UCAT Universities: Where to Apply with Good, Average and Low UCAT Scores

When deciding which medical schools to apply for, their UCAT requirements will be an important factor to consider. This guide will take you through how each university uses your UCAT results and how previous applicants performed in the test.

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Whether or not you’ve taken your UCAT yet, it’s important to know what each university is expecting from you as an applicant when it comes to your UCAT results. 

The different medical schools within the UK use the UCAT in different ways, with some placing great importance on it and others barely even considering it. This guide will take you through each medical school that requires the UCAT, looking at how their score requirements and how the result is considered within your whole application, as well as admissions statistics from the previous years, including the Lowest UCAT Scores Accepted for Interview, Average UCAT Scores and point thresholds. 

UCAT Universities

Let’s start things off with a bit of context regarding UCAT scoring. UCAT Score can generally be split into three major categories: High, Average and Low. These aren’t really official rankings, but they are generally accepted to be a good measure of how well an applicant has done in the test. We’ve ranked all of the Medical Schools in the UK based on which category they could fit in.

Below you’ll find all of these Universities, which you can click on to see their UCAT statistics and how they use the results.

Good Score UCAT Universities

Average Score UCAT Universities

Low Score UCAT Universities

UCAT Deciles

Each year, all of the results of the UCAT are rounded up and split into lots of 10%, going from the lowest to the highest. The averages of these scores make the UCAT Deciles, which can be used to measure where an individual score ranks amongst other students. Let’s take a look at the UCAT Deciles from the last 3 years: 

UCAT Deciles (2020 Entry - 2022 Entry)

Decile RankingUCAT Score (2020)UCAT Score (2021)UCAT Score (2022)
1st215021702170
2nd227022902280
3rd236023702360
4th243024502420
5th250025102480
6th257025802340
7th264026502610
8th273027302690
9th285028502800

You can see here that each Decile stays pretty similar from year to year, due to the UCAT being standardised. Each Decile rank has around a 120 score difference between them.

If you’ve already taken the UCAT, you can easily find which decile you rank your result falls in by adding together your scores from the first four sections of the exam. Bear in mind that the decile rank does not take the Situational Judgment Test into account as this has a unique marking scheme. You can find out more about this in our UCAT Scoring Guide.

With these deciles, we can also categorise UCAT results into three major ranks: High (or good), Average and Low. A good UCAT score will generally be within the 7th Decile, with a score of 660 points or more per section.  An average score would be between 620-660, sitting in the middle deciles, while a low score would be considered anything below 610. 

Where to Apply with a Good UCAT Score?

With a bit of context behind us, let’s start looking at each university that requires the UCAT and what they expect from their applicants. We’ll start off with universities that have higher than average UCAT Thresholds and averages amongst successful candidates. 

We would call these High-Scoring Universities. If you’ve managed a get a good score on your UCAT, you may wish to consider applying to these medical schools. These may be some of the more desirable universities for you, and with a high UCAT score, your application will stand a very decent chance of success! 

University of Birmingham

Applicants will receive an overall score calculated using academic ability and UCAT performance with a 30% weighting on the UCAT. This score is used for selection for interviews.

SJT scores are only considered post-interview.

The University of Birmingham does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2710

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2769

University of Bristol

UCAT score is the only factor considered in the selection for interviews for applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements.

SJT score is not explicitly considered.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2022)

2870 (UK) 2910 (International)

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2600

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2690

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2799

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2821

University of Glasgow

UCAT score is the only factor considered in the selection for interviews for applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements.

SJT score may not be taken into consideration at any stage.

The University of Glasgow does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2620

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2022)

2868

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2791

Keele University

A minimum threshold score is used in the first phase of the application process. The UCAT score will also be used in borderline cases in final offer decisions.

Applicants with an SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2022 – 2610

2021 – 2280

2020 – 2280

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2280

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2788

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2774

King's College London

UCAT score (including SJT) is considered alongside the rest of the application when shortlisting for interview. UCAT and academic ability are the more important factors taken into consideration.

