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    For those who work in the nhs were you automatically enrolled in the pension schemes and did you opt out? Also gor those whobare HCAs did you join any unions?

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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    If your PS is directed towards medicine, it will not affect your med application. However, it is very likely, considering the competition of those wanting to be midwives, that it will affect your midwifery application.
    Thanks - I've already emailed the Midwifery admissions office who said I'd be fine sending them a separate ps when I submit my application.
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    (Original post by Pastaferian)
    No, it won't have any adverse effect for medicine. Med schools know that every candidate has to choose a fifth non-medicine course - it's routine, and they won't interpret it negatively. I applied for medicine and biomed at a single university, partly in the hope that they might think I was more committed to study at their university - I got offers for both courses. Good luck!
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by babychocolate)
    For those who work in the nhs were you automatically enrolled in the pension schemes and did you opt out? Also gor those whobare HCAs did you join any unions?

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    I opted out, you won't be doing the HCA for that long anyways so there's no need to pay into your pension at 18!
    I didn't join a union either.
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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    You fainted? Damn!

    Good luck to you too!!!


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    Yep, I fainted because I ate a chocolate bar for dinner and skipped breakfast whilst on medication - at least I learnt the hard way that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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    Hello everyone!

    Just wondering if anyone who has sat the exam can tell me whether the keyboard shortcuts mentioned on Medify (e.g. Alt+F = flag for review, Alt + C = calculator, Alt + N = next question) definitely work in the actual exam?

    Just a bit worried that I'm becoming a bit reliant on them, so it would be a bit awkward if they don't work on the day!
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    To anyone that has written about their role as a HCA in their ps,

    Did you talk extensively about the skills you gained from the experience or about your role. I've focused my ps on the latter because I plan on talking about the skills I gained etc at interview, if I even get offered on e this time around (fingers crossed.) I hope that I'm not making a mistake.
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    Hey guys i was hoping i someone could give me someone could give some general advice on the VR section as i am struggling with this the most. How did you manage the time, and for the new style comprehension questions what strategy did you use? Did you read the whole passage and then answer each question or did you skim read and look for key words? Also what did you use for the old style t/f/ct questions?
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    To people who haven't got jobs as HCA's or other medical jobs, what will you write about you gap year in your PS. I think ill just write about some of the voluntary works i will be continuing.
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    Hello, I'm really worried about making the wrong choices so I'm in need of a little help. With 665 on my ukcat, I wanted to apply to Queen Mary's but my ucas tarrif points would JUST be 460, so i don't know whether to apply. Any insights from people who applied last year??

    Would you apply to leicester with a 55/56 out of 60?

    Would you apply to Manchester with my ukcat?

    Southampton?
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    Guys, would my line manager / employer as a HCA be required to provide a reference?
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    (Original post by Shaimaa95)
    Hello, I'm really worried about making the wrong choices so I'm in need of a little help. With 665 on my ukcat, I wanted to apply to Queen Mary's but my ucas tarrif points would JUST be 460, so i don't know whether to apply. Any insights from people who applied last year??

    Would you apply to leicester with a 55/56 out of 60?

    Would you apply to Manchester with my ukcat?

    Southampton?
    Barts is risky, I wouldn't apply there.
    Leicester cut off was 57 last year I think but some people with 56 got an interview through their PS.
    Southampton are rankin by UKCAT solely and I'm not sure what the minimum score will be required.

    How about UEA, Aberdeen, st George's, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, bsms.
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    (Original post by babychocolate)
    For those who work in the nhs were you automatically enrolled in the pension schemes and did you opt out? Also gor those whobare HCAs did you join any unions?

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    You'll be automatically enrolled unless you opt out which I did (for each new NHS job I got). You can withdraw from the scheme up to 2 years after first joining and get a refund of you payments (minus the additional national insurance you would have paid if you hadn't joined). As another poster said, no need to be joining a pension scheme at 18, make sure you opt out, though some have used it as a method of enforced saving.

    I also didn't join a union, don't think it'd be worth the money for such a short time in the job.


