Preparatory courses for entrance exams to UK Medical Schools (undergraduate & graduate entry programmes)

Medicine is one of the most competitive study programmes in the UK but when passed can be one of the most rewarding. Because there is lots of competition for places, the entry requirements are tough compared to other countries in Europe.

 

Entry requirements for undergraduate programmes

A standard under-graduate entry medicine course is usually five years long, but can also be six.

Students are required to have minimum of 3 A-Levels at grade A, which must include chemistry and one other science, such as maths, physics, biology or psychology.

Depending on the university, students will also have to pass either the BMAT or UCAT entrance exam. The BMAT consists of questions relating to anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, maths and cognitive skills and the UCAT focuses on verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.

The university interview will use the MMI format. See additional info below.

 

Prepare for the BMAT with our pre-med course

A number of medical universities in the UK use the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for their entrance requirements.

The BMAT tests your ability to problem solve, think critically, and communicate scientific and mathematical ideas. This aims to assess the students’ ability to master university-level study programs.

An excellent score on the BMAT is essential for your entrance to a number of universities around Europe, Asia, and, most importantly, in the UK. Universities including Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester Medical School, the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and Keele University all require successful completion of the BMAT. Each of these medical universities weighs BMAT scores differently, so it is smart to review how your university of choice will consider the results.

For more information on the BMAT and how we can help you pass this test, please visit our BMAT preperation page.

Preparation for the UCAT

The UCAT, or University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly known as the UKCAT) is an admissions test used by universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Alongside the BMAT, the UCAT test is used to assess the aptitude of applicants to medical and dental degree programmes.

Applicants will need to display good logical reasoning and critical thinking skills, with the test comprised of five distinct sections (verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement).

Part of LMA’s pre-med course is dedicated to the UCAT and is designed to familiarise you with the various question formats used in the UCAT test, as well as providing a good understanding of the required responses, time management strategies and general test preparation.

For more information on the UCAT and how we can help you pass this test, please visit our UCAT preperation page.

 

Entry requirements for graduate entry programmes

A standard graduate entry medicine course is four years long and provides an alternative route into medicine for both those who realise later in life that they wish to become doctors and those who missed the grades for undergraduate entry.

There is a way into medicine for almost any graduate, regardless of their degree subject or prior educational achievement.

Students will have to pass the GAMSAT entrance exam which will consist of questions relating to anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, maths and cognitive skills.

The university interview will use the MMI format. See additional info below.

Preparation for the GAMSAT

The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) was introduced to the UK by St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1999, and is now also used by Nottingham, Swansea, Cardiff, Liverpool, Exeter and Plymouth, St Andrews (ScotGem) medical schools.

The test was initially pioneered and used in Australia in 1996 by four medical schools offering graduate entry programmes. The role of the GAMSAT Exam is to assist in the selection criteria primarily for students who are applying to study medicine on the new fast-track graduate entry programmes.

The exam draws upon a wide ranging skill set and subject knowledge, naturally aligns it to the problem-based learning environment in most medical schools. Whilst the GAMSAT Exam is predominantly multiple choice based, it places great emphasis on reasoning ability and critical thinking.

For more information on the GAMSAT and how we can help you pass this test, please visit our GAMSAT preperation page.

 

Preparation for the MMI University Interview

The interview for UK medical schools uses the multiple mini-interview (MMI) format and will test the candidates non-cognitive skills, which are not tested on the entrance exam itself.

These non non-cognitive skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence.

These are the skills that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals by complementing their hard skills.

For more information on the MMI and how we can help you pass this test, please visit our MMI preperation page.