How to apply

What qualifications do I need?

To study at KMMS, you must possess the abilities, commitment and personal qualities that are necessary to deliver the core NHS values and become an excellent doctor.

When selecting our students, we look for:

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a number of skills and attributes.
  • A realistic and committed attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care,compassion and improving lives
  • An understanding of the NHS core values and the ability to reflect on their importance
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with dignity and respect
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s points of view
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Academic achievement and potential

Entry requirements

From 2020, we want to educate and support pioneering students who are right for the profession. Our student doctors will become committed and compassionate practitioners who are really in touch with their patients and committed to improving their future health and care experience.

We expect academic ability, but equally we are looking for the right personal qualities that people require in a good doctor; someone who is able to demonstrate understanding of the core NHS values.

Minimum entry requirements:

QualificationGrades requiredRequired subjects
GSCE or equivalent Normally A* to B or 9 to 6 5 subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a Double Science
A Level (or equivalent) AAB* 1st A level group Chemistry, Biology 2nd A level group Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Psychology, Physics 3rd A level group Any other A Level except General Studies/Critical Thinking
International Baccalaureate 34 points Must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level 6 and one further Higher Level subject in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology at grade 6
Degree 2:1 or above Biology or Chemistry or Biosciences-related subject
BTEC Not accepted

* Offer BBB for contextual admissions

Additional information

  • All students must have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health Check
  • All students must have taken the UCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) before applying
  • Applicants who have studied an Access to Medicine programme will be considered for entry. We will accept a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Applicants should achieve 15 credits in Chemistry or Biology with at least 12 graded level-3 credits at Distinction
  • We will consider applicants who have an upper second class honours degree in Biology, Chemistry or Biosciences-related subject for entry onto the first year of our BM BS degree
  • Due to the highly integrated nature of our programme, we are only able to accept applicants into the first year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate.

  • Graduates holding a 2:1 or above in undergraduate degrees such as Biology, Chemistry or Biosciences or Health Science-related subjects are welcome to apply for year one entry. You would not necessarily be required to meet the GCSE and A Level requirements if you are applying with a graduate level qualification. 

  • Resits
    • As long as you have the minimum GCSE requirements when you make your application, alongside our other academic entry criteria, then you will be considered for entry.
    • Please note that we will require formal evidence of any extenuating circumstances to support your application and this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Deferred entry

Applicants cannot apply for deferred entry for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme. However, if you are made an offer and your circumstances then change, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can consider your request for deferral. 

Literacy and numeracy

All applicants must have qualifications in English and Mathematics equivalent to at least GCSE grade 6 or B, or an Academic IELTS test with a minimum score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in each element.

International students must hold a qualification in English language received within the three years prior to their KMMS enrolment date.

Contextual data

We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds to seriously consider medicine as a career.

KMMS is committed to widening access to medical degrees and has ambitious targets to recruit students who have the talent and aspiration to study medicine and are from under-represented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Along with assessing your academic profile, we will also be looking for any contextual data that may enhance your application.

A level applicants domiciled in England will be eligible for a contextual offer if they meet the following criteria:

  • Live in a POLAR4* Q1 and attend a English state school/college, or
  • Live in a POLAR4* Q2 and attend an English school/college that is in the bottom 40% of KS5** results nationally (for at least two out of three previous years). We will identify this using the Applicant Centre or the Exam Institution recorded on the UCAS application, or
  • Have spent at least three months in Care under a Local Authority during their lifetime, or
  • Verifiable participation in selected outreach programmes run by KMMS.

For these applicants, we will accept BBB at A-level in the required subjects (as per standard offer).

We will also guarantee an invitation to interview for applicants who meet the standard entry requirements and our required UCAT score if you are:

  • Currently studying at schools in the Kent & Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) or a partner school or college of either Canterbury Christ Church University or the University of Kent.

Eligible students from a widening participation background will receive a contextualised and lower conditional academic offer and further consideration will be given to applicants at all stages of the admission process. So, for example if you are currently at secondary school or an FE college and you have not had the opportunity to take up a NHS work placement we will assess other relevant experience as part of your application and within the interview process. If you are a local mature student we may be able to offer you mock interview practice prior to your actual interviews.

