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    (Original post by eilidhchambe)
    Hiya,
    So my 'profile' is;
    GCSE's: 1 A*, 2 A'S and 8 B's
    A LEVEL- A in RE, B in Biology (1 UMS of an A- annoying!) and a C in Chemistry
    Degree; 2:1 in Tropical Disease Biology at UoL

    I have absolutely tonnes of work experience. I really want to apply to Glasgow 5 year, Warwick 4 year, Southampton 5 year, and Leicester 5 year.
    I think this is tactical as these don't weigh too heavily on a levels. However, I'd have to do extremely well on my UKCAT to be considered for them all. I'd say about 700, which I'm not sure is achievable for me.

    My questions are; does anyone have any more 'tactical' places for me to apply considering my profile? do you think i should do both the ukcat and the gamsat or focus on one?
    and lastly, do i even have much of a chance considering my past academic history!
    Why don't you think 700 on the UKCAT is achievable for you? Have you done it before? I went from ~640ish to 750 (640 in year 13, 750 after my degree).
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    (Original post by thatcooldude2.0)
    Guys how are you funding your medicine degree?
    Have you been working and saving up or are you planning to take out loans?

    I'm hoping to do the 4 year degree because the 5 year degree is too expensive.
    I work as an HCA right now. I've got enough money for the first year saved up but I'm now working on saving enough for living costs in the years after.

    5 Year is unaffordable imo for most people.
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    I'm hoping to do the 4 year degree because the 5 year degree is too expensive.
    I work as an HCA right now. I've got enough money for the first year saved up but I'm now working on saving enough for living costs in the years after.

    5 Year is unaffordable imo for most people.
    Hi, I agree, but as my UKCAT was very low last year and I doubt I will do any better this year, I'm going to be applying for the 5year. You don't have to pay in full, so hopefully it'll work out. I will have a lot of debt , but I'm hoping I can pay it off eventually. I am working as a HCA starting soon too.

    Have you had any offers this year?
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    (Original post by 123ash)
    Hi, I agree, but as my UKCAT was very low last year and I doubt I will do any better this year, I'm going to be applying for the 5year. You don't have to pay in full, so hopefully it'll work out. I will have a lot of debt , but I'm hoping I can pay it off eventually. I am working as a HCA starting soon too.

    Have you had any offers this year?
    Just so you know you can't get a student loan for the 5 year medicine degree if you are a graduate. That is why it is too expensive for most people.
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    (Original post by 123ash)
    Hi, I agree, but as my UKCAT was very low last year and I doubt I will do any better this year, I'm going to be applying for the 5year. You don't have to pay in full, so hopefully it'll work out. I will have a lot of debt , but I'm hoping I can pay it off eventually. I am working as a HCA starting soon too.

    Have you had any offers this year?
    How are you going to afford the £36000?

    No I've had rejections though but that's not really the same thing.
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    Always knowing i have wanted to do medicine i have saved from each summer/easter work of my first degree, and ill have 2 years in total of work behind me for 2018 entry (praying for an offer)

    Obviously 4 year would be more ideal but i have always planned for worse case scenario having always wanted it

    So by next sept i will have the 36000 and then further summer and christmas etc work should help the rest.

    Im not from a well off home and i am really having to put many hours in to get the money. But if its what you really want to do then its what has to be done
    That's pretty amazing tbh and the 5 year course is a lot let competitive.

    I wish I had had more time to earn money. It would have been nice to be able to apply to a 5 year course.
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    Exactly why I wanted the money, less competition. And I know I can achieve the right UKCAT for many 5 year but my English sections for both UKCAT and gamsat have so far prevented me qualifying for 4 year.

    I think I have been through so many rejections now it no longer hurts, but it really does make you want it more.

    It's horrible how many grads and undergrads there are that would make such fantastic doctors and yet circumstance or entrance exams prevent them getting places

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    How many rejections have you had?

    It's kind of depressing yeah but tbh I'll probably apply again if I don't get in this year.
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    The 4 at undergrad and now 8 as a graduate, so a beautiful 12 in total.

