Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: C15
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
Applicants: 3000
Interviews: 1250
Offers: 300
Places: 270
Academic entry requirement:
  • GCSE: Mathematics B, English Language B and Sciences AAB or AA (Double Award)
  • As a guide we advise applicants that you will need to achieve four to five A* in 9 GCSEs for your application to meet the minimum threshold, which is set each year once all applications are received. Please remember that we have to include your Maths, English Language and Sciences grades in those 9, even if you have higher grades in other subjects. Once we have looked at our required subjects, we will then look at your top grades from your remaining GCSEs. Our maximum score possible is 27.
  • Please note we do not accept the following at GCSE Level: short courses, Level 2 BTEC's, Additional and Further Maths, Additional Applied Sciences, or Applied Science, NVQ's, or the Welsh Bac.
  • A-Levels: AAA in at least two sciences out of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics (Statistics can be offered instead of Mathematics) and a minimum of a grade C in a fourth AS Level (Grade A if Biology or Chemistry). At least one A2 Level science must be either Biology or Chemistry. The subject not offered at A2 (Biology or Chemistry) must be offered at AS Level, at grade A.
  • For applicants offering Mathematics and/or Statistics at AS and/or A2 level. Only one will count towards meeting the conditions of an offer.
  • Further Maths is not accepted at A2 level, but is recognised at AS Level.
  • General Studies is not accepted and Critical Thinking is only accepted at AS Level
  •  We welcome students with a broad range of studies therefore your third A-Level subject does not have to be science related

Typical A level offer

 AAA which must include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Statistics can be offered instead of Mathematics.  Plus a minimum C grade in one AS Level in a fourth subject.

At least one A2 Level science must be either Biology or Chemistry. The subject not offered at A2 (Biology or Chemistry) must be offered at AS Level, at grade A.

The typical offer will be AAA grades at A2 level. Plus a minimum C at AS Level.

General Studies is not accepted and Critical Thinking and Further Maths are only accepted at AS Level.

Typicical WBQ Offer

Grade A in the Core, plus an A grade in GCE A2 Level Chemistry or Biology, and an A grade in a second A2 Level science subject e.g. Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Statistics. Plus a minimum C grade in one AS Level in a fourth subject.

At least one A2 Level science must be either Biology or Chemistry. The subject not offered at A2 (Biology or Chemistry) must be offered at AS Level, at grade A.

General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A2 Level and only one Mathematics or Statistics subject may be included in meeting the conditions of the offer.

Typical Int Bacc Offer

Applicants require an 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.

GCSE Requirements

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.

Each year we set an Academic cut off score which is generated by scoring an applicant's achieved GCSE results. This score is derived from the minimum entry requirements stated above plus their top grades giving a total of 9 GCSEs. Applicants receive 3 points for an A*, 2 points for an A, and 1 point for a B grade.

As a guide we advise applicants that you will need to achieve five A* in 9 GCSEs for your application to meet the minimum threshold, which is set each year once all applications are received. This page refers to our minimum entry requirements: Click here


Undergraduate applicants should sit the UKCAT, and graduate applicants should sit the GAMSAT.

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: Undergraduate Medical Admissions
Institute of Medical Education
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Neuadd Meirionnydd
Heath Park
Cardiff CF14 4YS

T: 029 20 688113/8073
Key attribute of medical institute: The School of Medicine at Cardiff is one of the largest in the UK, employing nearly 500 academic and 300 support staff.
Over 1600 undergraduate and 1100 postgraduate students are currently enrolled on medical and science courses.
The School has an annual financial turnover of over £50 million, of which nearly half comes from competitive external research funding.
Course Structure:

Years 1 and 2 - Core Science and Clinical Practice

Your first two years as a Cardiff medical student will be full-on and exciting. This phase of your studies will be divided into two stages in which you will be learning core science and clinical practice simultaneously.

Introduction to Science & Health

At the start of Year 1 we’ll introduce you to the core knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a doctor, to prepare you for the challenging and exciting programme of study ahead.

