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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No, but I took a gap year.
    GCSEs: 6A*s, 3As, 2Bs, Distinction and a Merit (Bio A, Chem A and Phy A*)
    AS Grades: AAAA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics)
    A2 Results: AAAA
    UKCAT (if applicable): 687.5
    BMAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering: GP surgery as a receptionist (2 weeks), Day care centre (2 weeks), SGUL hospital (go there every now and then), SJA
    Extra Curricular: Sports, learning new languages...
    Universities applied to and decisions: SGUL (Uncond Offer), Barts (Uncond offer), Durham (didn't attend the interview), Liverpool (Unsuccessful after interview- despite it being my BEST interview, not that I care now)
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    Year of Entry: 2008
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 6A* 2A 1B
    AS Grades: aaaa
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAa
    Previous Degree (if applicable): N/A
    UKCAT (if applicable): ~543
    BMAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 week hospital work experience shadowing F1/2s, SpRs etc.
    1 week GP shadowing
    ~3 months volunteer teaching at employment center for people with learning disabilities
    ~3 months volunteer work at care home for elderly
    Extra Curricular: Rowing, J15 1st XIII (never won a single race lol)
    ~3 months mentoring (...basically doing people's homework)
    Various clubs and societies that I ran/attended (which no one ever turned up to...)
    Young Enterprise (we made £5 lol)
    Subscribed to New Scientist (I just read the technology section)
    Keen cyclist (3 years ago)
    Also, does porn count?
    Universities applied to and decisions: SGUL (interviewed, AAB offer, accepted)
    Keele (interviewed, AAB offer, declined)
    BSMS (rejected w/o interview: generally good but not good enough)
    Peninsula (rejected w/o interview: ukcat not good enough)



    tl;dr: getting into med school is down to luck...like most other things
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    Year of Entry:2009
    Deferred?:no
    GCSEs:7 A*s 5 As
    AS Grades: History:A Politics:A Biology:A Chemistry:A
    A2 Prediction/Results: Predicted AAA (dropped politics)
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 622.5 average
    BMAT (if applicable): n/a
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Week at a teaching hospital (awsome!), work with mentally handicapped, work with the elderly
    Extra Curricular: Rugby, Golf, DofE, Ten Tors, Head Boy
    Universities applied to and decisions: Bristol offer AAB
    Cardiff offer AAB
    Liverpool offer AAB
    Peninsula rejected without interview (ukcat too low)
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    Year of Entry: 2009

    Deferred?: No

    GCSEs: 4A*, 6A, 1B

    AS Grades: AAAA

    A2 Results: AABa (Biology, Economics, Chemistry, PE (AS))

    Previous Degree (if applicable): BSc. (Hons) Human Sciences KCL (Predicted a 1/2.1)

    UKCAT (if applicable): 675av

    BMAT (if applicable): N/A

    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    - 5 weeks shadowing placement in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Time spread between orthopaedic & ENT clinics and leprosarium.
    - 15 months volunteering on the ward of my local hospice (every Saturday morning)
    - 3 months volunteering in a specialist cardiac ward of my local hospital (nothing too fancy though!)
    - No. of part-time jobs from the age of 16 including Starbucks, JJB Sports & Audio/TV department at John Lewis

    Extra Curricular:
    - GKTFC 2nd team player
    - KCL Anatomical Society treasurer
    - Formely represented my county at X-country & 1500m
    - Completed a half marathon, planning on completing the London marathon
    - Gillingham FC season-ticket holder
    - Im an 'improving' amateur golfer
    - Like to think im a talented poker player... but my bank balance says otherwise!!
    - Love hiking/trekking/travelling & the great outdoors!

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    - UEA (5 year): Conditional
    - King's College London (5 year & GEP): Rejected from both after interviews
    - Queen Mary's (Barts) (5 year): Conditional
    - BSMS : Rejected without interview
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    Good idea! May have been said before, but just like to add that your success in getting into medicine is not only about your credentials (as in academic, non-academic and personality) but also your ability to select universities who focus on areas of your application that are most strong - ie don't apply to Birmingham, "GCSE nazis", if you have no A*s. Finally, there's a fair old bit of luck involved, so getting rejections doesn't necessarily mean that your application is awful, it probably means you were unlucky or just needed that something extra which you could probably gain by gapping it Good luck future applicants!

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 8.5A*s, A, B
    AS Grades: AAAA
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): N/A
    UKCAT (if applicable): VR: 620 QA: 810 DA: 750 AR: 580 Average: 690
    BMAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    11 months volunteering at local hospital in Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine and Transplant & Surgery. (about 2 months carried out during UCAS cycle)
    3 months volunteering in local special school (carried out during UCAS cycle)
    WRVS meals on wheels service volunteering
    3 weeks work experience, with one week in each of the following: Orthopaedics, Cardiology and General Practice
    Extra Curricular: Martial Arts (one belt under black), saxophone, Duke of Edinburgh silver award, Head Girl, learning sign language
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    BSMS - interviewed and offered a place (insurance)
    Newcastle - interviewed and offered a place (firm)
    Cardiff - interviewed and withdrew
    Edinburgh - rejected
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    Year of Entry: 2008
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 7 A*'s 3 A's
    AS Grades: AAAA (Bio, Chem, Phys, Eng Lit)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAB (Bio, Chem, Phys)
    Previous Degree (if applicable):
    UKCAT (if applicable): Average 650
    BMAT (if applicable):
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    1 Week Hospital Placement in various departments.
    2 days Radiography department.

