Medical School Grade Requirements

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Understanding what the grade requirements there are for different universities is a crucial first stage of any application for the medical sciences. Because Medicine is so competitive, grades requirements are generally quite high across the board of different universities, even for universities that otherwise wouldn't be in the top tier. Along with understanding which grades you will need, in many cases, it is important to consider also in which subjects. Below, we give you the low down.

What grades do I need to study Medicine at medical school?

Grade requirements for Medicine are high, due to the fact that Medicine is a highly competitive course, with some universities receiving 10 applicants for every place. Most candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, and usually a range of top grades. Therefore, excellent grades are required in order to make you a competitive candidate for a medical application.


All universities except Buckingham University require As and A*s at A-level, so you should expect to receive grades of three As in your A-levels at a minimum. Buckingham University is a private university which requires AAB at A-level, but this is an exception to the norm. Good A-level grades will not be enough to win a place by themselves, but they are an essential step in making you eligible to become a medical student.

The subjects you take at A-level will also be an important factor in determining your eligibility to study Medicine. While many applicants may consider Biology to be the most important subject to take in anticipation of a career as a doctor, it is actually Chemistry that is most often required as a compulsory subject at A-level.

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