Gateway 2 Medicine

Providing an accessible and supportive route into medicine.


Why take this course?

What is Gateway2Medicine? 

Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme offers young people from a widening access background in Scotland the opportunity to study medicine. Our partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCol) provides an accessible and supportive route into medicine, enabling applicants to reach their full potential and achieve their dream of becoming a Doctor.

All those who successfully complete the one year G2M programme and meet UKCAT and interview standards will be granted a place on the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree programme

​How to Apply

Before submitting an application, please ensure you are eligible to apply. Applications should be submitted, via UCAS, by 15th January.

The Programme code is A1A1 and the Institution code is A20. If you are already in the UCAS system please contact the G2M team directly before applying.

What you will experience

Our G2M programme comprises elements of the University of Aberdeen’s longstanding Certificate in Pre-medical Studies and the HNC/HND in Applied Sciences provided by NESCol. Courses in Session 1 (August to December) will be delivered by NESCOL at its Aberdeen City Campus. Session 2 (January to May) will be based at the University of Aberdeen and comprises four compulsory courses. The programme also includes a work experience module. NHS Grampian has guaranteed every student on the G2M programme Healthcare Support Worker-level paid employment.

View the G2M information flyer

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply applicants must satisfy the following academic and eligibility criteria. Applications are welcomed from those domiciled in Scotland.

Academic criteria
  • A minimum of 4 Highers at AABB over one or two sittings (over S4-S6). This must include any two sciences from Chemistry, Maths, Biology/ Human Biology and Physics; OR
  • National Certificate Level 6 Applied Sciences Group award, to be achieved with 18 credits plus a science Higher at grade A achieved over one academic session and accompanied by a suitable reference from course tutor.
Eligibility criteria
  • Applicant is resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the Scottish index of multiple deprivation (SIMD); OR
  • Applicant is a young person who is care experienced (young person in care/care leaver)
Alternative criteria

Alternatively, you must meet a minimum of three criteria from this list:

  • Applicant comes from one of Scotland’s REACH schools
  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Applicant is a young person who is formally classed as a carer
  • Applicant eligible for free school meals at any point in secondary education
  • Applicant lives in an area that is considered to be very remote and rural areas as classified by the Urban Rural Classification
  • Applicant is eligible for the Educational Maintenance Award
  • Applicant can provide verifiable independent evidence of severe sustained hardship that is not reflected in current SIMD categorisation 
  • Applicant has entered secondary education with English as a second language.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

If you have any questions about terms and conditions or eligibility, you can visit the dedicated Gateway2Medicine webpage or email the team at the University of Aberdeen:

Telephone: 01224 437927

Next steps



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Applications are made through UCAS. Full information on applications is available on the University of Aberdeen's website.
Find out more about how to apply

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.