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    (Original post by pan_93)
    i've been looking at their resit policy and i just have a small question about it...cos i know they dont look at it favourably. I resat one of my maths modules...which I got an A in anyway to get a better A in the hope of getting an A*. Will this hinder my application because i did get an A in the first place?
    Was just flicking through the medical school forum and saw ure name in the UCL applicants thread. Good luck with the reapplication man. And make sure you apply imperial
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    (Original post by pan_93)
    i've been looking at their resit policy and i just have a small question about it...cos i know they dont look at it favourably. I resat one of my maths modules...which I got an A in anyway to get a better A in the hope of getting an A*. Will this hinder my application because i did get an A in the first place?
    Perhaps you should quote Purplefrog, when I was applying I heard about how they try to work out your overall grade without counting resits but i'm not sure. If so, as long as you have an A overall without the resits you should be fine. Just make sure to include all your grades when you apply through UCAS. If they think that something is fishy they will just contact your exam boards.
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    Hi guys,
    I've made a last-minute decision to go to a UK medical school. I've been keeping it off until now just cuz its too expensive for international students.. So I'm a bit short on my university research.. I would just like to know if I have to go through an interview to attend UCL. If they do, is it a MUST for my to attend the interview at the university??
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    (Original post by histephenson007)
    Hi guys,
    I've made a last-minute decision to go to a UK medical school. I've been keeping it off until now just cuz its too expensive for international students.. So I'm a bit short on my university research.. I would just like to know if I have to go through an interview to attend UCL. If they do, is it a MUST for my to attend the interview at the university??
    Yes. And consider yourself lucky to get one!
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    (Original post by histephenson007)
    I would just like to know if I have to go through an interview to attend UCL. If they do, is it a MUST for my to attend the interview at the university??
    Yes, no offer is given without an interview.
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    Hey all, I've just done a mega-post on PS Advice here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=744

    you can also always find it by the link in my signature titled "medicine personal statement advice" - I hope it helps all you guys
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    @marc... I hope it isn't sarcasm
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    Hey all, I've just done a mega-post on PS Advice here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=744

    you can also always find it by the link in my signature titled "medicine personal statement advice" - I hope it helps all you guys
    Hello

    I'm going mad thinking about this. Basically, I am really worried that my GCSE grades will let me down because I only got 6A's 3B's and 2C's My teachers think I am capable of getting straight A*'s at A2. I have got lots of work experience from GP's and hospitals and such...I also took 2 mini medicine courses and have attended a number of lectures, for which I have been given certificates for. My extra-curricular schedule is quite busy with DofE gold, debating and paired reading with the younger students. I was thinking of re-sitting my GCSE's before applying. My questions are: Does UCL accept GCSE retakes? If I was to do really well in my BMAT...what are my chances of getting an offer? Thank you! ^_^
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    (Original post by Pretty-Eyes)
    Hello
    Hi

    I'm going mad thinking about this. Basically, I am really worried that my GCSE grades will let me down because I only got 6A's 3B's and 2C's My teachers think I am capable of getting straight A*'s at A2.
    That's a start getting support from your teachers. Make sure you are predicted straight A*s in this case.

    I have got lots of work experience from GP's and hospitals and such...I also took 2 mini medicine courses and have attended a number of lectures, for which I have been given certificates for. My extra-curricular schedule is quite busy with DofE gold, debating and paired reading with the younger students.
    That's all well and good, but its how you reflect up on it. Certificates and merely participating means absolutely nothing to be honest - lots of applicants get in with much less.

    I was thinking of re-sitting my GCSE's before applying. My questions are: Does UCL accept GCSE retakes?
    email medicaladmissions@ucl.ac.uk to see their official stance on it. You will get an official reply from one of the two admissions tutors. Don't accept anybody else's answers apart from one of the staff who replies from that address.

