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    (Original post by MsFissy)
    i really don't understand whether people are being sarcastic or not when they say "i got like 5 A*/A's..., i know they're really bad". As long as you've got the requirements i'm pretty sure you're good.
    If talking about GCSE's, i've seen people say that you need 6/7 A*s, hence wanted to ask if that was really needed as long as majority is A/A*, good predictions and ukcat
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    (Original post by 123chem)
    If talking about GCSE's, i've seen people say that you need 6/7 A*s, hence wanted to ask if that was really needed as long as majority is A/A*, good predictions and ukcat
    I'm aware that a lot of uni's want like 7 A's minimum at GCSE but seriously there are people on here with 9 A*'s saying " i haven't got great GCSE's"
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    (Original post by MsFissy)
    I'm aware that a lot of uni's want like 7 A's minimum at GCSE but seriously there are people on here with 9 A*'s saying " i haven't got great GCSE's"
    Oh yh, they are just annoying :P
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    Hi guys! I am starting uni to study the medicine A100 course (in about 11 days). If you guys have any Qs regarding the application process etc then feel free to ask here or PM me. Also, Good Luck to you all with your applications x
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    (Original post by 123chem)
    my prediction will be A*,A*, A/A*. My UKCAT is 750. But my GCSE's arent great; 4 A*, 5A, 1 B. Applying for dentistry. Which unis are best to go for?
    Who told you those GCSE grades aren't "great"?


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    (Original post by Suri2017)
    Hi guys, please can someone help: I have UKAT average of 653 sjt band 1.

    1A* and 6A's and 2 b's . My AS levels were not brilliant, B in economics and C's in biology and chemistry and maths. but I'm determined to do well at A levels. Is there any university options or is it a lost cause to try and apply this year?. If there's any chance of getting in please can give me some suggestions for uni's. I would really realy appreciate any feedback.
    I should say I want to do medicine.
    Take a year out. Focus on turning your grades around in year 13 and then apply with the grades already achieved.


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    (Original post by MsFissy)
    i really don't understand whether people are being sarcastic or not when they say "i got like 5 A*/A's..., i know they're really bad". As long as you've got the requirements i'm pretty sure you're good.
    They ask because they are aware the average for medicine is around 5/6A* grades. Its very normal for people to doubt their abilities, especially in a field saturated with outstanding applicants, it can be incredibly overwhelming.
    Also a fair few medical schools have very high GCSE requirements and often applicants look at past med school threads on here and see the standard of the applicants getting in and begin to doubt themselves... I was one of those people.

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    (Original post by sciencelover99)
    I sat my UKCAT and got:
    VR: 600 (didn't go too well)
    AR:680
    QR:790
    STJ Band 2
    So my overall average is 690

    I have 11 A*s at GCSE, 4 As at AS and am predicted 3A*s at A level. I was thinking of applying to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Oxford but am concerned about Manchester and Birmingham because my UKCAT score is a little low. Any advice?
    I have similar stats to you:
    GCSEs:9a*s 2as
    As level: 3as Chem bio maths
    Predictions: 3a*s
    Ukcat: 690 avg band 2
    VR:540 (yeah lol...)
    QR:740
    AR:790
    I was worried about my ukcat being too low as I'm applying Birmingham, Manchester, kings & Nottingham but our GCSEs will balance it out esp with bham as they are 70% academic so don't worry!
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    (Original post by medic99)
    I have similar stats to you:
    GCSEs:9a*s 2as
    As level: 3as Chem bio maths
    Predictions: 3a*s
    Ukcat: 690 avg band 2
    VR:540 (yeah lol...)
    QR:740
    AR:790
    I was worried about my ukcat being too low as I'm applying Birmingham, Manchester, kings & Nottingham but our GCSEs will balance it out esp with bham as they are 30% academic so don't worry!
    Birmingham have a points system to see if you're worthy of interview. The maximum overall UKCAT score (2700) is taken and split up into 5 equal portions of 540.

    Each portion is one point, so any score from 0-540 is one point, 541-1080 is two points, 1081-1620 is three points, 1621-2160 is four points and any higher is five points.

    The points you've gained from your UKCAT will be added to your 'global' score of your whole application, and the highest scores are those who get interviews. So even if you don't do too well in your UKCAT, as long as it's not horrible, and your other sections check out, you'll be fine.

    This was explained to me by the admissions tutor, and he said that it was because Birmingham had only recently started using it. They don't take your Band for SJ into account.


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    Another wannabe medic here!

    GCSE: 6A* (English x2, French, German, Biology, Chemistry)
    7A (Maths x2, Physics, History, Drama, Dance, Music)
    A2 predictions: AAA (but could probably be pushed to A*AA)

    UKCAT: VR - 670
    QR - 800
    AR - 640
    (2110 total and 703 average)
    SJT - Band 2
    Unsure where to apply - I feel like my UKCAT is better than average, but not quite good enough for the really UKCAT heavy unis
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    (Original post by GetOverHere)
    Birmingham have a points system to see if you're worthy of interview. The maximum overall UKCAT score (2700) is taken and split up into 5 equal portions of 540.

