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    (Original post by Roxanne123)
    Do you have any advice getting a NA or HCA position? Ive applied for so many positions on NHS website?
    I applied to loads and got two rejections really early but now, 6 weeks later, I have two offers. It just takes ages! I have an offer for a private hospital, which I'm going to turn down, and an NHS one. If you're struggling to find a position, it might be worth applying to a private hospital if you haven't already. I know its not exactly ideal but the pay is much better, I got offered private healthcare too, and its better than nothing! They also seem to sort stuff out much quicker. I got an interview a week after applying and an offer a week after that.
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    (Original post by kj0511)
    I applied to loads and got two rejections really early but now, 6 weeks later, I have two offers. It just takes ages! I have an offer for a private hospital, which I'm going to turn down, and an NHS one. If you're struggling to find a position, it might be worth applying to a private hospital if you haven't already. I know its not exactly ideal but the pay is much better, I got offered private healthcare too, and its better than nothing! They also seem to sort stuff out much quicker. I got an interview a week after applying and an offer a week after that.
    Why would working in a private hospital not be ideal? Is it because of the experience it provides is not at all similar to what you'd experience in an NHS hospital?
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    (Original post by ali.s1002)
    Why would working in a private hospital not be ideal? Is it because of the experience it provides is not at all similar to what you'd experience in an NHS hospital?
    yeah its just really not representative of the where you'd actually be working in the NHS while you train or when you qualify. I went for a tour of the hospital and it was so nice, like a hotel, but nothing like a hospital and it was so quiet and the patients are usually in for minor or cosmetic procedures and stuff and theres not a lot of diversity of patients either. A friend of my mums is director of nursing at an NHS hospital and says a lot of the HCAs she sees from private hospitals are really good at tea and bed making and not a lot else
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    (Original post by Amywool)
    Hi there. What were your respective UKCAT scores? If you don't mind saying? I have really good academic credentials and plenty of work experience as I work with doctors every day in the NHS in my current role but my UKCAT wasn't as high as I had hoped. Considering taking the BMAT for Oxford instead so stressful. I got 680 average :/
    Thanks
    Hi I got 685 in 2013 (I think) and 778 in 2014. In 2013, people did ridiculously well so I'd say your 680 now is definitely worth more than mine was then. Your experience sounds really good, and the BMAT is worth a try. Do you know where else you'd like to apply?
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    (Original post by Going_To_California)
    Have you tried applying for GEM courses? Yes they're more competitive, but they're a lot better financially.
    I looked into 5 year funding after receiving a 5 year offer from King's after I applied for their 4 year course... Basically, I don't think it's feasible without family support. There are non government student loans, but they want expensive repayments whilst you're still studying, and the charities will offer amounts in the hundreds, not thousands.
    I was considering a private student loan. I know they ask for repayment whilst studying but I will be working as an agency nurse while studying so is something that is not worrying me very much.
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    (Original post by macarenafc92)
    I was considering a private student loan. I know they ask for repayment whilst studying but I will be working as an agency nurse while studying so is something that is not worrying me very much.
    Working whilst studying is definitely more feasible on the 5 year courses, so it's good if that works for you. The only company I found that was willing to lend £9K each year wanted a repayment of £75 a month which is ok, but for each loan you take out they'd charge that, so by 4th and 5th year, you'd be paying £300 a month which is a lot of extra money to have to try and find.
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    (Original post by Going_To_California)
    Hi I got 685 in 2013 (I think) and 778 in 2014. In 2013, people did ridiculously well so I'd say your 680 now is definitely worth more than mine was then. Your experience sounds really good, and the BMAT is worth a try. Do you know where else you'd like to apply?
    Hey. Thanks for letting me know. I'm not sure it will be enough. I've put so far kings, newcastle and Warwick and have emailed barts querying whether I need to be in education at the moment to apply cause I'm not. And if they say I do then I'll take the BMAT and apply to Oxford. It's really frustrating cause I prepared loads and I don't know how I could do better I have a first in biomedical science as well as a MSc in drug discovery and a MRes in Musculoskeletal ageing. Also my current role is working within the NHS supporting doctors who want to do research in their clinics. But all this is worth nothing because of a damn speed test ah sorry. Rant over. I just really want to do it and can't seem to crack this UKCAT :/
    Any advice given you have been in my situation before?
    Thanks
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    I'd just think very carefully about working in your 4-5th years, and how that will work out financially if you can't meet the work schedule. Not saying it's impossible but it'll be pushing it very close to the line of impossibility!

    Is it worth committing yourself to all that extra debt and pressure, which will undoubtedly affect your academic performance in later years, for the sake of one year where you could reapply for GEM?
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    (Original post by Going_To_California)
    Working whilst studying is definitely more feasible on the 5 year courses, so it's good if that works for you. The only company I found that was willing to lend £9K each year wanted a repayment of £75 a month which is ok, but for each loan you take out they'd charge that, so by 4th and 5th year, you'd be paying £300 a month which is a lot of extra money to have to try and find.
    I was considering doing so, even working like a maniac during the summer if I get in a 4 year course.

