Cardiff University

Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales provides the following courses that require UCAT:

  • Medicine (A100)
  • Medicine with preliminary year (Cardiff)(A104)
  • Dentistry (A200)
  • Dentistry with preliminary year (Cardiff)(A204)


UCAT may be used as part of assessment procedure or in borderline cases. Interviews are awarded based on academic and non-academic rankings.

Personal Statement

Evidence is sought for insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, self-directed learning and a sense of social awareness, in addition to positive referee's comments.

Academic Requirements

GCSE Requirements

GCSE Requrements for Cardiff University School of Medicine are:

  • Maths - Grade 6 minimum
  • English - Grade 6 minimum
  • Science - Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science
  • Other requiremants - 8 GCSEs must be offered, If Welsh Language is offered, it must also be supplemented with English Language at a minimum of a grade 6 (B).

GCSEs are scored: 3 points for a 9; 3 points for a 8; 2 points for 7; 1 point for 6. In 2019 a score of 27 did not guarantee selection for interview.

A-levels or Scottish Higher requirements.

AAA at A level which should include Chemistry and Biology. The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted in the place of a third A level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Maths are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate

IB Diploma with a minimum overall score of 36 and 766 in 3 Higher level subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Biology or Chemistry AND grade 6 in one other HL science from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics. Must also include grade 7 in SL Biology or Chemistry if not taken at HL.

Graduate Applicant Degree Requirements

Graduate  Medicine (A101) applicants are required to achieve a 2:1 (upper second class) in first degree and BBB/ABC at A Level. A pass in the science practical is normally required.  Applications are only accepted from one of the following feeder courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology degree, School of Medicine, Cardiff University (B210)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (BC97)
  • BMedSci Medical Sciences Degree from the University of Bangor (B100)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, University of South Wales (B901)

Graduate entry requires students to take the GAMSAT rather than UCAT.

Widening Participation

The academic and non-academic attainment of a candidate will be reviewed against educational performance data and socio-economic background to provide an overview of an applicant’s potential. The medical school will consider this information when deciding whether to call a candidate for interview. See website for details.

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