What is the minimum UCAT® (UKCAT) score for each university?

What is the minimum UCAT score you have to achieve to get a medical school offer? This is a really common question - and it will very much depend on the university to which you are applying. It’s important to be aware that each university uses the UCAT in a different way during the medical application process. For example, some universities will have a strict minimum cut-off score, whilst others do not and instead will use a ‘points’ system whereby you are awarded points for a higher UCAT score on your overall application (and you are also awarded points for other things like your GCSEs and A-level grades).

For universities that have a minimum cut-off score for the UCAT, they will usually base this score on the current cohort of students (i.e. the current cycle year that it is sat in). The number is subject to change year-on-year depending on the strength of the cohort. You can usually use data from the previous cycle to get a rough estimation of what they may require - however, it’s quite unlikely that you can predict the exact score they will want in the current year in which you're applying. If you've taken a free online practice test, and you're not seeing the score improvement you want, we run a variety of UCAT prep courses to help you on that mission.

For example, in the 2017/2018 cycle, the University of Bristol accepted a UCAT score of 2660 or above. Conversely, the University of Birmingham have no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Instead the applicant is invited to interview based on the total application score (combination of GCSE and UCAT scores).


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Previous Years' Scores

The UCAT Consortium release yearly average UCAT scores in their annual report. This is broken down by sections of the test. Below are the figures from the 2019 UCAT sitting:

Cognitive Subtest Average (mean) Score 2019
Verbal Reasoning 565
Decision Making 618
Quantitative Reasoning 662
Abstract Reasoning 638
Total scaled score 2483

See the average UCAT results from 2016 to date.

Medical school entry requirement table

It’s essential to do your research on each of the individual universities you are considering applying to, in order to find out their specific requirements. These can be found on their websites and have also been summarised in the table below. In some cases, you will find the university website is not clear about what they require. This is mostly down to the fact that they base the UCAT score on the cohort of that individual year and so will not be able to give you a guideline as the cohort will still be in its current cycle during your application process. If you are still in doubt, the best thing you can do is drop a quick email to the admissions team or give them a call.

This table is a summary of the A100 medicine (5-year) entry-requirements for the UCAT universities in the UK. The information in this table has been sourced directly from each individual website. Disclaimer: this table does not contain the foundation year MBBS (6-years) and post-graduate (4-year) UCAT admission information. Use the links provided to find out further information on each of the university’s entry requirements. Please also note: some universities give an estimate of scores based on past cohorts and will not state the actual scores required to be invited to interview. This is because it depends on the quantity and quality of applications of the cohort year applying.

Please note that the data below as as up to date as April 2019.

Institution UCAT information
University of Aberdeen UCAT scores are considered in their selection for interview but are not the only indication for selection. The scores are used alongside actual and predicted academic achievement in deciding who will be selected for interview. Therefore, a minimum UCAT cut-off score is not used. A score (between 1200 - 3600) is assigned based on your overall performance in UCAT and this is compared with all other applicants.
  • Interview: the lowest total score for an applicant invited to interview is 2380 and the highest is 3150
  • Offers made: the lowest total score for successful applicants who were made offers was 2380 and the highest 3150
University of Aberdeen Source.
Anglia Ruskin University There are no standard minimum score goalposts for UCAT scores. Applicants are ranked by their UCAT score and a certain number will be invited to an Interview Day, provided they meet the main academic entry requirements. Applicants with an SJT score of Band 4 (lowest band) will not be considered for interview for September 2019 entry on wards. UCAT scores of those applicants invited to interview is expected to change year on year, and because of this the university does not give applicants an indication of the score that is required to attend an interview day.

Anglia Ruskin Source
Aston University The UCAT is a requirement for 2019 entry and will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. No further information is provided

Source: Aston University source
University of Birmingham There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. The university uses the UCAT, excluding the band result for the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) section, and separates it into deciles and scores. For instance, the top 10% of applicants’ scores will be in the top decile and will receive a maximum score of 4.0 in their process. It is key for applicants to be aware that the thresholds for each decile will be different for a new set of applicants.

