The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Undergraduate Admissions
Entry Requirements

Qualifications for Undergraduate Entry
 

Faculty: Medical Sciences | Humanities and Education | Law | Science and Technology (formerly Pure and Applied Sciences) | Social Sciences

FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

To be qualified for entry, applicants must satisfy both the general matriculation requirements of the University and the specific requirements of the Faculty of Medical Sciences for entry to the MBBS.

General Matriculation requirements:
Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) subjects (gen. prof. Grades I-III) and/or GCE ‘O’ Levels (grades A-C) including English Language and Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Specific requirements:
The minimum academic requirements for admission to the MBBS Programme are based on performance in the Caribbean Proficiency Examination (CAPE)/GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations or their equivalent.
Applicants must:

  • Have attained their 18th birthday by December 30 of the year of entry
  • Have achieved passes in three (3) Two-Unit CAPE or three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects according to any one of the following schemes

 

Scheme

(CAPE)/GCE ‘A’ Level passes

Must include these subject(s) among the five (5) CXC /GCE ‘O’ Level passes required for matriculation

A Chemistry, Biology/Zoology and either Physics or Math.  
B Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and a non-science subject  Physics

Applications to enter the MBBS will be also considered in the following categories:

Transfers

  • Transfer applicants to the MBBS from the Faculties of Science and Technology formerly (Pure and Applied Sciences) of the UWI may be considered on completion of the Preliminary and/or Introductory years of the programme.
  • All such applicants must complete and submit a Transfer Form (only) by the second Friday in January in the year of application.
  • Qualification for entry will be based on performance in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject

Applicants Holding UWI Science Degrees
Persons holding a UWI first degree from the Faculties of Science and Technology (formerly Pure and Applied Sciences) with a minimum of lower second-class honours may be considered for entry.


Applicants Holding Degrees from other Universities
Persons holding degrees from Universities other than the UWI will also be considered provided that:

  • The University which granted the degree is recognized by the UWI as competitive.
  • Credits have been obtained in Biology / Zoology and Chemistry
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or its equivalent has been obtained.

Associate Degrees and Community Colleges
Applicants holding a triple major Associate Degree from an approved community college will be considered provided that a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater has been attained.

 Equivalent qualifications
Applications may also be considered from persons holding other qualifications which are deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to the categories above as determined from official transcripts.

Please note that entry into the MBBS Medical Undergraduate Degree Programme is highly competitive and being qualified is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Non-academic/Co-curricular criteria

  • All applicants are required to submit certified evidence of their involvement in co-curricular activities in support of their application (see guidelines for submission in application package)
  • Recent and/or sustained involvement of the applicant in such activities will be considered in assessing the suitability of applicants for a career in medicine.
  • In addition to the co-curricular form, applicants to this faculty must submit a short (300 word or less) autobiographic sketch outlining the reasons for their career choice.   Click here to download co-curricular form.

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FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND EDUCATION

Three-Year Programme

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grade I-III) or GCE Subjects
  • Compulsory - English Language
  • Passes in two 2-unit CAPE/GCE A-Level subjects

OR

An Associate Degree from the Barbados Community College (BCC), College of the Bahamas (COB), or St. John's College, Belize with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above.

OR

A Diploma pursued over three (3) years from an approved Teacher's Training College or a Diploma pursued over two (2) years, together with a one year internship, provided that the holder has at least four (4) CSEC General Proficiency (Grade I-III) or GCE O-Level passes including English Language.

Other approved Diplomas and Certificates
 

Fine Arts Degree Programme

The Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree follows a programme of study in two art disciplines (drawn from dance, theatre and moving picture arts).  Students choosing dance as one of their disciplines will be required to audition prior to admission to the programme, while interviews will be conducted for those choosing theatre and moving picture arts.

Four-Year Programme

Passes in at least five (5) CXC General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE 'O' Level subjects including English Language and either one of the following: a foreign language, Elementary Mathematics, Geography, or an approved science subject .

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FACULTY OF LAW

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O-Level
  • Compulsory - English Language
  • Passes with highly competitive grades in at least two 2-unit CAPE subjects/two GCE A-Level subjects.

OR

An Associate Degree from an approved Tertiary Level Institute with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0


FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (formerly Pure and Applied Sciences)

Entry Requirements:

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME:

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O-Level subjects
  • Compulsory - English Language and Mathematics and two (2) approved laboratory science subjects and one (1) other subject
  • Passes in at least two 2-unit CAPE/GCE A-Level subjects according to the field of study as shown according to this link.

 

FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMME (Cave Hill and Mona)

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O-Level Grade (A - C) subjects
  • Compulsory - English Language and Mathematics
  • Two approved laboratory science subjects
  • An approved science subject and Additional Mathematics
Approved Laboratory Science Subjects


FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Entry Requirements:

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE subjects
  • Compulsory - English Language, Mathematics
  • Passes in at least two 2-unit CAPE subjects/two GCE Advanced level subjects or the equivalent.

FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME

  • Minimum of five (5) CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O-Level subjects
  • Compulsory-English Language
  • Either one (1) of the following: a foreign language, Elementary Mathematics, Geography or an approved Science subject.
     
  • B. Sc. Hospitality & Tourism Management

    This is a four-year programme which is offered jointly with the Barbados Community College.

    Applicants are required to first complete:

    The two-year Associate Degree in Applied Arts-Tourism and Travel.

    OR
     

    The Associate Degree in Applied Arts - Hotel Catering & Institutional Operations (or equivalent) with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of  2.75 before being admitted to years 3 and 4 in the Faculty.

     
  • B.Sc. Social Work

Each applicant, irrespective of academic qualifications, must satisfy the following programme application requirements:-

  • Request two (2) referees to submit to the Senior Assistant Registrar, (Admissions), CONFIDENTIAL references on the applicant attesting to   his/her suitability for professional Social Work.
  • Submit along with the application, a personal statement of between 250 and 300 words in length, giving his/her reasons for wanting to study for the degree in Social Work.
  • Attend as requested an interview with the Faculty of Social Sciences personnel or, in respect of applicants from non-campus countries, with persons nominated by the Faculty.

 

Student Affairs: Admissions
Phone: (246) 417- 4127 | Fax: (246) 438-9145 | Email: admissions@cavehill.uwi.edu