2024 entry

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

Course overview

MB ChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: BBC

A-level contextual offer:

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

6 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

The closing date for Medicine UCAS applications is 16 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Medicine.


£9,250 per year, home students

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

International students

This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.


Clifton campus

Gateway to Medicine is aimed at students with the potential to become doctors but who do not meet the standard academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year Medicine course. Our Gateway courses are a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria and wish to apply for a clinical programme.

During the Gateway year, students will learn alongside each other, benefiting from shared interprofessional insight and the unique community of Bristol's medical, dental and veterinary schools. Students will be taught by teachers who are scientists and clinicians.

The Gateway course builds on core basic sciences underpinning clinical subjects (chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology); it encourages reflection and places emphasis on personal and professional development; strengthens practical, statistics, research and library skills; considers attributes and behaviours that enable successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto the five-year MB ChB Medicine.


This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only and/or to those who have spent 3 months or more in care. Further information and lists of the eligible schools and colleges is available at Contextual offers.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT, formerly UKCAT) is required for admission to this course. You may be eligible for a UCAT bursary to cover the cost of taking the test; please visit www.ucat.ac.uk for more information. The course admissions statement will provide full details and will be available online by September 2022.

Health and conduct

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with some careers in medicine. Further information can be found with our pre-course information, or you can contact our Occupational Health team.

If you have a chronic health condition contact the enquiries team for guidance on making an application.

Medical students must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a medical examination. Non-immune students must be immunised against hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines, all medical students undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with other UK health-related courses.

Course structure

Studies will include:

  • Basic anatomy, physiology, cell biology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
  • Fundamental principles of chemistry;
  • Numeracy skills and statistics relevant to health sciences programmes;
  • Clinical professional attributes.
  • Clinically-relevant work experience.

Successful students will then join the five-year MB ChB course.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent) and Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT - please see the UCAT website for details. Work experience is recommended; please see the Admissions statement.

More about UK qualifications.

Selection process

Key information about this course

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