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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
    Personally i think GAMSAT universities are your best choice, as long as you reach the cut off for intewrview - they tend to only look at your degree then
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    How are you going to afford the £36000?

    No I've had rejections though but that's not really the same thing.
    I have some saving and I have friends and family who will invest in me, and I will repay them as and when. They know how much this means to me.
    Will manage one way or the other, work alongside study for the 1st few clinical years. I know this is difficult towards the end.

    I just hope some miracle happens and I get a high UKCAT score so could apply to 4yr courses.

    You waiting on any responses? Good luck :-)
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    Hello

    I applied this year (in my final year of undergraduate degree, predicted 1st/high 2:1) to GEM at Warwick, Southanpton and Cambridge, and 5 year Cambridge. I got an interview at Cambridge but none of the others, partly because of my UKCAT score I think.

    I will be applying again this October, hoping that having my degree may give me a better chance! I'll do UKCAT again and depending on the scores, maybe do GAMSAT.

    I was wondering about Oxford though - I have heard that they give preference to/more people with a MSc or PhD get interviews and places. Does anyone know how true this is, or if there is any way we can find out the stats?

    Thankyouu!!
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    Can I ask, did anyone here get any offer from medical school and did not have a 1st or upper second class degree?
    I am currently overall on 64% but I am hoping to push my grades to a 1st this year.

    Those of you who did get it without lower upper class etc, what do you think gave you the boost? Your GAMSAT results?
    Also, do you think universities will look at the exact percentage of those whom got 1st and base their offers on that? For example someone may have a 1st with 71% and another student has 85%. Or don't you know that would matter that much?
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    Can I ask, did anyone here get any offer from medical school and did not have a 1st or upper second class degree?
    I am currently overall on 64% but I am hoping to push my grades to a 1st this year.

    Those of you who did get it without lower upper class etc, what do you think gave you the boost? Your GAMSAT results?
    Also, do you think universities will look at the exact percentage of those whom got 1st and base their offers on that? For example someone may have a 1st with 71% and another student has 85%. Or don't you know that would matter that much?
    As long as you get a 2.1 it won't make a huge difference for the gamsat uni's. GAMSAT will make up the majority of the decision to interview you as long as you make the minimum requirements and have respectable work experience
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    Can I ask, did anyone here get any offer from medical school and did not have a 1st or upper second class degree?
    I am currently overall on 64% but I am hoping to push my grades to a 1st this year.

    Those of you who did get it without lower upper class etc, what do you think gave you the boost? Your GAMSAT results?
    Also, do you think universities will look at the exact percentage of those whom got 1st and base their offers on that? For example someone may have a 1st with 71% and another student has 85%. Or don't you know that would matter that much?
    Hi! I applied this year with a 2.2, and a merit at masters. Worth noting that no medical school is taking people with just a 2.2 anymore, as far as I'm aware? Might be wrong....

    For the gamsat universities, all you need to do is tick the academic box and the gamsat box, and then it doesn't really matter! I did get a high gamsat, but I would have still been invited to interview if it were lower, as long as I met the cut off.
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    (Original post by puddleduck)
    Hi! I applied this year with a 2.2, and a merit at masters. Worth noting that no medical school is taking people with just a 2.2 anymore, as far as I'm aware? Might be wrong....

    For the gamsat universities, all you need to do is tick the academic box and the gamsat box, and then it doesn't really matter! I did get a high gamsat, but I would have still been invited to interview if it were lower, as long as I met the cut off.
    You have been given an offer?

    I think Nottingham have stated they accept 2:2. However some universities ask for a minimum of a high 2:1.

    Sadly I do not have good GCSE and A-levels thus this limits me to which unis I can apply to.

    I am currently on a 64% average in my Mpharm masters degree, I am in my final year, fingers crossed I can boost myself to a first.
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    Can I ask, did anyone here get any offer from medical school and did not have a 1st or upper second class degree?
    I am currently overall on 64% but I am hoping to push my grades to a 1st this year.

