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Entry requirements for Medicine with a Gateway Year

Find out about our entry requirements and widening participation eligibility criteria which applicants need to meet to be considered for admission onto our Medicine with a Gateway Year programme.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements – 2023 entry

A levels: BBC (B grades must be in Biology and Chemistry). Maximum predicted grades: ABB. A levels should normally be completed within a three-year period. Resits within this three-year period are accepted. You should not be predicted or have achieved higher than ABB to apply to this programme.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 14 at HL (to include Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5)

BTEC: Distinction-Distinction-Distinction (DDD) in the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

GCSEs: 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/level 9-4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above. Resits are accepted.

Please note: we do not accept applications from students who have started another university course or who have undertaken a foundation year.

Entry requirements

UCAT entry requirements – 2023 entry

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is used in the selection process by a number of UK medical schools.

We believe that an admissions process based entirely on predicted A levels or other exams doesn't necessarily serve your best interests as an applicant.

All applicants are required to sit the UCAT in the same year as applying to us.

We require a Band 1, 2 or 3 in the Situational Judgement Test part of the UCAT.

Your total UCAT score will be assigned points as part of our selection procedure.

UCAT bursary

UCAT offer to cover the full test fee for UK students who meet their eligibility criteria for the bursary. You can apply for this even if you have already paid for your test.

If you are eligible for the bursary, we strongly recommend you apply for it as we will take this into consideration when we review your application to us as part of the eligibility criteria for the Medicine with a Gateway Year programme (further details below).

Entry requirements

Widening participation criteria – 2023 entry

The Medicine with a Gateway Year programme is open to Widening Participation applicants who meet the UK (Home) fee status.

You will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You should be aged 17 or over on 1 October in the year you start the programme
  • You must have no more than three academic years between completion of mainstream education and the start of the Medicine with Gateway Year programme
  • You should not have studied on another university Foundation or degree course
  • You must not be attending an independent school

In addition, you must either:

  • Be a care leaver*


  • Fulfil two of the following contextual data criteria:
    • Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (your POLAR4 Young Participation quintile should be 1 or 2 to qualify). You can check your postcode on the Office for Students website
    • Your parents do not have a higher education qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree
    • You applied for and received the UCAT Bursary

*Our definition of a care leaver, in accordance with the Children Leaving Care Act (2020), is a young person (under 25) who has been in the care of, or has been given accommodation by, their local authority for a period of at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and before the age of 16. This can be a single period of 13 weeks, or multiple periods totalling 13 weeks or more.

Although applications from UK students are accepted, priority will be given to local applicants living in the Hull York Medical School region:

  • City of York
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hull
  • North and North East Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Darlington, Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Hartlepool