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University of Southampton

Embarking on the journey towards securing a spot in Southampton University's esteemed Medicine program involves a meticulous process that evaluates candidates across various dimensions.

The selection procedure, comprising four distinct phases, rigorously assesses applicants based on their UCAT scores, academic prowess, and performance during selection day. The interview stage, a pivotal element in the evaluation, delves into aspects such as self-motivation, resilience, communication skills, and a profound understanding of the values of the NHS. Work experience is not only encouraged but considered a vital non-academic criterion, emphasizing the importance of life experiences in and outside healthcare settings. Academic qualifications, including specific GCSE and A-Level requirements, set a baseline for eligibility. Delving into statistics provides a glimpse into the competitive landscape, revealing the number of applicants, interview invites, and ultimately, the chance of success post-interview.

As we unravel the nuances of the application process, we explore the significance of the personal statement and the role of UCAT scores, aiming to equip aspiring medical students with the insights needed to unlock the doors to Southampton University's Medicine program. Are you prepared for the enlightening journey that lies ahead?

The Process
Their selection process has 4 phases where applicants are:

  • Ranked by UCAT score
  • Pre-screened against academic criteria
  • Call to selection day
  • Selection day score + UCAT combined to decide whether offer is made

The Interview
Type: Panel Interview and a group task
Length: 20 minutes and 30 minutes (Preparation time: 5 minutes before the group task)
Dates: December-March
Self-motivation and resilience
Reflection on experiences
Communication skills
Ability to interact with others (group task)
Demonstrate understanding of the values of the NHS

Work Experience
As part of their non-academic admissions criteria, Southampton state that students should have reflected on and learnt from life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings.

GCSE Six 6 GCSEs at grade A/7 in mathematics with biology and chemistry, or mathematics with additional science and science or mathematics with combined science. Grade 6 (B) in English Language
A Levels AAA

Applicants: 1929
Interview invites: 757
Offers given: 600
Chance of success post-interview: 80%

How Important is the Personal Statement?
The personal statement will be used to determine your motivation to study medicine. It may be used in MMI stations to further explore your understanding of a career in this field and other non-academic achievements

UCAT Scores
SJT is not used.
2018 Minimum score = 2510
2019 Minimum score = 2670
2020 Minimum score = 2680
2021 Minimum score = 2580

Are you ready to unlock the doors to Southampton University’s Medicine program? Let's embark on this insightful journey together.