Academic entry requirements for the Extended International Pre-Med programmes

This page includes a list of approved high school qualifications with the required grades for students applying to the Medical Sciences (Extended International Pre-Med) programme starting in September 2024.

The University makes offers on a holistic basis looking at a complete application. We will consider your academic results along with your personal statement, a reference from your school and your English language evidence. Where your academic grades are slightly below our entry requirements, please address this in your personal statement and reference.

To be eligible, your high school qualifications must have been achieved no more than three years ago.

Students who have already studied at college or university are not typically eligible for foundation at St Andrews.

International school qualifications

We can consider you for this foundation programme at St Andrews if:

  • you have studied a mixed or dual curriculum, such as a national high school diploma PLUS partial or full completion of A Levels, AP courses or the IB Diploma or Certificate.
  • your highest qualification from school is IGCSEs. We typically require a minimum of six IGCSEs, with AAAABB grades to include As in Chemistry and Biology.
  • your highest qualification from school is AS Levels. We typically require a minimum of two AS Levels with grades AB (A in Chemistry). We only consider applicants with AS Levels where evidence can be provided that continuing to study for full A-levels (which would allow for direct application to BSc Medicine) is not possible.

If you have completed, or are in the process of completing, a full A-Level programme, the IB Diploma, certification by an Education Board in India, a US Diploma and APs, or any other qualification which is accepted for application to undergraduate programmes at the University of St Andrews, we cannot consider you for foundation at St Andrews, irrespective of grades achieved. You can see the academic requirements for undergraduate medicine here: Medical Sciences - Undergraduate entry requirements.

National School Qualifications

Search the table below by qualification or by country. If your qualification is not listed, please contact us to check your entry requirements.  

The grades shown in the table below are a guide only.

 

Country Academic qualification Typical required grades

Afghanistan

Graduation certificate / Baccalauria

80% overall and 85% in sciences

Albania

Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore

8/10 overall and 8/10 in sciences

Algeria

Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

15 overall and 16 in sciences.

Angola

Habilitação Literárias

16 overall and 17 in sciences

Argentina

Titulo de Bachiller

8.5/10 average and 8.5 in sciences

Azerbaijan

Attestat

4.5/5.0 overall and 5.0 in sciences

Bangladesh

High School Certificate or Alim (not SSC or Dakhil)

3.9 overall and A in sciences

Bahrain

GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Belarus

Attestat

8.0/10 overall and 8.0 in sciences

Bolivia

Diploma de Bachiller en Humanidades

85/100 overall and 90 in sciences

Brazil

Ensino Medio

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

8.0/10 overall and 8.0 in sciences

Chile

Enseñanza Media/Licencia de Educación

6.5 overall and 7.0 in sciences

China

High School 

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

85% overall and 85% in sciences

4.2/5 overall and 4.0 in sciences

Colombia

Bachillerato

4.2 or 85% overall and 4.2 in sciences

Costa Rica

Titulo de Bachiller (Academic Stream)

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Cyprus

Apolytírio Lykeíou

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

17 overall and 18 in sciences

Ecuador

Titulo de Bachiller Académico

8.5/10 or 17/20 overall and 8.5 or 17 in sciences

Egypt

GED/ Thanawiya

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

90% overall and 95% in sciences

EU

With the exception of the Greek Apolytírio (see Greece, below),

EU qualifications are not eligible for foundation, irrespective of grades achieved.

Apply directly to our undergraduate programmes

Georgia

Atestati

6.0/7 or 3.2/4 or 8/10 overall and in sciences

Ghana

WASSCE

B2 overall and  B2 in sciences

Greece

Apolytírio Genikoú Lykeíou

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

17 overall and 18 in sciences

Hong Kong

High school certificate

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

Form 5 ONLY: 70% overall and75% in sciences

India

Qualifications certified by the Education Boards in India are recognised for our undergraduate programmes and are therefore not eligible for foundation, irrespective of grades achieved.

Apply directly to our undergraduate programmes.

Indonesia

STTB SMA

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

8 or 80% overall, and 8 or 80% in sciences

Iran

High School Diploma

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

18 overall and 18 in sciences

 

Iraq

Secondary School Certificate

90% overall and  90% in sciences

Japan

Year 3 of Senior High School

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

4.2/5 or 7.5/10 overall and 4.2 or 7.5 in sciences.(Year 2 considered case by-case)

Jordan

GED/GSE Tawjihi

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

4.5/5 or 90% overall and 4.5 or 90% in sciences

 

Kazakhstan

Attestat

5.0 overall and 5.0 in sciences

Korea (South)

Year 3 of Senior High School

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

80% overall and 80% in sciences (Year 2 considered case by-case)

Kuwait

GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Lebanon

Baccalaureate

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

16 overall and 16 in sciences

Malaysia

SPM

UEC

 

UEC also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

SPM - A in 5 subjects, A+ in relevant subjects

UEC - A2 overall and A2 in sciences

 

Mexico

Bachillerato

4.5/5 or 8 or 80% overall and in sciences

Morocco

Baccalauréat

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

16/20 overall and 16 in sciences

Myanmar

HS Education Certificate

90% overall and in sciences

Nigeria

WASSCE

B2 overall and in sciences

Oman

GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Pakistan

High School Certificate

75% overall and 80% in sciences

Papua New Guinea

Upper Secondary School Certificate

A overall and A in sciences

Peru

Certificate of Secondary Education

18 overall and 18 in sciences

Philippines

High School Diploma

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

3.5/4 or 90% overall and in sciences

Qatar

GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Russia

Attestat

5.0 overall and 5.0 in sciences

Saudi Arabia

GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and90% in sciences

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (Life Orientation will

not be considered)

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

Grade 7 in Life Sciences and minimum grade 5 in 5 subjects (not LO)

 

Taiwan

Senior High School Certificate (SHS3)

 

SH2

 

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

75% overall and 75% in sciences

80% overall and  80% in sciences

 

Tajikistan

Certificate of Completed Education

5 overall and 5 in sciences

Thailand

Matthayom 6

Matthayom 5

3.0 overall and 3.0 in sciences

3.2 overall and 3.2 in sciences (case-by-case)

Tunisia

Examen National du Baccalauréat

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

15 overall and  16 in sciences

Turkey

Diplomasi

Also eligible for the one-year pre-med.

75% overall and 80% in sciences

United Arab Emirates

 GED/Thanawiya

90% overall and 90% in sciences

Ukraine

 Certificate of Completed Education

10 overall and 10 in sciences

UK

Students educated in the UK OR those with 3 full A Levels are not typically eligible for foundation, irrespective of grades achieved.

 

We can consider international students with IGCSEs and AS Levels.

 

Apply directly to our undergraduate programmes.

 

 

 

AAAABB at IGCSE, OR

AB at AS Level. Chemistry must be an A.

Uruguay

Titulo de Bachillerato

10 overall and 10 in sciences

USA

Students educated in the USA OR those with a full US-accredited High School Diploma with APs are not typically eligible for foundation, irrespective of grades achieved.

 

We can consider international students with a US diploma or dual qualification such as a national diploma and AP courses or SAT.

Apply directly to our undergraduate programmes.

 

 

 

 

Email us to confirm our entry requirement.

Uzbekistan

O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma

5.0 or A’lo overall and 5 in sciences

Venezuela

Titulo de Bachiller

18 overall and 18 in sciences

Vietnam

Upper Secondary/Graduation Diploma

8 overall and 8 in sciences

Zambia

High School Certificate

2 overall and 2 in sciences