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    (Original post by Gd07998)
    Hey Guys,

    I'm new to this and have had a read through some of these messages but thought i'd post my situation to see if anyone would be able to help me out!

    Currently 4th year MPharm student and achieved 1st's every year so far, so hoping for a first. Applying for deferred entry (2018) so I can qualify as a pharmacist to help fund Med school and increase my work experience.

    GCSE's weren't great: 2A*, 2A, 5B.
    Diploma in Digital Applications: Merit (equiv to GCSE A)
    Free Standing Mathematics Qualification: B

    A Levels AABa in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology respectively.

    UKCAT (not the best) VR 540, QR 890, AR 630, SJ Band 3 (oops).

    Sitting the BMAT in November.

    On top of all that i'm dyslexic which wasn't found out until I went to Uni, so excuse the poor GCSE's and VR.

    I have an extensive list of healthcare related work experience including, community pharmacy jobs/placements/voluntary work, hospital pharmacy placements, hospice work experience, specialist hospital work experience, three different GP practices, 2 years volunteering in a residential home, volunteering and now working for a contraception and sexual health team at university, volunteering for many other university roles including going to shelters and president of a society.

    I am currently sitting on a pre-registration offer for hospital pharmacy (1 year paid work) for the year between graduating and (hopefully) starting medicine.

    That aside, I have a guaranteed interview to study at BSMS through my university and course (YAY!) and decided to make use of my application and apply for three other universities.

    I am thinking:
    Keele (undergraduate)
    Newcastle (postgraduate)
    Southampton (postgraduate).

    Can anyone shed some light on my choices with a quick summary of my background above? Am I wasting any of my choices?

    I have obviously done my research but may have missed some things.

    Thanks in advance and if I can help anyone I will!!
    I didnt think you could apply to any GEM (except oxbridge?) as deferred entry...Have you double checked this?
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    I finally got a reply from some lecturers about the reference and two have offered to do it. I feel a bit calmer about this now.

    If universities don't look at a level grades and only ask for a 2:1 in your degree, would they expect to see your individual module grades on your application?

    EDIT
    But I've caved and rewritten my personal statement and it's now 1321 words, 7357 characters and 86 lines long.
    How many references do we need? Is it 1 or 2? There doesn't seem to be a position on UCAS for 2?
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    Quick PS Q - I'm re-applying after having 2 interviews go south last year (don't get me started...) I'm applying for Swansea, SGUL and Notts - since Swansea is the only one out of the three that use the PS shall I mention that I'm re-applying? I'm stuck on whether or not that little bit is totally relevant to what the PS is trying to say (i.e. I have attributes that hint to you that I will be a competent medic) and I would of-course bring this up in interview if I'm successful enough to get one.
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    Help please!!!!!! How can you write a personal statement working as a health professional. Because it will be very difficult to say ones job is insignificant compared to the doctor's job?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    (Original post by Rosser1994)
    How many references do we need? Is it 1 or 2? There doesn't seem to be a position on UCAS for 2?
    WHAT?! We need 2? How come? where does it go?

    (Original post by Peace4life)
    Help please!!!!!! How can you write a personal statement working as a health professional. Because it will be very difficult to say ones job is insignificant compared to the doctor's job?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    You could write about what initially sparked your interest in medicine. What you've learnt from work and how it will be relevant to a career in medicine. You don't need to criticise your job. but also mention what about being a doctor appeals to you.
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    I'm a bit confused re 2 references as well? I thought it was just one via UCAS. Do we send another one directly to the uni or??

    I've just seen the person who said re 2 referees they're applying to Cambridge which require 2 references so that could explain it....
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    WHAT?! We need 2? How come? where does it go?



    You could write about what initially sparked your interest in medicine. What you've learnt from work and how it will be relevant to a career in medicine. You don't need to criticise your job. but also mention what about being a doctor appeals to you.
    Both Oxford and Cambridge require additional refs. The other GEM programmes only ask for the UCAS application. Relax!
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    (Original post by Katray)
    I'm a bit confused re 2 references as well? I thought it was just one via UCAS. Do we send another one directly to the uni or??