University of Birmingham Source.
University of Bristol There is no cut-off score for the UCAT. The combined score from all the UCAT sections, with the exception of Situational Judgement, is used to select applicants for interview. Information from the 2017/18 cycle, showed that applicants with a UCAT score of 2660 or above were invited to interview. However, this number can change year-on-year depending on the strength of the cohort, therefore cannot be used with certainty to predict the likelihood of receiving an interview invitation.

University of Bristol Source.
Cardiff University N/A

Cardiff University Source.
University of Dundee The UCAT score is used in the pre-interview selection process. The university claims that there is no specific cut off applied but reinforces that a high score is undoubtedly more beneficial. Data from the 2016 applicant cohort revealed that the average UCAT score of applicants invited for interview was 2740. Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is not used to select for interview; however, Band 4 may influence the decision on whether or not the university will make an offer.

University of Dundee Source.
University of East Anglia UEA does not have a cut off score. A high score is beneficial; however, a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration. Your application is assessed in the following way:
  • The subtest UCAT scores are used alongside the GSCE score (above) to rank the applicants for selection for interview.
  • The total score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made.
  • The SJT section score is included within the interview score.
University of East Anglia.
University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh is yet to announce how they will use the UCAT to review medicine applications for 2020 entry. In the past The University of Edinburgh also used the Situational Judgement of the test as part of students’ non-academic requirements and not with their overall UCAT score. Keep a look out on their website for new information as it becomes available.

University of Edinburgh source.
University of Exeter Applications are sorted according to academic profile and UCAT results in order to decide which applicants will receive an interview offer Only the UCAT overall score is considered.

University of Exeter source.
University of Glasgow The incorporation of the UCAT results into the admissions process is reviewed on a yearly basis. For entry in September 2020 the Medical School will interview approximately 700 applicants. An interview or entry is not guaranteed. Applicants should note that they will be considered within their year of application and by the standard presented during that admissions cycle alone. The university considers UCAT with all other aspects of the application. The range of scores changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies. 'The Situational Judgement' section of the UCAT test will not be taken into consideration for entry in 2020. To help you determine what previous scores would have been considered (although it does vary each year), please visit their website.

University of Glasgow source.
Hull York Medical School All applicants are required to take the UCAT in the year of application. You will also be required to achieve Band 1 ,2 or 3 in the Situational Judgement Test part of the UCAT. Your total UCAT score will be assigned points as part of The Universities selection procedure, these points are determined after the UCAS deadline (as UCAT results are published in November).

Hull York Medical School source.
Keele University Applicants with total UCAT scores in the lowest two deciles (i.e. in the bottom 20% of scores for the year) will not be considered. The cut-off score for 2019 entry will be 2280. Anyone with a UCAT situational judgement test (SJT) score in Band 4 will not be considered.

Keel University Source.
King's College London King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

King's College London source.
University of Leicester There is no minimum UCAT score but it forms an important part of the selection for interview. Those with a lower UCAT score will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account the whole of their UCAS application. Please visit their Scoring Applications page to view their scoring document. Applicants with band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will not be considered for interview.

University of Leicester source.
University of Liverpool Applicants who progress to the second stage of the process and who achieve the required band in the SJT will be ranked according to their overall UCAT score (UK/EU applicants must offer SJT bands 1 to 3, international applicants can offer any of the 4 bands). Following ranking of the overall UCAT scores, the top scoring applicants, will be invited to interview in the third stage of the process. For UK/EU applicants a competitive score in the 2017- 18 admissions cycle was 2460. The UCAT threshold for invitation to interview changes on an annual basis and is dependent on the number of applicants who meet or exceed the minimum academic criteria, and their performance in the admissions test.

University of Liverpool Source.
University of Manchester Applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test element of the UCAT are not considered. The university has two primary selection criteria involving the UCAT.

