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    (Original post by Queen Mary University of London)
    Hi again,

    Just consulting other students in my year and they suggest 100 is a better guess for the number of graduates in our year. Turns out there are far more than I thought!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Thanks for that good to know. I am a grad entrant in September if it wasnt too obvious.

    One other question - Do you know anyone doing the pre hospital care program and how are they finding it?

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    do the grads and non grads socialise or do they tend to stay separate?
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    (Original post by Queen Mary University of London)
    Hi! My name is Will and I am currently a second year undergraduate medical student at QMUL's medical school, Barts and The London.

    This thread is your opportunity to ask a current Barts student (me) about either the undergraduate or postgraduate courses at QMUL. Feel free to ask me about any aspect of the Medicine course including the curriculum, teaching methods and locations, clinical teaching or extra-curricular activities like sports teams and academic societies. I can also give you the latest on either of our medical school campuses including accommodation and facilities.

    Barts love,
    Will
    Hi! How high would a competitive applicant need to get on the UKCAT, ive been Looking at some questions and I literally can't do any of it (esp. In the ridiculous timing they allot)
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    Hi Will, are medical students allow to play for the actual university sports teams or only the medic ones?
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    (Original post by co0294)
    Thanks for that good to know. I am a grad entrant in September if it wasnt too obvious.

    One other question - Do you know anyone doing the pre hospital care program and how are they finding it?

    Cheers
    Hi, very good question!

    PCP is a very popular and competitive course at Barts. I know a few people on the course and they love it - it offers some really unique insights into emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. That said, there are other similar opportunities at Barts including a related SSC (student selected component) and BSc if you chose to go down that route.

    You may already be aware but there is a website with more information: http://www.prehospitalcareprogramme.org

    Let me know if you've got any further questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    (Original post by nollib5252)
    do the grads and non grads socialise or do they tend to stay separate?
    Hi, thanks for the question!

    Graduates and undergraduates always socialise since they're on the same course! In fact, I don't think you'll even notice the difference when you first meet people. However, graduates on the post-graduate course tend to stick together in their grad year (first year) but this is probably due to the intensity of the course.

    Let me know if you've got any questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    (Original post by aribery)
    Hi Will, are medical students allow to play for the actual university sports teams or only the medic ones?
    Hi, thanks for getting touch!

    You can play for either the QMUL or the Barts teams, totally up to you! However, I have to say it would be unusual to be in a QMUL team if Barts compete in the same sport - it would be considered no less than treason! 😉

    That said, QMUL do offer a much wider range of sports than Barts and these commonly attract Barts students. For example, I have a friend at Barts who competes for QMUL in some sort of fencing sport with wooden sticks (don't ask). There are also some QMBL sports where QMUL and Barts students train and compete together - swimming for example and also women's rugby.

    I hope this answers your questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Hi! How high would a competitive applicant need to get on the UKCAT, ive been Looking at some questions and I literally can't do any of it (esp. In the ridiculous timing they allot)
    Hi there, I totally feel your pain!

    The UKCAT is, I agree, ridiculous! That said, it's ridiculous for everyone so don't get too disheartened. I don't think UKCAT is too important in the admissions for Barts - I got 650 which was only just above average for my admissions year. If you get a good set of A Levels and your GCSEs are alright, an average UKCAT might be enough.

    My advice would be to get your hands on a book with some practice questions and practice as much as possible. It never becomes easy but you start to get hunches about the right answers. Don't loose confidence, you'll be surprised by how quickly you improve.

    Best of luck with the future.

    Barts love,
    Will


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    (Original post by Queen Mary University of London)
    Hi there, I totally feel your pain!

    The UKCAT is, I agree, ridiculous! That said, it's ridiculous for everyone so don't get too disheartened. I don't think UKCAT is too important in the admissions for Barts - I got 650 which was only just above average for my admissions year. If you get a good set A Levels and your GCSEs are alright, an average UKCAT might be enough.

    My advice would be to get your hands on a book with some practice questions and practice as much as possible. It never becomes easy but you start to get hunches about the right answers. Don't loose confidence, you'll be surprised by how quickly you improve.

    Best of luck with the future.

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Okay thank you yeah I thnk I've found a practice book which I'll start to look through! Also, what were your stats if you dont mind me asking?
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    Will I ever need to know my rubrospinal tract and the anatomy of the facial canal and petrous temporal bone?

    Answer: I did on my neurology rotation, but I partially forgot and got wrecked by the consultant teaching me! (Beware of angry consultants come clinical years!)
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    Okay thank you yeah I thnk I've found a practice book which I'll start to look through! Also, what were your stats if you dont mind me asking?
    Hi again,

    Sounds like a good plan!