    Those of you who did get it without lower upper class etc, what do you think gave you the boost? Your GAMSAT results?
    Also, do you think universities will look at the exact percentage of those whom got 1st and base their offers on that? For example someone may have a 1st with 71% and another student has 85%. Or don't you know that would matter that much?
    Most GAMSAT unis if not all only send out interviews based on your GAMSAT cut off if you have a 2.1 in your degree. Nottingham accepted 2.2 but +5 the cut off score for those with a 2.2 degree. E.g. if the cut off is 60 for those with a 2.1, those with 2.2 are accepted for interview if they get 65. Exeter and Plymouth also send interview invites REGARDLESS of what you got in your degree (but these are 5 year degrees). (I remember you asking this very question previously.) If you are still unsure, I would seriously recommend that you check with the admissions offices and the relevant websites as it would put your doubts to rest.

    By the time you get to the interview, the MMI (to remove any bias) is used to pick you solely based on your interview performance. Nothing else. The interviewers know nothing other than your name.

    From the universities I spoke to, the GAMSAT score actually only becomes relevant again, if you are a borderline candidate. E.g. if the lowest interview score for the remaining spot on the course is 60, and if three people all got 60s in their MMI scores, admissions would refer back to the GAMSAT scores of these 3 candidates and pick them accordingly - however from the admissions officers I spoke to, they said that this was exceedingly rare. It ultimately means if you have a super high GAMSAT score (I worked hard thinking it would benefit me and got 82), it's practically irrelevant after you meet the cut off.

    Last but not least, work experience is crucial for some of the universities e.g. Notts and St Georges....
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    You have been given an offer?

    I think Nottingham have stated they accept 2:2. However some universities ask for a minimum of a high 2:1.

    Sadly I do not have good GCSE and A-levels thus this limits me to which unis I can apply to.

    I am currently on a 64% average in my Mpharm masters degree, I am in my final year, fingers crossed I can boost myself to a first.
    I've been waitlisted for St George's, and only interview score is relevant to get an offer at Swansea. As far as I know, gem doesn't looks at your GCSE or A level scores?
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    You have been given an offer?

    I think Nottingham have stated they accept 2:2. However some universities ask for a minimum of a high 2:1.

    Sadly I do not have good GCSE and A-levels thus this limits me to which unis I can apply to.

    I am currently on a 64% average in my Mpharm masters degree, I am in my final year, fingers crossed I can boost myself to a first.
    They also don't care about your GCSEs and A-levels.
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    (Original post by Osiris Wintereisse)
    Most GAMSAT unis if not all only send out interviews based on your GAMSAT cut off if you have a 2.1 in your degree. Nottingham accepted 2.2 but +5 the cut off score for those with a 2.2 degree. E.g. if the cut off is 60 for those with a 2.1, those with 2.2 are accepted for interview if they get 65. Exeter and Plymouth also send interview invites REGARDLESS of what you got in your degree (but these are 5 year degrees). (I remember you asking this very question previously.) If you are still unsure, I would seriously recommend that you check with the admissions offices and the relevant websites as it would put your doubts to rest.

    By the time you get to the interview, the MMI (to remove any bias) is used to pick you solely based on your interview performance. Nothing else. The interviewers know nothing other than your name.

    From the universities I spoke to, the GAMSAT score actually only becomes relevant again, if you are a borderline candidate. E.g. if the lowest interview score for the remaining spot on the course is 60, and if three people all got 60s in their MMI scores, admissions would refer back to the GAMSAT scores of these 3 candidates and pick them accordingly - however from the admissions officers I spoke to, they said that this was exceedingly rare. It ultimately means if you have a super high GAMSAT score (I worked hard thinking it would benefit me and got 82), it's practically irrelevant after you meet the cut off.

    Last but not least, work experience is crucial for some of the universities e.g. Notts and St Georges....
    Thank you so much for your thorough comment! It seems therefore the GAMSAT is such an important part. No surprising given just how difficult it is!

    In your opinion, would you say the interview stage is very hard? I am quite confident in my interview skills but I will not underestimate the process and will probably do some mock ones.

    I thank you again for your comment, they're a great deal of help to people like me!
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    (Original post by Osiris Wintereisse)
    They also don't care about your GCSEs and A-levels.
    I had looked at Liverpool's graduate program and they ask for BBB in A-level
    I have BCD. They do allow access course, I have distinction in access to dentistry, pharmacy and medical sciences.

