Coronavirus information and guidance

University Clinical Aptitude Test

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) has been re-launched under the new name of the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Further information can be found on the UCAT website.

All candidates applying to Medicine at St Andrews, including international students, are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test.

This should be sat in the year before the year of entry to the Medical programme. The deadline for sitting the test is usually the first week in October, but the exact date can be found on the UCAT website.

Applicants re-applying for Medicine must re-take the test each time they re-apply.

For 2021 entry only

If applicants previously held an offer to study on the A100 Medicine programme for entry in 2020, did not meet their conditions and choose to reapply for entry in 2021, the previously reported UCAT score in their application for 2020 can be used. Applicants can also choose to resit the UCAT and provide a higher global score.

All other applicants, including those who applied for entry in 2020 but who were not made an offer, must sit the UCAT in 2020 for their application to be considered for entry in 2021.

Use of UCAT at St Andrews

The School of Medicine has a limited number of interview places (around 400). To be considered for interview, applicants must have a strong academic record, a positive reference, and relevant, medically related work experience. Find out more about the interview selection process.

Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 400 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score. Where applicants have the same interview score, the global UCAT score will be used to differentiate between them.

The UCAT test can vary each year and the range of scores that the School can consider will also vary depending on the performance of each particular admissions cohort. In addition, the School is required to manage the number of entrants to its programmes in line with targets set by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council in relation to fee status (Home and EU, Rest of UK, Overseas) and also in relation to ‘widening participation’ targets for entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In recent years the lowest score for applicants called to interview at St Andrews has been in the region of 2400. For the next admissions cycle, the School won't know the likely UCAT scores for those to be called for interview until they have assessed all applications.

‘Widening participation’ applicants who meet (or who are predicted to meet) the required academic grades and meet any of the following criteria (and provide appropriate evidence), will be given a 10% increase in their UCAT score, to be used in the ranking for invitation to interview:

  • reside in the lowest 40% most deprived areas of the UK as indicated by postcode
  • are looked after (or have been looked after) as a result of a local authority order
  • are registered as a young carer.

Use of Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The SJT will be used as an element in the interview process, with the score being incorporated into the interview score.

UCATSEN

Applicants to Medicine who have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, a disability, medical condition or temporary injury, may be entitled to extra time, rest breaks or accommodations in the UCAT.

All applications for access arrangements in the UCAT must be made to the UCAT office; that office will seek evidence from you before giving approval for specific test arrangements. See information on UCAT access arrangements.

The School of Medicine’s policy on extenuating circumstances for A100 and A990 covers the sitting of the UCAT.

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 team at the University of St Andrews before application to ascertain what support arrangements the University could put in place for them, should they enter as a student.

More information and details of who to contact for advice can be found on the disabilities advice and support web page and in the disability section of the School of Medicine’s handbook.