Candidate Data

The UKCAT Consortium seeks to minimise bias due to factors such as age, gender, nationality, ethnicity or socio-economic background. In order to do this we collect demographic, admissions and educational data on applicants to medical and dental schools in the UK. The data collected provide the UKCAT Consortium with an effective, reliable mechanism for:

  • The administration of the test (i.e. to verify candidate details and to be able to communicate correct test results to participating medical and dental schools)

  • The verification of the internal reliability of the test (i.e. is it a fair test and does it favour particular demographics of candidates)

  • The establishment of the predictive validity of the test with regards to medical/dental school and postgraduate performance

  • Undertaking research related to admissions to medicine and dentistry that reflects the legitimate interests of UKCAT

Research and analysis only takes place on anonymised data and UKCAT is committed to ensuring that no individual or groups of individuals can be identified in any published research undertaken on its behalf.

We seek to obtain the following data from UCAS for UKCAT candidates: 

About you:

UCAS PID; any declared disability; date of birth; area of domicile (UK, EU, non-EU); school or college details; ethnicity; nationality; parental attendance in HE; classification of area based on young participation in HE; gender; socio-economic group.

About your application:

Course and university choices; University decisions; your decisions in response to offers; year of entry.


Subjects and grades achieved at GCSE

Further details regarding how we collect, store and process your data can be found in our Data Privacy Policy.  Please note this document is currently being reviewed and updated in light of new legislation coming into force in May 2018.