    At undergrad I got 1 interview and rejected post. Postgraduate I haven't done well enough on the exam.

    This next cycle will be the first time I can apply to 5 year so I'm optimistic

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    Aw that sucks. I hope your next application cycle gets you a place.
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    The 4 at undergrad and now 8 as a graduate, so a beautiful 12 in total.

    At undergrad I got 1 interview and rejected post. Postgraduate I haven't done well enough on the exam.

    This next cycle will be the first time I can apply to 5 year so I'm optimistic

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    What UKCAT have you been getting if you dont mind my asking?
    what do you think is necessary for 5 year courses as a grad?
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    The highest I got was 687, lowest 620 (that was as an undergrad)

    Really depends on where you apply tbh, next week I will be emailing everywhere for their cut offs this year. Some places you can work out roughly what you would need because of scoring system such as Leicester.

    There's a few places that would take low and some high. Just apply to your strengths and there are places for each

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    Any cheeky recommendations for someone with ABC a levels, mediocre GCSE's and a 2:1 in tropical disease biology, with copious amounts of work experience (who is also divvy and unlucky to smash UKCAT out the water). Don't know whether to start considering GAMSAT unis
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    I think a lot of the 5 year want BBB but you'd have to check that one out. I can't say otherwise I am afraid as my A levels are OK for most.

    When I start looking properly next week I will bare you in mind though and if I see anything I'll let you know

    I have gamsat on Saturday (third time sitting it lol) otherwise I'd look for you now


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    That's so nice of you! I think I'm going to do Leicester, Glasgow, Southampton 5yr and Warwick 4 year as I seem ok for those. GAMSAT looks horrid however something thats easier to improve at than UKCAT,
    best of luck with it!! i'm sure you'll do great.
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    (Original post by eilidhchambe)
    Any cheeky recommendations for someone with ABC a levels, mediocre GCSE's and a 2:1 in tropical disease biology, with copious amounts of work experience (who is also divvy and unlucky to smash UKCAT out the water). Don't know whether to start considering GAMSAT unis
    I'd definitely do the GAMSAT if I was you.. I never did well enough in UKCAT to get considered for interview (you need >700) but got a few interviews for GAMSAT unis.

    Don't get me wrong, the GAMSAT is a massive pain in the arse but is very revisable at least more so than the UKCAT in my opinion!

    All the best!
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    (Original post by 10LFC10)
    I am also looking at Leicester and Glasgow, although I want to confirm with Glasgow what a level grades they want as they only state if it isn't a science degree. Unless you know otherwise?

    Ukcat is all to do with practice! Just don't give up on it

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    I did a science degree, but on their site it says you'd need AB in Bio and Chem A levels if you didn't, you're right though, they're not too clear on it. I'm almost certain that there are no A level requirements as long as you have the degree requirement. My boyfriend is a Glasgow medic and says there's lots of graduates there! I really like it. I think they're quite strong on UKCAT and don't put too much weighting on A levels as long as you have the other requirements.
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    (Original post by eilidhchambe)
    Any cheeky recommendations for someone with ABC a levels, mediocre GCSE's and a 2:1 in tropical disease biology, with copious amounts of work experience (who is also divvy and unlucky to smash UKCAT out the water). Don't know whether to start considering GAMSAT unis
    You can take the UKCAT before GAMSAT registration closes and about 2 months before the actual exam. If you get 750+, you'll probably be okay applying to 4 year GEM courses that require UKCAT. Any lower and I would recommend doing the GAMSAT.

    I ended up getting 670 on the UKCAT so I wrote it off for GEM and just focused on the GAMSAT. Got 65 which means 3 GEM interviews at SGUL, Notts and Swansea.

