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    hey congrats guys!

    Iv'e just currently started Alevel, and need serious advice.
    Ive always dreamt big. My only aspiration in life has been to become a doctor. I did poorly in my gcses, getting 2As, 7Bs and 3Cc (1 C in science), I'm not doing any a level science. Im working to get As and A*s at a level (maths, eng lit, geog and eco), is applying for the foundation route possible with these grades? Do i need 2 retake my gcses in order to gain higher, after my Alevels. Or shall i stop, rethink my life and believe that achieving this dream is something I'm not capable off?
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    hey congrats guys!

    Iv'e just currently started Alevel, and need serious advice.
    Ive always dreamt big. My only aspiration in life has been to become a doctor. I did poorly in my gcses, getting 2As, 7Bs and 3Cc (1 C in science), I'm not doing any a level science. Im working to get As and A*s at a level (maths, eng lit, geog and eco), is applying for the foundation route possible with these grades? Do i need 2 retake my gcses in order to gain higher, after my Alevels. Or shall i stop, rethink my life and believe that achieving this dream is something I'm not capable off?





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    Isit true King's give interviews to the top 10% ukcat scores? my score is 737.5 where does this put me?
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    (Original post by nana96)
    Isit true King's give interviews to the top 10% ukcat scores? my score is 737.5 where does this put me?
    No it's not true, they do favour a high UKCAT but they use a sliding scale with no set cutoff, they look at your academic profile and statement as a whole alongside the UKCAT. however your UKCAT compared to previous years is competitive


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    (Original post by kcapsoccer)
    wow your UKCAT is amazing! Congrats! i have A* A* A* A as A2 predictions and 750 UKCAT.
    Aw thank you, hopefully it'll be enough!
    Your UKCAT is great too and your A Level predictions are awesome good luck! Where else have you applied?


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    (Original post by itsmagic)
    I scrolled down.. glad that you've got it sorted
    Nope, I've heard nothing! (Not just from King's, I haven't heard anything from anyone) have you heard anything?


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    Absolutely nothing yet lol
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    (Original post by maryam77)
    hey congrats guys!

    Iv'e just currently started Alevel, and need serious advice.
    Ive always dreamt big. My only aspiration in life has been to become a doctor. I did poorly in my gcses, getting 2As, 7Bs and 3Cc (1 C in science), I'm not doing any a level science. Im working to get As and A*s at a level (maths, eng lit, geog and eco), is applying for the foundation route possible with these grades? Do i need 2 retake my gcses in order to gain higher, after my Alevels. Or shall i stop, rethink my life and believe that achieving this dream is something I'm not capable off?




    When you say the foundation route into medicine do you mean the extended medical degree programme (6 years) Kings do?

    If so, the following is what is stated on their website

    United Kingdom
    A levels
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    Compulsory subjects
    Chemistry and Biology required at A-level. GCSE requirement: at least grade C in English Language and Mathematics, if not offered at A/AS-level. NOTE: this programme is only open to students from participating UK schools in the London, Kent and Medway area

    Therefore you must have taken both Chemistry and Biology A-levels to be eligible to apply for this course. Give them a call I am sure they will give you advice on what to do.

    Hope this helps
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    I have a feeling this is the week guys - the week interviews are sent out!


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    (Original post by franngu)
    I have a feeling this is the week guys - the week interviews are sent out!


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    You really think so?? It's quite early but it feels like forever!!! I hope you're right!