King’s College London does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2480

Lowest UCAT Score Offer-Holder (2020)

2500

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2788

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2774

University of Leicester

Selection is based on a 50/50 approach between applicants’ academics and the UCAT. Applicants are ranked based on an overall score encompassing academic ability and UCAT (including SJT) score. Those with the highest scores are invited to interview.

Applicants with an SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

The University of Leicester does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2500

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2300

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2767

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2653

University of Manchester

UCAT score is considered in the second stage of the application process. Applicants with a score in the top third of the global cohort with an SJT band 1 or 2 score are likely to receive an interview invite.

Those with SJT band 3 or aren’t within the top third are considered on a more holistic basis for the interview.

Applicants with an SJT Band 4 are automatically rejected.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2022 – 2730

2021 –2640

2020 – 2610

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2826

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2774

University of Newcastle

A UCAT score threshold is applied to applicants that meet the minimum academic requirements. The threshold is set depending on the number of interview slots available.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2022 – 2850

2021 –2820

2020 – 2730

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2943

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2845

University of Nottingham/University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln’s Medicine course runs in conjunction with the University of Nottingham’s Medicine course, meaning they have the same entry statistics. 

Applicants are ranked based on a score which the university calculates using academic achievement and UCAT score. 40 of the 58 available points are allocated to the UCAT and the top-scoring applicants receive invites to interview.

Applicants with SJT band 4 are automatically rejected.

The University of Nottingham does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

24/56

Lowest UCAT Score Offer-Holder (2020)

26/56

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2846

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

30/56

University of Sheffield

Applicants who meet both minimum academic and UCAT thresholds are ranked based on UCAT scores during the selection for interview.

SJT score is considered post-interview.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2021)

2430

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2740

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2890

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2800

University of Southampton

Applicants are ranked based on UCAT score. If they then meet the minimum academic requirements, the highest-ranked applicants are invited to the Selection Day. UCAT score (including SJT) is also considered in final offer decisions.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2021)

2680

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2750

Lowest UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2570

St.Georges University London

Applicants must meet the minimum UCAT requirements which consist of achieving above 500 in each subsection as well as scoring above total UCAT threshold (to be determined). Applicants that meet all minimum requirements are ranked based on UCAT score with the highest-ranked receiving invites to interview.

SJT score is not taken into consideration at any stage of the process.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2022 – 2710

2021 – 2620

2020 – 2480

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2490 (International)

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2725

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2659 (International)

University of Warwick

UCAT Scores are used to rank all applicants who have reached the minimum entry requirements in their application.

Warwick’s medicine course is only open to graduate entry. 

The University of Warwick does not operate a specific UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2670

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2600

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2870

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2780

What are some common themes between these medical schools? 

Firstly, we can see that a fair amount of these universities employ UCAT Cut-off scores. This isn’t a constant between every university (as you’ll see in a bit), but getting into any of these unis will require you to hit a minimum score to be considered. 

Many of these thresholds sit around the 2600 mark, weeding out any scores that are not considered high. We can also see that several of these universities have increased their thresholds over the last three years. Some have been quite gradual, like St.George’s University London, while others have been very sudden, like Keele University.

Beyond the cut-off scores, we can see that the average scores for applicants invited to interview are all within the range of good UCAT scores, sitting between 2600 and 2850. This should show you that even without an official cut-off score, all of these universities will still be looking for high UCAT scores. If you’re hoping to study at any of these medical schools, the UCAT is going to be one of the highest priorities of your application.   

When you imagine universities with high requirements, you may think about the most prestigious universities in the UK, such as Oxford, Cambridge and University College London. None of these appear on this list, but that’s because they require applicants to sit the BMAT instead, another medical school admissions test. You can find out more about this test in our Definitive BMAT Guide.

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Where to apply with an Average UCAT Scores

As we now know, an average UCAT score will fall between 620 and 660 per section, totalling to around 2400-2600 overall. These are the most common of the three tiers of medical school in the UK, as most universities use your score alongside other aspects of your application. Let’s take a look at where you should apply with an average UCAT Score!

University of Aberdeen

UCAT results are considered alongside academic ability during selection for interviews.