    If I was to do really well in my BMAT...what are my chances of getting an offer? Thank you! ^_^
    I cannot stress enough that UCL do look at your entire application as a whole. On my interview day I had people with much higher and lower BMAT scores than me, meaning people were called up on different combinations of merits on their application. Your BMAT score, academics etc. are only there to help you get shortlisted for interview. After that, UCL are satisfied you've met the academic requirements for the course (apart from your A2s obviously) and the interview is to see your personal suitability, not your academic suitability for the course. Your BMAT won't come into consideration once you get an interview. So, it indirectly helps you get an offer, but is not the sole reason - its your interview performance only that determines whether you get an offer.

    Bear this in mind: I have friends who scored ridiculously well in the BMAT (6.0, 6.4, 4A) and not get called for interview despite having out of this world academics (A*A*A*A* predictions, AAAA all 95%+ at AS and 12A* or more at GCSE). One can only assume their personal statement was weak or they had a unsupportive reference (unlikely). You need to have a good, all round application.
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    Hi
    Bear this in mind: I have friends who scored ridiculously well in the BMAT (6.0, 6.4, 4A) and not get called for interview despite having out of this world academics (A*A*A*A* predictions, AAAA all 95%+ at AS and 12A* or more at GCSE). One can only assume their personal statement was weak or they had a unsupportive reference (unlikely). You need to have a good, all round application.
    That is completely crazy! What were these friends like if I may ask? Were they taking the medical application seriously enough to make the most of their work experience or were they just complete academics? I find it hard to think that you can get rejected before interviews with academics like that. Surely the whole point of the interview is to see how well you cope after considering academics? And also if someone were to achieve those grades I would be inclined to think that they would be the sort of motivated person who tries hard in anything anyway. What a shame for having put that sheer effort in and then writing a crap PS that gets you rejected..:confused:
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    That is completely crazy! What were these friends like if I may ask? Were they taking the medical application seriously enough to make the most of their work experience or were they just complete academics? I find it hard to think that you can get rejected before interviews with academics like that. Surely the whole point of the interview is to see how well you cope after considering academics? And also if someone were to achieve those grades I would be inclined to think that they would be the sort of motivated person who tries hard in anything anyway. What a shame for having put that sheer effort in and then writing a crap PS that gets you rejected..:confused:
    They were incredibly driven on medicine, just as keen as any other person... I can only assume it was their PS that let them down...
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    They were incredibly driven on medicine, just as keen as any other person... I can only assume it was their PS that let them down...
    What had you done that was different to them?
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    What had you done that was different to them?
    No idea, as said before, the only major variable that differentiated us was the personal statement.
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    No idea, as said before, the only major variable that differentiated us was the personal statement.
    Fair enough. I suppose every applicant is different and that fact seems to matter a lot to UCL. It won't dissuade me from applying!
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    hi everyone I want to apply.. I duno if I should though because I am a gap year student and don't know whether I should risk it :confused:
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    (Original post by marc_h94)
    Fair enough. I suppose every applicant is different and that fact seems to matter a lot to UCL. It won't dissuade me from applying!
    Nice way of putting it, they want 'interesting individuals' so to speak - whatever that may mean.

    (Original post by Mandy92)
    hi everyone I want to apply.. I duno if I should though because I am a gap year student and don't know whether I should risk it :confused:
    You have nothing to lose. If you get rejected before interview, you can always reapply again.
    If you do get an interview, you will either get an offer or rejection, like everybody else. However, UCL do say that if you're rejected after interview, they don't really want you to apply to the medical school again. However, there are situations where they will give people a deferred offer (even if they applied for the immediate year following) as they believe people will mature up in the gap year they take. Failing that, they also reject some people but give them special written permission to apply to the medical school again (and if lucky, sometimes even guarantee interview - though I've not heard of that in the 2011 cycle).

    You pose a good a shot as any. The only difference is that you'll have to be perhaps slightly more convincing in your commitment to medicine as they're going to have to take up a slot of 2013's cohort without even knowing what the relative competition is like.
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    I am doing a mega-post here (in the UCL 2012 applicants thread) seeing as I've just had a flood of PMs asking the same questions over and over. I hope this helps resolve many of your queries and lays to rest any anxiety you may have about applying to UCL Medical School.

