Medicine at Bangor University - UCAS

Bangor University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor)


Course summary

Working in close collaboration with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Primary Care providers across North Wales, our new programme will replace the current Cardiff University School of Medicine C21 North Wales curriculum. Innovative changes were introduced into the C21 North Wales curriculum to maximise the opportunities from our diverse clinical settings, rural and urban. The Welsh language and cultural context of North Wales Communities have been embraced and considered to help to prepare you for your future medical practice. Whilst our independent medical school is newly formed, we have a successful track record of training medical students. Since 2018 we have been successfully delivering the Cardiff University C21 North Wales Medicine programme for Year 3 students, from 2019 for Year 2 to 5 graduate entry students, and from 2020 with Cardiff Year 1 students transferring to Bangor to complete their programme in North Wales. On 17 July 2023 at Cardiff University, the first cohort of medical students who studied in North Wales graduated. Based on this strong foundation, our newly established medical school will build on the success of the C21 North Wales programme in delivering first-class medical education. The North Wales Medical School curriculum has been academically validated by the Quality and Validation unit of Bangor University through a process involving external medical educational expertise. All UK medical schools are regularly reviewed by the General Medical Council (GMC), the professional regulator for Medicine responsible for ensuring high standards for medical education detailed in their document “Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training”. In addition, all new medical schools are subject to rigorous scrutiny by the GMC. The North Wales Medical School is progressing through the GMC approval process to award a Primary Medical Qualification. GMC accreditation is only completed when the first intake of students is due to graduate. To protect students, new medical schools must work with a ‘contingency’ partner, an established medical school able to provide support and willing, if GMC quality standards are not met for any reason, for students to transfer and graduate from the contingency school. The contingency partner school for the North Wales Medical School is Cardiff University School of Medicine. The 2024 commencement date for the North Wales Medical School Medicine programme has been agreed with the GMC. You will experience a rich learning environment with greater emphasis on learning in Primary Care and at the heart of local communities, in keeping with the Welsh Government’s plan “A Healthier Wales.” The curriculum focuses on community medicine through a range of clinical placements in varied environments including: a full year at a GP Surgery; large teaching hospitals; mountain medicine; rural environments. We will train you to be an excellent doctor for Wales and beyond by providing high quality teaching, and an inspiring learning experience based around increased clinical contact and award-winning clinical teaching at the University Health Board. You will graduate as a skilled clinician who understands people and the environment in which we live. As your placements will be based in a range of locations across North Wales, your home campus of study may change from your second year onwards to facilitate easier travel to your place of study. This will be communicated to you in line with your placement allocation.


For details of the modular structure, please see the course description on Bangor University's website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Important: We are currently not accepting international students for this programme. Additional Entry Requirements: You must also demonstrate an awareness of the healthcare system in the UK and the nature of the medical training in your personal statement. If you are a first language Welsh speaker then please make this clear within your personal statement. We do not accept BTEC or T Levels for this programme. Applying: A complete application must be submitted to UCAS by the deadline. We may not consider supplementary information received by the University after this deadline. Contextual admissions: A contextual offer of AAB may be made to Welsh speaking students (which for the purpose of application to Medicine must also include having gained a Welsh Language (first language) GCSE qualification) or those who meet our contextual offer requirements. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. We will be considering this in the offers that are made, which may be lower than advertised. Further details about contextual offers can be found on our website. Qualification resits: We will only accept Level 2 (e.g. GCSE) resits completed within 12 months of the original sitting. These must be completed prior to application. The exception to this is English Language which has no time limit for resit but must be included as achieved or pending on the application form. We do not accept level 3 resits. However, it should be noted that we do not consider exams taken after centre assessed grades to be re-sits. Re-sits of A Level module units will be considered provided that the final exam has not already taken place and a grade awarded. Graduate Entry: If you are a graduate applicant, you must have or be working towards a 2.1 (Hons) in your degree. You must also have BBB/ABC at A-level (or equivalent) including subject requirements and in the instance of ABC, compulsory sciences cannot be at grade C. You must also meet the minimum GCSE requirements. If you have completed an MSc / PhD, the minimum A-Level requirement is BBC (or equivalent) including subject requirements with compulsory sciences cannot be at grade B or above. Previous study of medicine: Those who have previously studied medicine are required to notify us prior to application. If you did not complete your course due to criminal convictions or academic failure you should email [email protected] prior to application. If you did not complete your course for health reasons you should contact the Programme Lead (Dr Nia Jones [email protected]) prior to application. Important information - Entry requirements are subject to change year by year. - All applicants should be permanent UK residents on the day of application. We will not consider those who are awaiting approval of permanent UK residency. - All applicants must be 18 years old at the start of the course. - Applicants can only apply to Bangor University for a maximum of two cycles. - Applicant’s level 3 entry qualifications should not be more than five years old at the start of the course. This will be the case unless the applicant has been continuing in education in a relevant health-related subject area or working within a healthcare-related role. These should have been continuous from leaving level 3 education with limited or no gaps. Gaps between two different A Level (or equivalent) science subjects listed on our website should not be more than five years. Please email [email protected] for further clarification before applying. - International qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please email [email protected] with copies of your qualifications before applying.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If your application is successful, you will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) before admission to the course. If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.

Health checks

Before starting the course, all successful applicants will be required to undergo a health check, including screening for blood-borne viruses and tuberculosis, by our Occupational Health Service. If you are non-immune to Hepatitis B, you will need to complete a full immunisation programme before taking part in clinical procedures. Having a blood-borne virus or other infectious diseases won’t prevent you from completing this course and obtaining General Medical Council registration, but some specialities won’t be open to you during training or in your career. If you have a health issue that you think might have an impact on your ability to study or practise, please contact us before applying. While it is not mandatory, we would encourage all applicants to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for their own protection and that of colleagues and patients.


Should you be selected, you will be invited to attend an interview. We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn. All applicants must attend for interview if invited. Where an applicant has been successful and invited to interview, a dummy date will be issued through UCAS. This is a requirement of UCAS and is NOT your interview date. The offer will state that you must disregard the date provided and that you will be contacted by email shortly. Applicants should receive an email the following day directly from Bangor inviting them to select their own interview slot. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they check their inbox, including their junk mail, regularly and book their interview slot. If you have not received an email within 48 hours of the invite via UCAS, applicants must email [email protected]. If you do not follow up and/or book your slot before the booking closing date, we cannot make alternative arrangements.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

You must achieve UCAT prior to submitting your application. You must sit the UCAT in the year of application. We do not have a minimum threshold score; however, we will use UCAT scores as part of our selection process.

English language requirements

GCSE English Language at grade B/6

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Tuition fees and scholarship information for International applicants can be found here:
Medicine at Bangor University - UCAS