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    Hey Guys, my current Medicine application profile!

    GCSEs: 1A* 1A 5Bs 3Cs
    AS: Biology chemistry and philosophy&ethics (only 3alevels)

    Work experience:
    - 3 months Oxfam charity
    - 1 week pharmacy in Nigeria
    - Teachers assistance at primary school assisting disadvantage students
    -1 week with cardiologist
    -1 week Gasternologist in Easter

    Volunteering:
    - Royal Hospital of neuro-disability
    - A&E volunteer
    - volunteer at care home
    - shopmoilibility escort (breaks)
    - volunteer at RNIH blind people assistance
    -Ronald MacDonald families with critically ill children
    - I did crisis at Christmas for homeless people, making there Christmas great

    Please be honest, according to my profile, where would be best for me, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (increasing strength), how strong would you say my application is? I want to apply to Plymouth and like Exeter!
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    (Original post by Moodicrus)
    Ok I might get some stick because this is a bit early but there's no harm right? The sooner we start the more prepared we are.

    GCSEs - 6 A*s Chemistry Physics Maths Further Maths French Music
    6 As Biology History Economics English Lang English Lit RE

    AS - Biology Chemistry Maths Economics

    Work Experience - Volunteer at King's, 1 week with a cardiothoracic surgeon, 1 week GP, 1 week shadowing a doctor.

    Potential unis - Cambridge (if my AS modules are good enough, maybe...)
    King's
    UCL
    (haven chosen a 3rd/4th yet)

    Further reading - I recommend A brief introduction to medical ethics, really useful book for interviews apparently and not too long.
    The man who mistook his wife for a hat

    Hobbys - PIANOO (Liszt FTW), tennis and dance

    Discuss anything related to applying to study Medicine at University. What did you guys get at GCSE/aiming for at A Level?
    How on earth did you find so much work experience?
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    (Original post by elena2710)
    ahh you're going to Lourdes! I'm very jealous haha.

    Getting work experience is really hard though, I completely understand. I don't have any contacts and I have been rejected from basically all the schemes I have applied for! (or I don't qualify i.e. outside catchment, not first in my family to go to uni etc etc). Ugh why is it so hard?

    You have loads of volunteering though, so you should be fine. What a levels are you taking btw??
    I sure hope so! I just wish my profile was as good as yours!

    I'm taking biology chemistry maths and further maths, and I'll probably drop further Maths next year (although i kind of want to continue with four subjects because o love them all!)
    His are you finding your subjects?
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    (Original post by Iamflorence)
    Hey Guys, my current Medicine application profile!

    GCSEs: 1A* 1A 5Bs 3Cs
    AS: Biology chemistry and philosophy&ethics (only 3alevels)

    Work experience:
    - 3 months Oxfam charity
    - 1 week pharmacy in Nigeria
    - Teachers assistance at primary school assisting disadvantage students
    -1 week with cardiologist
    -1 week Gasternologist in Easter

    Volunteering:
    - Royal Hospital of neuro-disability
    - A&E volunteer
    - volunteer at care home
    - shopmoilibility escort (breaks)
    - volunteer at RNIH blind people assistance
    -Ronald MacDonald families with critically ill children
    - I did crisis at Christmas for homeless people, making there Christmas great

    Please be honest, according to my profile, where would be best for me, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (increasing strength), how strong would you say my application is? I want to apply to Plymouth and like Exeter!
    Hey. Your work experience is amazing. Make sure you avoid GCSE heavy unis such Cardiff and Birmingham. I'm not sure about Plymouth but for Exeter make sure you get as many or are predicted as many A*s as possible. They give preference to applicants predicted more A*s.
    To make a proper decision wait until you've done the ukcat in the summer. I found that it was the biggest deciding factor for me. If you ace it then you can apply to ukcat heavy unis such as Manchester, Durham, Newcastle, queen Mary's and kings. If it doesn't go too well avoid these unis and look into more BMAT unis.
    Just spend this year focusing on school and try as hard as you can to get too grades. Good luck 😊