    Also, with that academic background, you'd be hard pressed to reach the Leicester score cutoff unless you did unrealistically well on the UKCAT.
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    (Original post by eilidhchambe)
    What UKCAT have you been getting if you dont mind my asking?
    what do you think is necessary for 5 year courses as a grad?
    Like the OP said it depends on which unis you apply to. One of my friends got two offers this year for undergrad as a grad with a UKCAT ~640 whereas most grad courses will want 700+ so undergrad is definitely easier to get into in that respect. It just comes down to applying strategically so if you don't do well in your UKCAT then apply to unis that value work experience more like UEA or Keele. You could do the GAMSAT as a backup however it's notoriously hard and only a few unis use it so it's whether or not you even want to consider those unis. I personally didn't want to go to any of the GAMSAT unis except SGUL but I didn't see the point in doing GAMSAT and risking a choice on it seeing as I was working over summer so didn't have much time to revise and every choice counts when you've only got four. I think the key is to do your UKCAT and see what you get then research the unis and apply to the ones that play to your strengths. Good luck!
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    (Original post by Nav43)
    Like the OP said it depends on which unis you apply to. One of my friends got two offers this year for undergrad as a grad with a UKCAT ~640 whereas most grad courses will want 700+ so undergrad is definitely easier to get into in that respect. It just comes down to applying strategically so if you don't do well in your UKCAT then apply to unis that value work experience more like UEA or Keele. You could do the GAMSAT as a backup however it's notoriously hard and only a few unis use it so it's whether or not you even want to consider those unis. I personally didn't want to go to any of the GAMSAT unis except SGUL but I didn't see the point in doing GAMSAT and risking a choice on it seeing as I was working over summer so didn't have much time to revise and every choice counts when you've only got four. I think the key is to do your UKCAT and see what you get then research the unis and apply to the ones that play to your strengths. Good luck!
    Where did your friend get into with 640? big problemo is can't apply UEA due to a levels, and Keele due to A levels would have to do GAMSAT instead of UKCAT

    (Original post by Sapje321)
    You can take the UKCAT before GAMSAT registration closes and about 2 months before the actual exam. If you get 750+, you'll probably be okay applying to 4 year GEM courses that require UKCAT. Any lower and I would recommend doing the GAMSAT.

    I ended up getting 670 on the UKCAT so I wrote it off for GEM and just focused on the GAMSAT. Got 65 which means 3 GEM interviews at SGUL, Notts and Swansea.

    Also, with that academic background, you'd be hard pressed to reach the Leicester score cutoff unless you did unrealistically well on the UKCAT.
    Potentially looking at a score of 39 which isn't very strong. I'm considering Notts actually. Do those all not look at A levels?
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    (Original post by eilidhchambe)
    Where did your friend get into with 640? big problemo is can't apply UEA due to a levels, and Keele due to A levels would have to do GAMSAT instead of UKCAT


    Potentially looking at a score of 39 which isn't very strong. I'm considering Notts actually. Do those all not look at A levels?
    Yep, all three of those only consider that you have at least a 2.1 in any degree and then use GAMSAT scores to determine interviews. This year they were uncharacteristically low cutoffs too (56, 57 and 58). After that, offers are based on interview performance only, more or less.
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    Hey guys,

    I am in my final year at uni doing biomedical science and I didn't manage to get any offers in the 2017 entry application cycle. I can't think of myself doing anything other than medicine. I am considering applying to be a recruitment consultant during my gap year to earn some money and help my family out while I apply for the 2018 entry. Is this a good idea? Does anybody know how the work is like and what the requirements are? What would you guys do differently if you were in my position?

    Many thanks in advance
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    (Original post by Tsar101)
    Hey guys,

    I am in my final year at uni doing biomedical science and I didn't manage to get any offers in the 2017 entry application cycle. I can't think of myself doing anything other than medicine. I am considering applying to be a recruitment consultant during my gap year to earn some money and help my family out while I apply for the 2018 entry. Is this a good idea? Does anybody know how the work is like and what the requirements are? What would you guys do differently if you were in my position?

    Many thanks in advance
    Can you detail what it entails/can you not use your degree to work in a clinical setting/can you apply for HCA jobs


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    (Original post by Blofeldz)
    Just so you know you can't get a student loan for the 5 year medicine degree if you are a graduate. That is why it is too expensive for most people.
    Hello,

    Yes, I am very well aware of that :-).
 
 
 
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