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    Good luck to all on waiting list - will be updating the first post to reflect the change in direction the thread will be taking (I.e. Now a waiting list thread)!
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    (Original post by ceciafb)
    congrats! are you holding out for swansea?
    Heya Cecia,

    Thank you! Yes I'm still holding out for other offers, a place at SGUL is fantastic but for financial and personal reasons I would accept an offer from any of my other 3 options over this one. Still waiting for Swansea and my interviews for Warwick and Notts are the end of March/start of April so with any luck I'll get another offer and free up a space for someone on the waiting list.

    Congrats on the waiting list offer though, still a huge achievement when you think about how many people we've all been competing against. And a few years ago they gave a place to everyone on the waiting list so I wouldn't say your chances are too low anyway. I suspect that there are a bunch of graduates who would turn down SGUL if they got an offer elsewhere because of the cost of living in London.
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    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    See you say that, but it's the same with the applications and being shortlisted for interview - there are so many people applying but my *god*, some of them are applying with three C's and Bs and Cs at GCSE, with no real work experience and wondering why they get knocked back. Bare in mind that the GAMSAT curve goes down to 34? Something like that.

    Sorry if that sounds harsh to the peeps that were rejected, but to be honest, I think to get through to interview you had to be of a high standard, so you're actually just missing the mark, you're not far off.

    You and I must have the same interview score (that seems to be how they're doing it), which means that yeah, I felt my interview was mediocre as well. I'm thinking that there must have been some high, high flyers there, though.
    Hey, i'm one of those with b's and c's at GCSE level! Pretty good for my 16 seconds of revision....
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    (Original post by M150)
    Heya Cecia,

    Thank you! Yes I'm still holding out for other offers, a place at SGUL is fantastic but for financial and personal reasons I would accept an offer from any of my other 3 options over this one. Still waiting for Swansea and my interviews for Warwick and Notts are the end of March/start of April so with any luck I'll get another offer and free up a space for someone on the waiting list.

    Congrats on the waiting list offer though, still a huge achievement when you think about how many people we've all been competing against. And a few years ago they gave a place to everyone on the waiting list so I wouldn't say your chances are too low anyway. I suspect that there are a bunch of graduates who would turn down SGUL if they got an offer elsewhere because of the cost of living in London.
    This does seem to be the case with a significant number of people I spoke to on the day at St Georges and at my interview at Swansea.

    People apply to St Georges because they are limited in their options, would take a place if it was there only offer and work out the finances later. There must have been at least 2-3 people I spoke to who wanted Notts or Swansea etc over St Georges.

    The London schools are quite polarising, either people are absolutely desperate to get in or would avoid them if they could.
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    Who is attending the Taster session?
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    (Original post by wilfred87)
    Hey, i'm one of those with b's and c's at GCSE level! Pretty good for my 16 seconds of revision....
    Haha, sorry! No offense intended, I was just trying to illustrate that there are people who haven't actually prepared for medicine at all, who have just woken up and gone 'Ooh, I think I'll be a doctor!' and applied last minute, who just get knocked back, but put the 'application' numbers up. Obviously you are not one of these people!

    They really need to divide that number up - 'Applications/Serious applicants/Interviews/places'.
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    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    Haha, sorry! No offense intended, I was just trying to illustrate that there are people who haven't actually prepared for medicine at all, who have just woken up and gone 'Ooh, I think I'll be a doctor!' and applied last minute, who just get knocked back, but put the 'application' numbers up. Obviously you are not one of these people!

    They really need to divide that number up - 'Applications/Serious applicants/Interviews/places'.

    Don't worry, none taken!
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    Swansea offer! Will be declining SGUL

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    (Original post by M150)
    Swansea offer! Will be declining SGUL

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    Hi, I'm trying to decide between SGUL and Swansea and I'm a bit stuck. If you don't mind me asking, why Swansea?


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    (Original post by JosieD)
    Hi, I'm trying to decide between SGUL and Swansea and I'm a bit stuck. If you don't mind me asking, why Swansea?


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    Because it's not London
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    (Original post by JosieD)
    Hi, I'm trying to decide between SGUL and Swansea and I'm a bit stuck. If you don't mind me asking, why Swansea?


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    In a completely unbiased view, Swansea is a faaaaaaaaaar superior university.

    ;p

    I guess you need to weigh up what you want and where you're going to be. Where are you from before, are you moving away from family and friends either way?
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    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    In a completely unbiased view, Swansea is a faaaaaaaaaar superior university.

    ;p

    I guess you need to weigh up what you want and where you're going to be. Where are you from before, are you moving away from family and friends either way?
    I'm based in London but I don't really care about the location I'm more interested in the quality of the course and and the day to day experience of the university. I suppose I'm interested to hear what other people have been impressed by on both courses in case there is anything that I didn't think of!
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    (Original post by JosieD)
    I'm based in London but I don't really care about the location I'm more interested in the quality of the course and and the day to day experience of the university. I suppose I'm interested to hear what other people have been impressed by on both courses in case there is anything that I didn't think of!
    Okay, well the reason I was attracted to SGUL was because of the immersive nature of it. There's no distraction there, there's only medicine and the whole place is built around it being about medicine. You're learning in the hospital as opposed to learning in the uni campus; you're more in contact with the professionals. The reason that is why I liked it, is because I've been working in medicine for 10 years now, so I'm really to continue to feel that 'work' atmosphere. It just makes me for more comfortable about going back to uni.

    I didn't go for Swansea, simply because I didn't really like Swansea. (I'm a Londoner and there's no getting out of that. I may as well have it printed on my ass)
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    (Original post by JosieD)
    Hi, I'm trying to decide between SGUL and Swansea and I'm a bit stuck. If you don't mind me asking, why Swansea?