    Extra Curricular:
    SJA - NCO, First Aid and Care certificates, over 1000 hours duty.
    Barnardo's Young carer's scheme youth rep.
    Northern Ireland Youth board chair.
    Duke Of Ed.
    Hockey Team.
    Prefect Peer

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Edinburgh - Rejected
    Nottingham - Interview - Withdrawn
    Liverpool - Interview - Offer AAB Insurance
    Glasgow - Interview - Offer AAB Firm
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    Year of Entry:
    2009
    Deferred?:
    no
    GCSEs:
    9 A*s, 1 A
    AS Grades:
    AAAA (bio, chem, maths, phys)
    A2 Prediction/Results:
    AAAA
    UKCAT (if applicable):
    730 average
    BMAT (if applicable):
    6.8 6.8 12
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    One week at GP surgery, ~5 months volunteering at hospital, helped out at old primary school during holidays
    Extra Curricular:
    Grade 7 bass guitar, senior prefect
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Bristol: Rejected w/o interview
    Cambridge (Downing): A in chem and two other As
    Edinburgh: Rejected
    UCL: AAB including chem and bio
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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: nope
    GCSEs: 4A* 7As
    AS Grades: BBBC (ye i know)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AABB
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 560, 640, 750, 810 --> 690
    BMAT (if applicable): n/a
    Work Experience/Volunteering: GP, Elderly home, teaching in infants school, Started and afterschool group for GCSE ict coursework help and english lit revision, taught hindi on sturdays
    Extra Curricular: Young Enterprise Wohaa
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    BSMS Unsuccessful
    St georges Unsuccessful
    Kings unsuccessful
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    Peninsula

    Queen's Belfast


    unsuccessful applicants


    Sheffield


    St Andrew's

    successful applicants

    unsuccessful applicants



    Swansea GEP


    unsuccessful applicants



    Warwick GEP

    successful applicants

    unsuccessful applicants

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    I would have felt really bad reading all the other posts as an applicant!!

    Year of Entry: 2007
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 9 A*
    AS Grades: AAAA (Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Music)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 695
    BMAT (if applicable): 25.8 (5.3 7.0 13.5 I think...)
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 week shadowing clinical physiologists and JHOs
    Extra Curricular: Grade 6 Violin and Viola, Grade 5 Piano, Leader of Senior Orchestra, Second Violin in String Quartet, part-time job in restaurant, various science competitions (eg. Chemistry Olympiad - was shortlisted for Irish team), School and House Prefect
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Oxford (Trinity and University) - Rejected post-interview
    UCL - Offer (BBB)
    Queen's Belfast - Offer (AAAa)
    Edinburgh - Rejected
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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 7 As 3 Bs C
    AS Grades: BBCC (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths)
    A2 Prediction: AAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 710
    BMAT (if applicable): n/a
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 2 weeks in hospital. One week Cardiorespiratory medicine, one week orthopaedic surgery.
    Extra Curricular: Head Boy, part time job, student BMJ, learning russian, own and run my own company.
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Glasgow - Offer (AAB)
    Barts and the London - Offer (AAA)
    Newcastle -Withdrew before decision.
    UEA - Withdrew before decision.
    Glasgow was my first choice and had the lowest offer/entry requirements. I saw no reason waiting for a possible offer from UEA or Newcastle that i would have rejected anyway.
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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    GCSEs: 6A*s 3As 1B
    AS Grades:AAAAA
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAA [predicted]
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 592.5
    BMAT (if applicable): n/a
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Shadowing junior doc, ward volunteer, volunteer at care home for people with brain damage, volunteered at women's refuge, volunteered at respite care centre for young people with disabilities, tutored children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
    Extra Curricular: tennis, badminton, school netball team
    Universities applied to and decisions: Bristol [Rejected without interview]
    Keele [Rejected after interview]
    HYMS [Rejected after interview]
    Liverpool [Offer AAB]
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    This is me

    Year of Entry: 2005

    Deferred?: Nope

    GCSEs: 5A 4B

    AS Grades: BCDU

    A2 Prediction/Results: CCCU

    Previous degree: Biomedical Science - 2.1(Hons)

    UKCAT (if applicable): Nope

    BMAT (if applicable): Nope

    Work Experience/Volunteering: One week at nursing home, went into community with district nurses and physios. Helped children who struggled with english and reading skills.