    My familly is willing to support me the equivalent to 400 euros a month in the last years so it seems a quite decent option for me.
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    (Original post by MJK91)
    I'd just think very carefully about working in your 4-5th years, and how that will work out financially if you can't meet the work schedule. Not saying it's impossible but it'll be pushing it very close to the line of impossibility!

    Is it worth committing yourself to all that extra debt and pressure, which will undoubtedly affect your academic performance in later years, for the sake of one year where you could reapply for GEM?
    even if I get into GEM I would have to continue working. The good thing about agency nursing is that you choose when and where to work.
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    (Original post by macarenafc92)
    even if I get into GEM I would have to continue working. The good thing about agency nursing is that you choose when and where to work.
    Possibly, but the difference between working to fund your maintenance loan shortfall, and working to pay your tutition fees AND cover maintenance loan shortfall, is pretty big don't you think?

    No one will tell you not to do it, but it requires a lot of thought.
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    (Original post by MJK91)
    Possibly, but the difference between working to fund your maintenance loan shortfall, and working to pay your tutition fees AND cover maintenance loan shortfall, is pretty big don't you think?

    No one will tell you not to do it, but it requires a lot of thought.
    I would always ask for the private loan for the fees as I don't have any other option. As a EU student I am not ellegible for the maintenance loan. (it is going to be a little nightmare)
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    (Original post by Amywool)
    Hey. Thanks for letting me know. I'm not sure it will be enough. I've put so far kings, newcastle and Warwick and have emailed barts querying whether I need to be in education at the moment to apply cause I'm not. And if they say I do then I'll take the BMAT and apply to Oxford. It's really frustrating cause I prepared loads and I don't know how I could do better I have a first in biomedical science as well as a MSc in drug discovery and a MRes in Musculoskeletal ageing. Also my current role is working within the NHS supporting doctors who want to do research in their clinics. But all this is worth nothing because of a damn speed test ah sorry. Rant over. I just really want to do it and can't seem to crack this UKCAT :/
    Any advice given you have been in my situation before?
    Thanks
    The UKCAT is so annoying. I felt as though I worked hard both years, but came out with a significantly better score the second time. I do think familiarity with the test format helps, though.
    I think lots of reading generally, is good practice for VR, and there are lots of questions on e-medica and medify for all the subsections. In addition, general graduate style logic tests are good practice, but I never expected to do as well as I did, so I'm not sure how best to advise!
    Your application does sound really good otherwise. If you didn't get in this year, would you consider doing the GAMSAT? It's what I was considering if I didn't get in this time, as it seems a lot less random than the UKCAT.



    (Original post by macarenafc92)
    I was considering doing so, even working like a maniac during the summer if I get in a 4 year course.

    My familly is willing to support me the equivalent to 400 euros a month in the last years so it seems a quite decent option for me.
    That's good! 5 years is definitely a good option if you can manage financially, and I imagine you'll be able to get a fair few hours as an agency nurse. My part time job earns me the minimum wage, which is fine to earn a few extra £s over holiday time, but it wouldn't do much good for fees.
    Where are you thinking of applying?
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    (Original post by Going_To_California)
    The UKCAT is so annoying. I felt as though I worked hard both years, but came out with a significantly better score the second time. I do think familiarity with the test format helps, though.
    I think lots of reading generally, is good practice for VR, and there are lots of questions on e-medica and medify for all the subsections. In addition, general graduate style logic tests are good practice, but I never expected to do as well as I did, so I'm not sure how best to advise!
    Your application does sound really good otherwise. If you didn't get in this year, would you consider doing the GAMSAT? It's what I was considering if I didn't get in this time, as it seems a lot less random than the UKCAT.





    That's good! 5 years is definitely a good option if you can manage financially, and I imagine you'll be able to get a fair few hours as an agency nurse. My part time job earns me the minimum wage, which is fine to earn a few extra £s over holiday time, but it wouldn't do much good for fees.
    Where are you thinking of applying?
    GEM Cambridge and Warwick
    5 year Imperial
    5 year Manchester

    Agency nursing can be really good money. Where are you thinking about applying?
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    (Original post by macarenafc92)
    GEM Cambridge and Warwick
    5 year Imperial
    5 year Manchester

    Agency nursing can be really good money. Where are you thinking about applying?
    Sounds good! After two application cycles, I'll be starting at Warwick next month
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    Are there any other physios applying for gem on here?
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    So apparently the end of test data for the UKCAT will be available on 9th October, which is still close to the application deadline, but still better than the 13th.
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    (Original post by Natha_Lite)
    So apparently the end of test data for the UKCAT will be available on 9th October, which is still close to the application deadline, but still better than the 13th.
    Thanks for this!

    I guess there's no real incentive to complete your UCAS application until the release of the UKCAT data then.
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    (Original post by PkT1991)
    Thanks for this!

    I guess there's no real incentive to complete your UCAS application until the release of the UKCAT data then.
    No worries!

    I made the mistake of sending my previous applications far too early so I'm definitely not going to rush this one.
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    So many people who applied last year and are applying this year have said they've done several rounds of applications, but when I went to Warwick open day every student I spoke to got in on their first round 😩😩


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