Entering medical school at the University of Auckland can occur through 2 pathways, collectively called Overlapping Year 1 (OLY1):
- Biomedical Science
- Health Science
Most students who are science-oriented will enter through biomed, and most students who enter medical school enter through the biomedical pathway.
These courses are called Overlapping Year 1 because they hold 4 papers in common, which are called the “Core” papers:
- BIOSCI 107
- CHEM 110
- POPLHLTH 111
- MEDSCI 142
The first three papers are in the first semester, while MEDSCI 142 is the only core paper of the second semester. It is largely the grade-point-average (GPA) from these four papers which are used to calculate entry into medical school. The remaining four “non-core” papers are used in conjunction with the four core papers to check eligibility for the interview. The combined GPA across all eight papers held in first year must be above 6.0 (B+).
The scores from the interview, UCAT*, and core GPA only are then taken into account for medical entry. Typically the GPA requirement for the core papers is 8.0 and above, with most students entering with a GPA of 8.25 to 8.75. An A+ is a grade of 9.0, while A is 8.0. An 8.5 GPA could be calculated from two A+’s and two A’s, for example.
Approximately 10% of the applicants will succeed at entering medical school. GPA is undeniably the most important aspect of the year, followed by the interview score.
*The controversial UMAT has been replaced in 2019 with UCAT, based on a common assessment used in the UK (UKCAT). The UCAT is a five-section logical reasoning and critical thinking test. At this early stage, we are unable to comment conclusively on the importance of this score as there is insufficient data to form a conclusion, however, we are reasonably confident in suggesting that it is still likely to be far less influential than GPA and MMI scores.
The pace of learning in OLY1 is arguably the fastest and most dense of any first-year university course. It is approximately two to three times more “intense” subjectively than final-year of high school.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information on this topic, we highly recommend reading the official information from the University of Auckland: