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    Why do medicine applicants only get 4 options and not 5 like everyone else?
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    You do get five, but you can only use four for medicine.
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    (Original post by JBLondon)
    You do get five, but you can only use four for medicine.
    thanks, I know. Why are only 4 for medicine?
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    It's so weird isn't it. I think it's so your 5th choice can be a back up course like biomed or something if medicine falls through.
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    (Original post by Octopus97)
    thanks, I know. Why are only 4 for medicine?
    Because of the sheer competitiveness of medicine. Its to help cut down the number of applications each med school receives and make it easier to process them all.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    Because of the sheer competitiveness of medicine. Its to help cut down the number of applications each med school receives and make it easier to process them all.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    Because of the sheer competitiveness of medicine. Its to help cut down the number of applications each med school receives and make it easier to process them all.
    Do any other courses have the same rule? For example, Dentistry and Law are also very competitive, do applicants have 4 choices as well?
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    (Original post by Amedic)
    Do any other courses have the same rule? For example, Dentistry and Law are also very competitive, do applicants have 4 choices as well?
    Dentistry and vet medicine are also restricted to four applications per cycle, I think. Law definitely isn't.
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    (Original post by Octopus97)
    thanks, I know. Why are only 4 for medicine?
    Maybe because med schools tend to interview, which is time-consuming?
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    My random thoughts on this:
    • Medicine hosts interviews for all potential offer holders - they may want fewer people applying to have fewer people to interview or to have fewer people to process
    • Medicine has higher applicants: offer holders ratios than most subjects - again, it has to do with admin costs etc. It almost has the same number of applicants as Law (http://www.theguardian.com/news/data...gender-country - out of date, but still indicative of the trends), but fewer institutions to spread them out over:
    Compare:
    http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Students...hools-A-Z.aspx
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_...ng_law_degrees
    • Medicine is very competitive to get in anywhere (I'd say that it's easier to get into an LLB course... somewhere in the UK, than to do Medicine at all), and as such UCAS/the government may wish to force people into putting a non-Medical choice somewhere as a backup.
    • It may also be that, by artificially restricting the total number of applicants to each institution, the government is trying to disincentivise the medical schools from expanding (to take advantage of more funds from the government) and then coming into issues with the availability of work experience/traineeships further down the line.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    Well, you do belong to the TSR Support Team
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    I think for a few reasons.
    Firstly, medicine is a very very competitive course. You generally need a minimum of AAA to be in with a shot. These are very good grades, yet a lot of people won't get in to do medicine. However, these are clearly clever and acedemic people who would do well at uni, thus by having a fifth choice they are likely to still to get to go to uni if they wish.
    Also, medicine is a time consuming course to pick applicants for, it involves tests and interviews, and by reducing the number of choices you are decreasing the number of students slightly that apply for each med school, thus reducing the time and cost.
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    (Original post by painandpride15)
    Well you do belong to the TSR support team so
    And I fulfilled my role by providing the OP with the answer to their question.

    And technically, ending a sentence with a smiley is no substitute for using punctuation.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    And I fulfilled my role by providing the OP with the answer to their question.

    And technically, ending a sentence with a smiley is no substitute for using punctuation.
    Fulfilling your role by providing the OP with the answer to their question with the use of correct punctuation is always highly valued.
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    (Original post by painandpride15)
    Fulfilling your role by providing the OP with the answer to their question with the use of correct punctuation is always highly valued.
    Actually I highly doubt anyone but yourself cares. But as this is completely derailing the OP's thread, I shall direct you again to my previous gif and leave it there.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    And I fulfilled my role by providing the OP with the answer to their question.

    And technically, ending a sentence with a smiley is no substitute for using punctuation.
    (Original post by painandpride15)
    Fulfilling your role by providing the OP with the answer to their question with the use of correct punctuation is always highly valued.
    Sorry Pain and Pride Police get a life she isn't a teacher.
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    (Original post by chikane)
    Sorry Pain and Pride Police get a life she isn't a teacher.

    You don't have to be a teacher to make correct use of "it's" and "its". I would hope members of the TSR Support Team can use correct punctuation. Anyways, back to the OP.
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    (Original post by painandpride15)
    Well, you do belong to the TSR Support Team
    Your sentence should end with a full stop.
 
 
 
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