Newcastle University


Newcastle University is in the Top 10 Universities in the UK from the Times Good University Guide 2020, making it a great choice for students wanting to study medicine. The programme aims to provide a stimulating and supportive 

Newcastle University have no A-level subject requirements, making it a good course to apply for if you haven’t taken Chemistry or Biology at A-level and have decided you wish to apply for medicine. Further to this, there is no use of A-level grades beyond checking applicants meet the minimum requirements, A* grades are of no advantage to applicants. Also Newcastle University do not use GCSE grades in any aspect of their application procedure, making Newcastle a great option for applicants that don’t have standard offers.

Key Points

  • Heavy UCAT Focus
  • Early Clinical Focus
  • Very Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)191 208 3333
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
The integrated course gives students early clinical exposure during their study of basic medical sciences is introduced.
Case-based Learning is the approach used to learning and teaching during the first couple of years. With later years focusing on clinical skills and clinical practice.
Course length4 - 5 years
A100 - MBBS standard entry - 5 years
A101 - MBBS graduate entry - 4 years
A broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and Master’s degrees are available as intercalated degree options.
Courses offered2 courses offered
A100 - MBBS standard entry - 5 years
A101 - MBBS graduate entry - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Accelerated MBBS programme - 4 years
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaNewcastle
Social life
Interview styleMMI for Home/EU applicants
Panel for International applicants
The MMI will assess applicants using interview questions as well as through a role play station.
International applicants having a panel interview will be assessed solely by interview questions.
Interview datesDecember - February
Interview invites are sent out via email to applicants, and take place typically between December and February.
Interview topicsThe following areas will be assessed in your interview at Newcastle:
  • Integrity (honesty and probity)
  • Communication
  • Empathy and Self-awareness
  • Motivation and commitment to be a doctor
  • Compatibility with MBBS programme
  • Teamwork (including Leadership)
  • Personal organisation
  • Persistence and resilience
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATA100 threshold scores:
    2019 - 2720
    2018 - 2580
    A101 threshold scores:
    2019 - 2920
    2018 - 2940
    Newcastle use a threshold/cut-off UCAT score to invite applicants to interview. These fluctuate year-on-year, based on the number of applicants, UCAT scores of applicants and number of places available.
    Do have a look at previous years threshold UCAT results to check you reach above the average threshold before applying.
    Please note that applicants with SJT scores of band 4 will not be considered.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s are not used
    Grades required: none
    A-levelAAA minimum
    Subjects required: None
    Grades required: AAA
    General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture, and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
    Retake policyYes
    Students are permitted to retake a subject once, provided there are circumstances that meant the student underperformed in the first sit.
    As this is a second sit of the qualification a higher level of performance is expected. Therefore, where an A grade was previously required, the subject that has been sat twice will be required at A* grade.
    Scottish highersAAAAA
    Subjects required: none
    Grades required: AAAAA
    Must be offered with Scottish Advanced Highers
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subjects required: none
    Grades required: AA
    Must be offered with Scottish Highers
    IB38 points
    Subjects required: none
    Grades required: minimum of grade 5 in all subjects.
    BDGA only2:1 Honours degree
    Subjects required: any discipline
    Grades required: 2:1 or above honours degree or Integrated Master’s degree
    Applications in 18/192523
    Total number of home applicants: 2523
    Interviews in 18/191017
    Total number of applicants interviewed: 1017
    Offers in 18/19663
    Total number of offers: 663
    Success rate in 18/19Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.8
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 1.5

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