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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit for applying to UCL Medical School?

There is no upper age limit. There is a lower age limit: students need to be 18 years of age by the start of the first term.


Where can I find information about the entry requirements and selection procedure?

Please click the links below for more information.


I have made an application but now wish to make an amendment or to send extra documents.

Applicants should ensure that their applications are complete and accurate before submission to UCAS. All qualifications taken should be listed – you should not omit qualifications or other pertinent information. Applications will not be reconsidered once a decision has been made.

You may not attach additional documents to the UCAS application and should not send unsolicited material directly to the Admissions Officers. If we require additional information (such as extra references, further details about work experience placements) then we will contact you.


Who should provide my reference?

If you are currently studying at school or college, a teacher or tutor from that school/college should provide your reference. Your school may have a policy that one teacher who knows you well will provide the reference, or a head teacher or head of sixth form may collate information from all of your teachers in order to provide a reference.

Graduate applicants should approach their personal tutor or another tutor from their university who has taught them, perhaps during tutorials, or has supervised a research project, as part of their degree programme. Graduates should note that we do not consider it appropriate to provide a UCAS reference from their school – the reference should be from the university.

If you are taking a gap year, you should approach your former school or college to request a reference. If you have been out of education for some years and are applying as a mature student, please be aware that we expect a UCAS reference to be from an academic source – not from a work placement supervisor or employer. You may therefore need to contact your most recent educational institution. If you feel that this will be difficult or that too much time has elapsed since you attended that institution for the reference to be meaningful, we would recommend that you contact us via email by the 1st September of the year you are making your application in order to discuss your options.


Which English language qualification should I offer?

Please see here for a full list of English language qualifications accepted by UCL.

You need to achieve the ‘Advanced Level’ grade in whichever test you choose.

If you are a UK student, or if you have received your secondary education in the UK, then only the GCSE, IGCSE or IB options from the list are acceptable. International students may offer one of the English language tests listed, although IELTS is preferred. The majority of English tests are considered valid for two years.


I applied to this Medical School in a previous UCAS cycle but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?

 If you remain unplaced following an unsuccessful decision, you are welcome to reapply. This includes if you have been unsuccessful following interview at UCL Medical School.

You should update your UCAS application and take the BMAT again. It may be inadvisable to reapply if you do not feel that you can strengthen or enhance your application. Taking more than one gap year would be disadvantageous, as would declining an offer to study Medicine elsewhere in order to apply to UCL.


I would like to take a gap year. How will this affect my application?

Students are welcome to apply for deferred entry if they would like to take a gap year. Making an application on this basis does not affect your chance of being selected. However requests to defer made after an offer has been made will be considered on an individual basis but are not always granted.

We are not prescriptive about the way in which a candidate spends their gap year. It is up to you to decide how to spend the time. However it is important that you use the time productively and, while we appreciate that you may not have finalised plans by the time you apply, we would expect you to have undertaken some planning. Certainly we would expect you to be able to talk about your ideas at interview and to provide further information if we request it.


I started a degree elsewhere but did not complete it. Can I apply?

No, we do not consider students who fail to complete an alternative degree programme. This also applies to students who fail to complete a medical degree at any medical school.


I have extenuating circumstances.  Where do I submit the documentation?

We appreciate that a candidate's exams may have been adversely affected by extenuating circumstances, but any special consideration must be applied by the Examination Boards via the school.  UCL's policy is that such mitigating factors are a matter for the Examination Boards and should be taken into account at the time of the exams rather than retrospectively by the university.