  • Your Introduction will run for the first 12 weeks, covering the basics of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology and pathology
  • You will also develop the fundamental communication, clinical skills and professionalism required of a doctor
  • This is supported by short clinical experience days, in hospitals and GP practices around Cardiff.
Clinical Scenarios

The remainder of Years 1 and 2 is based on a series of clinical scenarios linking the basic sciences to common clinical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

  • You will learn to address medical problems from first principles and develop your scientific reasoning skills
  • Small group sessions will be supported by lectures and seminars, access to life science and clinical skills resources, a Doctoring programme focusing on Professionalism, Ethics and Personal Development, and patient contact, all linked to the cases you are working on
  • To give you real experience of such cases, you will spend one day a week seeing patients with similar conditions in local hospitals, general practices and other community based services around South East Wales
  • Initially you will concentrate on normal structure and function but, as the cases progress, you will move on to more complex clinical presentations which focus on abnormal structure and function
  • Whilst on placement you will be working alongside other healthcare professionals and you will benefit from a range of inter-professional learning opportunities
  • Teaching will be based at our state-of-the-art facilities in the Cochrane building (our flagship £18m development on the site of University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff) and at the School of Biosciences as well as rotating through regional Clinical Teaching & Learning centres in Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, and Newport.

Years 3 and 4 - Learning to Care

During Years 3 and 4 you will spend most of your time on clinical placements as you learn medicine by following patients through the healthcare system.

  • Each year has three 8-10 week placements, in hospitals and general practices across Wales, offering you a variety of clinical learning experiences and exposure to life as a front line doctor
  • You’ll get broader experience of the healthcare system in your 3rd year by following patient ‘pathways’ through your placements, looking closely at what happens to people as they go through the ‘Hospital Front Door’, as Oncology patients dealing with malignant disease, and when they are suffering from Chronic Diseases such as diabetes and ischaemic heart disease
  • In your 4th year your time will be concentrated on increasingly specialist and complex cases. You’ll continue to focus on Chronic Disease but also explore the specific medical needs of Children, Women and the Family, and of Clinical Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine patients
  • Working as part of a clinical team, you will undertake your share of the on-call duties, learn the essentials of excellent clinical care, become proficient at clinical assessment and come to understand the investigation, management and treatment of common disease
  • Between placements you’ll learn the fundamentals of good medical practice and the science needed as a competent doctor, as well as having expert teaching on pathology, therapeutics, social sciences and ethics
  • In both years you have an opportunity to go beyond core learning with a single project of your choice.

Year 5 - Consolidated Preparation for Practice

Our unique Harmonisation Programme brings together all of the elements of your course and blends existing knowledge and skills with those required by the Foundation Programme in order to better prepare you for life after graduation.

  • Your integration within clinical teams and responsibility for patient care will increase through this final year of study, which focuses on preparing you for your role as a doctor so that you are in the best possible position to start work within the NHS and ready for your postgraduate studies
  • This year you will focus on the assessment and management of acute and chronic clinical presentations, with increasing responsibility throughout the year
  • There will be two 8-week clinical placements, one hospital based and the other community (general practice) based, where you will be expected to contribute to patient care under supervision
  • Learning will be predominantly based in the workplace, with sessions in the simulation centre and small group sessions designed to refine your clinical thinking and decision-making
  • These placements will be followed by an 8-10 week student elective at a destination of your choice, anywhere in the world, in order to study aspects of medicine that capture your imagination
  • You will also have four 2-week core learning blocks that will address important aspects of a medical career. These Cardiff-based activities, themed “Preparing for Practice”, “Changing Practice”, “Science in Practice” and “Practise for Practice,” will provide you with a better understanding of what to expect when you start work, including team-working, leadership, service improvement, academic research skills, and life as a Foundation doctor
  • The Harmonisation Programme will culminate in the senior student assistantship, allowing you to really work as part of the clinical team by directly managing patients under the supervision of the hospital teams. This will take place in the hospital where you will undertake your first Foundation (F1) job, if it is in Wales. If your F1 job is to be elsewhere, you can choose either to arrange a senior student assistantship at that hospital yourself or else to have us organise your senior student assistantship for you in Wales
  • The final year will ensure that you are ready for your career in medicine, consolidating the skills and knowledge required to perform at the highest level within the NHS.
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