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Edinburgh Medical School Applicants 2012

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  • View Poll Results: What was your average UKCAT score?
    500 or lower
    0.51%
    501 - 549
    1.02%
    550 - 599
    3.55%
    600 - 649
    14.21%
    650 - 699
    35.03%
    700 - 749
    25.38%
    750 - 799
    13.71%
    800 or higher
    6.60%

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    Are there any graduate applicants stalking this thread who have dealt with Edinburghs requirement for two references? My main UCAS referee is my former senior manager as she can speak to my academic qualifications and my abilities in a caring environment and I was planning on asking a former lecturer to provide the second academic reference but I wondered if anyone had already dealt with this and could advise what they did?

    Thanks,
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    (Original post by Georgie Doll)
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    hi sorry guys just one quick question - is our timetable issued during induction week? can't wait!
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    (Original post by snooopp)
    hi sorry guys just one quick question - is our timetable issued during induction week? can't wait!
    Yeah although there's a medicine timetable for Freshers' Week somewhere in the 'new students' bit.

    Come join the Medicine freshers thread :awesome: !

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1742343
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    (Original post by snooopp)
    hi sorry guys just one quick question - is our timetable issued during induction week? can't wait!
    Hi

    I hope it's issued during the induction week as I've had nothing yet! I think we have to enrol on the Monday of Fresher's Week (at 9am :eek:) so we'll probably get some sort of pack with timetables, reading lists, and the time/date for our director of studies meeting/BBV testing etc. This is what I'm thinking anyway because I've not had anything via email or post

    I can't wait either, looking forward to meeting you guys!
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    HELP!!

    What are the chances of getting accepted with results below the minimum requirements?

    My Higher Results were:

    Maths-A
    Chemistry-A
    Information Systems-A
    English-B
    Biology-B (Hopefully getting an appeal - Missed an A by 1 mark!!)

    Also sitting advanced biology, advanced chemistry and modern studies this year. Hoping for 3 As:rolleyes:

    I know you are never accepted purely based on results but would these results be good enough along with a good ukcat and personal statement.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by 1311grant)
    HELP!!

    What are the chances of getting accepted with results below the minimum requirements?

    My Higher Results were:

    Maths-A
    Chemistry-A
    Information Systems-A
    English-B
    Biology-B (Hopefully getting an appeal - Missed an A by 1 mark!!)

    Also sitting advanced biology, advanced chemistry and modern studies this year. Hoping for 3 As:rolleyes:

    I know you are never accepted purely based on results but would these results be good enough along with a good ukcat and personal statement.

    Thanks.
    Hi, my advice would be to e-mail the admissions people, since only they can answer for certain, but I would think it highly unlikely - they do not have a provision for 3A's and 2B's in the admissions handbook. I doubt they would make exceptions since they have so many applications. If you get the appeal, then you certainly stand a chance if the rest of your application is at a high level. Good luck .
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    Hi, I was wondering what the selection process for Edinburgh is like. I know they give 'equal weight' to academic and non-academic things but what kind of grades, personal statement, UKCAT result, extracurricular activities etc would you need to get an offer? At the open day the speaker said its very difficult to get an offer. I was just wondering because at places like Glasgow Uni if you get the right grades and a good UKCAT you are basically guaranteed an interview but at Edinburgh it seems quite unclear.
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    Just to prevent any confusion about the selection process, I'll summarise it here. Edinburgh give offers based on a points system, then give x number of offers in decending order.

    When the application is submitted, the Edinburgh Admissions Office look at it and give:
    A maximum of 3 marks for the UKCAT (depending on your quartile).
    A maximum of 2 additional achieved' points . "Additional credit (‘achieved points’) for achieved academic results in all qualification frameworks is added by the Admissions Office at the time of entering the scores into the database in recognition of the greater strength of achieved results."

    It is then passed to 2 assesors for scoring. Each one does a separate score

    A maximum of 7 Academic Points are given ( 6 for Grades and 1 Bonus point).
    To get the bonus point, there must be "evidence of outstanding academic flair and creativity not recognised by the 'examination' guidelines. It is suggested that this point should not be allocated to more than 10% of the applicant pool."

    A maximum of 9 Non-Academic points ( Personal Qualities, Non-Academic Achievement, and Career Exploration).

    So 5 Points from the admissions office + a max of 16 from 2 assessors = a total of 37 points. (Offers are supposedly given around the 30 mark, but I'm not sure).

    UKCAT becomes important again when multiple people have the same score, and they are then ranked in UKCAT order.

    My source is the Edinburgh Admissions Handbook which gives this in much, much more detail http://docstore.mvm.ed.ac.uk/Policie...e/Handbook.pdf.
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    (Original post by K-man.)
    Just to prevent any confusion about the selection process, I'll summarise it here. Edinburgh give offers based on a points system, then give x number of offers in decending order.

    When the application is submitted, the Edinburgh Admissions Office look at it and give:
    A maximum of 3 marks for the UKCAT (depending on your quartile).
    A maximum of 2 additional achieved' points . "Additional credit (‘achieved points’) for achieved academic results in all qualification frameworks is added by the Admissions Office at the time of entering the scores into the database in recognition of the greater strength of achieved results."

    It is then passed to 2 assesors for scoring. Each one does a separate score

    A maximum of 7 Academic Points are given ( 6 for Grades and 1 Bonus point).
    To get the bonus point, there must be "evidence of outstanding academic flair and creativity not recognised by the 'examination' guidelines. It is suggested that this point should not be allocated to more than 10% of the applicant pool."

