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    (Original post by John Locke)
    why does having 332 places mean anything different?

    it wasn't really 90% this year, there were more rejections than in previous years (or so it has seemed - i can't back it up with statistics).
    Because on the birmingham website it says they interview 900 applicants, and on this page it says that 90% of those interviewed receive offers. The only other thing I can think of is that many of those who receive offers tend to use it as insurance rather than their main choice
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    What is the best medical school?
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    What is the best medical school?
    The one that is best for you.
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    (Original post by as_94)
    Because on the birmingham website it says they interview 900 applicants, and on this page it says that 90% of those interviewed receive offers. The only other thing I can think of is that many of those who receive offers tend to use it as insurance rather than their main choice
    medical schools (and indeed universities in general) will make more offers than they eventually admit as students. the amount they over-offer by is guided by how many people will decline their offer, put them as an insurance and go to their firm and/or that will miss the grades entirely. birmingham will make more than 332 actual offers for the 2011/12 cycle.
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    (Original post by as_94)
    Sorry for another question. I've just been on B'ham's site, and apparently there are only 332 places available in 2011. Does this mean that getting an interview no longer holds the 90% success rate?
    It probably doesn't hold a 90% success rate, no. But don't forget that the amount of offers that a uni gives is much greater than the number of places available, this means that there will still be a fairly high "success" rate.

    Edit: John's explanation is just as good
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    ah ok, thanks very much guys
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    What is the best medical school?
    Imperial clearly.
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    (Original post by as_94)
    OK, I've got a question, I'm saving the thread

    For the interview, you might need to know about current NHS issues/NHS in the news. To what extent do you need to know about NHS history or medical history?
    :hello:

    It's not something that I would spend too much time on, either you know it or you don't. I would recommend learning why the NHS was created (got some nods from the interviewer for that), internal competetion/market forces, foundation trusts, some newer initiatives like "super" GPs. Also, read up on NICE as it ties with ethics and the Euro Time Directive. :top:
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    Right, I've cleared this thread out *again* and don't want to have to keep doing this so please quit it with the spam or I'll have to start handing out warnings which I really don't want to have to do.
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Imperial clearly.
    No doubt about it.
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    No doubt about it.
    Your firm and insurance have the same grade offer...?
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Your firm and insurance have the same grade offer...?
    Yeah I did that because I heard that Birmingham may take you if you miss gettin the A by a couple of UMS. So I just stuck it in, just in case
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    Yeah I did that because I heard that Birmingham may take you if you miss gettin the A by a couple of UMS. So I just stuck it in, just in case
    Hmm, I would have thought that only applied if you were their firm choice. But meh, could be wrong.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Hmm, I would have thought that only applied if you were their firm choice. But meh, could be wrong.

    Hopefully it wont matter anyway Also I have seen other people on TSR who have firmed a lower offer (AAB) and insured an AAA....now I don't get the logic of that ( if they are doing three A2 subjects) :lolwut:
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    Hopefully it wont matter anyway Also I have seen other people on TSR who have firmed a lower offer (AAB) and insured an AAA....now that is stupid lol
    Why, exactly? You're not losing anything by firming them rather than turning them down.

    Also lots of people are doing four subject these days. My Glasgow offer (AAB) includes chemistry. My Durham offer (AAA) includes one of chemistry or biology. If I got AAAC with C in chemistry then Glasgow would not accept me but Durham would.

    Which makes a helluva lot more sense than firming a University of the same offer, that birmingham taking people if they drop a few marks only applies if you're firm.
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Why, exactly? You're not losing anything by firming them rather than turning them down.

    Also lots of people are doing four subject these days. My Glasgow offer (AAB) includes chemistry. My Durham offer (AAA) includes one of chemistry or biology. If I got AAAC with C in chemistry then Glasgow would not accept me but Durham would.

    Which makes a helluva lot more sense than firming a University of the same offer, that birmingham taking people if they drop a few marks only applies if you're firm.
    Oh right the people that I was referring to, were taking 3 subjects, mistake on my part there shoulda specified that...er you got something against Birmingham, capitalising university instead of Birmingham...:rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Formula 1)
    Oh right the people that I was referring to, were taking 3 subjects, mistake on my part there shoulda specified that...er you got something against Birmingham, capitalising university instead of Birmingham...:rolleyes:
    Have you got something against using commas properly?

    Screw off, this isn't H&R, we don't pick apart people's grammar.
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Have you got something against using commas properly?

    Screw off, this isn't H&R, we don't pick apart people's grammar.
    :rofl: you need to chill the **** out....

    p.s. yeah i hate commas
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Your firm and insurance have the same grade offer...?
    Mine were as well. In fact all my offers were, but I thought I might as well make one of them my insurance as it gave me another avenue to go begging come results day! :p:
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    (Original post by as_94)
    Sorry for another question. I've just been on B'ham's site, and apparently there are only 332 places available in 2011. Does this mean that getting an interview no longer holds the 90% success rate?
    I never see the point of those stats, the percentage is never 100 so you always have to try at interview, how likely it is that you will be successful shouldn't matter.

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