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Medical School UK Offer Calculator

Medical School UK Offer Calculator

Updated on: December 3, 2023
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Written By Dr Ollie

Every article is fact-checked by a medical professional. However, inaccuracies may still persist.

My medical school offer calculator will give you the percentage chance of you getting an offer for medical school this year!

Now I do need to make a quick disclaimer- I’ve developed this calculator to reflect how many UK medical schools assess applicants to their medicine program.

However, this calculator is only meant to be a tool that you can use as a rough guide to see how different aspects of your application might influence your chances of receiving an offer.

Every medical school uses a unique process for evaluating applicants so there’s no way the calculator is able to reflect the nuances of each individual university.

Use it as a guide, not as a single source of truth, and let’s get started!

Step 1: Download The Medical School Expert Offer Calculator

Your first step is going to be to get your very own copy of my medical school offer calculator.

Just click here to get the file.

You will need to be signed into your Google account so that you can copy the Google Sheets file to your Google Drive.

Making a copy of the medical school offer calculator

By clicking the link above you should be immediately prompted to make a copy of the document.

Once you’ve done that, you should be able to edit the medical school offer calculator so that you can input all your data and get a result!

Step 2: Enter Your GCSE Results

Step 2 is to enter your GCSE results. In each of the boxes, you just need to enter the total number of each grade you got at GCSE.

So in this example, our student could have got two 9s, three 7s, two 6s and one 4.

Entering GCSE results into the medical school offer calculator

For this offer calculator, it doesn’t actually matter what subjects you got these grades in. However, quite a few medical schools do have specific restrictions on what grades you need to have achieved in which subjects.

The majority of medical schools will require at least a 6 in English Language, most say you need a 6 in maths and some medical schools will require you to achieve at least a 6 in the sciences such as chemistry or biology.

For each 9/8/A* the offer calculator gives you 5 points, for each 7/A you get 4 points, 6/5/B gives you 3 points and so on. The maximum score for your GCSEs is 32 points.

Out of the 32 possible points you can achieve for your GCSEs, your score is then scaled to contribute just under 15% of your total chance of an offer.

Step 3: Enter Your A-Levels Results/Predicted Grades

After your GCSEs, it’s time to enter your A-levels into the offer calculator.

Just like with your GCSEs, you only need to enter the total number of each grade you received (or are predicted) at A-level.

So here our student might have been predicted one A*, two As and one B.

Entering A-level results or predicted grades into the offer calculator

Again, the offer calculator can’t distinguish between which subjects you took at A-level- but almost every medical school requires chemistry and most appreciate it if students have taken biology as well.

You get 8 points for every A* at A-level, 6 points for every A, 4 points for every B and 2 points for every C.

The minimum offer from a UK medical school is generally three A- although you will meet the occasional student who managed to get in with just AAB. Sadly, anything below this and you’re extremely unlikely to be accepted to study medicine.

Your total A-level is mark is again out of 32 and this score is scaled to represent just under 35% of your total chance of an offer.

Step 4: Enter Your UCAT Score

Step 4 is to enter your UCAT score. If you haven’t sat your UCAT yet then you could use the average score of 2500 from the last couple of years.

You can also select which situational judgement band you achieved from the drop-down menu.

Entering your UCAT score and SJT band into the medical school offer calculator

Now your situational judgement banding is a bit of a strange one as some medical schools require you to achieve a minimum banding while others don’t even look at it at all!

For the sake of simplicity in the calculator, I just give you 300 extra points if you get a band 1, 200 extra points if you got a band 2, 100 extra points if you get a band 3 and nothing extra if you get a band 4.

Your total UCAT mark (out of a possible 32) is then scaled to represent just under 40% of your total chance of an offer.

It’s important to note that medical schools vary wildly in how they use candidates’ UCAT scores. If you’ve got a good UCAT score you can almost guarantee yourself an interview by applying to certain medical schools while if you’ve got a bad UCAT score you can apply to universities that literally won’t look at it at all.

For this medical school offer calculator, I’ve taken the middle road with it representing a fair chunk of your application chances but not everything.

Step 5: Enter Any Additional Information

The final step is to select whether there are any additional factors that apply to you that might improve your chances of getting an offer for medical school.

The two I’ve included are whether you’ve got a previous degree and whether you’d qualify as a widening participation student.

Entering any other information into the medical school offer calculator

Now there are absolutely tonnes of other things that could have been included here, such as whether you did an extended project (EPQ), have done loads of high-quality work experience or are an absolute expert at interviews.

But because I’d have no idea where to start in quantifying half of them in the calculator, I decided to stick to just these two big ones.

If you got a first or a 2:1 in a previous degree it’s almost always going to give you a few extra points on a medicine application and you’re also given more opportunities if you’re a widening participation student.

Each university can have a slightly different definition of what a widening participation student is so you’ll just have to go with your gut as to whether you think you generally qualify for the majority of medical schools.

You get 16 points for each “yes” answer in this section with your total ‘other’ mark being scaled to just under 10% of your total percentage chance.

Step 6: Result

With all your information entered you should now be able to see your result from the medical school offer calculator!

The final percentage chance of getting an offer generated by the calculator

As I say, you do need to take your result with a pinch of salt as it’s not an all-encompassing super computer prediction but rather just a bit of fun to see how you might fare in this year’s application cycle.

The maximum percentage chance you can achieve with this offer calculator is 96% as even if you are perfect across the board I don’t think you can ever really guarantee an offer for medical school.

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot more to getting into medical school than just numbers you can enter on a spreadsheet.

For example, every medical school in the UK interviews applicants before giving them an offer. So even if you did score perfectly across the board, if you crumble under pressure at all of your interviews it’s very unlikely you’d get an offer to study medicine.

Personal statements, work experience, personal drive, passion and interview skills are all things that are incredibly difficult to quantify and will all have an impact on whether you get into medical school or not.

Use this tool as a guide to apply tactically and improve your chances of getting an offer, not as confirmation that you’re pretty much already there.

About the author
After studying medicine at the University of Leicester, Dr Ollie now works as a junior doctor in London. His interests include medical education and expedition medicine, as well as having a strong belief in the importance of widening access to medicine.