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    Does anyone know when cardiff interview. I planning to be travelling on my gap year from March onwards
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    My name is Karim Essam Sabry and I am international applicant applying for the 2017 entry for your Medicine MBBch 5 year program. I have finished my IB diploma this may and I have been able to achieve a total of 40 points with the following subjects and Grades:1- Chemistry HL 7 2- Biology HL 63-Mathematics Standard level 64- English A literature 55- Arabic b HL-76- Economics sl 7Tok cEE B with 2 points this gives a total score of 40 (38 without bonus)I have also taken 5 subjects at IGCSE level with the following gradesEnglish Second language with listening counted BMathematics ABiology A*Chemistry A*Physics A*IELTS score of 7.5 overallUKCAT SCORE 0F 690A lot of work experience in various fields and also I participated in data collection of two fully published researches done by doctors at a local hospital
    Are my stats good enough to consider cardiff as an option.
    kind regards.
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    (Original post by YounesB)
    Does the academic scoring include GCSE's which were taken in year 10/9 (1 year GCSE's courses)? I only sat 8 GCSE's in year 11 (8A*s = 24 aka not competitive). really worried!
    call them and ask.
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    (Original post by BadLashes)
    Does anyone know when cardiff interview. I planning to be travelling on my gap year from March onwards
    its in the OP or on the admissions document, pretty sure they arent interviewing to far into march.
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    Just out of interest, is anyone applying for the foundation year (A104)?
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    Hi!
    Cardiff, after visiting and thorough research, is my favourite medical school.
    I have 10 A*s at GCSE, AAAA at AS in bio, chem, maths and further maths, and a predicted A*A*A* in all subjects but FM.
    I got a 690 average UKCAT, band 1.
    How heavily weighted is each aspect in the decisions to invite to interview? Is the personal statement heavily scrutinised? Also how long after admission through UCAS is it until you find out if you're invited for interview or not?
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    Hi,
    I have 8A*s, 2As and a B (in English language -_-) at GCSE and A*A*AA at A-Level, does anyone know if my stats are competitive enough for Cardiff? I think I'd score 25/27 for my GCSEs, Is there any point in applying to Cardiff?
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    (Original post by lukeetay)
    Hi!
    Cardiff, after visiting and thorough research, is my favourite medical school.
    I have 10 A*s at GCSE, AAAA at AS in bio, chem, maths and further maths, and a predicted A*A*A* in all subjects but FM.
    I got a 690 average UKCAT, band 1.
    How heavily weighted is each aspect in the decisions to invite to interview? Is the personal statement heavily scrutinised? Also how long after admission through UCAS is it until you find out if you're invited for interview or not?
    Hi there,
    1) decision to invite to interview is based on GCSE score and personal statement quality. With your 10A*s and a good personal statement you should be fine.
    2) UKCAT is only used post interview.
    3) interviews have changed slightly this admissions cycle, Cardiff are now holding MMI style interviews in Novemeber, December, January and February (exact weeks are in my OP I think), So we are unsure when you will hear back.

    Glad you really liked Cardiff!
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    Cardiff University Open Day: Saturday 22nd October 2016.

    The next CU open day will be held on Saturday the 22nd of October 2016, this gives anyone who has applied to medicine at Cardiff but couldnt make any of the earlier open days a chance to visit, or people who just want to find out more about the course and have a look at what goes on in and around the medical school! As this is a whole university open day it will also give applicants or prospective applicants the chance to look around bioscience building (where we learn anatomy) and the students union to get a flavour of Cardiff student life.

    I will be holding a talk on what it is like to be a medical student at Cardiff, covering all aspects from curriculum, societies, placements, a quick guide to CBL as well as being there to answer any questions anyone may have. There will be many other great events occurring in and around the medical on that day including various talks and the chance to chat with students and academic staff.

    Just spreading the word
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    Hello there,
    I am from Wales and Welsh is my mother tongue. At the Open Day someone mentioned that you get two extra academic points if you are from Wales, is this true? And I have heard that you can be taught a part of the course in Welsh... do you know how much of the course will be available in Welsh?
    Thank youuu
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    Hi, I got a GCSE score of 21 and have achieved 3As in A Level, just wondering what my overall score would hence if its worth applying to Cardiff?
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    (Original post by Gwenog_quidditch)
    Hello there,
    I am from Wales and Welsh is my mother tongue. At the Open Day someone mentioned that you get two extra academic points if you are from Wales, is this true? And I have heard that you can be taught a part of the course in Welsh... do you know how much of the course will be available in Welsh?
    Thank youuu
    The usual response to the "Does Cardiff give preference to Welsh students?" question was always a resounding no - something they made clear at all open days.
    However, in the tv show about the medical school this week I'm sure they said that they now are giving preference to Welsh applicants. The reason stated being that research has shown doctors from Wales are more likely to stay and work in Wales after graduating - so recruiting students from Wales will help solve the recruitment crisis here at the moment.
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    (Original post by PeterMJP)
    Hi, I got a GCSE score of 21 and have achieved 3As in A Level, just wondering what my overall score would hence if its worth applying to Cardiff?
    I am afraid it is not public knowledge of how the GCSE scores are calculated for Alevel holders, you are better ringing the medical school (dont email you will be waiting years) and asking.
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    (Original post by Gwenog_quidditch)
    Hello there,
    I am from Wales and Welsh is my mother tongue. At the Open Day someone mentioned that you get two extra academic points if you are from Wales, is this true? And I have heard that you can be taught a part of the course in Welsh... do you know how much of the course will be available in Welsh?
    Thank youuu
    (Original post by Elwyn)
    The usual response to the "Does Cardiff give preference to Welsh students?" question was always a resounding no - something they made clear at all open days.
    However, in the tv show about the medical school this week I'm sure they said that they now are giving preference to Welsh applicants. The reason stated being that research has shown doctors from Wales are more likely to stay and work in Wales after graduating - so recruiting students from Wales will help solve the recruitment crisis here at the moment.
    Currently the admissions policy for 2017 states nothing about giving away extra points for welsh candidates, if I am totally honest this would be unlikely as it thus discriminates against other candidates, meaning welsh applicants require 2A*s less to get an interview, but I suppose given the current crisis of welsh doctors it may be a way to get them into medical school in wales. Cardiff have such high GCSE requirements that it often excludes a lot of the welsh applicants to medicine, and like Elywn said the welsh government and Cardiff are currently noticing that welsh trained doctors are more likely to stay in wales. My main arguement for this is why not give some incentive to get doctors to stay in Wales full stop, I am looking very kindly upon the prospect of staying in Wales for foundations years at least as I really do like it here, but because im from england do I not matter as much? These are the issues were facing.

