University of Bristol Medical School MB ChB Gateway to Medicine


Bristol Medical School dates back to 1737, where training was given at Bristol Infirmary, and combines a traditional training with modern teaching. Benefit from early clinical exposure in not just the hospital setting, but the community and also primary care settings. You will also enjoy the use of new state-of-the-art anatomy facilities, and being able to take part in research projects. 

Note: Please note this is only open to UK applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria

Key points

  • Foundation year entry
  • Low A-levels
  • UCAT heavy

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)117 394 1649
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
With clinical exposure from first year, and more time spent on placement each year. There are 20 places available on the gateway to medicine 6 year course at Bristol, meaning you will be with a small group of students, while being integrated into the main cohorts of students across the first two years.
Course length6 years
A108 Gateway to Medicine entry - 6 years
Between years 4 and 5 of the 6 year course you have the opportunity to intercalate in a medical science or humanities subject
Courses offered2 courses offered
A100 - Undergraduate entry A108 - Gateway to Medicine entry
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
A108 - Gateway to Medicine - 6 year course
University Life
Local areaBristol
Clifton campus and external placements.
Social life
Interview styleMMI
7 stations, each taking 6 minutes, with 1 of those minutes used for reading instructions, and the other 5 for completing the task. Each station will have one for two interviewers.
Interview datesNovember to February
Interview offers are sent out on a rolling basis from early November onwards. Some interview dates are known as late as the end of March.
Interview topics
  • Details about the course at Bristol - Why Bristol?
  • Work experience and voluntary work
  • Communication skills - in role play scenario
  • Realistic interest in medicine
  • Relevant life skills
  • Calculations
  • Ethical dilemma
  • Teamwork/Leadership
Admissions Tests
UCATHigh scorers are given interviews based solely on UCAT score
UCAT scores, without the use of the SJT subset are used in conjunction with academic performance to invite applicants to interview.
There is no UCAT cut-off score, but minimum scores for interview vary year-on-year depending on the strength of the cohort.
Academic Requirements
GSCEMinimum entry requirement
Subjects required: Mathematics, English and two Science subjects (either individual sciences or dual/double award accepted). Grades required: C/4 minimum in requirement subjects
A-levelBBC is common
Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology
Grades required: BBC with a B in either Biology or Chemistry
Applicants who are predicted or achieve grades AAB or above, or with an A in Chemistry are not eligible to apply for this course.
Retake policyYes
Bristol will consider applicants resitting GCSEs and/or A-levels, with a maximum of one resit allowed in any one subject. Unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Scottish highersBBBBC
Non subject specific
Scottish advancedBB
Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology
Grades required: BB
Applicants achieving or predicted grades of AA or with an A grade in Chemistry are not eligible for this course.
IB29 points
Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology
Grades required: 29 points including 5 in Higher level Biology or Chemistry.
Applicants who achieve or are predicted 33 points overall or higher including 16 at higher level, or with 6 at Higher level in chemistry are not eligible for this course.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)
Applications in 19/20292
Total number of home applicants: 292
Interviews in 19/2041
Total number of applicants interviewed: 41
Offers in 19/2033
Total number of offers: 33
Success rate in 19/20 Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 8.8
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.2


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AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

9 February 2021

Is the 20 places a continuous thing or is it variable to change?