A-level Requirements for Medical School 2021

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8/26/2021

What grades do you need to get into medical school?

A levels are one of the first hurdles to getting into medical school.

Most schools require AAA to get in, but there are some exceptions and alternative routes for those with lower grades.

If you don't meet the grade expectations below, try for Graduate Entry Medicine or look at Plan B options, such as taking a gap year or studying abroad.

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What A levels are required for medicine and which grades do you need?

Most medical schools require AAA grades but each have different subject requirements, which can get confusing. Find out exactly what each medical school requires below.

Medical School

A-level Grades

Required Subjects

Aberdeen

AAA

Chemistry and one from biology, human biology, maths or physics achieved at same time.

Anglia Ruskin

AAA taken within two years prior to application.

Chemistry or biology, and one of either biology, chemistry, maths or physics.

Aston

AAA-AAB

Chemistry and biology (including passing the practical elements).

Barts

A*AA

Chemistry or biology and a second science subject (chemistry, biology, physics or maths). Any third subject except further maths, general studies and critical thinking.

Birmingham

AAA

Biology and chemistry

Brighton and Sussex

AAA

Biology and chemistry

Bristol

AAA

Chemistry and one of biology, physics or maths.

Buckingham

AAB

Chemistry and biology

Cambridge

Typical offers are made to A*A*A.

A level passes in chemistry and one of biology, physics and maths.

Cardiff

AAA

Chemistry and biology

Central Lancashire

AAB

Chemistry, another science subject, and a third academic subject.

Dundee

AAA

Chemistry and another science, achieved in one sitting.

Edge Hill

AAA (third subject may be B if biology or chemistry is at A*).

Biology and chemistry, with passes in the practical elements.

Edinburgh

AAA

Chemistry and one of biology/human biology, maths and physics.

Exeter

AAA

Biology and chemistry

Glasgow

AAA

Chemistry and one of maths, physics or biology. If biology is not taken at A2 level, then must have biology A grade at AS level. General studies, critical thinking and global perspectives & research not accepted.

Hull York

AAA in the first sitting.

Biology and chemistry

Imperial College London

AAA

Chemistry and biology

Keele

AAA

Biology or chemistry, plus another from biology, chemistry, economics, further mathematics, mathematics, physics, psychology or statistics.

Kent and Medway

AAB

Chemistry or biology, plus another from chemistry, biology, maths, psychology or physics. General studies and critical thinking not accepted.

King's College London

A*AA

Chemistry and biology

Lancaster

AAA

Two of biology, chemistry and psychology.

Leeds

AAA

Chemistry or biology. Physics or maths if chemistry is not taken.

Leicester

AAA (A*AB considered if you have an A in chemistry or biology)

Chemistry or biology plus another from biology, chemistry, physics or psychology. General studies, citizenship studies or critical thinking not accepted.

Liverpool

AAA

Chemistry, one of biology, physics or mathematics, and a third academic subject.

Manchester

AAA

Chemistry or biology/human biology plus another from chemistry, biology/human biology, psychology, maths or further maths.

Newcastle

AAA

No requirement for science subjects. General studies, use of maths, world development, communication and culture and critical thinking not accepted.

Norwich

AAA

Biology/human biology or chemistry, including a pass in the practical element of science A levels. General studies and critical thinking not accepted.

Nottingham

AAA

Biology/human biology and chemistry.

Nottingham - Lincoln

AAA

Biology/human biology and chemistry. Pass in science practical elements.

Oxford

A*AA (in one sitting)

Chemistry and one of biology, physics or maths. Critical thinking and general studies not accepted.

Plymouth

A*AA-AAB

Biology and one of chemistry, physics, maths and psychology.

Queen's Belfast

A*AA-AAA

One of the following: 1. AAA at A-level and A in a fourth fourth AS level subject, including chemistry and one of biology, maths or physics. 2. A*AA including chemistry and biology/human biology. 3. A*AA including chemistry and either maths/physics and AS level biology grade B.

Sheffield

AAA (in one sitting)

Chemistry or biology and another science (biology, chemistry, maths, physics or psychology). Further maths, critical thinking, general studies not accepted.

Southampton

AAA

Biology and one other science (including passing the practical elements).

St Andrews

AAA

Chemistry and one of biology, maths or physics.

St George's

AAA

Chemistry and biology

Sunderland

AAA-AAB (completed within two years)

Chemistry or biology plus a second science.

UCL

A*AA

Biology and chemistry.

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Summary

If you miss out on AAA grades, it is likely you won't be able to apply straight away for Direct Entry Medicine. Don't discount the other options available to you however.

To get more advice on this topic, read 'Getting your GCSE and A-level Grades for Medicine'.

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