    A maximum of 9 Non-Academic points ( Personal Qualities, Non-Academic Achievement, and Career Exploration).

    So 5 Points from the admissions office + a max of 16 from 2 assessors = a total of 37 points. (Offers are supposedly given around the 30 mark, but I'm not sure).

    UKCAT becomes important again when multiple people have the same score, and they are then ranked in UKCAT order.

    My source is the Edinburgh Admissions Handbook which gives this in much, much more detail http://docstore.mvm.ed.ac.uk/Policie...e/Handbook.pdf.
    Thats really helpful. Thanks a lot!
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    (Original post by K-man.)
    Just to prevent any confusion about the selection process, I'll summarise it here. Edinburgh give offers based on a points system, then give x number of offers in decending order.

    When the application is submitted, the Edinburgh Admissions Office look at it and give:
    A maximum of 3 marks for the UKCAT (depending on your quartile).
    A maximum of 2 additional achieved' points . "Additional credit (‘achieved points’) for achieved academic results in all qualification frameworks is added by the Admissions Office at the time of entering the scores into the database in recognition of the greater strength of achieved results."

    It is then passed to 2 assesors for scoring. Each one does a separate score

    A maximum of 7 Academic Points are given ( 6 for Grades and 1 Bonus point).
    To get the bonus point, there must be "evidence of outstanding academic flair and creativity not recognised by the 'examination' guidelines. It is suggested that this point should not be allocated to more than 10% of the applicant pool."

    A maximum of 9 Non-Academic points ( Personal Qualities, Non-Academic Achievement, and Career Exploration).

    So 5 Points from the admissions office + a max of 16 from 2 assessors = a total of 37 points. (Offers are supposedly given around the 30 mark, but I'm not sure).

    UKCAT becomes important again when multiple people have the same score, and they are then ranked in UKCAT order.

    My source is the Edinburgh Admissions Handbook which gives this in much, much more detail http://docstore.mvm.ed.ac.uk/Policie...e/Handbook.pdf.
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    I got 595 in my UKCAT, was really disappointed .. I really like Edinburgh and was trying to work out if i can go there. Approximately what quartile will i be in? 3rd or 4th ?

    I got 10A* at GCSE, 5 As at AS and hopefully 3A* prediction. If i have a good personal statement & reference is it worth applying?
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    (Original post by itsme2011)
    I got 595 in my UKCAT, was really disappointed .. I really like Edinburgh and was trying to work out if i can go there. Approximately what quartile will i be in? 3rd or 4th ?

    I got 10A* at GCSE, 5 As at AS and hopefully 3A* prediction. If i have a good personal statement & reference is it worth applying?
    I am assuming your UKCAT quartile will depend on the scores of the other applicants so it is impossible to predict. I am just an applicant too but that would be my guess.
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    (Original post by itsme2011)
    I got 595 in my UKCAT, was really disappointed .. I really like Edinburgh and was trying to work out if i can go there. Approximately what quartile will i be in? 3rd or 4th ?

    I got 10A* at GCSE, 5 As at AS and hopefully 3A* prediction. If i have a good personal statement & reference is it worth applying?

    (Original post by ChangedMyMind)
    I am assuming your UKCAT quartile will depend on the scores of the other applicants so it is impossible to predict. I am just an applicant too but that would be my guess.
    The above poster is correct ... but it wouldn't hurt to have an informed guess that if 650 has roughly been the said average each year, then with exam inflation then more people in this intake will probably have moved the average above 650. So a score of 595 would probably be in the 3rd quartile, or even the 4th. Again, that would be my guess. I think it would be worth applying if everything else was perfect, as such. UKCAT only plays 3 out of a possible 37 points and if people with 30 and above usually get offers you still have a chance.

    Obviously you'd have less of a chance than perhaps other candidates but if you really like Edinburgh and you have a spare choice then go for it
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    What sort of UKCAT score do you think I should aim for for Edinburgh? My AS grades are AAAB and although my 4th is in an unrelated subject (politics), I'm worried as it's not AAAA...
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    (Original post by DLZF)
    Just wanna ask, I got average 625 in my average. Approximately which quartile i will be in?
    I got 632.5 last year which is close to your score and was third quartile, so that might give you some indication anyway, but obviously it'll depend what people get this year which quartile you're in
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    'Lo there, I'm hoping to apply for medicine at Edinburgh next year, and I was hoping some current students (or anyone) could maybe clear a few things up for me.

    How much work is there each week? I mean the total hours of lectures, practicals, etc. I suppose if anybody knows exactly how much they study by themselves each week it would be handy too, but I assume that varies too much to give an accurate value for.

    Does doing well in sports count toward your application? Someone told me that Edinburgh doesn't look at this, but they could easily have been wrong. The website does say they take extra-curricular activities into account.

    I'm from Northern Ireland, so does that put me at a disadvantage for being made an offer (excluding fees)? A teacher told me this, but I assume it wouldn't be allowed.

    Also, anyone know what the halls are like?

    Thanks
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    i'm trying to work out if realistically i have a chance of getting in this year.
    in my feedback for last year it said i got an 'average' score for my grades - AAAAB.
    but now that i've got my advanced highers (ABB) and another higher (A) will this score go up?
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    What are your gcses and ukcat score?
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    (Original post by mg9651)
    What are your gcses and ukcat score?
    me?
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    Did my UKCAT this morning, and I'm now worrying about the quartiles!!!

    662.5 would be 2nd quartile or something - right?

    How's everyone doing on their Personal Statements? :eek:

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