Selection for interview

Selection for interview

Applying to study Medicine is extremely competitive and making an application can be quite daunting. In this section we aim to make the interview process easy to understand. Please check the entry requirements for both the five-year MBChB and four-year graduate entry MBChB courses before you apply.   

Selection for interview (five-year course)

The principles described here apply to standard, home applicants. The following categories of applicant each have amended processes, which are described elsewhere:

  • Graduate
  • International
  • Contextual (identified according to school attended)
  • Widening Participation

Once you have submitted an application we will apply the following selection process to each application.

  • Applications will receive an overall score, which is the sum of weighted scores for each of the academic and UCAT components.
  • The weightings will be: 60% academic and 40% UCAT
  • The academic score is calculated from GCSE results, not predicted or achieved A level grades. The UCAT score component is based on the total score from the four subtests
  • We will not score your personal statement, but you must offer evidence of commitment to medicine (see 'Preparing to Apply')

Applications from graduates and those classified as international for fees will not be scored. Further information can be found below in the relevant sections.

Scoring an application

An application score is generated as follows:

GCSE

Each application will receive a score for academic achievement based on GCSE (or equivalent) results. The subjects that will be scored are: English (both English Language and English Literature), Mathematics (or one, but not both, of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics), Biology and Chemistry (or dual award science), plus two additional GCSEs in any subject.

For the subjects specified above a minimum of grade B/6 must be offered and the scores allocated to the different grades are as follows:

A*/8 or 9 = 4

A/7 = 2

B/6 = 1

For each of the two unspecified subjects, a score of 2 will be allocated when an A*/8 grade has been obtained. Lower grades will not receive a score.

The total GCSE score will be scaled to a maximum of 6.0.

Because we rank applicants according to a total score, we cannot define a GCSE grade profile that will be acceptable.

UCAT

There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Your UCAT results, excluding the band result for the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) component, will be separated into deciles and scored. For example the top 10% of applicants’ scores will be in the top decile and will receive a maximum score of 4.0 in our process. For guidance, the score conversion we used in 2018-19 is as follows (converted to a 0 – 4 scale):

Total UCAT score

Decile

Converted score

2950

and above

10th

4.000

2840

"

9th

3.556

2770

"

8th

3.111

2710

"

7th

2.667

2650

"

6th

2.222

2590

"

5th

1.778

2520

"

4th

1.333

2430

"

3rd

0.889

2330

"

2nd

0.444

2320

and below

1st

0.000

It is important to note that the thresholds for each decile will be different for a new set of applicants. Therefore, the UCAT score applied to your application may differ from the above table but the difference is expected to be marginal. The decile boundaries for 2017-18 were very similar therefore your UCAT score is unlikely to move by more than one decile.

The band score for the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) component of UCAT will be used at the interview stage.

How we select interview candidates

Selection for interview is based on the total application score (combination of GCSE and UCAT scores, with a maximum of 10). We have amended the scoring formula from previous years, though only slightly. We expect to interview about 1100 home/EU applicants who will be identified by ranking applicants according to their score.

Please note that it is not possible to advise on the threshold score because this will vary each year according to the number and quality of applications we receive. To find out if you are likely or unlikely to be offered an interview, please use our offer calculator tool. The guidance you receive is based on data from previous admissions cycles and also the projected impact of changes to the process. It is important to note that this tool is a guide only and does not guarantee either an invitation to interview or an offer to study at the University of Birmingham but is accurate in the majority of instances. To find out more, please visit your personal undergraduate page.

Selection for interview (four-year course)

We will interview approximately 100 applicants.

Guidance

Our process of selecting applicants for interview has altered, most notably in our requirement for UCAT. This creates difficulty in providing advice on the likelihood of success in relation to any one aspect. The best guidance we can provide is that our scoring system (described below) has been designed to ensure that a similar profile of applicants will be selected for interview as in previous years; those with a 1st class degree and very good A Level grades. Nevertheless, a UCAT result and the other factors described here will have an impact.

We will select for interview according to the following scheme:

Application Scoring

Parameter

Result

Points

Degree*

1st

8

2:1

4

Predicted 1st (or borderline)

2

A Levels

AAA+

4

BBB+

2

BBC

1

UCAT Total Score (4 subtests).

All applicant scores are ranked and segregated

into deciles.

Top decile

4

9th decile etc.

3.56 etc.

Bottom decile

0

Years in full-time employment

(including postgraduate teaching/research/training

and voluntary/caring roles)

 

3 or more

4

1 or 2

2

A Levels (contextual):

School attended for A Levels meets threshold 

requirement

 

ABB+ 4
BBC+ 2
CCC+ 1
*We will adjust the scoring for Care Leavers (see 'Entry Requirements')

 

  • Further information on each of the above parameters is provided in the entry requirements section
    We rank applicants according to the quality of the degree result
  • We will not score your personal statement, but you must offer evidence of commitment to medicine (see ‘Preparing to apply’)

Please see our Medicine interviews section for details of our interview process.