Medicine application score calculator

Medicine admissions (A100, 5-year programme)

Before you apply and to help you make an informed decision, we have created an interview calculator tool. By entering your GCSEs, A Levels and UKCAT, this tool allows you to see if you are likely to be interviewed for our Medicine and Surgery programme. Please note that this tool is a guide only.

To explain how the calculator works, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know here. We would also recommend you read our course details page thoroughly to understand the Medicine application process at Birmingham. 

Do you score applications?

Yes, for Home / EU applicants, but not for international applicants. We work out a total application score based on your GCSE and UKCAT results. The weighting we apply is 70% GCSE, 30% UKCAT. 

The process we use for selecting international applicants for interview is described within the entry requirements section of our course details page

Our calculator tool provides an estimate of your total application score as the actual UKCAT score that we assign can be worked out only once we know the UKCAT results of all of our applicants. This means that a total application score is subject to the level of competition at the time of applying.

How is a GCSE score calculated?

First, we score identified GCSEs grades to give a maximum of 24 points. This score is then scaled out of 7, so, for example, a GCSE score of 18 equates to a scaled score of 5.25.

Points are assigned as follows: 

  1. We score five identified subjects: Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and two science subjects. Science subjects may be made up of the following:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Science and Additional Science (not Further Additional Science)
    • Double Award Science
  2. We score two additional GCSE subjects. One of these can be Physics or Further Additional Science but we will accept any GCSE subject.
Maths, English and Science
 Grade  Points
 A*
 A
 B
Additional Subjects
 Grade  Points
 A*

How is a UKCAT score calculated?

On entering your grades in the calculator, you will be asked for your UKCAT scores in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. 

We add these scores together and rank the total scores of all our applicants and allocate our own score depending on your position in the ranking (maximum of 3). The table below shows how we allocated scores for our 2015 applicants. Please note that the scaled scores are likely to be adjusted each year based on the quality of all applicants but the adjustment is unlikely to be substantial.

2015 Applicants
 Decile Total UKCAT Score (minus DA)  Scaled score 
 10th >=2270  3.000 
 9th <2270  2.667 
 8th <2180  2.333 
 7th <2120  2.000 
 6th <2060  1.667 
 5th <2010  1.333 
 4th <1960  1.000 
 3rd <1900  0.667 
 2nd <1830  0.333 
 1st <1730  0.000 
     

For example, an applicant in 2015 with an actual UKCAT score of 2100 (excluding the Decision Analysis subtest, which is no longer a component of UKCAT) received a scaled score of 2.00.

How is the total application score calculated?

The scaled GCSE and UKCAT scores are added together to give a maximum of 10.

What is the total application score needed for interview?

Application scores will vary each year as UKCAT scores are generated only once we know the UKCAT result of all our applicants. 

For selection for interview in 2015 applicants needed to have above 6.17 as a total application score. The table below indicates, for 2015 applicants, the proportion of applicants selected for interview within each score range. 73% of those invited for interview in 2015-16 received a score of 8 and above.

Proportion of UK/EU applicants selected for interview within each score range (2015)
Total applicant score  Percentage of applicant
population to receive
an interview 
 6.17 - 6.9 8% 
 7.0 - 7.9 19% 
 8.0 - 8.9 34% 
 9.0 - 9.9 29% 
 10 10% 

 

If I meet the interview score will I definitely receive an interview?

No. Medicine is a competitive programme and applications are considered based on the overall quality of your application in comparison to all other applicants. 

How do you use contextual data?

The contextual information we use is school performance data; for GCSEs and A Levels.

You must have taken your GCSEs at a school that satisfies our requirements, which will allow you to be included in our contextual category if your application score is below the threshold for non-contextual applicants. We cannot predict by how much the score threshold will be reduced for contextual applicants.

Please see the course details page for more information on the use of contextual data (provided under 'Entry Requirements').