Cardiff University Medicine Applicants 2017

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    (Original post by Gap yaaah)
    I emailed medical admissions team but so far theyve replied twice with the same generic email.
    "When we first receive your application, we will check that you meet our minimum requirements. These include B grades in GCSE English Language and Mathematics, and AA or AAB in GCSE Double- or Triple-Science. If you meet our minimum requirements, we will then calculate an academic score for you, based on your top 9 full course GCSEs, which must include English Language, Maths and the Sciences. There are some exceptions – please refer to Appendix A (a) of the Admissions Policy for full details.
    We will score your GCSEs as follows: A* = 3, A = 2, B = 1. Therefore, the top score it is possible to get is 27 (i.e. 9 x A*).Every year we will calculate a ‘cut-off’ score, based on the overall standard of applications in that admissions cycle. It is, of course, impossible to predict what this cut-off will be, however as a general guide we suggest that it does tend to be around 25-26. Applicants who have scored on or above the cut-off will progress to the next stage of the application process where we will look at your personal statement and referees report. If we are happy with this, we may invite you to interview. Offers are made based on your performance at interview.​Due to the qualification reform, we will no longer be considering AS levels.The typical A level offer for the A100 will be AAA including Biology and Chemistry."



    They seem reluctant to say by how many points my score will increase taking into account my a level results.

    Do you know any one or have met anyone whos academic score increased and by how much?

    Do you think its worth applying with a gcse score of 23 and A Levels of A*-Biology, A*-Chemistry , A-Maths?
    I would say its worth it. Have you tried calling them? Often they have better responses.


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    (Original post by Gap yaaah)
    Do you think its worth applying with a gcse score of 23 and A Levels of A*-Biology, A*-Chemistry , A-Maths?
    Definitely.
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    (Original post by Gap yaaah)
    Do you think its worth applying with a gcse score of 23 and A Levels of A*-Biology, A*-Chemistry , A-Maths?
    Hey, I am starting the course this September! I had a gcse score of 23 and same A-level grades as you, and I was told my total score was 26! So I think it is definitely worth applying! But you can call the admissions to be sure!!
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    (Original post by Gap yaaah)
    I emailed medical admissions team but so far theyve replied twice with the same generic email.
    "When we first receive your application, we will check that you meet our minimum requirements. These include B grades in GCSE English Language and Mathematics, and AA or AAB in GCSE Double- or Triple-Science. If you meet our minimum requirements, we will then calculate an academic score for you, based on your top 9 full course GCSEs, which must include English Language, Maths and the Sciences. There are some exceptions – please refer to Appendix A (a) of the Admissions Policy for full details.
    We will score your GCSEs as follows: A* = 3, A = 2, B = 1. Therefore, the top score it is possible to get is 27 (i.e. 9 x A*).Every year we will calculate a ‘cut-off’ score, based on the overall standard of applications in that admissions cycle. It is, of course, impossible to predict what this cut-off will be, however as a general guide we suggest that it does tend to be around 25-26. Applicants who have scored on or above the cut-off will progress to the next stage of the application process where we will look at your personal statement and referees report. If we are happy with this, we may invite you to interview. Offers are made based on your performance at interview.​Due to the qualification reform, we will no longer be considering AS levels.The typical A level offer for the A100 will be AAA including Biology and Chemistry."



    They seem reluctant to say by how many points my score will increase taking into account my a level results.

    Do you know any one or have met anyone whos academic score increased and by how much?

    Do you think its worth applying with a gcse score of 23 and A Levels of A*-Biology, A*-Chemistry , A-Maths?
    Your score would be 26 due to the fact you have achieved results. That is definitely a strong score, and provided your personal statement is decent you should get an interview.
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    Thanks a lot guys thats really encouraging to hear! 😀
    Cardiff now replied saying "they're reviewing the achieved A2 scoring system"
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    (Original post by Gap yaaah)
    Thanks a lot guys thats really encouraging to hear! 😀
    Cardiff now replied saying "they're reviewing the achieved A2 scoring system"
    Ok, please let us know what they say as your reply could also help other applicants x


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    After some very sound advice today(thank you Natalierm) I have revisited my university choices for October UCAS submission and have decided to apply to Cardiff. Unfortunately due to changing my options I will not have opportunity to attend an open day. Will this count against me as I have heard universities favour students who have attended open days?
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    (Original post by Richy t)
    After some very sound advice today(thank you Natalierm) I have revisited my university choices for October UCAS submission and have decided to apply to Cardiff. Unfortunately due to changing my options I will not have opportunity to attend an open day. Will this count against me as I have heard universities favour students who have attended open days?
    It makes absolutely no difference to your application whether you attended the open day or not. The open day is for your benefit to see if medicine/cardiff is right for you.
    The other advantage of attending the open day is that if they ask why do you want to study medicine at Cardiff ?, you could mention that you went to the open day and what you liked.
    Tbh most people don't attend the open day and it really makes no difference and they give no preference nor will they care whether or not you attended, so don't worry
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    (Original post by futuremedic19)
    It makes absolutely no difference to your application whether you attended the open day or not. The open day is for your benefit to see if medicine/cardiff is right for you.
    The other advantage of attending the open day is that if they ask why do you want to study medicine at Cardiff ?, you could mention that you went to the open day and what you liked.
    Tbh most people don't attend the open day and it really makes no difference and they give no preference nor will they care whether or not you attended, so don't worry
    Thank you that's reassuring!!
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    Hi,
    Just wondering the likelihood of me getting a place.
    I have a score of 23/27 and got 683 on average on the UKCAT. My secondary was an extremely under average school, and my area is seemed as deprived - don't know if this has any relevance. Really wanted Cardiff to be one of my options.

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by KevinClyde)
    Hi,
    Just wondering the likelihood of me getting a place.
    I have a score of 23/27 and got 683 on average on the UKCAT. My secondary was an extremely under average school, and my area is seemed as deprived - don't know if this has any relevance. Really wanted Cardiff to be one of my options.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi your GCSEs (I presume 5/6 A*s rest A's) and ukcat are great but Cardiff base a lot of their selection on GCSEs so those who make to interview tend to have a GCSE points score of 25+.

    However I know that Cardiff DO consider your background and if you are from a deprived area (it's based on postcode) then they can give you contextual point(s) and maybe look at your application slightly differently than someone who is from an affluent background. It's not a significant difference though.

    I definitely know they do it for people who are from a less affluent area in Wales but if your from England then I'm not 100% sure.


    Also please email the med admissions and see if you would qualify for any contextual flags/points.
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    Just wondering, how much emphasis do Cardiff place on the personal statement?
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    (Original post by BranJ0)
    Just wondering, how much emphasis do Cardiff place on the personal statement?
    Cardiff use the personal statement to check that it is of a good standard pre-interview. your academic score based on GCSEs and achieved A2 grades (plus factoring in contextual data if relevant) is the indicator of whether you are invited to interview or not, but the personal statement still must be of a good standard.

    The personal statement will also be scrutinised at interview.
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    Ah ok, that makes sense, I've got a high GCSE score, so that should help me along hopefully! Thank you
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
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    As it is fast approaching the next admissions cycle I thought now is the right time to begin a new thread for all potential applicants to Cardiff University Medical School (A100, A104 and A101) for 2017 entry. Hopefully this will allow everyone a chance to discuss applications and ask questions to the small number of current Cardiff medical students which can be found lurking on these forums from time to time (myself an futuremedic19 are both second years as of september).
    Below is some very useful information regarding all things Cardiff medicine as well as some more general information about the university, all of which can be found on the various relevant pages of Cardiff's website and Cardiff's School of Medicine website.

    Admissions policy and entrance requirements.
    The admissions policy for 2017-2018 entry to medicine at Cardiff can be found here. An FAQ section can also be found here.
    All the information regarding entry requirements can be found within the admissions policy, but for simplicity (and the lazy among us) I have condensed the useful information below (open the spoiler and all will be revealed)...