    Each portion is one point, so any score from 0-540 is one point, 541-1080 is two points, 1081-1620 is three points, 1621-2160 is four points and any higher is five points.

    The points you've gained from your UKCAT will be added to your 'global' score of your whole application, and the highest scores are those who get interviews. So even if you don't do too well in your UKCAT, as long as it's not horrible, and your other sections check out, you'll be fine.

    This was explained to me by the admissions tutor, and he said that it was because Birmingham had only recently started using it. They don't take your Band for SJ into account.


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    So a scores of 540 and 720 are of equal worth!? That can't be right?
    1621/3=540 and 2160/3=720
    Surely they need a way to distinguish betweenn applicants with such contrasting scores?
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    (Original post by emelinaw)
    Another wannabe medic here!

    GCSE: 6A* (English x2, French, German, Biology, Chemistry)
    7A (Maths x2, Physics, History, Drama, Dance, Music)
    A2 predictions: AAA (but could probably be pushed to A*AA)

    UKCAT: VR - 670
    QR - 800
    AR - 640
    (2110 total and 703 average)
    SJT - Band 2
    Unsure where to apply - I feel like my UKCAT is better than average, but not quite good enough for the really UKCAT heavy unis
    Yes your ukcat is definitely above average and you are good enough for ukcat heavy unis as you have sufficient GCSEs to balance it out.
    Southampton is v ukcat heavy so avoid that but kings is ukcat heavy but takes into account GCSEs, PS and most importantly predicted A2.
    Look at Newcastle and Manchester.
    Good luck
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    (Original post by MsFissy)
    I'm aware that a lot of uni's want like 7 A's minimum at GCSE but seriously there are people on here with 9 A*'s saying " i haven't got great GCSE's"
    Some unis don't look at them at all. At GCSEs I got 2 As and a levels were shite so I did a degree first. I have all the requirements now for my choices


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    My test tomorrow. any tips please on QR, I cant ever seem to get more than 10Qs right.*

    Really struggling. Im not thinking that I'm going to get a score to get in this year, but I don't want the score to be so low. As that won't help me for next time!
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    (Original post by xJessScott)
    Thank you that's great I'll be a graduate but applying mostly for normal 5 year course
    Newcastle
    Queen Mary
    Warwick
    Newcastle (4 years)
    Just hope I do good in the ukcat as Newcastle is fairly ukcat heavy as I would love to go there and I live near and me and boyfriend have a house so would be awful


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    Hello,*

    Hope you don't mind me asking, why are you a graduate but applying mostly to 5yr courses?

    Thanks*
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    (Original post by 123ash)
    Hello,*

    Hope you don't mind me asking, why are you a graduate but applying mostly to 5yr courses?

    Thanks*
    thats fine erm well i really really want to go to newcastle so applying for both 4 and 5, i think i have more of a chance getting onto the 5 year courses obviously depends on my ukcat score but then they usually look more at gcses and a levels etc which mine are rubbish. plus theres more places for 5 year course so more of a chance
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    (Original post by xJessScott)
    thats fine erm well i really really want to go to newcastle so applying for both 4 and 5, i think i have more of a chance getting onto the 5 year courses obviously depends on my ukcat score but then they usually look more at gcses and a levels etc which mine are rubbish. plus theres more places for 5 year course so more of a chance
    But as grad students there is not much funding help at all. Good luck :-)
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    (Original post by 123ash)
    But as grad students there is not much funding help at all. Good luck :-)
    true but i would rather get onto the course with minimal funding then not get on at all aha ill see what my ukcat is like first
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    is it worth applying for medicine for a Ukcat average of 590? I did it today and it went horribly wrong for some reason.... practiced sooo much but don't know what happened

    GCSE's: 5 A*s, 4 As and 2 Bs
    AS levels: As in biology and chemistry, B in ICT (maybe I'll get that remarked and push it to an A) and a C in maths which I'm retaking all the exams for this year
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    (Original post by xJessScott)
    true but i would rather get onto the course with minimal funding then not get on at all aha ill see what my ukcat is like first
    Please don't mind me asking. I ASKED BECAUSE MY UKCAT IS TOMORROW AND FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS I HAVE NOT IMPROVED. My score is not even good for the required 5yr UG courses. I myself just want to get in, so have been thinking of asking family and friends for help financially. But It's just too much. But if I could get the help, I would def be looking into it too.

    But yes, It is all down to the UKCAT score, and hopefully you'll excel and get a hit score.

    Good luck. When is your test?*
 
 
 
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