Cardiff University

For further information, please see the Cardiff University website.

A100 5 Year MB BCh with appropriate Science background

A104 6 Year MB BCh without appropriate Science background

A101 4 Year MB BCh only available to those on one of our recognised Feeder Streams – For further information regarding the A101 please contact medadmissions@cf.ac.uk

Our Curriculum

Cardiff School of Medicine is long-established, well resourced and has an international reputation for teaching and research activities. We are one of the largest medical schools in the UK and as a Cardiff student you will have opportunities that aren’t available at all medical schools. We combine the strengths of a Russell Group medical school with the flexibility and cutting edge approach of the most modern institutions around the globe. In September 2013 a new curriculum was launched for the whole course. This had been developed through the C21 project, and the course integrates science and clinical medicine, with a strong emphasis on understanding how the latest advances in medical research are used to improve patient care. This means that your studies will embrace translational medicine – where clinical practice and research work hand-in-hand – ensuring that your skills and knowledge as a doctor of the future will be backed up by solid, up-to-date science.

Patient-centred, research-led

Our curriculum is patient-centred and research-led. So, we emphasise that patients are at the heart of medical education. From the start, your studies will focus on patients and their illnesses. You will study the medical science that addresses these illnesses, but you will also learn the human side of medicine: to understand and help the people who live with and suffer illness. And at the same time, we will make sure that what you learn is backed up by scientific evidence and research, including the latest cutting-edge medical research being undertaken here in Cardiff and across the world. We are committed to ensuring that you understand how scientific research informs medical practice, and providing you with the skills and opportunities that will allow you to make your own contribution to medical knowledge.

Core science & clinical practice

At Cardiff, your experience of clinical practice will begin in your first term. This means that throughout your studies you will have immediate experience of the practice of medicine alongside your scientific and professional training, ensuring that they are always connected. Our learning approach is system-based and integrated. This means that it places the body and its systems in real-life contexts, and the patient at the heart of your studies. At Cardiff we emphasise Integrated Case Based Learning (CBL), based on the best practice of leading medical schools worldwide but tailored for the needs of our students.

Preparing you for life as a new doctor

The transition from student to doctor is a significant one. Your final year at Cardiff will help prepare for this, through an innovative Harmonisation scheme designed to make it a smooth transition (and not a bumpy step). The scheme continues even after you graduate, into the first year of your career as a doctor. We have a flourishing Foundation Programme in Wales, which means that any Cardiff Graduate who wants to stay in Wales can be sure that there will be plenty of opportunity to do so. More information about the different streams can be found on the GAMSAT website under the Cardiff University page and also on the Cardiff University website. Please see below:

Further info: http://medicine.cf.ac.uk/medical-education/undergraduate/why-choose-cardiff/
* Admissions Policy: http://medicine.cf.ac.uk/media/filer_public/db/c5/dbc5ade0-5091-46a8-8ba1-9004daca4310/admissions_policy_2016-17.pdf The Admissions Policy for 2017/8 will be published in October 2015.
* Admissions Brochure: http://medicine.cf.ac.uk/media/filer_public/8a/53/8a5356d1-b149-436c-9000-a5efabba7a27/ugmedic2016web.pdf

Entry Requirements for A100 5 Year MB BCh

GCSEs
B in Mathematics, B in English Language, AA in Science and Additional Science, or AAB in three separate sciences. Please note these are the minimum and not the standard requirements. You must have at least a B in your English Language GCSE but we will accept a higher grade in Welsh First Language if you have one. (You still need at least a B in English Language though.)

A-Level/AS-Level
AAA grades at A-Level. A-Levels must include two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and either Mathematics or Statistics (but not both). One of these must be Biology or Chemistry with A grade. If you take both Biology and Chemistry you must get A’s in both subjects. General Studies is not accepted. In addition to AAA at A2-Level, you must also have a minimum of C grade at AS-Level in an additional subject not offered at A-Level. Biology or Chemistry must be offered at AS-Level with a grade A if not offered at A-Level. Critical Thinking is only accepted -as a fourth AS-Level. Key Skills Level 3 in three subjects is an alternative to an AS-Level.

Welsh Baccalaureate
An overall grade A in the Core of the Welsh baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (WBQ) will be  accepted as the equivalent to an A grade at A2 Level in addition to the above A Level Science requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
Overall total of 38 points (excluding Theory of knowledge and the Extended Essay) for entry. A minimum of 20 points must be achieved in the Higher Level subjects. Two sciences (from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and either Mathematics or Statistics, but not Mathematical Studies) must be offered at Higher Level with a score of 7 points in each, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology. Chemistry or Biology must be offered at standard Level with a score of 7 points, if not at Higher Level. Physics must be offered at GCSE level if not at Higher or Subsidiary Level. If Mathematics and English are not offered within the diploma they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade B.

