When applying to Oxbridge, you will have to complete a UCAS form before the October 15th deadline. Candidates are only allowed to apply to one of Oxford or Cambridge, and they can choose to apply to a particular college, or make an open application. As part of the UCAS form, you will have to write a 4000 character personal statement, and a teacher will have to provide a reference.
The UCAS code for undergraduate medicine is A100 and for the accelerated four year graduate course A101. The institution code for Cambridge is CAM C05 and for Oxford is O33. Applicants may only apply for Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. It is usual to stipulate a choice of college in the UCAS application, although both universities allow you to make an ‘open’ application via that university’s central admissions office which will then allocate you to a particular. Those wishing to make and open application should enter a ‘9’ in the campus choice box on their UCAS form.
The Biomedical Admissions Test is used by Oxford, Cambridge, University College and Imperial College, London to assess applicants to medical and some other biomedical courses.
The test lasts 60 minutes: 30 minutes is devoted to scientific knowledge and application and 30 minutes to a writing task. It is extremely challenging fom a time perspective and candidates should therefore expect to find it difficult. The BMAT usually occurs on the first Wednesday of November. Candidates sit the test in a local registered centre i.e. their school, college or other designated BMAT centre. Candidates must have registered in advance and the deadline for registration is usually the end of September. Candidates must therefore have registered before they submit their UCAS form.
See the BMAT website for more information.
Cambridge Undergraduate Course requirements:
Typical Offer: For applicants taking three or more science/mathematics subjects at A level the agreed minimum offer is three A grades in three science/mathematics A levels.
For applicants taking two science/mathematics subjects at A level with one or more nonscience subject(s), the agreed minimum offer is two A grades in the A level science/mathematics subjects plus an additional A grade in one other A level subject, plus an A grade at AS level in a third science/mathematics subject.
For requirements for Scottish Highers and International Baccalaureate see the website below.
Subjects: All Colleges strongly prefer applicants to have Chemistry A level. Some colleges prefer applicants to have three science/mathematics subjects at A level: Christ’s, Jesus, Magdalene, Newnham, St John’s, and Trinity. Magdalene also requires A level Mathematics.
Some colleges (except Christ’s, St John’s and Trinity) will, exceptionally, consider applicants taking only one science subject at A level, provided this subject is Chemistry. In this case you will still be expected to show a very high level of scientific ability. You are likely to be disadvantaged in all Colleges when compared with those of comparable ability taking more science/mathematics A levels.
Graduate course requirements can be found at
Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:
A Levels: three, which must include
- Chemistry and
- Biology and/or Maths and/or Physics
The typical conditional offer is AAA (taken at one sitting).
If you don’t have Maths, Biology and Physics at A Level you must have GCSEs in these subjects at grade C or above or in Maths and Dual Award Combined Sciences.
Scottish Highers System:
The following qualifications are typically required.
- An Advanced Higher (or CYS) in Chemistry and
- 5 Grade A Highers. These must include a Higher in Biology and / or Maths and/or Physics
If you don’t have Maths, Biology and Physics at Advanced Higher or Higher Level you must have Intermediate 2 or standard grade (Credit) in these subjects.
Chemistry and at least a second science (Biology or Physics) or Mathematics must be taken at the Higher level. Candidates will be expected to achieve a score of 7, 6 and 6 in subjects taken at Higher level and an overall score of at least 38-40 points.
If you don’t have Maths, Biology and Physics as part of the IB, you must have GSCEs (or equivalent) in these subjects at grade C or above or in Maths and Dual Award Combined Sciences.
We would require an average of 85% or more in the European Baccalaureate with a mark of 9 in Chemistry and a 9 in at least one of the subjects Physics, Biology or Maths. We would also require one of the practical science courses (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) to be studied as a complementary subject.
Common questions regarding the Oxford and Cambridge Medical Courses:
Is there a difference between Oxford and Cambridge?
Will I find it harder to get a job as a doctor if I have such an academic Medical degree from Oxbridge?
Will I see any patients in the first 3 years?
How do I know I’m clever enough for such an academic degree?
Will tutors be looking to see if I will make a good doctor or are they only looking at my grades?
Mentors will be answering these and any other questions at Schools’ Interview Preparation Days or during Private tuition. Alternatively, read some of our blog entries from Oxbridge medics or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help you out as best we can.