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    (Original post by DysoninD)
    Hi all,

    I'm considering putting together a relatively last-minute application. For various reasons, I'm a little light on work experience. So far I have:

    - One day shadowing with a GP, a rheumatologist, and at a diabetes clinic
    - Two days shadowing a surgeon
    - Helping out at two 'patient days' for a medical charity

    I also have a 760 UKCAT.

    Unfortunately there's no realistic way I can get the 70hrs needed for Warwick by October 15th. However, if I make a point of getting more experience over the coming months (e.g. committing to regular weekend volunteering) could I make plausible applications for Newcastle and Southampton this cycle? Other courses off the cards - no GAMSAT and an arts degree (though I do have Chem A-Level)

    Thank you so much
    I would say that as long as you can get some hands-on experience by the time interviews roll around you should be fine. You're pretty much guaranteed an interview at Southampton with that score and they don't look at your personal statement/work experience until the actual interview, so as long as you can bring something to the table then you'll be fine. I'm 2nd year gem at Southampton so feel free to ask any other specific questions!


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    (Original post by Lostperson)
    also... i know it says AAA on the website for a-levels, but there is a thread on TSR set up by Lucy Cavendish college (cambridge) who say BBB at A-lvel.
    Really? Where?

    This is what I could find on that thread:

    "Our experience last year was that candidates with less than AAA were not in the end competitive, even where they also held a first-class degree, though a very small number did reach interview. We haven't yet made a formal decision to change our entry requirements, but I think, realistically, your chances might be stronger elsewhere."
    The thread is here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=497
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    (Original post by JenniB22)
    I would say that as long as you can get some hands-on experience by the time interviews roll around you should be fine. You're pretty much guaranteed an interview at Southampton with that score and they don't look at your personal statement/work experience until the actual interview, so as long as you can bring something to the table then you'll be fine. I'm 2nd year gem at Southampton so feel free to ask any other specific questions!


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    Can I just ask what you'd think of a score with 743 average?

    My results were:
    VR-640QR-890AR-700SJ-Band 1
    Also what didn't you think of he interview process? At Notts they are very helpful with prompts, but at the St. George's interview last year they were just awful.. either talk for 5 minutes or sit in silence 😂
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    (Original post by Marathi)
    I assume it's something like 9th percentile = top 90-100%, 8th percentile top 80-89%, etc... Whether that is right or not I am not sure haha
    Perfect that explains it. Thanks
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    (Original post by JenniB22)
    I would say that as long as you can get some hands-on experience by the time interviews roll around you should be fine. You're pretty much guaranteed an interview at Southampton with that score and they don't look at your personal statement/work experience until the actual interview, so as long as you can bring something to the table then you'll be fine. I'm 2nd year gem at Southampton so feel free to ask any other specific questions!


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    Thank you Jenni!
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    Hi JenniB22,

    Southampton would be my first choice for GEM. I got 786 average on the UKCAT so I'm feeling quite confident about getting an interview. I'm volunteering at the QA one afternoon a week currently - would you say that was sufficiently 'hands-on'? I'm helping out in a day clinic looking after patients and running errands to the pharmacy and path labs.
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    (Original post by mindlesss)
    Really? Where?

    This is what I could find on that thread:

    "Our experience last year was that candidates with less than AAA were not in the end competitive, even where they also held a first-class degree, though a very small number did reach interview. We haven't yet made a formal decision to change our entry requirements, but I think, realistically, your chances might be stronger elsewhere."
    The thread is here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=497
    Lucy Cavendish AdmissionsOfficial TSR RepresentativeThread Starter 10 20-09-2014 16:24 Report post(Original post by christyriot)Hi there! I'm a 23 year old graduate of biomedical science (1st class) wanting to study medicine. Do you think it would be futile applying for your graduate course in medicine with the following A levels: biology A grade, chemistry B grade, physics D grade; AS levels in music and psychology both B grades.Regards,Christy!see lessHi Christy, I'm afraid the minimum requirement for our graduate course in Medicine is an A grade in A-level Chemistry, and to be competitive, you'd also realistically, need at least a B in both your other A2 subjects. Sorry!
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    (Original post by Rosser1994)
    Can I just ask what you'd think of a score with 743 average?

    My results were:
    VR-640QR-890AR-700SJ-Band 1
    Also what didn't you think of he interview process? At Notts they are very helpful with prompts, but at the St. George's interview last year they were just awful.. either talk for 5 minutes or sit in silence 😂
    rosser1994!

    any tips on AR? x
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    any last minute tips for the UKCAT tomorrow?

    *feeling hopeless* haha
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    (Original post by Spudhead)
    any last minute tips for the UKCAT tomorrow?