    I got 8 As & 3A*s at GCSE (although back when GCSEs were easier). My A Levels were 1 A* and 3 As. I think the fact that I did 4 A levels gave me an advantage in the Barts admission system. I got 650 in my UKCAT as I said.

    Please get back to me if you've got any more questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Will I ever need to know my rubrospinal tract and the anatomy of the facial canal and petrous temporal bone?

    Answer: I did on my neurology rotation, but I partially forgot and got wrecked by the consultant teaching me! (Beware of angry consultants come clinical years!)
    Lord knows I haven't learnt the extra-pyramidal tracts!


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    (Original post by Queen Mary University of London)
    Lord knows I haven't learnt the extra-pyramidal tracts!


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    Ahaha! Well best of luck on the medical quest, clinical years are infinitely better if your course is organised pre-clin/clin like mine
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    (Original post by Queen Mary University of London)
    Hi, thanks for getting touch!

    You can play for either the QMUL or the Barts teams, totally up to you! However, I have to say it would be unusual to be in a QMUL team if Barts compete in the same sport - it would be considered no less than treason! 😉

    That said, QMUL do offer a much wider range of sports than Barts and these commonly attract Barts students. For example, I have a friend at Barts who competes for QMUL in some sort of fencing sport with wooden sticks (don't ask). There are also some QMBL sports where QMUL and Barts students train and compete together - swimming for example and also women's rugby.

    I hope this answers your questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Was wondering what sort of prizes are available for medical students at Barts? (Such as best in year, best research project etc)
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    Hi there! It's great to have actual knowledge from a student! I wanted to ask what kind of SSCs are present at Barts and do the SSCs include languages?

    Thank you!
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    Was wondering what sort of prizes are available for medical students at Barts? (Such as best in year, best research project etc)
    Hi there, good question!

    I had to ask a friend about this one as I'm not too clued up on prizes. As far as I'm aware, there is no 'best in year' prize or equivalent. However, there are a number of additional essays and exam prizes that are offered to students. Some of these are national competitions and some are just within the medical school. The subjects of these competitions is vary varied and prize money is up for grabs. There are also prizes available for various pieces of work that you will do throughout the course. For example, reflections or write ups for SSCs and placements.

    Let me know if you've got any more questions!

    Barts love,
    Will


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    Hi there! It's great to have actual knowledge from a student! I wanted to ask what kind of SSCs are present at Barts and do the SSCs include languages?

    Thank you!
    Megatron94
    Hi, thanks for getting in touch!

    There is huge variety in SSCs offered at Barts and I'll try and give you an overview.

    The vast majority of students choose to do a dissection SSC at least once in their first two years. I have done it twice. If you choose dissection as an SSC, you are guaranteed a place.

    Another popular SSC is 'accelerated learning' which is great to develop a deeper understanding of how to study effectively. Hypnosis, plastics, cancer, audit, history of medicine, anatomical art and teddy bear hospital are also popular choices.

    However, if none of these tickle your fancy or you have a specific interest, you may pursue whatever you like via a 'self-organised SSC.' This is very easy to do (I did it this year) and can be in any clinical environment in which you can organise appropriate experience. If you can find a way of integrating languages into an SSC (and I'm sure you could) then go for it!

    I hope this helps.

    Barts love,
    Will






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    Are there any scholarships/ Bursaries and how can one be eligible for them?
    I am worried that London will be expensive to live in!
    Also, do they place much emphasis/ prefer students who have more than 3 A levels?

    Many thanks,

    Alice
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    Are there any scholarships/ Bursaries and how can one be eligible for them?
    I am worried that London will be expensive to live in!
    Also, do they place much emphasis/ prefer students who have more than 3 A levels?

    Many thanks,

    Alice
    Hi Alice, thanks for the questions.

    There are both bursaries and scholarships available at Barts. Bursaries are dependent on household income and therefore you will be automatically assessed for these via Student Finance. There are many scholarships awarded which may be assessed for automatically or you may have to apply for. You can find out more about these here:
    http://www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/undergradu...nce/bursaries/

    I totally understand your concerns regarding the cost of living in London. That said, the amount of student finance awarded is normally increased to account for this. There are also lots of ways to be financially savvy in London - cycling instead of public transport, budget supermarkets and part time work to give a few examples.

    I have a feeling that the admissions system at Barts gives an advantage to students with more than 3 A-levels. This may have been why I got in, as I did 5.

    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Barts love,
    Will


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