UCAT

All applicants must complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test by the deadline date in the same year as application.

General overview

Applicants wishing to apply for medicine and dentistry must complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test prior to application.

Applicants should note that this is not a test of prior knowledge and will not involve essay writing.  Bursaries are available for those in the UK or EU in receipt of certain state educational benefits in their country of residence. All applicants must visit www.ucat.ac.uk for further information and instruction.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test is taken into consideration along with all other aspects of your application.  The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement.  The test assesses a wide range of mental abilities and behavioural attributes which have been identified as important by university medical and dental schools.

Please visit www.ucat.ac.uk for further information and registration/test deadlines.

How we use UCAT at the University of Glasgow - 2022 entry

The UCAT results are an important part of the MBChB Admissions process. The incorporation of the UCAT results into the admissions process is reviewed on an annual basis.

For entry in September 2022 the Medical School will interview approximately 900 applicants. An interview or entry is not guaranteed. Applicants should note that they will be considered within their year of application and by the standard presented during that admissions cycle alone.

We consider the UCAT with all other aspects of the application. Interviews are allocated accordingly by UCAT score for those that meet all other screening aspects (i.e minimum academic requirements and satisfactory personal statement and reference). The range of scores we consider changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies. Additionally, we are required to manage the number of students admitted to our programme in line with targets set by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council (i.e. Home, Rest of UK and International). Therefore the lowest total UCAT score we consider for interview may vary based on the applicant group. 'The Situational Judgement' section of the UCAT test will not be taken into consideration for entry in 2022.

To help you determine what previous UCAT scores would have been considered (although it does vary each year), please visit our MBChB Admissions Data document. Candidates who present themselves for the test are declaring themselves fit to take the test. Applicants who are experiencing exceptional circumstances at the time of their test are advised to reschedule their test to an alternative date. Only circumstances notified to us in the form of an annotation from UCAT may be considered further. Applicants who have not sat the UCAT will not be considered for entry. For further information please visit the UCAT website - https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/mitigating-circumstances/

Applicants who have not sat the UCAT will not be considered for entry.


UCATSA, UCATSENSA and UCATSEN50

Applicants applying to Glasgow Undergraduate Medical School who have received additional time and/or support arrangements for the UCAT are required to supply supporting documentation.  We require written confirmation from the appropriate specialist or health professional that these arrangements were necessary and reflect recent support received by the applicant for academic examinations.  Specification of a percentage for additional time must be made if additional time was given in the UCAT.   A verified scanned copy (signed to verify it is a copy of the original document) will be acceptable.  Please note that we may need to pass this information to the University’s Disability Service as part of the verification process.  The information received from the applicant will be held until the end of the admissions process, or should your application be successful, until you commence medicine at Glasgow.

As stated in UCAT guidance, results may be declared void if candidates cannot evidence their entitlement to extra time when it is requested by their chosen universities, so it is important that you provide the information required within the specified time-frame (prior to application deadline on 15th October).  We are happy to discuss further - please email med-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk if you need further information or advice.

Please note that the University canoffer up to 25% additional time for examinations for eligible students, in addition to a range of support and provisions. Candidates who have been allowed more than 25% extra time in examinations should be aware that they should discuss their support needs with the Disability Service at the University to ascertain what support arrangements the University could put in place for them, should they enter as a student.  Information on the Disability Service can be found at www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/disability/.

We would strongly encourage early contact with the Disability Service.

Test validity and reliability

See the UCAT website for up-to-date information.

The UCAT has been developed to assist in creating a 'level playing field' for applicants from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. All test questions are written by assessment experts and must pass detailed trials and analysis to ensure that they are valid and reliable.

All questions, test duration, sequencing and style will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and matched against candidate performance to ensure that the test is culturally fair and bias is minimised.

There is a constant programme of new item development in order to "refresh" the tests on a regular basis; this strategy includes the testing of new questions as non-scoring components of the test.

Further information can be found on the UCAT web pages.

Test preparation

We encourage you to sit the UCAT in June, July or August as test dates in September and October attract a higher test fee. When registering on the UCAT website please ensure you enter your full name as it appears on your birth certificate and/or passport. You should also do this when completing your UCAS application. We ask you to do this as it helps UCAT subsequently to match your test results to your UCAS application.

NOTE: The University medical and dental schools participating in UCAT do not endorse any commercially available preparatory course or material for the UCAT.

The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement and does not draw on any particular body of knowledge or curriculum that you can learn in advance. We encourage you to practise answering the types of questions that will be presented in the UCAT and to familiarise yourself with the test format so that you know how to move the mouse, answer questions and move through the test. We encourage you to sit the practice questions on the website at least three times before sitting the actual test.

Candidates who reapply must undertake the UCAT in the summer of each individual year of application.

Please visit UCAT for further information and registration/test deadlines.

Interviews

You may be invited to attend an interview. These normally take place in December with offers normally being made by late March each year. Candidates receiving offers are those who not only achieve the academic standards required but who also show they have seriously considered the implications of a medical career and who display the characteristics desirable in a future doctor, as well as demonstrating a commitment, motivation and enthusiasm for a medical career. Although specific work experience in a hospital or general practice is not essential, it is important for all applicants to find out about the realities of a career in medicine. Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview.