Makeen Baroudi

5th June 2020

Where to apply with a average UCAT score?

  • What should I do if I score on average in the UCAT?
  • What is an average UCAT score?
  • Where should I apply if my UCAT score is average?
  • What universities accept average UCAT score?

1. What is an average UCAT score?

As we have discussed in many posts before on our blog, the average UCAT score could be anywhere between 605-650. Indeed, this varies annually in terms of the overall cohort average and the university’s that you’re applying for average. Therefore, we would like to reaffirm that this article/blog is only guidance. We strongly recommend that you conduct your own research regarding your university options, UCAT or any other matters.

2. Where should I apply with an average UCAT score?

Having an average UCAT score means that in order to maximise your chances of getting into medical school, you need to look out for universities that use the UCAT but not religiously. I.e. universities that use the UCAT as one aspect of many others. Some case examples are given below. These examples are true for the 2020 application cycle. If a university you are thinking of is not named below then be sure to check out the university’s website.

You can find free UCAT resources and free practice questions here on our website.

3. University of East Anglia

Here there is no cut-off score. However, applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest scoring applicants. The higher your score the more likely you are to be invited for an interview. In theory, this could mean that even if you score really low in the UCAT you can still be invited for an interview/made an offer at UEA.

Whilst this may sound right, the university’s past experience of admitting students suggests that applicants need to be at least in the 3rd decile in order for their application to go forward. The third decile means an average of about 600 per section. As you can see this is just below last year’s average.

The higher the average UCAT score is the more likely the application to be taken to the next stage.

4. Leicester University

Here the UCAT makes us half the importance of the selection process, literally. The UCAT score is given 32 points, your academic performance is also given 32 points. Overall, the ‘points’ system adds up to 64 points.

For A-level students with predicted grades, their 8 top GCSE results will be used. Each grade will be given a score. Scores will then be added up out of 32. The hughes point for a single grade is 4 points for an A* so that if your top GCSEs are 8 A* you simply score 32.

Please note that if you have your actual A-level grades the points system is slightly different. Check out the university’s website to find out more about it.

The way the UCAT points are calculated is a little bit more complicated. You get 32 points if you score an overall 3200 or above. After that for each 50 UCAT point you lose, your score goes down by 0.5 points. For example, if you score 3100, you will receive 31 points.

Unlike UAE, Leicester University has a cut-off score. For 2019 applicants, the cut-off score was 54.5 points. It is important to mention that if you score a band 4 in the situational judgement section your application will not progress to the next level.

As you can see, for a university like Leicester, whether you score 32 on the academic aspect of the applicants’ ranking, or if you don’t, the higher your UCAT score is the more likely your application to progress.

Conclusion

In this article we have briefly discussed the way certain universities use UCAT scores which makes them suitable targets if your UCAT score is considered to be “average”. You can always check out the university’s website for more information and help or to find out more about how they use the UCAT. Then you can tailor your application to universities that suit your score best.

You can learn much more about the UCAT, how to revise for it and our top tips by having a look at our UCAT guide.

Makeen Baroudi

Product Manager

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