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    (Original post by nana96)
    Isit true King's give interviews to the top 10% ukcat scores? my score is 737.5 where does this put me?
    I attended the Medicine Open Day last year at King's and it was mentioned in the admissions lecture that they interview roughly the top 25% UKCAT scores out of the pool of applicants to the university. Obviously they also factored in GCSE results (I believe King's have a sliding scale using both UKCAT and GCSE results), and a little consideration is put into things like personal statement, ect.
    I'm not sure how high your score will have to be this year to make it into that top 25%, but 737.5 is really good, especially coupled with a good few A* grades at GCSE. I think across TSR people have been guessing at rough estimates for the King's cut-off UKCAT score this year: 725-730 seems to be the most common range of figures, but no one really knows until interviews begin to come out, plus no one knows how much GCSE grades influence this either. Last year's UKCAT cut-off was 695, yet some applicants received interviews with lower UKCAT scores, because of higher GCSEs, or perhaps exceptional personal statements.
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    (Original post by PocketMerlin)
    I attended the Medicine Open Day last year at King's and it was mentioned in the admissions lecture that they interview roughly the top 25% UKCAT scores out of the pool of applicants to the university. Obviously they also factored in GCSE results (I believe King's have a sliding scale using both UKCAT and GCSE results), and a little consideration is put into things like personal statement, ect.
    I'm not sure how high your score will have to be this year to make it into that top 25%, but 737.5 is really good, especially coupled with a good few A* grades at GCSE. I think across TSR people have been guessing at rough estimates for the King's cut-off UKCAT score this year: 725-730 seems to be the most common range of figures, but no one really knows until interviews begin to come out, plus no one knows how much GCSE grades influence this either. Last year's UKCAT cut-off was 695, yet some applicants received interviews with lower UKCAT scores, because of higher GCSEs, or perhaps exceptional personal statements.
    I've also heard a top 25% selection and this year 705 was the top 20% for UKCAT so anything above 700 and you're safe for selection I guess as long as you have outstanding gcses/ predictions etc. as far as I'm concerned they don't work on a cut-off but last year the AVERAGE applicant had a UKCAT score of 695.
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    (Original post by Loiks94)
    I've also heard a top 25% selection and this year 705 was the top 20% for UKCAT so anything above 700 and you're safe for selection I guess as long as you have outstanding gcses/ predictions etc. as far as I'm concerned they don't work on a cut-off but last year the AVERAGE applicant had a UKCAT score of 695.
    You have to remember its the top 25% of those who applied to kings not all the cohort who took the UKCAT, so its likely to be higher. I'm quite nervous myself, really on the edge with 735.... But only time will tell. Really want to be a Kings medic
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    (Original post by MrDoctor)
    You have to remember its the top 25% of those who applied to kings not all the cohort who took the UKCAT, so its likely to be higher. I'm quite nervous myself, really on the edge with 735.... But only time will tell. Really want to be a Kings medic
    'on the edge'? Seriously?
    tell that to somebody who's applying with 600... or me, 670.
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    (Original post by MrDoctor)
    You have to remember its the top 25% of those who applied to kings not all the cohort who took the UKCAT, so its likely to be higher. I'm quite nervous myself, really on the edge with 735.... But only time will tell. Really want to be a Kings medic
    I have 720 :'( From last year's 695, I though I would be safe :/
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    (Original post by magdalisious)
    'on the edge'? Seriously?
    tell that to somebody who's applying with 600... or me, 670.
    Sorry, didnt mean it like that, I seriously think I am because my GCSE are not the 9A* that all the people with lower UKCAT seem to have so I'm quite worried tbh. I know how you feel :/
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    (Original post by KanKan)
    I have 720 :'( From last year's 695, I though I would be safe :/
    Same, but only time will tell. We just have to hope I guess
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    for GCSE's I obtained 4 A*'s, 4 A's and 2 Bs

    predicted all A's for Alevel

    should i even think of applying or consider resits in my GCSE's?
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    Worrying about whether or not you meet the "cut-off" or not is the worst thing to do, even though it's practically impossible not to at this stage in the game. You could have an exceptional personal statement that happens to get you in with a lower UKCAT, you could be pushed up on the scale due to your GCSEs, or to be in the top 25% you may not need a score of 890. I got a rejection from King's just before Christmas last year, worrying about it made it worse. Pour yourself into A-level studies, or work, or into refining yourself for interview (you applied to four med schools, you only need one shot).
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    (Original post by natasha_rainey)
    for GCSE's I obtained 4 A*'s, 4 A's and 2 Bs

    predicted all A's for Alevel

    should i even think of applying or consider resits in my GCSE's?
    A really high UKCAT will make up for not a huge number of A* grades (4 A* grades is absolutely great, what I mean is a stupidly high number to compete with the 8-11A* grades some King's applicants have). Resitting your GCSEs may cause problems in applying; I'm not sure how med schools will view that, so it is worth checking with admissions, but it could be a waste of time and money to resit anyway. Work hard at your A-levels instead. Make your personal statement amazing.
    I'd also recommend the isc medical "600 UKCAT Questions" book, plus Medify or a Kaplan course when it comes closer to the time of your UKCAT. It may be an idea to try familiarising yourself with the format of the test now by taking the online mocks every few weeks or so. I would have even recommended sitting the UKCAT a year early (the score won't count, but the experience will help) if you have the time/money to do so, but Medify/Kaplan will help you familiarise yourself with the test, and the mocks simulate the experience of it pretty well.
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    I've lost all hope with kings now. I applied with a 687.5 UKCAT and 4 A*s and 7 As at GCSE. I got 4 As at AS but this wasn't my first time doing AS. I do have mitigating circumstances for this. But, I'm still so worried now. People applying to Kings have crazy UKCAT scores!!!!


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