    (Original post by hawflo)
    To anyone that has written about their role as a HCA in their ps,

    Did you talk extensively about the skills you gained from the experience or about your role. I've focused my ps on the latter because I plan on talking about the skills I gained etc at interview, if I even get offered on e this time around (fingers crossed.) I hope that I'm not making a mistake.
    I'd say that was a mistake. If I'm interpreting your post correctly you will be just talking about the tasks you complete as part of your job. I'd say this wouldn't qualify as reflection on your experiences. As many people say, over and over, the important thing with work experience is your reflection on what you've learnt and gained, and how you've developed, not just what you did or how long for. Also the HCA route for reapplicants is quite well established now. If you're working on a normal ward or outpatients department they should be fairly familiar with your role. This is especially important to realise if you're applying to PS heavy med schools.
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    (Original post by manupalace)
    You'll be automatically enrolled unless you opt out which I did (for each new NHS job I got). You can withdraw from the scheme up to 2 years after first joining and get a refund of you payments (minus the additional national insurance you would have paid if you hadn't joined). As another poster said, no need to be joining a pension scheme at 18, make sure you opt out, though some have used it as a method of enforced saving.

    I also didn't join a union, don't think it'd be worth the money for such a short time in the job.




    I'd say that was a mistake. If I'm interpreting your post correctly you will be just talking about the tasks you complete as part of your job. I'd say this wouldn't qualify as reflection on your experiences. As many people say, over and over, the important thing with work experience is your reflection on what you've learnt and gained, and how you've developed, not just what you did or how long for. Also the HCA route for reapplicants is quite well established now. If you're working on a normal ward or outpatients department they should be fairly familiar with your role. This is especially important to realise if you're applying to PS heavy med schools.
    You're right, that makes a lot of sense. My problem is that I don't want to sound like I'm repeating myself by harping on about what skill/s I gained. I've got two weeks left to refine my personal statement, which isn't a lot of time but thanks for the advice Also, you got into Imperial, which is my dream medical school so congrats!!
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    (Original post by hawflo)
    You're right, that makes a lot of sense. My problem is that I don't want to sound like I'm repeating myself by harping on about what skill/s I gained. I've got two weeks left to refine my personal statement, which isn't a lot of time but thanks for the advice Also, you got into Imperial, which is my dream medical school so congrats!!
    I wouldn't worry about repeating yourself at interview. Interview will be a chance to elaborate on the skills/learning mentioned in your PS, and will give you a chance to provide specific examples of situations where you demonstrated these skills (these types of interview questions are quite common). Also at some places (not sure where you're applying) the interviewers won't have seen your PS.

    Thanks, can't wait to get started now. In that case, good luck with the BMAT as I've heard Imperial are very strict with their cutoffs (I didn't take it as they use the UKCAT for grad entry).
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    (Original post by NikoB)
    Barts is risky, I wouldn't apply there.
    Leicester cut off was 57 last year I think but some people with 56 got an interview through their PS.
    Southampton are rankin by UKCAT solely and I'm not sure what the minimum score will be required.

    How about UEA, Aberdeen, st George's, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, bsms.
    thank you, do you think the cut off will go up??
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    (Original post by Shaimaa95)
    thank you, do you think the cut off will go up??
    Cut offs usually rise :/
    For Bart's and Leicester, the most competitive students will surpass the cut off by a good margin.
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    Anyone else feeling a bit doom and gloom now all the friends are off to university? Instagram / twitter / facebook are becoming my worst enemy 8)
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Anyone else feeling a bit doom and gloom now all the friends are off to university? Instagram / twitter / facebook are becoming my worst enemy 8)
    Feeling very teary ahah, think I'm gonna have to avoid fb/instagram for atleast a month.

    This is why I like working 40 hour weeks as a HCA, takes my mind of the fact about half my friends are partying it up at uni whilst i'm at home.
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Guys, would my line manager / employer as a HCA be required to provide a reference?
    Short answer: Some places will ask for this. You'd have to contact your choices to find out if it will/might be needed.

    Examples:
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    St George's (for both MBBS4 and MBBS5) require proof of work experience (its not really a reference but contains basic info about the job done, where, and for how long) which will be submitted on the interview day. UCL ask people to obtain similar letters for proof and request them from a small sample of students.

    Others just ask for contact details (I think Nottingham does this), those that ask for it only contact 'referees' for a small sample of offer holders.
 
 
 
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