Where To Apply With High UCAT Scores 2019 Entry

UCAT · May 10, 2019 Mr Gerens Curnow

Mr. Gerens Curnow is a Medical Student from the University of Exeter. He is the winner of the Educator Development Committee Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education.  He is the author of three of our Medical School Application Guidebooks.

If you are considering applying for Medicine, you will no doubt have an idea about what medical schools are looking for. Everyone knows that you should have high scores in your predicted A-levels (or your achieved A-levels). You should also have a well-polished Personal Statement, and a good amount of Work Experience. On top of this, however, almost all medical schools also utilise an admissions exam in their selection process - one of which is the UCAT.

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The University Clinical Aptitude Test, or UCAT (formerly UCAT), is one of the key admissions tests used to assess Medical School applicants, predominantly in the UK but also in several other countries. It is designed to assess a wide range of cognitive abilities, and has been shown to be a good predictor for Medical School exit examination performance[1].
Given the number of schools that use the UCAT, it is vital that all applicants to Medical School consider how to attain the best UCAT score they can. Browse this website for information on the UCAT resources we at the MSAG offer! 
But if you have already sat the UCAT score, you might be left wondering – what next? If you have achieved a score that is below average, you may want to consider avoiding schools that require the UCAT all together – or at least take a good look at how each school uses the UCAT to ensure you will not be disadvantaged. But what if you have a good score, e.g. 750+? This blog will give you the tools you need to maximise the benefit your application receives from your high UCAT scores for Medicine in 2019. You may also be interested in another blog post -What is a good UCAT score for medicine 2019
Note that all the information presented in this blog is accurate at the time of writing, and was collected from the university websites, or from directly calling the schools in question. However, medical schools can, and frequently do, update their selection processes to please check with the universities of your choice before submitting an application. To find your nearest UCAT test centres, visit the UCAT Official Website.

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Which schools use the UCAT?

If you have a good UCAT score, the first thing you will want to do is think about which schools will use this at all in their selection process. Applying to schools that don’t use the UCAT will mean you won’t see the benefits of your high score. For 2020/21 entry, the following schools require applicants to sit the UCAT: 

 

Anglia Ruskin University

University of East Anglia

Aston University

University of Edinburgh

Bart's and the London

University of Exeter

Cardiff University

University of Glasgow

Edge Hill University

University of Leicester

Hull York Medical School

University of Lincoln

Keele University

University of Liverpool

Kent and Medway Medical School

University of Manchester

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

Queen’s University Belfast

University of Plymouth

St George’s University of London

University of Sheffield

University of Aberdeen

University of Southampton

University of Birmingham

University of St Andrews

University of Bristol

University of Sunderland

University of Dundee

King’s College London

 

This list is a good place to start when it comes to using your high UCAT score wisely. However, if you want to really maximise the impact of this score on your application, you should also think about how each school uses the UCAT within the admissions process. For instance, at Keele, the bottom 20% of UCAT scorers are removed from the application process, so there is no benefit to being in the top 10% rather than the top 50% – they are both looked at as equal. So, where is the UCAT score used in a way that will help you most? The following table shows the schools that would best reward a high UCAT score.

Which are the best schools?

School

How is the UCAT used?

Minimum score required for admission

Anglia Ruskin University

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Unknown

Bart’s and the London

50/50 weighting with academic achievement for interview allocation

Previous minimum 2,380

Edge Hill University

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Unknown

Newcastle University

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum 2,580

St George’s University of London

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum – 2,590

University of Bristol

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum – 2,660

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh does not conduct interviews, and 35% of the scoring for admission comes from the UCAT score and SJT section.

Previous average – 2,840

University of Lincoln

UCAT score makes up 70% of the pre-interview selection score, alongside GCSE’s (30%)

Unknown

University of Manchester

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum – 2,600

University of Nottingham

UCAT score makes up 70% of the pre-interview selection score, alongside GCSE’s (30%)

Unknown

University of Sheffield

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum – 2,470

University of Southampton

Shortlisting for interview is based solely on the UCAT score.

Previous minimum – 2,500

 

At each of these schools, the UCAT forms a significant aspect of the admissions process, often being the only factor in deciding who will be invited to interview, and it would, therefore, be wise for someone with a high UCAT score to seriously consider applying to several of these schools.

For more information on the UCAT and how we can help improve your score, with practice questions, UCAT practice tests, and online video courses, view these UCAT preparation resources.

We hope these tips were helpful in making a decision on where to apply with your UCAT score. Good luck with your application and if you have any questions related to studying medicine or the application process, don’t hesitate to contact us on hello@theMSAG.com






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