    Extra Curricular: Does the pub count??

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Newcastle - 2.1 (ABB) during A levels
    Keele - 2.1
    Sheffield - 2.1 (ABB) during A levels
    Newcastle GEP - rejected

    Others during a levels Nottingham - AAB, Liverpool - AAB

    Looks so pityful really.
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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No, gap.
    GCSEs: 1A* 2As 4Bs 1C
    AS Grades: AAAA
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAB
    Previous Degree (if applicable): -
    UKCAT (if applicable): 625
    BMAT (if applicable): -
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Volunteering in an institute for the blind for 3 months. 1 month volunteering in Ghana. 1 week shadowing a neurosurgeon.
    Extra Curricular: -
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    BSMS- rej w/o interview
    Keele- rej w/o interview
    Leeds- Withdrawn
    Peninsula- Offer!
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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    Scottish Standard Grades: 7x Grade '1' + Int 2 Grade 'A'
    Scottish Highers: AAAAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): N/A
    UKCAT (if applicable): 670 Average
    BMAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 Week Surgery, 2 Days AAU/A&E, several months in a nursing home, two days GP.
    Extra Curricular: 6 week research project (Nuffield Foundation), National Youth Choir, piano, trombone, guitar, head of house (organising many charity events, role model etc), tennis, chairman of debating team, MUN (commended delegate), composing, conductor of jazz band.
    Universities applied to and decisions: Aberdeen (unconditional), Edinburgh (conditional- Higher Biology 'B'), Dundee (interview, withdrew to accept Abdn), Newcastle (interview, withdrew to accept Abdn).
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    Year of Entry: 2008
    Deferred?: No
    Standard Grades: 1111111A
    Highers: AAAAB (then another A in 6th year)
    Advanced Highers: AC
    UKCAT (if applicable): 675 overall maybe?
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Week in a hospital, 6 months in a nursing home, helping with Brownies, being a "superbuddy", guiding first years
    Extra Curricular: Charities, yearbook, 7 different musical groups, Silver/working to gold DofE, dancing, going to Pathways lectures, a summer course thing at my local uni, drama productions
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Newcastle - Unconditional
    Dundee - Unconditional
    Glasgow - Conditional BBC
    Aberdeen - Rejection after interview.
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    These details are for Vazzyb

    Year of Entry : 2007
    GCSEs: 7A* 4A
    AS Level: 6As (Double Maths, Three Sciences, GS) ~98%
    A2 Level: 6As (Double Maths, Three Sciences, GS) ~97%
    BMAT: 6.1 6.7 10.5 = 23.1
    UKCAT: 700
    Work Experience 5 "partial" weeks in hospital (2*Cardiology, 2*Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine)
    Extraciricular Activities: Cricket, Young Enterprise

    Applications and Results:

    Gonville and Caius, Cambridge ....... AAA [FIRM]
    UCL............................. ...................AAB [INS]
    Birmingham...................... ................AAB
    St Georges......................... ..............AAB
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    Year of Entry: 2008
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 9A*s 1.5As (Inc. triple science)
    AS Grades: AABBB (Maths, History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAAA/AAABB (Maths, History, GS, Biology, Chemistry)
    UKCAT (if applicable):640
    BMAT (if applicable):
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 2 weeks GP, 3 weeks hospital in various departments, reading at a primary school weekly for a year
    Extra Curricular:vice-chairman of school's charity week where we raised £15,000, lifeguard, swimming, prefect, deputy-house captain, bronze + silver DOE
    Universities applied to and decisions: Birmingham (Interview offer AAB), Bristol (Interview rejection), Leeds (Interview offer AAB insurance), Nottingham (Interview offer AAB firmed)

    Got into Leeds but currently considering leaving medicine, though this isn't a reflection on the school, which is generally very positive. I've left now.
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    Year of Entry: 2009

    Deferred?: Nope, though I wish I had sometimes

    GCSEs: 11A*s

    AS Grades: AAAAAA: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Critical Thinking

    A2 Prediction: AAAA (Bio, Chem, Physics, Maths)

    Previous Degree (if applicable): -

    UKCAT: 660, 600, 790, 710 = 690
    BMAT: 6.7, 5.0, 7.5 = 19.2

    Work Experience/Volunteering (nothing particularly special lol): 1 week in the cardiology depts of two hospitals, 4 months patient visiting (Jan 09-now), volunteered with MENCAP over the summer (08) and every half term, peer mentoring, PreMed
    Extra Curricular: Grade 4 piano (started in yr12), DofE silver, modelled in fashion show, captain of Hans Woyda Maths Team, sci&maths prefect, house sports captain, ran a year 8 maths club, badminton...

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Imperial: Offer AAAC
    St Georges: Offer AAA
    Kings College London: Waiting List---> Rejected (first interview, was so, so nervous!)
    Cambridge (Gonville and Caius): Pooled after interview, rejected (section 2 of bmat not good enough)

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