Graduate entry
You must have, or expect to achieve, a 1st or 2(i) Hons Degree and in addition have achieved a minimum of ABB at A-Level and B in English/Welsh Language and B in Mathematics at GCSE. As a graduate, you should either have Chemistry and Biology at A2-Level or have studied a degree course that provides a sufficient base in these sciences. You are required to sit the GAMSAT test not the UKCAT. We have a minimum GAMSAT score which will be a score of 57 overall with 55 in the Sciences.

Additional requirements
All applicants selected for interview must satisfy the requirements with regard to health and be registered with the National Disclosure and Barring Service  (Previously CRB). Applicants who do not quite meet some of the academic criteria may be invited if their Personal Statement is of a sufficiently high quality or there are extenuating circumstances.

Entry Requirements A101 4 Year MB BCh

GCSEs
B in Mathematics, B in English Language, or IELTs at level 7.5 for EU applicants.  Applicants can re sit these GCSEs during their BSc programme to achieve these grades, prior to entering the A101 programme. In addition, Welsh GCSE at B level or above if applicant wishes to be taught and/or assessed in Welsh as well as English.

A-Level/AS-Level
Anyone wishing to apply who does not have the equivalent of 3 A levels at BBB grades, or other qualifications in an appropriate range of subjects at level 3 study (equivalent to A levels, such as International Baccalaureate) is likely to struggle on the MBBCh course and is advised to reconsider an application.

Graduate entry
You must have, or expect to achieve, a 1st or 2(i) Hons Degree.Overall grade average of 60% or above during the BSc course.  Not failing >20 credits – to have failed not more than 20 credits, at first attempt (except due to extenuating circumstances), in any given year of study. Candidates who have to repeat a year as a result of academic progress are not eligible to apply for graduate entry Medicine (A101).  Individual academic performance threshold to be set by own Feeder Programme and not to be less than the overall grade average of 60% or above. The Feeder Programme can decide if this grade average covers academic performance in Year 1 performance, but it MUST include academic performance in Year 2 (students will be informed by their BSc programme which average will be applied).

GAMSAT
All Graduate Applicants will be required to sit the GAMSAT examination prior to applying, in order for their application to be considered. The minimum entry requirement for GAMSAT is an overall score of 57 with a minimum of 55 in the Science components.

Additional requirements
All applicants selected for interview must satisfy the requirements with regard to health and be registered with the National Disclosure and Barring Service (Previously CRB). Applicants who do not quite meet some of the academic criteria may be invited if their Personal Statement is of a sufficiently high quality or there are extenuating circumstances.

Entry Requirements A104 6 Year MB BCh

GCSEs
B in Mathematics, B in English Language, AA in Science and Additional Science, or AAB in three separate sciences. Please note these are the minimum and not the standard requirements. You must have at least a B in your English Language GCSE but we will accept a higher grade in Welsh First Language if you have one. (You still need at least a B in English Language though.)

A-Level/AS-Level
You will need AAA grades at A level, you must also have a minimum of C grade at AS-Level in an additional subject not offered at A-Level. This Foundation Year is for those who do not have the depth of subject specialism associated with A100. It is not intended for applicants who have taken but failed to achieve the necessary grades in subjects required for entry into the A100 Programme. 

Welsh Baccalaureate
An overall grade A in the Core of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (WBQ) will be accepted as the equivalent to an A grade at A2 Level.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
Overall total of 38 points (excluding Theory of knowledge and the Extended Essay) for entry. A minimum of 20 points must be achieved in the Higher Level subjects. This Foundation Year is for those students who do not have the depth of subject specialism associated with A100. It is not intended for applicants who have taken but failed to achieve the necessary grades in subjects required for entry into the A100 Programme. If Mathematics and English are not offered within the diploma they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade B.

Graduate entry
You must have, or expect to achieve, a 1st or 2(i) Hons Degree and in addition have achieved a minimum of ABB at A-Level and B in English Language and B in Mathematics at GCSE. You are required to sit the GAMSAT test not the UKCAT. We have a minimum GAMSAT score which will be a score of 57 overall with 55 in the Sciences.

Additional requirements
All applicants selected for interview must satisfy the requirements with regard to health and be registered with the National Disclosure and Barring Service (Previously CRB). Applicants who do not quite meet some of the academic criteria may be invited if their Personal Statement is of a sufficiently high quality or there are extenuating circumstances.

Contact details
Undergraduate Medical Admissions
Cardiff University School and Medicine
2nd Floor Neuadd Meirionnydd Health Park
Cardiff CF14 4YS

t: +44 (0) 29 2068 8113
e: medadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk
w: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk