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    Has anyone here been accepted onto the Medicine and Dentistry stream?
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    (Original post by lowri5)
    I applied but I got rejected 😔 Did you get accepted?
    Don't be upset that you got rejected by the way - these summer schools are based off of socioeconomics, as they are outreach programs for less well off school children and therefore pick those, but they are NOT based on your actual merit or ability.
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    (Original post by lowri5)
    Yeah I know! The selection process is a bit unfair though because I'm not from a particulary 'wealthy' family and I don't have any friends/family that are in the medical profession that could give me work experience, and I live in the middle of nowhere, with the nearest city about two hours away so it's very hard for me to find lots of good opportunities to enhance my application! Were you accepted into any course?
    They definitely should take more into account not just the small amount of things they actually do - there are so many factors that play into whether a student can or can't get certain things. Especially when it comes to medicine, where they expect you to have experience! But you could try a 'caring' setting, like a nursing home, which could enhance your application despite not being in a hospital, or email Universities?

    I didn't - I applied to Durham for a different course (Business) and was rejected. They gave the option to email if you didn't get in, so I did, and they replied saying the allocations of their places was based purely on ACORN levels (you put in your postcode and it shows the type of area that person lives in, as well as giving a short summary of how they might live socially) - they only allocated to those living in areas in levels 1-2, or 3 with extenuating circumstances (like care, etc). I think it's good they're trying to widen availabilities for students from less 'wealthy' backgrounds, but I find it to be a bad system too - I moved house recently, and if I'd been living in my old house it was a level 2, and I would've been likely to be accepted, but because I've moved I wasn't. What's funny is our mortgage is cheaper, but we still have the same debts, I still go to the same school, my parents didn't go to Uni, etc, and I'm not any 'wealthier', nor do I have any more opportunities because of moving 5 minutes away!

    Best of luck to you for your medical applications and of course your AS exams
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    (Original post by lowri5)
    I applied but I got rejected 😔 Did you get accepted?
    Yes I was accepted although I think I just got lucky. As the poster above said, acceptance into the summer schools is based on different criteria such as household income,etc. I think that once you met at least three of the criteria stated in the application process they simply randomly selected people who met the minimum GCSE requirements. Don't be disheartened though, there are many more opportunities out there !
 
 
 
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