    -- Purplefrog
    THIS IS BASED ON 2011 ENTRY (my year of application)

    SUBJECTS:
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    You should be taking 4 AS subjects. Two of which must be biology and chemistry. The other two do not matter at all (so long as they are not general studies).
    To be in the best possible stead, you really do need to get As in Biology and Chemistry at AS. Even better would be As in each module, including coursework units or practicals your board throws at you. This will put you in a good running in terms of your academics.

    Contrasting Subject:

    I know UCL say they give a “slight preference” to those with a contrasting third A2 subject. Please note the word “slight”. From what I can see from my cohort, it genuinely is a slight preference. There are LOADS of coursemates who have taken Chem/Bio/Maths, Chem/Bio/Physics, Chem/Bio/Maths/F.Maths and have got places.
    And for those of you who are taking a contrasting subject just for UCL’s application – you’re idiots. You should generally enjoy your subjects well enough to do well in them – not just for the sake of an application. If you will perform better with Bio/Chem + Maths/F.Maths/Physics, then take that. The difference to your application is negligible.

    A2 Subjects:

    Similarly with AS, so long as you have chemistry and biology at A2 – UCL do not care at all what the third subject is (so long as its not general studies).


    UCAS REFERENCE:
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    Based on the admissions talk given my Dr Brenda Cross at the UCL Medical School open days, they look for the following in a reference:
    - Suitability and robustness to study the course (ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL SUITABILITY)
    - Intellectual curiosity
    - It should be an academic and personal character reference
    - Any extenuating circumstances they should be aware of that have occurred prior to the application deadline

    For schools that do not cash in AS grades, they also want your referee to explicitly state what you got at AS.

    UCL also require your referee to state your predicted grades for each and every subject you will be sitting that year (A2 subjects, EPQs, any additional AS subjects you pick up etc.)

    MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREDICTED AT LEAST AAA at A2. If you take 4 or more A2 subjects – make sure two of those As are in Bio/Chem. Nobody gives a crap about what you’ll be predicted in the 4th (or more) A2 subject.

    NB: Most of you will be like my school/college, where you have no say or idea in what is in your reference. You can only hope your referee naturally writes about such things or you can try to inform them well in advance and trust them to do so. Luckily, with my school, apparently most of our references are taken up talking about academic performance in each subject and the final paragraph is apparently my form tutor’s comments on my personality.


    BMAT
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    You need to sit the BMAT in order to successfully apply to UCL.

    Use of the BMAT:
    UCL use the BMAT to help shortlist candidates for interview. The better your BMAT score is, the higher you get priority ranked to be called up for interview. Getting a lower BMAT score will not get you negative points, but you won’t be given as much of a priority.

    What BMAT Score to get:

    As high as possible! Up until 2010 entry, UCL used to stipulate a 5.0, 5.0, 9.0 score on the BMAT would guarantee interview. This is now NOT TRUE for 2011 entry onwards. This is because S3 in the BMAT has undergone a new marking criteria of 1-5 (strength of argument) and A-E (effectiveness of communication). They currently (at time of writing, 2012) do not have enough data to make such cut-offs.
    However, UCL do really want people to get As and Bs in S3 – so make sure you stay calm during the BMAT essay and write clearly and succinctly!

    There is no universal cut-off.

    The effectiveness of your BMAT score will be judged not upon the raw value itself compared nationally, but against the BMAT applicants who apply to UCL Medical School that year. So if for instance, UCL by luck have a really magnificent set of applicants who all tend to get 7.0 (a godly score) in S1+2 and 4A in S3 – getting a well above average score of 6.4 is unlikely to go in your favour in this case. And vice versa, if the UCL applicants have relatively low scores (4.2, 3B) then having something like 4.6, 3B will place you in better stead. The score you get and its effectiveness is RELATIVE to the rest of your UCL cohort.

