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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health


Qualification Requirements
A-level applicants

AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A or AS level, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A (or Dual Award Science grade A).

Once the academic criteria have been met, academic achievement is not considered further in subsequent parts of the application process. e.g additional A levels or A* results or additional GCSE results are not considered.

We would normally expect all applicants to have achieved their A Levels on their first attempt. Those who wish resits to be considered must provide information on the extenuating circumstances they wish to be considered. Supporting evidence must be provided from your school or GP.

Scottish Highers

For applicants offering Scottish Highers, the requirement is AAAAA at Higher Grade including Chemistry and/or Biology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, the requirement is A1A1A1AAA at Higher Level, including Chemistry and Biology. Physics and English Language required at Ordinary Level, if not offered at Higher Level.

Cambridge Pre-U

For applicants offering the Cambridge Pre-University certificate, the requirement is D3,D3,D3. Subjects should include Chemistry and/or Biology as principal subjects. If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered as a principal subject, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A (or Dual Award Science grade A).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Applicants must pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and take the Option to sit 2 additional A levels to grade 'A'. Desirable A levels subjects include: Chemistry, Biology, Maths or Physics

International Baccalaureate

For applicants offering International Baccalaureate qualifications we require a minimum of 38 points including grade 5 in all subjects with Higher Level grade 6 in Chemistry or Biology. Combinations including two Sciences, Mathematics and English are desirable.

European Baccalaureate Chemistry and one further science subject, with an overall pass at 90%
French Baccalaureate A minimum score of 15 is required
Graduates A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline. NB:we do not consider applicants offering 2(ii) for this course even if they possess a Masters degree or PhD
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Access to Medicine

For applicants offering Access to HE courses, modules in Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Quantitative Methods are essential (at Distinction grade for HEFC). For applicants offering Access to Medicine courses, Distinctions in all units/modules are required. Acceptable courses are those offered by Sussex Downs College, Norwich College, West Anglia, MANCAT and Durham University.

BTEC Higher National Diploma

BTEC Higher National Diploma (NQF Level 5) in a science-related subject with Distinction grades in all subjects

Open University Qualifications

Compulsory subjects are:

  • S104 Exploring Science (60pts)
  • SK277 Human Biology level 2 (30pts)
  • PLUS Another 30 pts course would need to be sat to bring up the points to 120

for example : K260 - Death and dying (30 credits - Level 2) or SD226 -Biological psychology: exploring the brain (30 credits - Level 2)

English Language Requirements

For this degree you will need a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 For equivalents please see the Newcastle website