Cardiff University Medicine Applicants 2017

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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    I was looking at this on the admissions policy just yesterday, I will link it here: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/__data/asse...ne-2017-18.pdf

    to summarise, to apply to A101 at Cardiff which is the GEM course you must have graduated with a 2:1 or above in the 4 feeder stream degrees which are:
    - The BMedSci Medical Sciences Degree from the University of Bangor (B100)
    - The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, from the University of South Wales (B901)
    - The BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology degree, School of Medicine, Cardiff University (B210)
    - The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (BC97)
    Dentist graduates can also apply for the GEM course with the aim of maxilliary-facial specialisation.

    From what I can gather being on the course our graduates that join us in year 2 are all (bar a couple of dentists) from the 4 courses above, we did have graduates of other degrees at different universities join us in year 1 but they cannot join for A101 they join for the 5 year A100 just like everyone else. Cardiff specify these courses for the GEM I believe because they have great control over the content which they are taught within them, meaning they can prepare the students adequately for everything they will have missed out on during year 1 teaching (which is a heck of a lot of stuff, trust me).

    Hope this answers your question.
    Thanks for this!

    I thought so too but someone I know was very adamant that Cardiff accept all grads ....
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    they usually read all the personal statements of every applicant, not just those who are 25 or below, might find a diamond somewhere.
    Ok that's good! Hope my PS will be my saving grace..
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    (Original post by KayleyC)
    Ok that's good! Hope my PS will be my saving grace..
    i do put in a word of caution here, you will still need to have a high enough academic score to get an interview, this will vary each year and may be altered due to contextual data (ask the med school for more info on that), so to gain an interview you need to fall in the top (usually top 3rd) section of the cohort applying that year.
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    Hi all.
    I'm applying for the A104 (medicine with foundation course) and I'm doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with predicted grades of Distinction* Distinction* Distinction*. Although the entry requirements state that the school accepts BTEC. Are my chances of getting invited for an interview the same as those doing a levels?
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    That would be awesome if it is true! I will try and confirm this officially.
    Yes this it true I have an e-mail to confirm.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    That would be awesome if it is true! I will try and confirm this officially.
    Can you please try confirming if the the same point system will be applied to applicants with BTEC extended diplomas. I kinda feel left out since im not doing a levels haha
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    (Original post by derxk)
    Can you please try confirming if the the same point system will be applied to applicants with BTEC extended diplomas. I kinda feel left out since im not doing a levels haha
    Im afraid it wont be if your grades for the diploma are predicted, and because your applying for A101 it may be very different in the way they rank candidates, you are much better asking the medical school yourself as my contact in admissions is currently on annual leave.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Im afraid it wont be if your grades for the diploma are predicted, and because your applying for A101 it may be very different in the way they rank candidates, you are much better asking the medical school yourself as my contact in admissions is currently on annual leave.
    Thank you for your reply. I'm applying for A104 😄
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    (Original post by derxk)
    Thank you for your reply. I'm applying for A104 😄
    Haha yes sorry my fault, always get GEM and foundation mixed up, just to clarify for everyone:
    A100: 5 year medicine degree
    A101: 4 year medicine degree after having graduated from one of the 4 accredited feeder stream programmes (or dentistry).
    A104: 5 year medicine degree with 1 year of foundation studies.
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    (Original post by Annon2879)
    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!
    Thank you for this information. I might apply then cause I'll have a total score of 27/27. Plus the cut off can't be higher than 27 as people who haven't got their A Levels need a chance. I'll call up tomorrow to double check!
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    Hello!
    I wasn't able to apply to Cardiff last year because my score wasn't competitive with 5A*s and 5A's in my GCSEs - this gave me a score of 23 I think?
    However this year I have just attained 3A's in my A2s. Would give me a score of 27/27?
    Any help would be great!!
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    (Original post by maximo_clark)
    Hello!
    I wasn't able to apply to Cardiff last year because my score wasn't competitive with 5A*s and 5A's in my GCSEs - this gave me a score of 23 I think?
    However this year I have just attained 3A's in my A2s. Would give me a score of 27/27?
    Any help would be great!!
    Hi I believe that would top up your score to 26 according to the sliding scale however 26 is an excellent score and academically you won't have any problems and as long as your PS is decent you should get an MMI.
    If you like Cardiff I would definitely recommend you to apply
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    (Original post by champ_mc99)
    Hi guys. I just applied yesterday! Good luck to everyone.

    Anyways, how do I calculate this score?
    its in the OP but:

    best 9 GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), maths and english language plus the best remaining GCSEs (with no clashing subjects such as further maths) to make 9. an A* gets 3 points, an A 2 and a B 1 and the score is out of 27.

    the top scoring candidates are invited to interview.
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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
    Just in response to your question sadly not much of the course is availible in welsh.

    during years 1 and 2 the majority if not all of the teaching is performed in english, this includes lectures, labs, classes and placements. there are sometimes welsh SSC projects delivered solely in welsh but there are only a few out of the 70+ projects and it depends whether they take your fancy.

    if you are a welsh speaker they do try to put you on placement in a welsh speaking area sometimes, but you have to express this as a preference, mainly rural communities in wales will allow this.

    there are a good handful of students in my year who also have welsh as their first language and it doesnt seem to phase them that it is taught, sadly the vast majority of students at cardiff med school dont speak a word of welsh.
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    (Original post by futuremedic19)
    Hi I believe that would top up your score to 26 according to the sliding scale however 26 is an excellent score and academically you won't have any problems and as long as your PS is decent you should get an MMI.
    If you like Cardiff I would definitely recommend you to apply
    do you have access to the sliding scale information? according to a poster on this thread admissions have changed it so its the same scoring system as the gcses for the 3 best alevels including bio and chem.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Just in response to your question sadly not much of the course is availible in welsh.

    during years 1 and 2 the majority if not all of the teaching is performed in english, this includes lectures, labs, classes and placements. there are sometimes welsh SSC projects delivered solely in welsh but there are only a few out of the 70+ projects and it depends whether they take your fancy.

    if you are a welsh speaker they do try to put you on placement in a welsh speaking area sometimes, but you have to express this as a preference, mainly rural communities in wales will allow this.

    there are a good handful of students in my year who also have welsh as their first language and it doesnt seem to phase them that it is taught, sadly the vast majority of students at cardiff med school dont speak a word of welsh.
    Thank you very much for letting me know!
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    I just read the admissions statement and found out that people with overseas qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. In this case I have done my GCSEs in India and I'm doing a BTEC. Hopefully, I do not get ranked using the point system. I will email admissions to confirm.
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    (Original post by derxk)
    I just read the admissions statement and found out that people with overseas qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. In this case I have done my GCSEs in India and I'm doing a BTEC. Hopefully, I do not get ranked using the point system. I will email admissions to confirm.
    Just because you did them in India doesnt make them overseas qualifications if they were official UK GCSEs just taken in india. it means for things like the IB, USA GPA etc.

    if you took GCSEs which are UK qualifications but just in a different country they still will likely score them on the ranking system.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    its in the OP but:

    best 9 GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), maths and english language plus the best remaining GCSEs (with no clashing subjects such as further maths) to make 9. an A* gets 3 points, an A 2 and a B 1 and the score is out of 27.

    the past 3 years a score of 26/27 has been required to meet the cut off for interview, everyone below that cut off has their personal statement marked and the best personal statements go forward for a small number of remaining interviews.
    Does statistics clash with maths?
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    (Original post by champ_mc99)
    Does statistics clash with maths?
    no stats shouldnt clash, its just additional., applied or further maths GCSEs that do.
 
 
 
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