, approximately 4500 candidates apply for 410 spaces on the undergraduate programmes in total. Note that around 1200-1400 interviews take place. For the 6-year programme, there are normally approximately 400 applicants for 50 spaces on the course.

Medicine at King’s College London is ranked 29th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

It is ranked 21st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.  

It is among the top 21 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.