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    Because if I go to SGUL I have to move back to my parents house. And I really, really loved Swansea at the open day. They just seem so incredible friendly.
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    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    Okay, well the reason I was attracted to SGUL was because of the immersive nature of it. There's no distraction there, there's only medicine and the whole place is built around it being about medicine. You're learning in the hospital as opposed to learning in the uni campus; you're more in contact with the professionals. The reason that is why I liked it, is because I've been working in medicine for 10 years now, so I'm really to continue to feel that 'work' atmosphere. It just makes me for more comfortable about going back to uni.

    I didn't go for Swansea, simply because I didn't really like Swansea. (I'm a Londoner and there's no getting out of that. I may as well have it printed on my ass)
    Lol, thanks! I'm leaning towards SGUL but Swansea seemed really friendly and it is probably a bit cheaper living out of London. I also liked the sports facilities at Swansea. Having said that all my friends and work contacts are in London and I would want to work in London after uni so SGUL is winning at the moment.

    Swansea were just so nice!
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    (Original post by M150)
    Because if I go to SGUL I have to move back to my parents house. And I really, really loved Swansea at the open day. They just seem so incredible friendly.
    If going to SGUL meant living with my parents then I would most definitely be going to Swansea!
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    (Original post by JosieD)
    Lol, thanks! I'm leaning towards SGUL but Swansea seemed really friendly and it is probably a bit cheaper living out of London. I also liked the sports facilities at Swansea. Having said that all my friends and work contacts are in London and I would want to work in London after uni so SGUL is winning at the moment.

    Swansea were just so nice!
    You were in my swansea interview, congrats! Well I'd say both have positives and negatives of course, and obviously medicine is medicine wherever you do it.
    Swansea is specifically for grads only whereas SGUL you integrate with the undergrads after your first year - I also got the impression swansea is more supportive and better at flagging up when someone is struggling. They're both small cohorts which is good. Wales will be much cheaper to live in than london though it depends on your personal circumstances.

    With regards to living in London for your foundation years+ the uni you go to will have no impact on this, it's all based on your performance at your uni and your ranking (obviously particular areas of london are the most competitive to get into) and I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that SGUL ranks you alongside undergrads so there are a lot more students in the ranking.

    These are just points I've thought about really, I think you said something about wanting to carry on your dance teaching? I guess it would depend on whether you could do that anywhere or you'd need to be in London too.
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    (Original post by JosieD)
    Lol, thanks! I'm leaning towards SGUL but Swansea seemed really friendly and it is probably a bit cheaper living out of London. I also liked the sports facilities at Swansea. Having said that all my friends and work contacts are in London and I would want to work in London after uni so SGUL is winning at the moment.

    Swansea were just so nice!

    Swansea

    Pros:
    - CBL and heavy clinical integration.
    - Really friendly and transparent staff. Makes a nice atmosphere
    - Grads only
    - Decent city, enough for shopping and nightlife.
    - Mumbles just around the corner, beach etc. Could be fun
    - On the cheaper side of living. Avg. rent £250pcm to £300pcm gets you a decent property.

    Cons:
    - It's at the other end of Wales. Nothing wrong with Wales, but it is difficult to get to and from. Given the time consuming work load for GEM that might become quite a nuisance for the weekend jaunts to a friends etc.



    SGUL

    Pros:
    - PBL, much prefer the self directed type of learning.
    - Integrated with a hospital, so even outside of clinical attachments there is a clinical environment.
    - London is quite fun.

    Cons:
    - Typical rent for SGUL is £600pcm-£800pcm
    - It didn't feel as welcoming. The interview process seemed to be designed to put as much pressure on as possible and I feel this is likely going to be reflected in their teaching.
    - London, although great fun and great to work in, is not where I see myself living. Given my chosen career and other life commitments put enough pressure on, I don't want to be sat on the tube in silence for an hour every day.
    - Personally, Tooting isn't my scene either.
    - 18 year olds.

    These are of course my own opinions and you're welcome to yours. But the main points are money and general atmosphere for me. Swansea sold me on those points very well.
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    (Original post by ceciafb)
    You were in my swansea interview, congrats! Well I'd say both have positives and negatives of course, and obviously medicine is medicine wherever you do it.
    Swansea is specifically for grads only whereas SGUL you integrate with the undergrads after your first year - I also got the impression swansea is more supportive and better at flagging up when someone is struggling. They're both small cohorts which is good. Wales will be much cheaper to live in than london though it depends on your personal circumstances.

    With regards to living in London for your foundation years+ the uni you go to will have no impact on this, it's all based on your performance at your uni and your ranking (obviously particular areas of london are the most competitive to get into) and I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that SGUL ranks you alongside undergrads so there are a lot more students in the ranking.

    These are just points I've thought about really, I think you said something about wanting to carry on your dance teaching? I guess it would depend on whether you could do that anywhere or you'd need to be in London too.
    It will be much easier for me to pick up teaching work in London but then again London is also more expensive so the two may cancel each other out.

    I'm going to the SGUL taster day on the 18th so I'm hoping that will give me more of an idea of the course and the realities of PBL. I liked Swansea's case of the week idea but I don't think you really know which approach is the best for you until you try it. I also felt that Swansea would be really supportive....... Oh god I'm going to have to think about this carefully! I honestly didn't think I'd have choice. :confused:
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    Hi I got an offer from SGUL. Who's going to the open day and is there a Facebook page? Looking forward to meeting the cohort
 
 
 
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