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    GCSEs: 7A*s 1 A 3Bs
    AS: Maths Biology Chemistry Psychology
    Extras: grade 7 violin, silver Dofe, House captain, junior, intermediate, senior maths challenges, ncs
    I wanted to do stuff like medicine taster courses but I didnt get in
    Work Experience: Volunteering at care home for the elderly and a day in x ray department at croydon hospital and apart from that nothing
    I tried looking for some using official ways but I didnt get anything, so I was going to contact doctors directly but I dont know any that I would know for sure would take me on. Anyone that has done work experience in hospitals in london, HELP ME
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    (Original post by bee264)
    GCSEs: 7A*s 1 A 3Bs
    AS: Maths Biology Chemistry Psychology
    Extras: grade 7 violin, silver Dofe, House captain, junior, intermediate, senior maths challenges, ncs
    I wanted to do stuff like medicine taster courses but I didnt get in
    Work Experience: Volunteering at care home for the elderly and a day in x ray department at croydon hospital and apart from that nothing
    I tried looking for some using official ways but I didnt get anything, so I was going to contact doctors directly but I dont know any that I would know for sure would take me on. Anyone that has done work experience in hospitals in london, HELP ME
    Try getting experience for other medical careers as well such as pharmacy of physiotherapy! Universities understand that it is difficult, and these professions still offer you a clinical perspective
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    (Original post by flyingpanda)
    How on earth did you find so much work experience?
    With the cardiothoracic surgeon, i called up Hammersmith hospital and after a gazzilion of doctors saying no, he finnaly agreed. I just sent my CV to my local GP surgery and they let me come. And i get 1 week of work experience pro bono because ive been volunteering at King's hospital for more than three months.

    Universities understand that its really hard to get work experience, im lucky because i started looking really early and spaces weren't filled up yet. If you cant get any, have you tried looking for taster days? there are looads I could pass on if you need some direction.
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    (Original post by elena2710)
    Mixture tbh. I'm actually loving chemistry and maths atm! (good teachers, interesting work etc); biology is pretty standard but I hate physics so much.

    I don't think I have regretted anything more than taking physics. Any previous enjoyment I felt for the subject has died completely and I have the sh*test teacher I have ever met. I've ranted about this on another thread lol, but even though 5+ students have complained (parents emailing; talking to head of year etc) nothing has been done.

    I completely understand that it's your own responsibility at A level and you can't blame your bad grades on an awful teacher, but as I hate the subject so much atm, I find it so so hard to do independent work.

    Anyway, what about you haha? Hopefully you're having a better subject experience than me
    I have to agree with you on physics (probably not the best thing to do, but ah well). I used to take it in addition to my current subjects, but I had to drop it for basically the same reasons as you, although there was the part about the electricity part being boring

    I love my current subjects though! Maths and Further Maths are going really well, and we have under 2 modules left to do, which is good. Chemistry is going really well (best in the year in my mock!:woo:), probably because I have a great teacher, and biology, I love it, and it's going quite well, but I feel like we're going too slow! I feel like I might have to self study a lot of the units in it, and I find it hard to just do it myself, which I can tell will be my downfall already!
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    I have to agree with you on physics (probably not the best thing to do, but ah well). I used to take it in addition to my current subjects, but I had to drop it for basically the same reasons as you, although there was the part about the electricity part being boring

    I love my current subjects though! Maths and Further Maths are going really well, and we have under 2 modules left to do, which is good. Chemistry is going really well (best in the year in my mock!:woo:), probably because I have a great teacher, and biology, I love it, and it's going quite well, but I feel like we're going too slow! I feel like I might have to self study a lot of the units in it, and I find it hard to just do it myself, which I can tell will be my downfall already!
    What is it with physics?

    I've started to not like it as much since taking it at AS. My teachers are okay, but I had a really amazing teacher at GCSE, who made everything seem so simple.

    But I'm okay at it, (found out I got an A in my mock!) I just don't enjoy it very much.

    I do love chemistry though, it is easily my favourite subject!
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    (Original post by flyingpanda)
    What is it with physics?

    I've started to not like it as much since taking it at AS. My teachers are okay, but I had a really amazing teacher at GCSE, who made everything seem so simple.

    But I'm okay at it, (found out I got an A in my mock!) I just don't enjoy it very much.

    I do love chemistry though, it is easily my favourite subject!
    I think it may just be plagued with bad content...
    Well done on your grade though!

    Chemistry is great! I'm looking forward to starting the organic sections
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    I think it may just be plagued with bad content...
    Well done on your grade though!

