University of Bristol

Bristol Medical School dates back to 1737, where training was given to those working at Bristol Infirmary. Today, the course combines a traditional setting with the benefits of modern teaching techniques. You’ll experience early clinical exposure with a blended learning style including case-based learning, lectures and the use of cadaveric anatomy prosections. A unique advantage of the Bristol course is that medical students share some teaching with other healthcare students such as student nurses and pharmacists, mimicking the interdisciplinary nature of medicine that occurs on hospital wards.

Bristol uses the UCAT to select which candidates for interview. This makes it a sensible choice for applicants with strong aptitude test scores. As Bristol don’t look at GCSE scores it is also a great option for students with weaker pre-sixth form academics providing the minimum requirements are met.

Key Points

  • UCAT
  • Optional Intercalation
  • Integrated Course

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number 0117 3941649
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
The first two years are designed to help you get to grips with the basic medical sciences. This is taught through a combination of case-based learning, traditional lectures and anatomy demonstrations. From Year 3 onwards you'll spend the majority of your time on clinical placements including hospital and primary care settings.
Course length5 years
BSCYes, optional
There is an opportunity to study an additional BSc or MSc between years 3 and 4
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard Entry - 5 years
A108 Gateway to Medicine - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaBristol
Bristol is a city university with practically everything you need right on your doorstep. Bristol harbourside is a very popular spot on a sunny afternoon with plenty of bars and cafes making it ideal for picnics - you might even spot a floating nightclub! The main campus is spread across the city, with the medical school centrally located near the Clifton Down area.
Social lifeBristol is a vibrant city with a large student population, meaning there is plenty of events and some pretty great nightlife out there. There are halls of residence located both in the city centre and slightly further out. This means you'll be spoilt for choice in terms of first year accommodation!
The medical society at Bristol is called Galenicals with various other societies ranging from medical specialties like NeuroSoc and medic sports teams.
Interview styleMMI
7 stations of 6 minutes each
Interview datesNov-Feb
Interview topics
  • Knowledge of the course
  • Work experience and voluntary work
  • Communication skills
  • Realistic interest in medicine
  • Relevant life skills
  • Calculations
  • Ethical dilemma
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    UCAT scores are used to decide which applicants to invite to interview. The situational judgement subtest is not used as part of the process. For 2019 entry, applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements and scoring above 2730 were invited to interview. This score was 2690 for 2020 entry.
    It's important to remember that these scores will change year-on-year based on each particular cohort's statistics.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used for shortlisting past minimum requirements
    Grades required: 7/A in Maths and 4/C in English Language
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths
    Retake policyYes - Bristol will consider applicants resitting GCSEs and/or A-levels, with a maximum of one resit allowed in any one subject
    Scottish highersAAAAB
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths
    IB36 points
    6, 6 at HL Chemistry and one other required subject Subjects Required: Higher Level Chemistry and one of either Biology, Physics, or Maths
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Any discipline accepted
    A-Level Requirements: ABB a including A in Chemistry and B in either Biology, Physics or Maths
    Applications in 19/203696
    Interviews in 19/201027
    Offers in 19/20711
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 5


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    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    25 May 2021

    The main campus is spread across the city, with the medical school centrally located near the Clifton Down area. – I am curious to know where the school actually s?