    UCL will publish the average applicant’s score of your cohort shortly after BMAT results day. This can be found on their medical school website page.


    INTERVIEWS:
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    Shortlisting:
    UCL tend to take your application as a whole to short list candidates for interview. As said previously, your BMAT score helps them priority rank you. However getting the best marks in the BMAT will not guarantee you interview if your personal statement, reference, AS grades, predictions etc. are poor.

    Interview Season:
    Interviews occur from early December until late March. They will keep interviewing until they have given out all the offers they can.

    Some candidates, who get interviews in early December, will have been called up because UCL loved their overall application. These invites will get sent before BMAT results are published! If you get one of these, give yourself a pat on the back.

    If you are in school, UCL will tend not to give you January interviews as this is when Jan exams occur and they use this time to interview graduates. However it is not unheard of for the odd school applicant to have a January interview.

    Just a note:
    On my interview day, there were around 20 being interviewed in the morning session (there are around 2-4 panels interviewing in parallel). There was such a broad range of GCSE grades, BMAT results and A2 subjects - it became instantly clear that people had been called up for interview based on individual merits of their overall application. Some people had way above average BMATs whereas others had even lower than average BMATs. So not all hope is lost if your BMAT misses the average mark - so long as it is not too low across the board.

    Non-competitive interviews:
    If you get summoned for interview at UCL, well done! This means there is a place for you, they want to give it to you but you have to first justify them giving it. All interviews for UCL Medical School are non-competitive. You are only competing against yourself. Unlike Oxford/Cambridge where there might be 30 of you competing for 10 spaces, at UCL you are only called up if there is a place on the course for you.

    What is means is that you CAN talk and you CAN be friendly to all your fellow applicants in the interview waiting room There is good chance you’ll be future coursemates together!

    Relevance of grades, BMAT, academia after being shortlisted:
    Once you are shortlisted for interview. UCL are satisfied with your academic ability and your grades, BMAT score etc. WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO FURTHER ACCOUNT. Once you are called up for interview, you and every other applicant there are on a level playing field and have an equal shot at a place regardless of previous merits.

    It is solely your interview performance that seals the deal:
    Once you are at interview stage, the only thing that will get you a place will be your individual performance. As said, grades and other merits are not considered after being shortlisted. Now its time for you to deliver in person!

    Interview setup:
    You will have a panel of 3 interviewing you. They can range from clinical lecturers, pre-clinical lecturers, medical students, local teachers, members of the public, doctors, researchers, patients from hospitals, medical school admin staff… literally anyone!

    Only two of the interviewers will engage in conversation with you. The third will be watching your body language and reactions.

    Interviews last approximately twenty minutes and they tend to get through around 5-8 questions depending on your answers and other points of discussion.

    YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED ANY SCIENCE QUESTIONS IN INTERVIEW. Unless of course you decided to be a smartarse and wrote about a condition “I have particular interest in” in your personal statement Though that’s your fault for putting yourself in a hole there – as they will then pick you up on that to validate it, should they be in a mood.

    Interview Questions:
    UCL Medicine interviews vary greatly. From what I’ve found, they do a fantastic job of tailoring it to your personal statement very closely. So more than likely, your interview will be nothing like that of others. My sole tip would be to learn your PS very well and be ready to elaborate on or justify anything you’ve written about.

    BMAT Essay:

    Before your interview (when you go into the waiting room), you will get given a photocopy of your BMAT essay to look at. Don’t worry about this. They only want to see how you defend yourself, communicate a logical argument and see if you can reflect upon what you’ve done. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SCORE YOU GOT. In your interview you’ll just pretty much get asked things like “why did you choose this question?” “what would you change, if anything?” “what did you mean by this?”. Sometimes, they will challenge you and say “but surely this is wrong?..” You either stand your ground and justify your statement or weigh up both sides of the argument and then conclude that it is wrong.