    Chemistry is great! I'm looking forward to starting the organic sections
    It's good that you guys are enjoying chem! For most people it's the subject most likely to let them down as it can get rather difficult if you can't get your head around the concepts, especially A2.
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    GCSEs - 10A*s 1A
    A-Levels - Biology, Chemistry, Maths, T&D

    Work Experience;
    - 3 day Medical Programme - shadowed a palliative care consultant and a paediatric endocrine consultant.
    - Shadowed a biochemist working on a multi drug resistant protein.
    - 1 week in Neuropathology (scheduled).

    Further reading - The Emperor of All Maladies, The Private Life of the Brain

    Potential Universities - Oxford, Imperial, King's, QUB
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    (Original post by ozmo19)
    GCSEs - 10A*s 1A
    A-Levels - Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, AS T&D

    Work Experience - 3 day programme with BHSCT shadowing a palliative care consultant and a paediatric endocrinologist. Shadowed a biochemist working on a multi drug resistant protein.

    Further reading - The Emperor of All Maladies, The Private Life of the Brain

    Universities - Oxford, UCL, Imperial, King's

    I've been set on applying for Oxford since year 10 but not sure because it could be a wasted choice... Also need much more work experience; it's so hard to get hospital placements
    Hiya!
    I applied this year for medicine entry and I am currently holding an offer.
    I'm not sure if you've looked into this, but three of your university choices are BMAT universities. Whilst they are all brilliant choices, it's very risky as the BMAT can go very wrong and you won't know your results until after you apply! If I use myself as an example, I got 14A*s at GCSE and was predicted A*A*A* at A Level. My BMAT wasn't the best so I got a pre-interview rejection from Oxford which didn't bother me too much as I had already received an interview at that point from my first choice university, but it was still pretty hard as I'd done well in my GCSEs. Oxford was my only BMAT university, and I'm glad I took the advice of others in only applying to one (maximum two they said) BMAT universities.

    Have you looked at any other GCSE heavy medical schools?


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    (Original post by emem2011)
    Hiya!
    I applied this year for medicine entry and I am currently holding an offer.
    I'm not sure if you've looked into this, but three of your university choices are BMAT universities. Whilst they are all brilliant choices, it's very risky as the BMAT can go very wrong and you won't know your results until after you apply! If I use myself as an example, I got 14A*s at GCSE and was predicted A*A*A* at A Level. My BMAT wasn't the best so I got a pre-interview rejection from Oxford which didn't bother me too much as I had already received an interview at that point from my first choice university, but it was still pretty hard as I'd done well in my GCSEs. Oxford was my only BMAT university, and I'm glad I took the advice of others in only applying to one (maximum two they said) BMAT universities.

    Have you looked at any other GCSE heavy medical schools?


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    The choices I put down are by no means final and are just a few I am drawn towards at the moment. Being more realistic; Imperial, KCL, QUB, +1 more but again, nothing final. I've looked at Birmingham/Cardiff etc, but i'm not sure I would like to study in those cities.
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    (Original post by ozmo19)
    The choices I put down are by no means final and are just a few I am drawn towards at the moment. Being more realistic; Imperial, KCL, QUB, +1 more but again, nothing final. I've looked at Birmingham/Cardiff etc, but i'm not sure I would like to study in those cities.
    Ok, just thought I'd give some advice after I was given some good advice from other TSR members last year. I remember being in your position last year, just make sure you choose your universities carefully and that you are 100% sure you've looked into all aspects (the course mainly, living costs and financial aspects, location etc.) Good luck!


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    (Original post by Iamflorence)
    Hey Guys, my current Medicine application profile!

    GCSEs: 1A* 1A 5Bs 3Cs
    AS: Biology chemistry and philosophy&ethics (only 3alevels)

    Work experience:
    - 3 months Oxfam charity
    - 1 week pharmacy in Nigeria
    - Teachers assistance at primary school assisting disadvantage students
    -1 week with cardiologist
    -1 week Gasternologist in Easter

    Volunteering:
    - Royal Hospital of neuro-disability
    - A&E volunteer
    - volunteer at care home
    - shopmoilibility escort (breaks)
    - volunteer at RNIH blind people assistance
    -Ronald MacDonald families with critically ill children
    - I did crisis at Christmas for homeless people, making there Christmas great