If you are eligible, and particularly if you live in the Kent and Medway area, please feel free to contact us to see if there is any extra support that we can offer and that you think would be helpful to you during your application.

Other information

To find out if applicants will be eligible for a contextual offer, the following lookup can be used to identify the POLAR quintile that someone lives in.

For POLAR4 quintile 2 students, a PDF identifies those Schools and Colleges that have a School Contextual flag because their performance data shows they are a low performing institution. This includes the methodology for this flag.

* POLAR – Participation of Local Areas: The participation of local areas (POLAR) classification groups areas across the UK based on the proportion of the young population that participates in higher education. It looks at how likely young people are to participate in HE across the UK and shows how this varies by area. POLAR classifies local areas into five groups - or quintiles - based on the proportion of 18 year olds who enter HE aged 18 or 19 years old Quintile one shows the lowest rate of participation. Quintile five shows the highest rate of participation.

** Where data not available, we use KS4.

The extenuating circumstances process

If an applicant has extenuating circumstances then we would expect the relevant examination boards to be informed so that the appropriate adjustments can be made.

If an applicant has extenuating circumstances at the point of application which include ongoing issues that have affected their studies or application form then it is possible to flag these issues through the ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ process.

Extenuating circumstances include:

  • Significant caring responsibilities, recent bereavement or serious illness within immediate family
  • Being estranged from family or key family members
  • Serious disruption to the provision of education at School or College
  • Other serious disruption where the school/college/doctor or social worker feels that this information should be considered.

In these cases an extenuating circumstances form should be completed and returned by 30 October 2019. The form may be completed by a teacher, doctor or social worker. This information will be considered by the Admissions Committee during the selection process.

If an applicant’s circumstances change after submission of this form then the Admissions Operations Manager should be informed. It is expected that an applicant taking Level 3 qualifications would ensure that their circumstances are taken into consideration by the Awarding Bodies for any qualifications that are currently being taken.

UCAS process

So you can apply for a place on our BM BS degree, you will need to:

  1. Complete an application through UCAS
  2. Take the UCAT test

If you are applying for September 2020 entry, then please see our key dates:


Early May

UCAS Course Search opens

May 1

UCAT Registration and booking opens

Late May

UCAS Apply opens for applicants

July 1

UCAT Testing begins

Early September

Applications may be submitted

September 18 at 5pm

UCAT Registration and online booking closes

October 2

Last test date for UCAT

October 15 at 6pm

UCAS Application deadline

Early November

UCAT results delivered to universities


Invitations to MMIs start to be sent


MMIs take place



MMIs take place


Decisions sent to UCAS

* Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.

UCAT process

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is a requirement for all applicants who wish to apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme at KMMS.  For the latest information about the UCAT process and  timings please visit the UCAT website.

You can use the the UCAT test centre locator on the UCAT website to find your nearest test centre.

To prepare for the UCAT we advise students to use the free practice materials available on the UCAT website.

UCAT offer a bursary to cover the test fee for students in financial need. You will need to apply for this here.

Please note that as we are a new medical school, we cannot publish our accepted UCAT score from the previous year as a guide, as we do not yet have one.

The UCAT scores will be used alongside our entry criteria when initially assessing applications and then invitations to the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) process will be sent to those selected for interview.

The UCAT bursary scheme opens on 1 May 2019 and closes on 18 September 2019 at 5pm

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Once you have applied, if you meet our academic entry requirements and minimum UK UCAT cut off score, you will be invited to attend an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview).

MMIs will take place between December and February and are a mandatory part of the application process. Details of dates, times and locations will be included in your invitation to interview.

When selecting our students, we will be looking for:

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a number of skills and attributes
  • A realistic and committed attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • An understanding of the NHS core values and the ability to reflect on their importance
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with dignity and respect
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s points of view
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Academic achievement and potential

Parents or friends are welcome to attend with you but will not be permitted to sit with you during the MMI or in the waiting room.

We also want you to be as comfortable as possible, so please wear what you feel most comfortable in and bear in mind that the day may involve some walking across campus.

We will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments you require on the day of your MMI but we will need you to inform us in advance.