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The standard course (A100)

A-levels: A*AA, in three A-levels taken in one academic year
Excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. Candidates are required to have Chemistry (compulsory), plus Biology and/or Physics and/or Mathematics to full A-level.

Advanced Highers: AA (including Chemistry) Highers: AAAAA
Highers must include Biology or Mathematics or Physics. We will accept applications from students with only one Advanced Higher; see the website for details of our policy.

IB: 39 (including core points) with 766 at HL
Candidates are required to take Chemistry and a second science (Biology or Physics) and/or Mathematics to Higher Level.

All candidates must also take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as part of their application. Please see how to apply for further details.

Subject combinations
Please note that we have no preference for whether the third or fourth A-level subject (or further subject in equivalent qualifications) is a science or not.

Other qualifications
Other national and international qualifications are also acceptable. Please see our website for further guidance. Any candidate in doubt as to their academic eligibility for this course is strongly encouraged to seek advice by emailing admissions@medschool.ox.ac.uk.

Level of attainment in Science and Mathematics
In order to be adequately equipped for the BMAT and for the academic demands of the course, and if Biology, Physics or Mathematics have not been taken to A-level (or equivalent), applicants will need to have received a basic education in those subjects (for example at least a grade C at GCSE, Intermediate 2 or Standard grade (Credit), or equivalent; the GCSE Dual Award Combined Sciences is also appropriate).

Graduates
Students with degrees may apply for the standard course. There are no places specifically reserved for graduates, and there is no separate application process. Graduates are in open competition with school-leavers, and need to fulfil the same entrance requirements.

The accelerated (graduate entry) course (A101)

Graduates in applied or experimental science subjects may be eligible to apply for the four-year accelerated course (UCAS code A101 BMBCh4). Further information about the graduate entry course, including details of eligibility and entrance requirements, can be found on the relevant section of the Medical School website.

All candidates

All candidates must also take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as part of their application. Please see how to apply for further details.

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International students

Please be aware that there is a government-imposed quota which allows us to admit a maximum of only fourteen students (across our medical courses) who are classified as international students for fees purposes. Citizenship itself does not determine your status for fees purposes. The issue is decided according to the facts of each case, having regard to where the student has been ‘ordinarily resident’ for the three-year period to 31 August prior to commencing a course at a British University. In most cases, the main purpose of this residence must not have been education. ‘Ordinary residence’ means ‘residing in a country for a ‘settled purpose’’. (Guidance on determining status for fees purposes.)