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Entry requirements

Find out more information about our entry requirements, including our equivalent entry requirements and GCSE prerequisites, by selecting a qualification from the list below.

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BSMS requires all UK/EU applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview.

We feel that BMAT is a fair and transparent method for selecting for interview. We value that it is not only a test of aptitude, but also of knowledge. BSMS believes that it is important that applicants are able to demonstrate that they are able to 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.  BSMS scores the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 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. For 2015 entry applicants who scored 15.1 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).

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.

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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.


We require all applicants to have obtained grade B or above in Maths and English Language or English Literature.

A Levels

Most standard offers for entry to us are conditional on gaining three A grades at A level (to include Biology and Chemistry). We do not specify the nature of the third A-level subject and the vast majority of our applicants will choose to study Maths or Physics, however we strongly encourage applications from students who study humanities or the arts as we recognise their value in broadening academic horizons. It should be noted that general studies is not acceptable at any level.

We reserve the right to make alternative offers where appropriate.

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.

Scottish Highers

You will normally be required to have three Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry grades A plus a Higher Level subject at grade B or above, or two Advanced Highers in Biology and Chemistry at grades A plus 2 Higher Level subjects at grades A.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome applicants applying to us with the Welsh Baccalaureate. Normally you will be required to achieve an A grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma as well as 2 A grades at A-level to include both Biology and Chemistry. Applicants will also be required to have an additional AS level at grade B to exclude General Studies.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Normally you will need to pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with grades AAAAAA at Higher Level. Both Biology and Chemistry must be passed at A1 level at Higher Level.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

We very much welcome applications from students who have taken, or are taking, the International Baccalaureate Diploma. You will normally need to pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 36 points overall to include both Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. A grade 6 must be achieved in both.

Advanced Diploma

In our opinion, none of the new Advanced Diplomas introduced in 2008 have sufficiently strong Biology and Chemistry content to meet our general admissions requirement.

Other equivalent qualifications

A wide range of other academic qualifications equivalent to A levels, Advanced Highers and the International Baccalaureate are also welcome. If you are intending to offer such qualifications, please check on the BSMS admissions webpage for advice on their eligibility and the grades expected. If you have any further queries, contact our admissions team.

Graduate entry

You should hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second class science degree and be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of biology and chemistry equivalent to A-level. This may be achieved through having studied these subjects to A-level or through relevant degree modules. Graduate entrants are assessed on their recent achievement and do not have to satisfy our normal entry requirements however our GCSE English and maths requirements must still be met. 

You should however note that the integrated nature of our degree in medicine does not normally allow advanced entry to a different year of the programme. As part of your academic assessment you will be asked to supply a transcript of your degree.

If you hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second class honours degree but do not have the necessary knowledge of biology and chemistry, you should consider entry via the Access to Medicine route - see prospectus for more details.

Access to Medicine

The Universities of Brighton and Sussex share a commitment to, and a strong record of achievement in, the education of mature students. We seek to extend this commitment to mature entry to medicine.

Access to Medicine courses are an effective way for mature entrants who have not previously studied biology and chemistry at A level or at degree level to gain a qualification acceptable for entry into medical school. A pass at distinction level is normally required. In addition, we require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Maths, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade B. Access to Medicine courses are not a substitute for previous poor performance in the relevant areas of science that are needed to study medicine. As such BSMS will not consider applications from any Access to Medicine students already holding qualifications in the relevant sciences graded below our standard entry requirements.

We advise those considering the Access to Medicine entry route to investigate carefully the success record of the courses to which they apply. Successful courses are likely to have selective entry policies, to require intensive full-time commitment to study and to have a differentiated outcome (e.g. a pass with distinction or a percentage mark).

A Sussex-based Access to Medicine course is offered at Sussex Downs College, Lewes, developed in partnership with us. This course offers a guaranteed interview with BSMS. The curriculum includes Biology to A-level standard, Chemistry to above AS-level standard and a range of subsidiary subjects including Health Psychology, Medical Ethics, Mathematics, Physics, IT and Study Skills. The course runs from September to June each year and applications should be made no later than the May/June of the year prior to the year of intended entry to medical school. For details contact Sussex Downs College on 01273 402222.

There are also well-established Access to Medicine courses offered by College of West Anglia, King's Lynn, and City and Islington College. Access to Medicine courses are aimed at mature students who do not have the relevant science knowledge. They are not suitable for applicants who have just finished their school qualifications.


Details of the Access courses that BSMS recognises:

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Medical Schools Council's Access to Medicine guidelines:

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Pre Medical courses

Pre Medical courses are aimed at any applicant who did not manage to secure a place at medical school the first time around, did not meet the entry requirements, as well as international students who do not meet our initial entry criteria.

A place on a Pre Med course does not guarantee a place at medical school programme but may help with ensuring applicants meet the relevant academic requirements.

Applicants entering onto a pre medical course will be required to obtain a distinction overall as well as distinctions in each module. All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Details about BSMS recognised Pre Med courses:

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International students

Applicants who are not ordinarily resident in the UK or EU are considered to be international. Applicants are advised to get in touch with the admissions team directly to see whether they are academically eligible before they apply. All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GSCE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS.

BSMS may consider applications from international students that are submitted after UCAS deadline, please enquire before submitting a late application (

International applicants are not required to sit The BioMedical Admissions Test (or any other admissions test). Applications will be invited for interview based upon academic profile and the contents of the UCAS personal statement. The personal statement should not merely list activities and attributes but be able to clearly demonstrate why the information you choose to give enhances your application.

International applicants will be interviewed by a panel (not MMI); interviews will take place at BSMS or via video-link. Interviewers will have access to the applicant’s personal statement and may use the content as a source for questions. BSMS will aim to hold international interviews in December and February, but may interview at other times.

If offered a place to study at BSMS, international students are required to pay a £2,500 tuition fee deposit when they accept their offer.

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FAQs: Entry requirements

If you require further information about our entry requirements, please see our FAQ page.

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