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Entry requirements for Medicine with a Gateway Year

Find out about our entry requirements and widening participation eligibility criteria which applicants need to meet to be considered for admission onto our Medicine with a Gateway Year programme.

Entry requirements - 2024 entry

Minimum age

  • Be aged 17 or over on the 1 October in the year you enrol on to the programme

Fee status

  • Be classified as having UK (home) status according to UKCISA guidance and be domiciled in the UK
  • Applications for this programme from outside the UK are not accepted

Contextual data


  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in the grade range 9/A* - C/4 by the time of application
  • Achieved, or be working towards, grade 4/C or better in GCSE English Language. If you have an alternative qualification or if English is not your first language you must meet an English Language qualification equivalent
  • Achieved, or be working towards, grade 4/c or better in GCSE Maths (or equivalent)
  • GCSE resits to achieve the entry requirement are accepted
  • Applicants whose education system does not include an equivalent to GCSEs will be scored for interview selection according to an upscaled UCAT

A levels

  • Achieved or be working towards three A levels: BBC including B in Biology and Chemistry, or an equivalent qualification
  • We accept the third A level in any subject (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship and Applied Science)
  • A levels must be studied and awarded concurrently
  • Applications from applicants predicted to achieve AAB or above are not accepted
  • Applicants who are resitting will be expected to meet the balance of BBC in their resits

UCAT (admissions test)

  • Sit the UCAT in the same year as applying to us
  • Achieve an SJT Band score of 1, 2, or 3
  • UCAT offer a bursary to cover the test fee for UK students who meet their eligibility criteria for the bursary. You can apply for this even if you have already paid for your test
  • We strongly recommend you apply for the bursary (if you are eligible) as we will take this into consideration when we review your application to us as part of the eligibility criteria for the Medicine with a Gateway Year programme

Previous study

  • Be applying with no more than five academic years between completing compulsory pre-16 education and the start of the Medicine with a Gateway Year programme
  • Not have previously enrolled on another foundation or degree programme
  • Must not currently be studying at an Independent School, or have previously studied at an Independent School

Contextual data eligibility – 2024 entry

Applicants are eligible for this programme if:

  • They meet one of the following criteria:
    • Are a care leaver or care experienced*
    • Hold refugee status


  • They fulfil two of the following contextual data criteria:
    • Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (your POLAR4 Young Participation quintile should be 1 or 2 to qualify). You can check your postcode on the Office for Students website
    • Your parents do not have a higher education qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree
    • You applied for and received the UCAT Bursary


  • They have certified completion of one of the following widening participation programmes within two years of application (applicants who are resitting Year 13 or who are applying from a single gap year are eligible under this criteria):
    • Hull York Medical School Pathways to Medicine programme
    • Realising Opportunities programme
    • University of York Black Access programme
    • University of York Next Step York programme
    • University of York Yorway programme


  • Have certified completion of one of the following widening participation programmes in the year of application (applicants who are resitting Year 13 or who are applying from a single gap year are not eligible under this criteria):
    • Hull York Medical School Year 12 Summer School/Residential
    • York Experience Summer School


*The term 'care leaver' means that you are care experienced and that you will have been in the care of your local authority for at least 13 weeks at any time since the age of 14 (the 13 weeks does not need to have been all one go). This care will have finished on, or after, your 16th birthday.

The term 'care experienced' refers to anyone who has been, or is currently, in care. This care may have been provided in many different settings, including living with foster carers; living in a residential children's home; being looked after at home under a supervision order; living with friends or relatives in kinship care.

If you are unsure whether you have care leaver status, you can check with your leaving care team, personal adviser or see the Coram Voice website for more support.

Regional prioritisation

Although applications from UK students are accepted, priority will be given to applicants from within the Hull York Medical School region who receive priority at all stages of the application process.

Applicants are considered to be within the Hull York Medical School region if their permanent address as stated on their UCAS application is in one of the following Local Education Authorities:

  • City of York
  • Darlington
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hartlepool
  • Hull
  • Middlesbrough
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Redcar & Cleveland
  • Stockton-On-Tees

Applicants will be requested to complete a form to confirm eligibility for entry under one of the contextual data eligibility criteria shortly after the UCAS application deadline of 15 October. Applicants who do not complete the form by the specified deadline will not be considered eligible for entry to this programme.

Participation on the listed widening participation programmes will be verified with the programme providers.

Alternative entry requirements

A level and Welsh Baccalaureate

Applicants who are undertaking the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside their A levels can meet the standard offer requirement with either BBC in their A levels including B in both Biology and Chemistry or with BB in Biology and Chemistry plus C in the Welsh Baccalaureate.

International Baccalaureate

Our standard offer is 29 points in the International Baccalaureate with 14 in three Higher Level subjects, including 5 in both Biology and Chemistry.

Applicants who have not completed a GCSE equivalent qualification prior to their IB will also be required to obtain Grade 4 at either Standard or Higher Level in both Maths and English Language A or English Language-Literature A.

Applicants undertaking English Language B (English as a Second Language) will be required to undertake an alternative English Language qualification.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Our standard offer is BCC at Advanced Higher Level, to include both Biology and Chemistry, plus BBBCC achieved at Higher Level.

Where only two subjects have been studied at Advanced Higher Level we will also accept CC in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level, plus BBBBC achieved at Higher level.

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Our standard offer is Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science).

Acceptable English Language Qualifications
  • GCSE or iGCSE English Language Grade C/4 or above, provided this has been studied as a first language
  • AS level English Language Grade C or above, or A-level English Language or Literature Grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate score of 4 (SL or HL) in English Language A or English Lang-Lit A
  • IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in every component, obtained within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total score of 73 with a minimum of 65 in every component obtained in the last two years
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Assessment of English): Score of 195 with a minimum of 190 in every component obtained in the last two years
  • TOEFL: Total score of 105 with minimum 24 in writing, 26 in speaking and 22 in both listening and reading, obtained in the last two years

We are unable to accept English Language qualifications where English has been studied as a second language.

At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability, regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English Language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.