The University of Aberdeen has a long standing commitment to widening access to higher education. Medicine is a demanding subject and the application process is competitive. We understand that not every applicant has the same opportunities available to them when preparing for a medical application. Whilst academic grades can be a good indicator about if an applicant will make a good doctor, they don’t always reflect the barriers which certain groups face.
Aberdeen medical school is involved in a number of activities through Reach Scotland. Support is available to widening access school pupils including UCAT and Personal Statement workshops, application support, mock interviews. Visit the Reach Aberdeen website for more information.
Students who are considering a medical application can get in touch with our student lead outreach society (AMOS) for support with all stages of their application. AMOS run timely workshops on personal statements, UCAT, mock MMIs and are happy to provide you with general advice.
Widening Access - 2022 entry
For widening access applicants we will:
- Reduce the minimum requirement from S5 to AAAB - to include Chemistry, plus two from Biology/Human Biology, Physics or Maths. GCE A- Levels - AAB - to include Chemistry plus one from Biology/Physics/Maths
- SIMD20 and care experienced applicants will recieve a 10% uplift on their UCAT score.
- Scottish domcilied applicants are guaranteed an interview if they have achieved the minimum academic requirements meet our minimum requirements andthe UCAT score within the top 75% of scores of all applicants to Aberdeen.
We consider the following applicants as widening access:
- Home post code - SIMD20 (Quintile 1) postcode areas (Check your postcode here) or Polar 4, Quintile 1
- Care experienced e.g. looked after by the local authority in care or a care leaver
- Young carers e.g. provide unpaid care to a family member
- Registered for the Reach Program Scotland (Find out more and how to registert
In addition to widening access, we may also able to allocate discretionary points for very serious extenuating circumstances. Please see our Extenuating Circumstances Policy.
Support when you start your studies
For more information about the support that is available when you start your studies including finance support, please visit the university's widening access pages.