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    (Original post by Silly_Lily)
    This. I'm only getting 9 GCSEs (9.5 if you're counting R.S) I also don't get why Birmingham take so much consideration into GCSE results, whereas most others (including more 'sought-after' unis like Oxford) don't really care much.
    Well they don't use the UKCAT, which imo is a good and fair move. It does raise the problem of how to differentiate a huge number of candidates (that would inevitably apply just because they don't use it).

    I think the reasoning behind it is that they believe it shows a longer-term, perhaps nerdish commitment to study that hasn't just arisen at A-level (because you can choose subjects that interest you more, or because A-level results are more important to your future). And perhaps because demanding a large number of very good GCSEs means they're singling out people who are academically good across a wide range of subjects (rather than just the 4 subjects at A-level). At least, that would be my reasoning behind it :p:

    Of course, it isn't a great system for filtering through applicants . Some people's GCSE results don't reflect how hard-working they can be, some people just went to **** schools, some people took fewer GCSEs. But all med schools have to have a system, and no system is great. They all just try to not be totally baseless I guess.

    And at least a reasonably well-informed applicant knows where they stand. Only the uninformed (or misinformed) or foolhardy wastes an application on Birmingham.
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    more advice about whether or not to apply please

    i got about 4 hours to make a decision lol. like i said, does anyone happen to know if good A level predictions would help me at all
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    (Original post by bertstare)
    My 4th choice is confusing at the moment. I was thinking Birmingham, but the problem is I only have 8A* and 2A at gcse, and i heard they keep upping the requirement every year and it could be risky.

    I also have a 2A* and A predicition for A levels. do you think its worth applying or am I not likely to meet the cut-off? Last year below 8 werent accepted, this year it may be more?
    im confused here. do you need 7A*s at gcse to apply for any course at Birmingham?
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    This is harsh what if people only do 7 subjects and get straight A*s in them? I did 9 and I'm worried that won't be enough by the time I get to Uni deciding
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    I would apply,

    If you get an interview you are pretty much guarenteed an offer (source - applicant profiles and various posts on tsr), unless you completely alienate the interviewers or are dreadful at the interview (only 10% get rejected post-interview)

    so go for it!
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    (Original post by amazinstudychic)
    im confused here. do you need 7A*s at gcse to apply for any course at Birmingham?
    No. This thread is about medicine.
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    I'm only on 8.5 A*s, poor me :P :P
    No seriously, it better not go up to 9
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    (Original post by sikitysix)
    Does b'ham interveiw everyone above the 8A*s cut off?
    hope so!
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    so the general idea is - provided they dont decide to up it randomly, i should be safe with 8A*s? im still concerned i may just miss the cutoff
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    I got 9A* but according to Birmingham's rules I only have 8. I'm still applying though.
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    (Original post by lbavfc)
    I got 9A* but according to Birmingham's rules I only have 8. I'm still applying though.
    what are those rules?
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    I'm amazed that I can feel very slightly disappointed by 8.5 A*s and 2.5 A*s
    gggggr, medical schools
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    (Original post by lbavfc)
    I got 9A* but according to Birmingham's rules I only have 8. I'm still applying though.
    How come? I got a distinction in IT that i dont count :L
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    Wow, 8 A* requirements. That's a joke. Luckily I dont want to do medicine but my PRIVATE GRAMMAR school only do 9 gcses, and make it compulsary to do a foreign language (which is something I am crap at). I could only reasonably of got 8a*s, but I chose to do art aswell considering I assumed gcses matter very little, and I was crap at that aswell. I think that cut-off is outrageous!
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    ok need to decide soon. do i go for it or not?
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    (Original post by Samw1se)
    I think the fact that Birmingham asks for 8 A* is frankly ridiculous. Really, how many people come out of state education with those kind of GCSE results? Our school only allowed us to take 9 GSCEs for goodness' sake.
    I went to a horrific state school with a 5 A*-C pass rate of just over 50% and I got 10A*s
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    (Original post by bertstare)
    ok need to decide soon. do i go for it or not?
    I say go for it, you're very likely to get an interview, I doubt the cut off will go above 8 tbh! Good luck
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    (Original post by bertstare)
    what are those rules?
    I got a Distinction Plus at BTEC Business Studies which is counted as 2a* but Birmingham only count it as one.
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    I also have 8A*s and 2As so I emailed Birmingham asking if I'd be meeting the minimum requirements, and I got this reply:

    "It is likely that you will be around the threshold for consideration.

    Regards,
    Austen Spruce"


    I'm personally not going to risk that, especially as I know people who have been told that it's going to be 8.5A*s this year but I guess it's up to you.
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    Im in the same situation and it is so AWKWARD :cry:
    Between Birmingham and Bristol? Where do I stand a better chance with 8 A* and 2 As? I don't know they both seem risky. So it's a matter of where my application is stronger?

    In this case, where do you think it will be stronger?
    THANK YOU!
 
 
 
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