    Also it seems they want Biomed/life sciences, I am not sure if they would even accept a pharmacy degree.
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    (Original post by puddleduck)
    I've been waitlisted for St George's, and only interview score is relevant to get an offer at Swansea. As far as I know, gem doesn't looks at your GCSE or A level scores?
    I wish you all the best!

    Sadly some of the GEM like Liverpool's program seem to look at your A-levels. That's the impression I got from the site anyway.
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    I had looked at Liverpool's graduate program and they ask for BBB in A-level
    I have BCD. They do allow access course, I have distinction in access to dentistry, pharmacy and medical sciences.

    Also it seems they want Biomed/life sciences, I am not sure if they would even accept a pharmacy degree.
    I am from a non science background, so my choices were limited. Just pick the relevant universities based on your specific set of circumstances. Make a spreadsheet and make a list of applicable universities and explore them further and narrow them down to your final four.

    This is my first time applying and so far I have three offers and one more interview to go. I actually found the medicine interview process much easier than other interviews I have had for jobs e.g. banking interviews will test your intellectual rigour much more. There's no secret to medical interviews - you just have to be able to back up every one of your answers, and weave in personal examples to avoid making them generic. Just know your stuff and be able to reflect on what you learned during your work experience. There are a lot of good books around as well, and keep up to date with current affairs. I am thinking of writing a full write-up of my strategy for graduate entry medicine when I have the time, and hopefully that will cover interview preparation.
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    (Original post by Osiris Wintereisse)
    I am from a non science background, so my choices were limited. Just pick the relevant universities based on your specific set of circumstances. Make a spreadsheet and make a list of applicable universities and explore them further and narrow them down to your final four.

    This is my first time applying and so far I have three offers and one more interview to go. I actually found the medicine interview process much easier than other interviews I have had for jobs e.g. banking interviews will test your intellectual rigour much more. There's no secret to medical interviews - you just have to be able to back up every one of your answers, and weave in personal examples to avoid making them generic. Just know your stuff and be able to reflect on what you learned during your work experience. There are a lot of good books around as well, and keep up to date with current affairs. I am thinking of writing a full write-up of my strategy for graduate entry medicine when I have the time, and hopefully that will cover interview preparation.
    Please do write that and I will be looking forward to reading about your journey.

    I think after I have worked as a pharmacist for 1 year, I will have plenty of stories to tell. But I will also be looking forward to getting experiences elsewhere as well.

    I have never had any experience in the banking sector, knew a few people though. Would be nice to witness their interview process.


    Also could you please give a little info about your journey. What was your degree? which unis did you apply to. What were your A-level/gcse (not that they mattered in the end).
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    (Original post by Mr Optimist)
    Please do write that and I will be looking forward to reading about your journey.

    I think after I have worked as a pharmacist for 1 year, I will have plenty of stories to tell. .

    Best of luck on your journey, and yes get a nice breadth of experiences, it will really help with the interview process!
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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
    She got into UEA and HYMS. I know you've said you can't apply to UEA because of your A levels but how are your GCSEs? If they're strong, I'd recommend applying to HYMS. When shortlisting for interview, they look at UKCAT and GCSEs. My friend and I both got interviews and subsequent offers. She had quite a few A*s at GCSE to compensate for her low UKCAT whereas I had a UKCAT score of 700 to compensate for only getting 3 A*s at GCSE.
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    Hey
    I am doing my BSc now and a Masters at UCL. Does anyone know what BMAT grades are looked for at GEM level (by most unis) and what the interview process is like for UCL?
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    Hi,

    Has anyone applied for Cambridge graduate medical school? If so, what is their application process/ standards like?
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    (Original post by MarkLane_9)
    Hey
    I am doing my BSc now and a Masters at UCL. Does anyone know what BMAT grades are looked for at GEM level (by most unis) and what the interview process is like for UCL?
    I had an interview for medicine at UCL and got an offer (studied biomed got a 2.1), the interview is different for everyone as they don't ask standardised questions for every candidate but from talking to a few people in the interview room and from my experience as well, the interview is mainly based on your BMAT essay. Imperial have a BMAT cut off (you can find that on there website) and UCL release an average of all the BMAT scores received from applicants from each section. However interview is not based solely on your BMAT score, but an accumulation of things e.g. grades, personal statement etc. So if your BMAT score is a little bit lower than UCL's average score, you can still get an interview.

    Hope that makes sense
 
 
 
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