    Academic entrance requirements:
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    GCSE:minimum requirements of grades B in English Language and Mathematics. Minimum requirements of AA in double award science or AAB in separate award science. Certified GCSE resits will only be considering if they are completed within 12 months of the first sit. A-levels: AAAc including chemistry and biology. Further maths is not recognised past AS levels, nor is critical thinking, but general studies is not accepted at all. Any college who cannot offer 3 A2 levels and one AS level are required to declare this in the UCAS reference to prevent disadvantage. Cardiff will consider module resits within the 2 year A level period, but resits outside of this period will only be considered if extenuating circumstances are provided.
    Scottish qualifications: AAAAA grades in Scottish Highers to include chemistry, physics and biology for entry to A104 (6 year foundation programmes). Applicants with AA in advanced Highers to include chemistry can be considered for A100.Irish qualifications: entry is only available to A104 with applicants offering 6 subjects AAAAAA at higher level to include chemistry and biology. Maths and English language must be passed to at least a B at standard level.European baccalaureate: a final overall mark of at least 85% including individual grades of at least 8.5 in biology and chemistry in year 7 for A100. Year 6 marks are recommended to be put on the UCAS application. Predicted grades are not taken into account.
    Graduate applicants: all graduates should have achieved the minimum GCSE requirements in maths and English as well as A levels of ABB. They must also have or be in their final year on course to achieving an upper second or first class honours degree. More specific information is found on the website (link is below) and the GAMSAT is required with an overall score of 57 (minimum of 55 in science components).More information on the general entrance requirements for other students outside of the ones shown above (international applicants and mature students) can be found on the website or by emailing the admissions department.
    UKCAT:
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    All undergrad applicants (other than those exempt) are required to take the UKCAT during the July-October of their year of application (so 2016). There is no minimum UKCAT threshold, it is mainly used post interview to decide between candidates with similar interview performance.Graduates are required to sit the GAMSAT prior to applying and the minimum requirement is an overall score of 57 with a minimum of 55 in the science components. Graduates are not required to sit the UKCAT.
    Non-academic:
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    The medical school expects are applications to demonstrate through personal statement and interview evidence of:
    - Motivation and interest to study medicine.
    - Understanding the demands of medical training.
    - A caring ethos and a sense of social awareness and responsibility.
    - Evidence of a balanced approach to life.
    - Interpersonal and communication skills.
    The selection process: Pre-interview.
    The schools admissions process once they have received your UCAS application can be found in the spoiler below.
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    Academic requirements:Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements, after this the remaining applications are ranked according to their GCSEs (and achieved A2 levels if you are not applying in year 13).The best 9 GCSEs are ranked and this must include Maths, English Language and science (either dual or separate) plus the best remaining GCSE grades achieved to total 9 (short courses, BTECS, additional or further maths, applied sciences, NVQs or the welsh Bac are all excluded from the ranking system. GCSEs are ranked as A* = 3 points, A = 2 points and a B = 1 point to form a total score out of 27 points. If a candidate has achieved A2 grades of AAA or above their total score out of 27 can be increased (contact medical admissions via email for what your score will be), meaning applicants who have lower GCSE profiles than normally competitive may now have a more competitive score once achieved A2 grades are factored in. Once the academic ranking is complete a cut-off score out of 27 is decided, anyone above that cut off will progress onto assessment of non-academic requirements and if this is satisfactory be granted an Interview at the medical school. The cut-off score changes from one cycle to another as it depends on the standard of the applicants that year. Cardiff say that 5a* grades is competitive but for the past 2 years (2015 and 2016 entry) the cut off score has been 26/27 points, so keep in mind this score fluctuates.Non-academic requirements: candidates who score above the cut off score are assessed on non-academic criteria via their personal statement and referees report and if this is satisfactory they will be invited to interview.
    The selection process: Interview.
    No offers are made without an interview, and interviews are offered to applicants who have the highest academic rankings for the year of entry.
    For 2017 applicants will attend an MMI style interview consisting of 10 stations (each lasting 6 minutes), these will take place over a 3 week period:
    30 November 2016 - 14 December 2016 AND 18 January 2017 - 25 January 2017
    Interview invites will be sent via email which will link applicants to an online booking system. In fairness to all candidates no offers will be given out until all the interviews have been conducted.

    As a guide Cardiff in 2015 received approximately 3,500 applications for 309 places, roughly 1,500 of these applicants were invited to interview.


