SQA Qualifications
  • Five Highers are the normal SQA entry requirements for Medicine that allow an application to be considered (normally the minimum considered is AAAAB).  
  • For Widening Access applicants the minimum academic requirement is four Highers at AAAB. For more details go to https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergraduate/medicine/widening-participation.php
  • Any queries regarding the suitability of qualifications offered should be made directly to the Medical Admissions Office prior to submission of the UCAS form.
  • Additional documentation that is sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office in support of an application can only be considered if it is received by the UCAS deadline of 15 October.

Typical (SQA) Offer

  • Should our S5 minimum requirements of AAAAB in appropriate subjects be achieved then a typical offer would be Conditional with achievable S6 conditions being set. 
  • If our S5 requirements are not met, a typical offer will be Conditional upon achieving a minimum of the grades below in three appropriate subjects in S6.
  • National 5 qualifications;  
    • English and Maths are required (Grade B minimum); 
    • Biology and Physics are recommended but not compulsory (Grade B minimum).
    • A combination of Grade A & B passes at Standard Grade / National 5 is expected, especially in science subjects.
  • Higher qualifications 
    • Chemistry (Grade B minimum);
    • Two subjects are required from Biology/Human Biology, Maths, Physics.
    • Two further Highers in most other subjects – applicants should check with the Medical Admissions office if clarification required.
    • These may be taken across the Senior Phase – S4 to S6
    • There is no requirement, and therefore no advantage given, to obtaining the three sciences required in one sitting. Maths is regarded as a science.

Year 5 studies 

  • Normally AAAAB from five full academic courses to be taken at one sitting; from Highers and Advanced Highers. We require five programmes of study, to demonstrate breadth and volume, in order to cope with the academic demands and rigour of Medical School.

Year 6 studies

  • The Admissions Committee will not normally consider applications to Medical School directly from Year 5.

Candidates who have achieved the Entrance Requirements, i.e. five full academic courses @ AAAAB or better in S5, may choose to continue their studies in S6 and are free to choose a programme of study which is of particular interest to them, noting: that we expect candidates to engage fully with a S6 programme of study.  Higher Biology will prove useful.

Please note that any offer of a place made to an applicant undertaking S6 studies will be a Conditional offer. Each application is considered individually when setting these conditions, but a typical condition is BBB.

Failure to achieve Highers of AAAAB at first attempt in S5

If AAABB or AAAAC are achieved at first attempt in S5, further studies in S6 can be considered providing applicants are estimated to achieve one of the following programmes of study:

  • One new Higher @ A plus two Advanced Highers @ minimum BB or
  • Two new Highers @ AA plus one new Advanced Higher @ minimum B or
  • Three Advanced Highers @ ABB (Chemistry required plus one science) or
  • Three A-Levels @ AAB (Chemistry required plus one science).

Note: The majority of successful applicants have achieved AAAAB or better at first sitting, normally in S5.

Only sitting 4 Highers

AAAA in four Highers taken at first sitting may be considered:

  • Due to school policy or because of very exceptional personal difficulties.
  • Supporting documentation must be supplied and sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office when application is submitted.

Further S6 studies must include:

  • One (specified) Higher @ A plus two Advanced Highers @  minimum BB or
  • One (specified) Higher plus one new Higher @ AA plus one new  Advanced Higher @ minimum B.

It is very unlikely that candidates who have attempted only three Highers at first sitting will be considered.

First sitting of Highers in S6

First sitting of Highers in S6 may be considered if this is the result of very exceptional personal difficulties, such as ill health.  Supporting documentation must be supplied and sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office when the application is submitted.

Only offering five S5 Highers without S6 studies

Only under very exceptional circumstances can applications from candidates be considered who only offer five S5 Scottish Highers without additional S6 studies.  Supporting documentation must be supplied and sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office when the application is submitted.

  • AAAAA in five Highers taken at one sitting.
  • Chemistry is required plus two of Maths, Biology & Physics, plus two other Highers.
GCE A-Levels
  • Additional documentation that is sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office in support of an application can only be considered if it is received by the UCAS deadline of 15 October
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects can be offered in combination with A-level subjects to meet our academic requirements. Please contact Medical Admissions for Pre-U grade requirements.

Typical (GCE) Offer

  • A typical offer will be Conditional upon achieving AAA at one sitting in three appropriate subjects at first attempt at A2.

A-levels

GCE (A-Levels)

To be considered: Achieve / be predicted to achieve AAA in three A-Levels taken together at first sitting over a maximum of two years of study.

  • Chemistry is required
  • One subject from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics is required
  • One further A-Level in most other subjects. Check with Medical Admissions Office if in doubt about suitability of a subject
  • Combinations of Chemistry, Biology plus a Non-Science subject are as acceptable as all-science combinations
  • General Studies and Global Perspectives and Research are not acceptable
Please Note:  Academic score is awarded on the basis of predicted/achieved A2 grades.
Failure to achieve A-Levels of AAA at first sitting

If candidates fail to achieve the entrance requirements at the first attempt due to very exceptional personal difficulties, supporting documentation must be supplied and sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office to verify extenuating circumstances leading to this underachievement, when the UCAS application is submitted.

GCE (AS Levels)

AS Level attainments currently do not form part of our academic requirements, as it is on A-Level achievement that any offer is made.

  • AS module re-sits are permitted providing the final three A-Levels are undertaken simultaneously over two years of study
GCSEs

Grade 5 passes in English and Maths are required.

  • Biology is recommended; Physics is recommended (or Dual Award Science)

A combination of Grade 6-9 passes at GCSE is expected, especially in science subjects.

International Baccalaureate
  • Additional documentation that is sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office in support of an application can only be considered if it is received by the UCAS deadline of 15 October.

Typical IB Offer 

  • 36 points overall (including core), with 3 appropriate subjects at HL each to achieve grade 6 and 3 appropriate subjects at SL (see below) with an average of 6.

International Baccalaureate

To be considered: Achieve /be predicted to achieve 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL) at Grade 6 or better:

  • Chemistry is required
  • One of Maths, Biology or Physics is required
  • One other subject

plus 3 other subjects at an average of Grade 6:

  • IB must offer Chemistry plus a total of two sciences out of Maths, Biology or Physics.  Maths studies cannot be considered as one of the two sciences.

Note: At least 36 points to be achieved overall (including core).