    Please be honest, according to my profile, where would be best for me, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (increasing strength), how strong would you say my application is? I want to apply to Plymouth and like Exeter!
    Honestly, I think it depends on your ukcat and A-levels as well but if you have a solid ukcat like above 670 and solid results, I'd say your application is definitely strong enough for plymouth, 7-8/10 You'll need pretty good A-levels for exeter from what I've heard.
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    Hey guys,
    This is my profile if you will

    GCSEs:

    1 A*^, 7 A*, 4 A

    AS levels:

    AAAAA (Predicted: Bio, Chem, Phys, Maths & Further Maths)
    I'd like to drop phys n further but pick up spanish as an AS next year - always enjoyed it

    Work Experience:

    1 week in Renal Department of local hospital

    Volunteering:

    Meal-time at the hospital every week
    Sunrise + Homework Club
    Peer Mentoring
    Uganda Trip (Our school works with a school there helping them expand their facilities so I'll be going for 2 weeks in the summer)

    Not really sure where to apply yet, but I really need to work on my experience - if anyone has any advice on how to get more experience please tell me also if there's other ways I can improve my application
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    (Original post by saahil0987)
    Hey guys,
    This is my profile if you will

    GCSEs:

    1 A*^, 7 A*, 4 A

    AS levels:

    AAAAA (Predicted: Bio, Chem, Phys, Maths & Further Maths)
    I'd like to drop phys n further but pick up spanish as an AS next year - always enjoyed it

    Work Experience:

    1 week in Renal Department of local hospital

    Volunteering:

    Meal-time at the hospital every week
    Sunrise + Homework Club
    Peer Mentoring
    Uganda Trip (Our school works with a school there helping them expand their facilities so I'll be going for 2 weeks in the summer)

    Not really sure where to apply yet, but I really need to work on my experience - if anyone has any advice on how to get more experience please tell me also if there's other ways I can improve my application
    I have just finished work experience with a cardiologist and it was amazing!
    And i have A&E, gasternology+ gyn/ob planned.
    What I did was email all the consultants the entire hospital basically. I know it's long but it does work, you will get a few yeses.
    Make sure it's at least 6 weeks prior to the time you want to start your placement so if you want to do some work experience in the Easter holiday, start emailing them now.
    If you want a model email, message me i will give you mine! Also do a google saerch of "hospital work experience 2016" and you should find forms which i filled too and places. If you are based in London and you want work experience at great ormand street hospital, message me too.

    Good luck, you can do it!

    And do work experience in your local pharmancy + voluneering
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    Hey I am based in london and I am completely stuck with work experience as i have had a few problems with work experience and I have been trying for great ormond street as well. So can you help me please! Thanks!!!!!!

    (Original post by Iamflorence)
    I have just finished work experience with a cardiologist and it was amazing!
    And i have A&E, gasternology+ gyn/ob planned.
    What I did was email all the consultants the entire hospital basically. I know it's long but it does work, you will get a few yeses.
    Make sure it's at least 6 weeks prior to the time you want to start your placement so if you want to do some work experience in the Easter holiday, start emailing them now.
    If you want a model email, message me i will give you mine! Also do a google saerch of "hospital work experience 2016" and you should find forms which i filled too and places. If you are based in London and you want work experience at great ormand street hospital, message me too.

    Good luck, you can do it!

    And do work experience in your local pharmancy + voluneering
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    I got 4 As (Biology, english language, geography and science), 2 A*s (chemistry and english literature), 3 Bs (maths, physics, french), 1 distinction (french), merit (ICT), C (General Studies). Honestly, looking at some of the grades, I'm beginning to doubt my chances of getting into Medicine, but most Universities tend to only ask for the top 7 or 8. It's just that B in maths that is letting me down mostly, as it's limiting the number of places I can apply to.

    I'm starting voluntary work next month at a hospital and a charity shop. I also qualified as a first aider when I was 11 (don't know if that will help me much now) and I've raised £1600 independently for MAP.

    I've applied to different work experience and voluntary roles too:
    - Nuffield
    - Nursing home volunteer
    - Volunteer with disabled children
    - Physiotherapy work experience
    - Medical programme at my local hospitals (I applied for 2 different hospitals)
    - Optometry work experience (as a back up)
    - An "NHS week" in my local hospital
    - Pharmacy (My friend's dad owns it so it's easy for me to get into I guess)

 
 
 
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