The SJT is not included but may be used in offer-making when there are candidates with similar scores.

The University of Aberdeen does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2370

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2370

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2760

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2660

Anglia Ruskin University

Applicants are ranked based on UCAT score and other factors which are considered during selection for interviews.

Applicants with an SJT Band 4 score will be automatically rejected.

Anglia Ruskin University does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2370 (UK Only)

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2410 (UK Only)

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2620

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2607

Aston University

UCAT results will be considered alongside other parts of your application, including your academics and personal statement.

Aston University does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2410

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2170

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holder (2021)

2600

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holder (2020)

2443

Brunel University London

Brunel University London is opening its Medical Course for its first year in 2023, exclusively for international applicants. Applications are assessed by predetermined criteria and personal statements, followed by ranking UCAT scores. 

Band 4 SJT results are automatically rejected.

Brunel University London does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

University of Dundee

Weighting is split between GCSEs/A-Levels and UCAT with the latter making up 40% – a low score can be supported with good grades and vice versa.

The University of Dundee does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2140

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2230

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2662

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2468

Edge Hill University

UCAT score is the only factor considered in the selection for interviews for applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements.

Applicants scoring SJT band 4 are automatically rejected.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2021)

2500

University of Edinburgh

Applicants are ranked based on an overall score they receive that is calculated using academic ability and UCAT (including SJT) score. Those with the highest scores are invited to interview.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2023)

2470

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2030

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2700

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2780

University of Exeter

UCAT is considered secondary to academic ability during selection for interviews and in borderline cases in the post-interview selection process. Applicants will typically be split into different tiers depending on various aspects of the application, which will have different entry requirements. 

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2021)

2830 (International Tier 3)

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

1820

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

1830

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2710 (UK Only)

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2604

Hull and York Medical School

UCAT score is given a 40% weighting in selection for interview and SJT band is considered in final offer decisions alongside interview performance.

Applicants with an SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

Hull and York Medical School does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2570

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2550

Kent and Medway Medical School

A UCAT threshold (corresponding to the 40th centile) is applied to applicants that meet the minimum academic requirements.

Applicants with an SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2022 – 2500

2021 –2420

2020 – 2470

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2570

University of Liverpool

Applicants that meet minimum academic requirements are ranked based on UCAT score. Those with the highest scores are invited to interview. 

Applicants with an SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2022)

2400

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2010

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2060

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2646

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2619

Plymouth University

UCAT score is used alongside academic ability to select applicants for interview. A UCAT threshold is applied to applicants as part of the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Previous UCAT Cut-Off Scores

2021 – 2400

2020 – 2390

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2390

Lowest UCAT Score Offer-Holder (2020)

2390

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2579

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2561

University of St.Andrews

Applicants that meet all the entry requirements are ranked by UCAT score and the top-scoring applicants are invited to interview. UCAT score is also used in borderline cases during final offer decisions.

UCAT Cut-Off Score (2022-2020)

2400

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2640

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2580

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2460

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2790

University of Sunderland

UCAT score is taken into consideration along with the academic ability and the “Roles and Responsibilities” form during selection for interviews.

Applicants below the 8th Decile and with SJT band 4 score are automatically rejected.

The University of Sunderland does not operate a specific UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2280

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

2320

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2300

Average UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

2540

As we can see, the requirements for each university can be pretty varied in this tier. The general theme here is that you’re going to need to be scoring around 2300 – 2600 to get an interview at any of these universities, provided you have a strong application to back it up. 

There are exceptions to this, as we can see some universities have invited applicants to interview who scored in the 2100s and even 2000s. However, scores like these are only going to be acceptable if the rest of your applications is extremely strong. 

One thing to note is that there is a fairly balanced mix of universities with and without cut-off scores. Of course, applicants with a score on the lower end of average will likely want to consider universities with no minimum requirement, as your application will typically rely less on your score. You’ll also need to consider your score in the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) included in the UCAT, as a fair amount of medical schools will reject any applicants who fall within Band 4.

