Pre-clinical medicine: What is the GCSE cut-off?
Your chances of being short-listed rest on a number of factors, although we do rely heavily on BMAT scores and GCSE performance (where available) during short-listing.
You should bear in mind that as we short-list the same number of applicants every year, and we use two variables (which carry the same weight), there is no actual cut-off. How well you need to do in BMAT will be entirely dependent on how well every other applicant does, and how well you have done in GCSEs (if you have taken them). A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa.
Most applicants hold a broad range of GCSEs in both sciences and arts subjects. You should have top results - that is, a good proportion of 9s/8s (or A*s) - for your application to be competitive. On average, our applicants hold around 80% of GCSEs passes at grades 8 or 9 (A*) and have 8.5 passes at grades 8 or 9 (A*) - although successful applicants may have a higher proportion than this.
See our recent admissions statistics for further information on the average GCSE profile.