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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.

You would be expected to hold a broad range of GCSEs, in both sciences and arts subjects. You should have top results - that is mostly A*s and As - for your application to be competitive. On average, our applicants hold around 80% of GCSEs grades at A* and have 8.5 A* grades - although successful applicants may have a lower or higher proportion of A* and number of A*s than this.

See our recent admissions statistics for further information on the average GCSE profile.