    My interview:

    Here are just my reflections and recollections of my interview. I had a panel of 3, two men and a woman. I first got asked about my work experience and then my views on political issues. I later got asked about challenges I faced as a senior prefect and how I overcame them. Funnily enough, I got asked NOTHING on my BMAT essay! I came out of my interview thinking it was a disaster as I had got asked nothing argumentative or worth debating. Nor did I get asked anything generic like "why UCL/Medicine?" "what are your hobbies?" "why not nursing?". However I do know of applicants who did get asked such questions.
    Funnily enough, despite all my doubts, I got an offer in the end!


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    The standard offer for applicants after interview is AAA at A2. The offer will state you must have grades AA bio and chem. If you take 4 or more subjects, they won’t specify the 3rd A.

    You will hear if you have have an offer or rejection after interview via UCAS Track within 14 days (usually do they do it by 5 days). You will also receive a letter in the post from UCL.

    Preferential Offers:
    Every year, UCL gives around 20 preferential offers. These are ABB-AAB offers. If you REALLY REALLY impress them in interview you’ll get given one. Don’t worry if you don’t get one though, they rarely give out all 20 or so, often is just around 10 and are incredibly rare.

    Recommendations for a gap year:
    They sometimes want to give you an offer but will think you will benefit from a year out to mature. In this case, they will give you a deferred entry offer. It is of course up to you whether you take it or not.
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    THIS IS BASED ON 2011 ENTRY (my year of application)

    [SIZE="5"]SUBJECTS:[/SIZE]
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    You should be taking 4 AS subjects. Two of which must be biology and chemistry. The other two do not matter at all (so long as they are not general studies).
    To be in the best possible stead, you really do need to get As in Biology and Chemistry at AS. Even better would be As in each module, including coursework units or practicals your board throws at you. This will put you in a good running in terms of your academics.

    Contrasting Subject:

    I know UCL say they give a “slight preference” to those with a contrasting third A2 subject. Please note the word “slight”. From what I can see from my cohort, it genuinely is a slight preference. There are LOADS of coursemates who have taken Chem/Bio/Maths, Chem/Bio/Physics, Chem/Bio/Maths/F.Maths and have got places.
    And for those of you who are taking a contrasting subject just for UCL’s application – you’re idiots. You should generally enjoy your subjects well enough to do well in them – not just for the sake of an application. If you will perform better with Bio/Chem + Maths/F.Maths/Physics, then take that. The difference to your application is negligible.

    A2 Subjects:

    Similarly with AS, so long as you have chemistry and biology at A2 – UCL do not care at all what the third subject is (so long as its not general studies).


    [SIZE="5"]UCAS REFERENCE:[/SIZE]
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    Based on the admissions talk given my Dr Brenda Cross at the UCL Medical School open days, they look for the following in a reference:
    - Suitability and robustness to study the course (ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL SUITABILITY)
    - Intellectual curiosity
    - It should be an academic and personal character reference
    - Any extenuating circumstances they should be aware of that have occurred prior to the application deadline

    For schools that do not cash in AS grades, they also want your referee to explicitly state what you got at AS.

    UCL also require your referee to state your predicted grades for each and every subject you will be sitting that year (A2 subjects, EPQs, any additional AS subjects you pick up etc.)

    MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREDICTED AT LEAST AAA at A2. If you take 4 or more A2 subjects – make sure two of those As are in Bio/Chem. Nobody gives a crap about what you’ll be predicted in the 4th (or more) A2 subject.

    NB: Most of you will be like my school/college, where you have no say or idea in what is in your reference. You can only hope your referee naturally writes about such things or you can try to inform them well in advance and trust them to do so. Luckily, with my school, apparently most of our references are taken up talking about academic performance in each subject and the final paragraph is apparently my form tutor’s comments on my personality.


    [SIZE="5"]BMAT[/SIZE]
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    You need to sit the BMAT in order to successfully apply to UCL.

