(Original post by !MEna)
That just proves that it's not all about the grades. BSMS are big on personal statements and character - individual qualities.
I think I played it way too safe with my personal statement.
It might interest you and other applicants to see the feedback I received from them:
Thank you for your email regarding your unsuccessful application to BSMS.
Your application was considered an eligible one (passed step 1 of the process described on www.bsms.ac.uk
) and was sent to two of our assessors. Because the scores returned were relatively close to, but just below, the interview threshold it was subsequently sent to a third assessor. The mean score returned was 24/30, which compares to an overall average for our A level applicants of 21-22/30 but an interview borderline during the main UCAS cycle of above 25/30. Applicants with scores of 24.5/30 or above were placed on our Reserve List, and those with scores below this returned to UCAS as unsuccessful.
In summary there was nothing at all wrong with your application, which was considered a very strong one. Unfortunately just too many others were considered even stronger. The context of course is that this year there are nearly 20,000 applicants competing for the 7,500 places in the 31 UK medical schools. If our applicants are any guide, a very high proportion of the applicants are very well qualified both academically and non-academically, so the competition is severe, and many excellent applicants unplaced. This level of competition is fully reflected at BSMS.
However, if you end up without a place there are broadly three options:
1. With the right A level grades, take a gap year and re-apply. Lots of people do this, and with the right grades chances of at least interviews are pretty high. It is important to have gap year plans in place by September - these will strengthen the non-academic aspects of your application. We have quite a lot of students who have entered this way.
2. Again with the right A level grades, progress to a BSc degree, but you can still apply to some medical schools (e.g. BSMS) in your first year on the basis of the A levels you have already achieved. You will be at university, so you won't have the gap year plans to help, but just having the A level grades in hand rather than predicted grades will help many candidates.
3. Complete a BSc degree, get high grades, and reapply to medicine as a graduate entrant. Here good A levels may improve your chances, but quite modest A levels can be OK if you do well at university. This too is an entirely credible entry route - 3yr BSc + 4 year on a graduate-entry medicine degree is no longer than the standard route with a gap year (gap year + 5 yr + 1 yr for intercalated BSc) and graduates seem to be doing very well on course pretty well everywhere.
I am sorry that I cannot be more helpful, but I hope that this at least provides the context to our decision.
BSMS Senior Admissions Officer
That makes it...
- 0.5 short from getting a place on the BSMS reserve list.
- 1.0 short from getting an interview at BSMS.
- 0.6 short in S2 of the BMAT from being a guaranteed interview at UCL.
It just shows how close and tough it gets when you apply to medical school. I feel really, really lucky that I eventually got an offer from George's. It's humbling, it really is...and anyway, I'd rather go to George's, merry, merry George's!