35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
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Chemistry and Biology
Further information and other requirements
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.
NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 39 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
All applicants must take the UKCAT.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.
Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7). Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL)
Non academic requirements
Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants
Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants
Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc
Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.
General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.
Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.
Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.
A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.
If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).
Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
Application deadline: October 15 2016
Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.
When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.
The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.
Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.
Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. You will not receive a score for this subtest. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/
You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.
In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.
Personal statement and reference
Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.
We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.
No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.
All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.
As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.
If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.
Graduate applicants to Medicine A100
We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.
Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.
Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.
For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.
EU and international applicants
There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.
University of Oxford applicants
If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.
All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.
For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway
International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.
Criminal conviction disclosure
All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.
Getting a decision
There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview
Direct transfer applications
Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only. Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree. Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.
Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.
- Further details regarding our policy can be found here
- Application form for direct entry can be found here