MBChB Medicine / Overview
Year of entry: 2019
Our standard A-level offer is AAA including:
- Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology; and
- One of the following subjects from Chemistry; Biology/Human Biology; Physics; Psychology; Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
A combination of three sciences is equally acceptable at A-level. However, our offer will not include combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together.
Where the science offered includes a practical element that must also be passed.
If you have been invited to interview via our holistic assessment route and you are studying additional qualifications (over and above the standard offer) which have compensated for a lower UKCAT score, we may include these qualifications as part of our offer. We will only include subjects that you were studying at the point of application.
Achieved A-level grades
If you have already achieved your A-level grades (and these meet the above requirements) but do not have the required GCSE grades you may still be considered.
To be considered you must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade B at GCSE or AS-level.
We have no specific requirements at AS-level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible.
You may wish to evidence this on your application in a number of ways, for example:
- studying four A-level subjects;
- studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects;
- taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects.
We are aware that you may not be able to take the above qualifications at school or college and therefore we allow applicants to provide evidence of participating in other activities aimed at increasing social responsibility, for example, National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke of Edinburgh award in lieu of a formal qualification. A list of other suggested activities is provided on our FAQ page. If in doubt, please contact us.
Please note that if your school is unable to offer any of the above, they should state this in the UCAS reference and you will not be disadvantaged as a result.
Applicants with a WP/WP Plus flag are exempt.
Duration of A-level study
Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer
Although we warmly welcome applicants with Critical Thinking, Citizenship, EPQ, Key Skills or General Studies qualifications, these will not usually form part of the formal AAA offer.
Where applicants have declared any of these qualifications and they are considered for interview via the holistic route, we may include them as part of our offer in addition to the three standard A-level subjects.
We require at least five GCSEs at grade A or A*.
English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB.
If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the circumstances that prompted this. We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.
Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales. We can confirm our position in terms of equivalencies:
- A* = 8
- A = 7
- B = 6
- C = 4
37 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 766 at Higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above.
Major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science (one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics) and one further subject at Higher Level.
Alternative entry requirements
Alternative entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
In most cases, we expect applicants to satisfy our English Language requirement by offering English language at GCSE grade B or above (or a score of 5 in the International Baccalaureate diploma).
Applicants from outside the UK (including non-native speakers) need to meet specific English language requirements to study at Manchester. We accept:
- IGCSE English at grade B;
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): A minimum average score of 7.0 and with not less than 6.5 in any one component taken at the same sitting;
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: An overall score of 73 with no less than 73 in each of the communicative skills domains taken at the same sitting;
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): An overall score of 185 with no less than 185 in each of the scoring domains taken at the same sitting;
- a score of 5 at Standard or Higher level as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma.
Please note that some scores only remain valid for two years. If you apply using a certificate gained over two years ago, at the point that you start your course, you will need to retake the test.
If you hold English as a second language qualification, we will also require you to offer one of the Secure English Language Tests listed above.
Please contact us prior to application if you are unsure how to satisfy these language requirements.
Graduates: Graduates who have completed a degree conducted entirely in English at a UK institution may be exempt from the English language requirements. Please contact us if you are unsure.
At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.
English language test validity
Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
Relevant work experience
We require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a doctor involves.
We are not looking for a particular number of hours doing a specific type of work experience. We are trying to ascertain that you have a clear idea of what it is like to study medicine and what the role entails.
Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for hands-on caring work experience. Applicants should be aware that we may request confirmation of their work experience.