BSMS requires all applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview.
You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. We feel that BMAT is a fair and transparent method for selecting for interview, and value that it is not only a test of aptitude, but also of knowledge. It is important that applicants are able to demonstrate that they can construct a clear argument and present it using a good level of written English; this can be evidenced in Section 3.
We believe that the BMAT allows applicants to put themselves in the spotlight; if you have the ability and talent to succeed in medicine, then the BMAT gives you the perfect opportunity to show us, regardless of your background.
We score the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 marks for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3). We then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill our interview places.
Please note that we will not consider applicants, without contextual data, whose BMAT scores does not fulfil ALL of the following criteria:
- Section one: a score of at least 3 or higher
- Section two: a score of at least 3 or higher
- Section three: a score of at least 2.5 C or higher
For 2020 entry, applicants who scored 14.7 or higher were invited to interview. Widening participation applicants identified as having contextual data were ranked separately, and this year all were invited to interview. The cut-off score for interview varies each year, since BSMS started to use BMAT to select for interview the cut off scores have been:
- 2019 entry: BMAT cut-off 16.1 or above. International applicants BMAT cut-off 15.8 or above.
- 2018 entry: BMAT cut-off 16.4 or above
- 2017 entry: BMAT cut-off 17.3 or above
- 2016 entry: BMAT cut-off 16.1 or above
- 2015 entry: BMAT cut-off 15.1 or above
To help you prepare for the test, BMAT have produced a number of very useful resources including guides to the content of the course and past test papers.
Find out more about BMAT resources >
You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the BMAT website for key dates and additional information. The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and will form part of the process to select applicants for interview. BMAT may also be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview.
If you feel that your performance on the day of the test was effected by extenuating circumstances you must apply to BMAT for Special Consideration.
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BSMS will not consider any requests for Special Consideration that have not followed the procedures detailed on the BMAT website.
We require all applicants to have obtained grade B or above or grade 6 or above in Maths and English Language or English Literature.
For widening participation applicants we will accept Maths and English at GCSE grade 5 or C.
BSMS is committed to widening participation into medicine, as well as assessing your academic profile, we will also be looking for any contextual data that may enhance your application. If you are identified as having any two from the following key pieces of data, then you will be considered separately from the rest of our applicants. For these applicants, we will accept AAB at A-level (including Biology and Chemistry); and English and Mathematics at GCSE grade 5 or C.
- You live in a neighbourhood that has low participation into higher education or live in an area that falls within the lowest 20% of the Index of Mass Deprivation.*
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- You attended an 11–16 state school that performed below the national average according to Attainment 8.*
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- You (or a parent or guardian) are in receipt of a means-tested benefit.**
- You are (or have been) in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary.**
- You are (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13.**
- You are (or have been) eligible for Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)**
* This will be determined from the information you provide on your UCAS form
** All applicants will be invited (via email) to upload evidence of these criteria after we your UCAS application.
Applicants who are (or have been) looked after in local authority care for more than three months will automatically be invited for interview, subject to satisfying academic criteria.
Most standard offers for entry to BSMS are conditional on gaining three A grades at A-level (including Biology and Chemistry). For widening participation applicants we will accept AAB. We do not specify the nature of the third A-level subject and while many students are advised to study maths or physics by their schools or colleges, we strongly encourage applications from students who study humanities or the arts (including Psychology), as we recognise their value in broadening academic horizons.
It should be noted that General Studies is not acceptable at any level.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
We welcome candidates who have successfully completed an Extended Project, recognising the effort that they have expended and the valuable skills and knowledge that they will have gained. However the EPQ will not form part of any offers that we make.