    *feeling hopeless* haha
    Flag any question you don't think you have an idea about in the first 5-10 seconds & come back at the end - don't dwell on any too long. I ended up quickly & randomly answering A to most of my flagged qu's at the end in the last 20 seconds & did fine! Good luck!
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    (Original post by Meggie94P)
    Flag any question you don't think you have an idea about in the first 5-10 seconds & come back at the end - don't dwell on any too long. I ended up quickly & randomly answering A to most of my flagged qu's at the end in the last 20 seconds & did fine! Good luck!
    Thank you! .. what score did you get if you dont mind me asking?
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    Hey again GEM thread

    Do you need a sky-high UKCAT score (like 760+) to make up for dodgy A-levels and questionable undergraduate academic achievement? I got 62% overall in my BSc Chem, having to retake my 3rd year due to circumstances that took place in my industrial placement year. Do admissions tutors even scrutinise the fine events of your previous degrees or just see 2:1s and 1sts? I'm not keen on ringing up admissions offices to ask about this stuff in case I'm bringing up things that would not be noticed otherwise.

    I have about 1 1/2 years of (paid) work experience at this point and a MSc in which I got a distinction, but a lot of university websites don't make any mention of considerations for postgraduate degrees.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Spudhead)
    Thank you! .. what score did you get if you dont mind me asking?
    VR 690, QR 710 & AR 730, & then band 1 in SJ, which was a lot better than any practice I did at home during revision!
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    (Original post by Rosser1994)
    Can I just ask what you'd think of a score with 743 average?

    My results were:
    VR-640QR-890AR-700SJ-Band 1
    Also what didn't you think of he interview process? At Notts they are very helpful with prompts, but at the St. George's interview last year they were just awful.. either talk for 5 minutes or sit in silence 😂
    I can't say for sure as it depends on the deciles, but you'd probably have been safe the last couple of years. I found the interview really good, it was my favourite one. Interviewers were friendly, asked lots of interesting questions, gave me space to talk where I wanted to and moved on when I had less to say.


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    (Original post by physicsdoctor)
    Hi JenniB22,

    Southampton would be my first choice for GEM. I got 786 average on the UKCAT so I'm feeling quite confident about getting an interview. I'm volunteering at the QA one afternoon a week currently - would you say that was sufficiently 'hands-on'? I'm helping out in a day clinic looking after patients and running errands to the pharmacy and path labs.
    Yeah your ukcat is excellent so you should be safe for an interview provided you have your 2.1 and a C at A level chemistry. I think Southampton publish something about what they expect for work experience, and yours sounds like it would be fine, but check the guidance to be sure!


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    Jenni, any experience with Newcastle GEM?


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    (Original post by Rasillon)
    Jenni, any experience with Newcastle GEM?


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    Yes I had an interview with them and got an offer, but obviously I didn't accept so can't help with more specific course questions!


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    Hello!

    I was wondering if you guys would be able to help me fill my fourth gap! I am hoping to apply for Southampton Warwick and Birmingham GEM programmes but i don't know what to do about the fourth one... I got 720 average on my UKCAT (VR 640, QR 800, AR 730), a 2.1 in a science degree, B at a level chemistry and I've been a HCA in surgery for just over a year plus some shadowing experiences with junior doctors. To be honest everywhere seems to be just a little bit out of my reach!!

    Everyone seems to be doing really well, hope everyone is successful

    thanks in advance!!
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    I feel like I should also post this here so more people can see it

    I've got what feels like some bad news..
    the current cut top decile score is 2190. I emailed Newcastle to see where that would put me in relation to previous years.

    A101
    2011 – 2810 (702 average)
    2012 – 2810 (702 average)
    2013 – 2900 (725 average)
    2014 – 3070 (767 average)
    2015 - 2910 (727 average)
    2016 - 2880 (720 average)

    Now all of these effectively correlate to the top decile scores for their year e.g. The top decile score of 2180 in the 2013 UKCAT relates to the 3070 cut off for 2014 entry.
    Meaning if that UKCAT averages don't fall this year further than the interims released yesterday then the cut off is likely to be 780+ which is basically ridiculous.


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    (Original post by Rosser1994)
    I feel like I should also post this here so more people can see it

    I've got what feels like some bad news..
    the current cut top decile score is 2190. I emailed Newcastle to see where that would put me in relation to previous years.

    A101
    2011 – 2810 (702 average)
    2012 – 2810 (702 average)
    2013 – 2900 (725 average)
    2014 – 3070 (767 average)
    2015 - 2910 (727 average)
    2016 - 2880 (720 average)

    Now all of these effectively correlate to the top decile scores for their year e.g. The top decile score of 2180 in the 2013 UKCAT relates to the 3070 cut off for 2014 entry.
    Meaning if that UKCAT averages don't fall this year further than the interims released yesterday then the cut off is likely to be 780+ which is basically ridiculous.


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    err, i'm not a medic applicant but those numbers seemed very fishy to me as the cut off would be above the 9th decile which doesn't make sense...

    but i found this:
    2014 entry UKCAT cut-off was 745
    2013 entry UKCAT cut-off was 695 (but some people received interviews with lower scores, around 680)
    2012 entry UKCAT cut-off was 667.5
    2011 entry UKCAT cut-off was 675 (then lowered to 667.5 later in the cycle)
    2010 entry UKCAT cut-off was 645
    2009 entry UKCAT cut-off was 615

    from this thread http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2827187

    seems like you don't need to panic
 
 
 
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