Application of the UCAT threshold if your UCAT score is in the top third of all results nationally then you will be invited to interview based on our UCAT threshold as long as you meet the universities minimum academic requirements (for example, GCSE and predicted grades). There are approximately 900-1000 candidates that will be asked to interview based on this selection route. To help identify talented students from all backgrounds, UCAT scores from UK/EU candidates who come from similar educational and socio-demographic backgrounds are considered against each other. This is conducted using information provided by publicly available datasets. To help you determine where your UCAT score sits nationally, please refer to the UCAT Cognitive Test Statistics (PDF).

If your score does not meet the threshold the university still understands that everyone has a different set of skills. If your UCAT does not fall within the top third of results nationally then they will include it as part of a holistic assessment using all the information available to arrive at a decision (for example, GCSE grades, A-level profile, additional qualifications, NAI form etc). The university is expected to invite 500-600 applicants to interview on this selection route.

University of Manchester Source.
University of Newcastle The threshold is based on the total UCAT score. This threshold may differ in each admission cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to this Medical School in the current cycle. The UCAT score is an integral part of the Newcastle admissions process. University of Newcastle source.
University of Nottingham There are five components to the UCAT test which will be scored. The first four sections (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision making) are each scored as follows:

  • 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 weighting for each of the four components is equal. The fifth component, SJT is scored as follows:
  • Band 1= 4 points
  • Band 2 = 2 points
  • Band 3 = 1 point
  • Band 4 = 0 point Applicants who achieve a Band 4 are not considered further

  • University of Nottingham Source.
    Plymouth University UCAT test results will be used, alongside the academic information contained on your UCAS form to select direct school leavers for interview. You will be required to meet a minimum overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel. The UCAT threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview can alter each year and is influenced by overall candidate performance in the UCAT and the number and quality of applications received.

    Plymouth University Source.
    Queen Mary University of London For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates compared to other applicants who apply in that same year. You will not be offered an interview if you acheive a total UCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no assurance that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile. The boundaries for the third decile won’t be known until the UCAT Consortium release their decile ranges in November.

    Queen Mary University London source.
    Queen’s University Belfast UCAT will be scored and used together with the GCSE score to rank for interview. AS-level performance, additional GCSE A grades and other factors may also be taken into account in borderline cases.

    Queen's University Belfast source.
    University of Sheffield In addition to the academic requirements, candidates must have achieved a score of 2470/3600 or more to be given further consideration. Candidates must meet BOTH the academic entry requirements and the UCAT entry requirements. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) section is only considered for those applicants who are invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview. Please note: Applicants who meet or exceed both the minimum academic requirements and the minimum UCAT requirement will be ranked based on their UCAT score after the application deadline to determine which of these applicants are invited to attend a Multiple Mini-Interview.

    University of Sheffield source
    University of Southampton All applicants will need to take the UCAT test. Applicants will be ranked by UCAT score to determine who should be invited to a Selection Day. The UCAT score is reviewed again alongside performance at Selection Days to determine who will receive an offer. Students should be aware that the UCAT score of those applicants attending a Selection Day varies year on year and as such it is not possible to give applicants an indication of the score that is required to attend a Selection Day. The University of Southampton does not currently use the Situational Judgement Test.

    University of Southampton source.
    University of St Andrews The UCAT test can vary each year. For 2019 entry, the School won't know the likely UCAT scores for those to be called for interview until they have assessed all applications. For 2018 entry, the lowest score for applicants called to interview at St Andrews was 2400.

    The School of Medicine has a limited number of interview places (around 400). To be considered for interview, applicants must have a strong academic record, a positive reference, and relevant, medically related work experience. Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 400 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score. Where applicants have the same interview score, the global UCAT score will be used to differentiate between them. The SJT will be used as an element in the interview process, with the score being incorporated into the interview score.

    University of St Andrews source.
    St George’s University of London UCAT results are used to select students for interview and to rank their post-interview waiting list.

    St Gerorge's University of London source.
    University of Sunderland N/A

    University of Sunderland source.

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