    Use of the BMAT:
    UCL use the BMAT to help shortlist candidates for interview. The better your BMAT score is, the higher you get priority ranked to be called up for interview. Getting a lower BMAT score will not get you negative points, but you won’t be given as much of a priority.

    What BMAT Score to get:

    As high as possible! Up until 2010 entry, UCL used to stipulate a 5.0, 5.0, 9.0 score on the BMAT would guarantee interview. This is now NOT TRUE for 2011 entry onwards. This is because S3 in the BMAT has undergone a new marking criteria of 1-5 (strength of argument) and A-E (effectiveness of communication). They currently (at time of writing, 2012) do not have enough data to make such cut-offs.
    However, UCL do really want people to get As and Bs in S3 – so make sure you stay calm during the BMAT essay and write clearly and succinctly!

    There is no universal cut-off.

    The effectiveness of your BMAT score will be judged not upon the raw value itself compared nationally, but against the BMAT applicants who apply to UCL Medical School that year. So if for instance, UCL by luck have a really magnificent set of applicants who all tend to get 7.0 (a godly score) in S1+2 and 4A in S3 – getting a well above average score of 6.4 is unlikely to go in your favour in this case. And vice versa, if the UCL applicants have relatively low scores (4.2, 3B) then having something like 4.6, 3B will place you in better stead. The score you get and its effectiveness is RELATIVE to the rest of your UCL cohort.

    UCL will publish the average applicant’s score of your cohort shortly after BMAT results day. This can be found on their medical school website page.


    [SIZE="5"]INTERVIEWS:[/SIZE]
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    Shortlisting:
    UCL tend to take your application as a whole to short list candidates for interview. As said previously, your BMAT score helps them priority rank you. However getting the best marks in the BMAT will not guarantee you interview if your personal statement, reference, AS grades, predictions etc. are poor.

    Interview Season:
    Interviews occur from early December until late March. They will keep interviewing until they have given out all the offers they can.

    Some candidates, who get interviews in early December, will have been called up because UCL loved their overall application. These invites will get sent before BMAT results are published! If you get one of these, give yourself a pat on the back.

    If you are in school, UCL will tend not to give you January interviews as this is when Jan exams occur and they use this time to interview graduates. However it is not unheard of for the odd school applicant to have a January interview.

    Just a note:
    On my interview day, there were around 20 being interviewed in the morning session (there are around 2-4 panels interviewing in parallel). There was such a broad range of GCSE grades, BMAT results and A2 subjects - it became instantly clear that people had been called up for interview based on individual merits of their overall application. Some people had way above average BMATs whereas others had even lower than average BMATs. So not all hope is lost if your BMAT misses the average mark - so long as it is not too low across the board.

    Non-competitive interviews:
    If you get summoned for interview at UCL, well done! This means there is a place for you, they want to give it to you but you have to first justify them giving it. All interviews for UCL Medical School are non-competitive. You are only competing against yourself. Unlike Oxford/Cambridge where there might be 30 of you competing for 10 spaces, at UCL you are only called up if there is a place on the course for you.

    What is means is that you CAN talk and you CAN be friendly to all your fellow applicants in the interview waiting room There is good chance you’ll be future coursemates together!

    Relevance of grades, BMAT, academia after being shortlisted:
    Once you are shortlisted for interview. UCL are satisfied with your academic ability and your grades, BMAT score etc. WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO FURTHER ACCOUNT. Once you are called up for interview, you and every other applicant there are on a level playing field and have an equal shot at a place regardless of previous merits.

    It is solely your interview performance that seals the deal:
    Once you are at interview stage, the only thing that will get you a place will be your individual performance. As said, grades and other merits are not considered after being shortlisted. Now its time for you to deliver in person!

    Interview setup:
    You will have a panel of 3 interviewing you. They can range from clinical lecturers, pre-clinical lecturers, medical students, local teachers, members of the public, doctors, researchers, patients from hospitals, medical school admin staff… literally anyone!

