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Medicine (A100) and Graduate Medicine (A101)

Entrance Requirements and Expectations

Note: It must be noted that in the following mathematics/science subjects refers to Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, and Further Mathematics. It does not include psychology.

Pre-medical Requirements

These regulations are the least requirements for beginning Veterinary Science courses. Students aspiring to study Medicine should obtain the following exams or equivalent from a well recognized board.


Passes at A, B or C grade in double award Science and Mathematics (two single awards in GCSE Physics and Biology can be submitted for double award science).

AS and A Levels

Passes in three of the following: Human Biology/Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. One of the subjects ought to be Chemistry and minimum one pass should be at 'A' level.

Mature/graduate Applicants

Certain Access and Open University courses can meet the GCSE and/or A level requirements in whole or part. Students must discuss any courses they have taken or are considering taking an admission tutor. If students have a good science honours degree and meet the pre-medical requirements, they may apply for a position as an affiliated student at St Edmund's Lucy Cavendish or Wolfson Colleges.

'A' Level Requirements

The specific 'A' level offer is A*AA Chemistry A level is highly desirable. It must be noted that St John's College requires 'A' level Chemistry. It should be noted that many applicants for Medicine at Cambridge have minimum three mathematics/science 'A' level plus one or more non-science subject/subjects.

Applicants with two mathematics/science subjects are expected to have ability with those take three and when possible be considered equally with them. In these situations, the applicant shall usually be expected to attain the A* grade in one of the mathematics/science A level subjects and can be asked to take a third mathematics/science subject to AS level.

Note: The colleges mentioned below prefer applicants to have three mathematics/science subjects at 'A' level:

  • Christ's
  • Trinity
  • Jesus
  • Magdalene
  • Downing
  • Peterhouse
  • Newnham
  • St John's

Other Examination Systems

The applicants, who are taking other, recognized exams, expected to have 'A' level of understanding in mathematics and science nearly equivalent to those applying with 'A' levels. Students are advised to see the entrance requirements page and confer with any admission tutor for more information and advice.

Criminal Record Check

Offers of a place on these courses for United Kingdom students shall be subject to Independent Safeguarding Authority registration and a reasonable enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Record Bureau. Students shall be sent the relevant forms to complete if they are offered a place.

From the year 2011 entry, where courses may consist of regular access to children or vulnerable adults. Students shall be legally needed to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme that is administrated by the Independent Safeguard Authority. The University shall send more instructions on registering with the Vetting and Barring Scheme as part of the admissions process. International students shall be asked to provide similar evidence. For more information, students are advised to refer the University's Criminal Records Bureau Disclosures webpage.

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