    The course: C21
    Cardiff will be entering its 5th year of the new C21 course when you will be starting in september 2017. Information about the course structure can be found here, and a video about the course can be found here.
    As a general run down Cardiff university use an integrated CBL style medicine course which features:
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    - Full body anatomical dissection.
    - small number of lectures supplemented with labs, dissection, small group tutorial session and case based learning session as well as clinical skills sessions to deliver the course.
    - Placements from year 1 in primary care and from year 3 in hospital medicine (patient contact begins in january of year 1)
    - CBL style learning (self directed within a study group of 10 students plus a tutor) where learning is focussed on clinical scenarios following specific diseases processes or body systems.
    - harmonisation year in year 5 which allows students to develop their skills alongside junior doctors to ready them for foundation training.
    - if you graduate and remain in wales, your senior student placement (last clinical placement at cardiff) will be with the team you will begin your foundation training with.
    For anyone looking to see what the CBL course is like from a students perspective, I have a blog post on this over on my blog.


    I hope this information is useful and can get you started if your thinking of applying to medicine at Cardiff University.
    Sorry to be a bug bear but as a rule of thumb from here on out, no discussion of interview questions or general topics is permitted on this thread, it is not fair to fellow applicants and will not be tolerated.

    Contact information for Cardiff medical school can be found here.


    Hey there !
    I am looking to apply for Medicine in the UK this year.
    i am an international student and cardiff is one of my top choices..
    i would really like some insight , so that it may help me choose
    Much Thanks
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    (Original post by Ridhasaraff)
    Hey there !
    I am looking to apply for Medicine in the UK this year.
    i am an international student and cardiff is one of my top choices..
    i would really like some insight , so that it may help me choose
    Much Thanks
    Hello there, nice to know your interest in cardiff.

    What insights would you like to know, fire away with some questions and I will do my best to answer them.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Hello there, nice to know your interest in cardiff.

    What insights would you like to know, fire away with some questions and I will do my best to answer them.
    Hi.. thanks for the reply

    I am an international student with the following qualifictions:
    GCSE equivalent A* i.e 95.66% in 12th grade( Physics, Mathematics ,Chemistry Biology with 95% average in all of them)
    94% in English

    i am curently a student in Bachelor of Science(Bsc) in Anaesthesia Technology..
    What are my chances to get into Cardiff with the above qualifications?
    And is the student life good (for an international student)?

    if you dont mind , can you also suggest me some other universities i can look up to ..i am in a fix!

    Oh and yes.. i will be appearing for UKCAT this october as well.

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by Ridhasaraff)
    Hi.. thanks for the reply

    I am an international student with the following qualifictions:
    GCSE equivalent A* i.e 95.66% in 12th grade( Physics, Mathematics ,Chemistry Biology with 95% average in all of them)
    94% in English

    i am curently a student in Bachelor of Science(Bsc) in Anaesthesia Technology..
    What are my chances to get into Cardiff with the above qualifications?
    And is the student life good (for an international student)?

    if you dont mind , can you also suggest me some other universities i can look up to ..i am in a fix!

    Oh and yes.. i will be appearing for UKCAT this october as well.

    Thanks in advance
    Because your qualifications are international and you are already doing a Bsc it would be best to call up medical schools about your situation, I cannot advise anything because I am unsure of the policies on these qualifications.

    As for student life in cardiff it is brilliant, we have many international students on the medicine course from europe, china, malaysia and the middle east. You will find that there are many things to do also such as great nights out and fabulous societies to join.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Because your qualifications are international and you are already doing a Bsc it would be best to call up medical schools about your situation, I cannot advise anything because I am unsure of the policies on these qualifications.

    As for student life in cardiff it is brilliant, we have many international students on the medicine course from europe, china, malaysia and the middle east. You will find that there are many things to do also such as great nights out and fabulous societies to join.
    Hi there again ...
    Yes i have mailed them to tell them about my situation.
    thank you so much..
    i really hope i do get in
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    Hey,
    I got 2A* 3A 5B in GCSE and this was due to extenuating circumstances.. Do you know how cardiff med school looks upon this??
 
 
 
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