    Only two of the interviewers will engage in conversation with you. The third will be watching your body language and reactions.

    Interviews last approximately twenty minutes and they tend to get through around 5-8 questions depending on your answers and other points of discussion.

    YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED ANY SCIENCE QUESTIONS IN INTERVIEW. Unless of course you decided to be a smartarse and wrote about a condition “I have particular interest in” in your personal statement Though that’s your fault for putting yourself in a hole there – as they will then pick you up on that to validate it, should they be in a mood.

    Interview Questions:
    UCL Medicine interviews vary greatly. From what I’ve found, they do a fantastic job of tailoring it to your personal statement very closely. So more than likely, your interview will be nothing like that of others. My sole tip would be to learn your PS very well and be ready to elaborate on or justify anything you’ve written about.

    BMAT Essay:

    Before your interview (when you go into the waiting room), you will get given a photocopy of your BMAT essay to look at. Don’t worry about this. They only want to see how you defend yourself, communicate a logical argument and see if you can reflect upon what you’ve done. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SCORE YOU GOT. In your interview you’ll just pretty much get asked things like “why did you choose this question?” “what would you change, if anything?” “what did you mean by this?”. Sometimes, they will challenge you and say “but surely this is wrong?..” You either stand your ground and justify your statement or weigh up both sides of the argument and then conclude that it is wrong.

    My interview:

    Here are just my reflections and recollections of my interview. I had a panel of 3, two men and a woman. I first got asked about my work experience and then my views on political issues. I later got asked about challenges I faced as a senior prefect and how I overcame them. Funnily enough, I got asked NOTHING on my BMAT essay! I came out of my interview thinking it was a disaster as I had got asked nothing argumentative or worth debating. Nor did I get asked anything generic like "why UCL/Medicine?" "what are your hobbies?" "why not nursing?". However I do know of applicants who did get asked such questions.
    Funnily enough, despite all my doubts, I got an offer in the end!


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    The standard offer for applicants after interview is AAA at A2. The offer will state you must have grades AA bio and chem. If you take 4 or more subjects, they won’t specify the 3rd A.

    You will hear if you have have an offer or rejection after interview via UCAS Track within 14 days (usually do they do it by 5 days). You will also receive a letter in the post from UCL.

    Preferential Offers:
    Every year, UCL gives around 20 preferential offers. These are ABB-AAB offers. If you REALLY REALLY impress them in interview you’ll get given one. Don’t worry if you don’t get one though, they rarely give out all 20 or so, often is just around 10 and are incredibly rare.

    Recommendations for a gap year:
    They sometimes want to give you an offer but will think you will benefit from a year out to mature. In this case, they will give you a deferred entry offer. It is of course up to you whether you take it or not.
    Thanks for all this advice Purplefrog! I don't quite understand what you mean by at the interview stage "they have a place for you". Surely they give out considerably more interviews than they do offers? (which would mean you would still be competing with other applicants)
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    (Original post by marc_h94)
    Thanks for all this advice Purplefrog! I don't quite understand what you mean by at the interview stage "they have a place for you". Surely they give out considerably more interviews than they do offers? (which would mean you would still be competing with other applicants)
    Yes, they do give more offers than places. What I meant to say was for every person that gets called to interview, there is definitely an offer for them. They will not call X amount of people for interview if there are < X offers left to give. Hope that makes sense?

    So up until the BMAT you are competing. Once you have an interview, there is an offer waiting for each and every one of you who gets an interview.
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    [QUOTE=purplefrog;34147924]Yes, they do give more offers than places. What I meant to say was for every person that gets called to interview, there is definitely an offer for them. They will not call X amount of people for interview if there are &lt; X offers left to give. Hope that makes sense?

    So up until the BMAT you are competing. Once you have an interview, there is an offer waiting for each and every one of you who gets an interview.[/QUOTE

    So then why do people get rejected post-interview? Do you mean that if everyone did amazing in their interview they would accept them all?

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