    I will contact admissions to ask about this point as it is not something I can yet give a yes or no answer to, when I receive the answer I will post it here, but for now just assume that welsh students are not given priority as that is how it has been for the past admissions cycles.
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    Want to go for it but my score is 25/27. (7A*s 3As) Say the cutoff score this year is 26 (hypothetically), will they not look at my personal statement at all? You said that some 25s got offers with really good personal statements but I'm not sure if they'd give all 25s' personal statements a look or would they look at another academic criterion first (for borderline/ 1 point below cases?)
    +A*AA prediction.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    I am afraid it is not public knowledge of how the GCSE scores are calculated for Alevel holders, you are better ringing the medical school (dont email you will be waiting years) and asking.
    I've rung the medical school and they said they've very last minute decided A-Levels will be scored in the same way was GCSEs I.e 3 for A*, 2 for an A. It was a pleasant surprise because my academic score was 22/27 beforehand and I was pretty down about it but it's gone up to 29/27. I've rung on 4 different occasions just to be super sure. Do ask them again before you apply!
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    (Original post by PeterMJP)
    Hi, I got a GCSE score of 21 and have achieved 3As in A Level, just wondering what my overall score would hence if its worth applying to Cardiff?
    I've rung the medical school and they said they've very last minute decided A-Levels will be scored in the same way was GCSEs I.e 3 for A*, 2 for an A. It was a pleasant surprise because my academic score was 22/27 beforehand and I was pretty down about it but it's gone up to 29/27. I've rung on 4 different occasions just to be super sure. Do ask them again before you apply!
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Currently the admissions policy for 2017 states nothing about giving away extra points for welsh candidates, if I am totally honest this would be unlikely as it thus discriminates against other candidates, meaning welsh applicants require 2A*s less to get an interview, but I suppose given the current crisis of welsh doctors it may be a way to get them into medical school in wales. Cardiff have such high GCSE requirements that it often excludes a lot of the welsh applicants to medicine, and like Elywn said the welsh government and Cardiff are currently noticing that welsh trained doctors are more likely to stay in wales. My main arguement for this is why not give some incentive to get doctors to stay in Wales full stop, I am looking very kindly upon the prospect of staying in Wales for foundations years at least as I really do like it here, but because im from england do I not matter as much? These are the issues were facing.

    I will contact admissions to ask about this point as it is not something I can yet give a yes or no answer to, when I receive the answer I will post it here, but for now just assume that welsh students are not given priority as that is how it has been for the past admissions cycles.
    Thank you so much for your response! I must've misheard the lecturer at the open day then... but yes it is crucial that Welsh-speaking doctors are encouraged to stay in Wales, particularly as very young and elderly patients who speak Welsh as their first language often have trouble speaking English.

    That's very kind of you to contact admissions; I'm very grateful!
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    (Original post by Gwenog_quidditch)
    Thank you so much for your response! I must've misheard the lecturer at the open day then... but yes it is crucial that Welsh-speaking doctors are encouraged to stay in Wales, particularly as very young and elderly patients who speak Welsh as their first language often have trouble speaking English.

    That's very kind of you to contact admissions; I'm very grateful!
    Couldnt agree with you more here, I do think we need more welsh speaking doctors in the more rural areas of wales, but often once having graduated welsh doctors want to stay in the cities where the majority speak very good english, so its all about direction.
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    (Original post by KayleyC)
    Want to go for it but my score is 25/27. (7A*s 3As) Say the cutoff score this year is 26 (hypothetically), will they not look at my personal statement at all? You said that some 25s got offers with really good personal statements but I'm not sure if they'd give all 25s' personal statements a look or would they look at another academic criterion first (for borderline/ 1 point below cases?)
    +A*AA prediction.
    +Band 2 UKCAT 640
    they usually read all the personal statements of every applicant.
 
 
 
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