Cardiff University


Cardiff Medical School is one of the largest the UK with over 1000 undergraduate students. Cardiff is the only medical school in Wales available for school-leaver applicants (with the only other Welsh school, Swansea, being exclusively for graduate applicants). You’ll experience and benefit a wide range of placement locations, from cities to rural areas of Welsh countryside. A case-based approach to learning in the initial years buts all of the theory of medical sciences into a clinical context, easing the transition between pre-clinical and clinical years of study.

Cardiff place a heavy emphasis on GCSE grades when selecting candidates to invite to interview, therefore it’s an ideal choice for students who scored well in Year 11 and have a strong academic profile.

Key Points

  • Case Based Learning
  • Wales
  • Optional Intercalation
  • UCAT

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number029 2068 8113
Course Information
Teaching styleCBL
Cardiff utilises a Case-Based Learning approach. This puts all of the basic medical sciences into a clinical context during your initial pre-clinical years. Clinical placements begin in Year 3 and cover a diverse range of areas from rural cottage hospitals to large teaching hospitals in Cardiff city.
Course length5 years
BSCYes, optional
Intercalation is optional between Year 3 and 4 at BSc level.
Courses offered4 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry Medicine - 5 years
A104 Medicine with a Preliminary Year - 6 years
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine- 4 years
A102 Medicine (North Wales) - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaCardiff
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, known for being quieter and friendlier than its English counterpart. The city itself is vibrant with all the benefits of a big city, with plenty of sports, museums, restaurants and coffee shops. Cardiff is also a great city if you love nature with beautiful natural landscapes a short trip outside of the city. The university is located in the heart of the city so you're never far from the action!
Social lifeCardiff is an amazing place to be a student! The city is home to multiple universities and this has shaped the city with plenty of student events always going on. Cardiff is known for its nightlife but there is also plenty to do if partying isn't your thing. The university has a huge selection of societies and the MedSoc is known for organising plenty of year-round events.
Interview styleMMI
9 stations, each lasting 9 minutes
Interview datesDec-Jan
Interview topics
  • Motivation and realistic view of a career in medicine
  • Social awareness and empathy
  • Balancing an argument
  • Ability to contribute to the student community
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    The UCAT is just one of the elements used to select candidates for interview. This means there is no cut-off score. The average score of a successful applicant in 2020 was 2589. The average score of interviewed applicants was 2620.
    GAMSATRequired for graduate applicants
    There is no minimum threshold core for the GAMSAT as other elements of the application are considered for interview shortlisting.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs scored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirements: eight GCSEs at grade B/6 including Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English or Welsh Language
    Scoring system: 9 subjects are scored which must include Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths. 3 points are awarded for grade 9/8/A*, 2 points for grade 7/A and 1 point for grade 6/B
    For 2020 entry a score of 23/27 was required for an interview.
    Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
    For students applying with achieved A-Levels, these are scored as part of the application process. 3 points are awarded for A* grade and 2 points are awarded for A grade.
    Retake policyStudents who have failed to achieve AAA at A-level at first attempt are not usually considered
    Scottish highersN/A
    Scottish advancedAAA
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
    IB36 points
    Subjects required: Higher Level Biology and Chemistry at grades 6
    Grade 7 in Standard Level Biology or Chemistry can be taken in place of Higher Level Biology or Chemistry if you also have grade 6 in HL Maths, Physics, or Statistics
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Any subject or discipline is accepted.
    A-Level requirements are BBB (or ABC), which must include Biology and Chemistry. Candidates with a PhD have lower A-Level requirements of BBC. Minimum GCSE requirements must also be met.
    Applications in 19/203120
    Interviews in 19/20767
    Offers in 19/20284
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 11


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