    I've just seen the person who said re 2 referees they're applying to Cambridge which require 2 references so that could explain it....
    Oxford and Cambridge require an additional application form/references which is sent directly to them, not UCAS. All the other GEM med schools only require the UCAS application at this stage. Some obviously want proof of experience, etc, but that is further along the process.
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    (Original post by Rosser1994)
    How many references do we need? Is it 1 or 2? There doesn't seem to be a position on UCAS for 2?
    Unless you are applying to Oxford or Cambridge, you only need 1.
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    (Original post by NHSFan)
    Both Oxford and Cambridge require additional refs. The other GEM programmes only ask for the UCAS application. Relax!
    Thank god. I thought I had missed something even though I spent the whole summer looking for all entry requirements for the unis I'm applying to.
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    Thank god. I thought I had missed something even though I spent the whole summer looking for all entry requirements for the unis I'm applying to.
    Hahah tell me about it!
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    (Original post by NHSFan)
    Oxford and Cambridge require an additional application form/references which is sent directly to them, not UCAS. All the other GEM med schools only require the UCAS application at this stage. Some obviously want proof of experience, etc, but that is further along the process.
    Thanks for clearing that up! Think we all panicked a bit there lol
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    Hadn't realised how painful UCAS applications are
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    After a summer of UKCAT, GAMSAT, PS and reference fun looking forward to getting this show on the road!


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    (Original post by NafNaf39)
    Hadn't realised how painful UCAS applications are
    Same here. I have to cut like 700 words off my personal statement.

    I went crazy with it last night cos it was bugging me so much. It's good now but too long.

    I have verbal diarrheoa.

    (Original post by saward1988)
    After a summer of UKCAT, GAMSAT, PS and reference fun looking forward to getting this show on the road!


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    I'm terrified that I'll get all excited and then find out my GAMSAT score is awful.
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    Same here. I have to cut like 700 words off my personal statement.

    I went crazy with it last night cos it was bugging me so much. It's good now but too long.

    I have verbal diarrheoa.



    I'm terrified that I'll get all excited and then find out my GAMSAT score is awful.
    I'm exactly like that too. Sometimes it all just comes out in one big mess but I feel somewhat okay with my PS now. I've managed to get it to fit in the 47 lines with characters to spare!!! Don't know how.

    Just been filling in the UCAS form so I can get my reference request sent off ASAP, so the referee has enough time to do it and he's not rushing it.

    Aw don't worry GAMSAT will be fine! Just glad I did mine in the March sitting, had to pay a bit more but definitely is worth it, especially when you have your score in hand before applying. And when you think you've not done well it always turns out the other way round

    P.s. are you getting anyone you know to read your PS? :/
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    (Original post by NafNaf39)
    I'm exactly like that too. Sometimes it all just comes out in one big mess but I feel somewhat okay with my PS now. I've managed to get it to fit in the 47 lines with characters to spare!!! Don't know how.

    Just been filling in the UCAS form so I can get my reference request sent off ASAP, so the referee has enough time to do it and he's not rushing it.

    Aw don't worry GAMSAT will be fine! Just glad I did mine in the March sitting, had to pay a bit more but definitely is worth it, especially when you have your score in hand before applying. And when you think you've not done well it always turns out the other way round

    P.s. are you getting anyone you know to read your PS? :/
    Why don't you send the reference request off now? I mean you only need to complete the education and personal details part to send it off?

    I sat it in March too. My score was 58 so thought I'd retake. I hope my score goes up

    I wasn't planning on. Is it a good idea? I might see if a friend can just glance over it.
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    (Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
    Why don't you send the reference request off now? I mean you only need to complete the education and personal details part to send it off?

    I sat it in March too. My score was 58 so thought I'd retake. I hope my score goes up

    I wasn't planning on. Is it a good idea? I might see if a friend can just glance over it.
    Yeah I've sent it.

    That's a really good score, thinking Swansea was either 58/59 :/ last year

    I have my fingers crossed for you!

    I want to just to get someone else thoughts on it? I've read mine way too many times and it all looks the same now. Need fresh eyes on it.
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    Hi everyone! do you perhaps know any a100 courses which would be okay for a graduate to apply to with a 687 in the UKCAT? I know its not enough for grad entry programmes but what about a100's? Thanks!
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    (Original post by NafNaf39)
    Yeah I've sent it.

    That's a really good score, thinking Swansea was either 58/59 :/ last year

    I have my fingers crossed for you!

    I want to just to get someone else thoughts on it? I've read mine way too many times and it all looks the same now. Need fresh eyes on it.
    Oooh good luck!

    It's okay, they were 59 last year so I'm applying with September's results and just hoping they're better.

    Thanks.
    Lol I'm feeling like that. My PS is long enough to be a chapter in a novel.
 
 
 
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