There is one oddball on this list, The University of Exeter. You can see that the minimum scores accepted are wildly different from the average and cut-off scores presented. This is due to their tier system, which ranks international applicants and creates different entry requirements. High-tier applicants will have a high UCAT threshold to meet, while lower-tier students will not, hence why we see results in the 1800s compared to a cut-off of 2800. For UK applicants, the UCAT requirements are not as strict, so an average score will be perfectly fine for an application there. 

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Where Can You Apply with a Low UCAT Score?

Lastly, let’s take a look at the UCAT Universities that have lower average scores from applicants. These medical schools may be easier for some applicants to get into, but that isn’t a reflection of the quality of their teaching or facilities.  

Bart's Medical School

UCAT and UCAS Tariff scores are considered in a 50/50 weighting for selection for interview.

Applicants with a UCAT score below the third decile are not considered for an interview.

Bart’s Medical School does not operate a specific UCAT Cut-Off Score. Applicants must score within the 3rd Decile or higher.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2022)

2360 (UK Only)

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2146

Cardiff University

No emphasis is placed on the UCAT as part of their selection process – therefore there is no minimum threshold.

Cardiff University does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

1840

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

1860

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2589

University of East Anglia

The subsection scores may be used to rank applicants for selection for interview. Total UCAT (including SJT) score is used alongside interview performance during final offer decisions.

The University of East Anglia does not operate a UCAT Cut-Off Score.

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2021)

1970

Lowest UCAT Score Interviewed (2020)

1980

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2021)

2529

Average UCAT Score Offer-Holders (2020)

2664

Queen's University Belfast

Applicants are ranked based on the score they receive from the university taking into account academic ability and UCAT overall score. 6 out of 42 possible points are allocated to the UCAT.

SJT score may be used in borderline cases during final offer decisions.

Interview Cut-Off Score (2020)

30 Points

1 Point Score

1900 - 2099

3 Point Score

2300 - 2499

6 Point Score

2900 +

As you can see, there’s not a massive selection here, which makes sense. The purpose of the UCAT is to define the skills of each applicant and help admissions teams find strong applicants for interviews. Considering how competitive medicine is at university, lower scores are unfortunately going to hinder your application. 

With that being said, we can still see here that there are a few medical schools that will accept lower UCAT scores, either because they don’t place much emphasis on the UCAT or because they have generally lower entry requirements.

Cardiff University and Queen’s University Belfast fall into the former. Cardiff is very open in their use of the UCAT (or lack thereof), stating that no emphasis is placed on the results in their decision-making process. Instead, they will typically look to your personal statement and academics. Queen’s University Belfast do consider the UCAT but will only earn you up to 6 points out of 42 within their scoring process. In comparison, your GCSE results will net you up to 36 points! Therefore, this will be a great place to apply if you have strong GCSE grades.  

On the other hand, The University of East Anglia actually holds fairly respectable average scores amongst offer-holders. However, their lack of a cut-off score and willingness to interview applicants with scores in the 1900s make this a great place to apply if your UCAT scores aren’t the best. 

If any of these universities are where you’re hoping to study, then that’s great! You should always try to perform as well as possible in the UCAT, but your application to your dream curse won’t be ruined if you didn’t get a high UCAT score. However, if you’re UCAT score is lower, you don’t need to feel like you have to go to any of these medical schools if they don’t seem right for you. There is another option.

The biggest piece of advice we can give to anyone who isn’t happy with their UCAT score is to ensure you sit the BMAT. Some of the top medical schools in the country use the BMAT as an admissions test, and you’ll have until October 18th 2022 to prepare for it. You’ll just need to ensure you’ve selected a couple of BMAT universities as choices in your UCAS application.  

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Conclusion

So, that covers all the major universities in the UK that require the UCAT for their medicine courses. The good thing about the UCAT is that it can be taken incredibly early in the admissions cycle, with testing starting in early July most years. This is long before you will need to even think about finalising your university choices, so you will be able to adjust your options according to the score you receive. 

In most cases, the UCAT isn’t the be-all end-all of your application, but it’s important to take it seriously, as a low score could prevent you from getting into your top choice of medical school. A high score gives you the most amount of options for where to study and will give you a better chance of earning an interview. 

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