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    I am hoping one of your kind souls can offer some advice. My daughters stats are as follows

    GCSE 6a* 4a's (Biology, English Language, Geography,French)
    AS Levels AAAA
    A2 Predicted - A* A A
    UKCAT VR 640, QR 890, AR 730. Average 753 SJ Band 1
    Work Experience 9 months Rehabilitation center, 2 weeks GP, 1 Week teaching hospital and numerous other experience nursery, charity shop etc. I am aware PS is subjective

    University considered. Manchester, Newcastle, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham, I need advice which is her best chance as i the mantra is applying to your strengths. We need to take one of the university of the list. Daddy would love Birmingham and madam wants to go far from home as possible She favors Manchester

    Looking at entry scores the ones we worked out, Leicester 45.5/48, Nottingham 41/46 before PS. Birmingham 8.83 /10

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated as a parent i would like her to choose places she likes as well the Uni which offers her a better chance of gaining an Interview.

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    I am hoping one of your kind souls can offer some advice. My daughters stats are as follows

    GCSE 6a* 4a's (Biology, English Language, Geography,French)
    AS Levels AAAA
    A2 Predicted - A* A A
    UKCAT VR 640, QR 890, AR 730. Average 753 SJ Band 1
    Work Experience 9 months Rehabilitation center, 2 weeks GP, 1 Week teaching hospital and numerous other experience nursery, charity shop etc. I am aware PS is subjective

    University considered. Manchester, Newcastle, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham, I need advice which is her best chance as i the mantra is applying to your strengths. We need to take one of the university of the list. Daddy would love Birmingham and madam wants to go far from home as possible She favors Manchester

    Looking at entry scores the ones we worked out, Leicester 45.5/48, Nottingham 41/46 before PS. Birmingham 8.83 /10

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated as a parent i would like her to choose places she likes as well the Uni which offers her a better chance of gaining an Interview.

    Thank you
    Yeah they are fine, great UKCAT so definitely go for Newcastle.
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    Hence why Newcastle is one of the 5 choices and the one we wont take off the list of 5 and Manchester as well, Just need to loose one between Leicester Nottingham and Birmingham.

    She needs to choose 4 that she has a greater chance of an Interview.
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Hence why Newcastle is one of the 5 choices and the one we wont take off the list of 5 and Manchester as well, Just need to loose one between Leicester Nottingham and Birmingham.

    She needs to choose 4 that she has a greater chance of an Interview.
    Birmingham typically accept applicants with 8*>. I'm afraid it's risky applying there with 6A*.
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    Birmingham Admission Criteria changed last year. Weighted 70% GCSE max mark 7 and UKCAT 30% max mark 3. Last years lowest interview score was around 6.2 i believe. They also if i am not mistaken require A* A A in A'Levels. They now mark against 6 or 7 GCSE's including sciences both English and best 1 or 2 others cant remember top of my head.

    Daddy has been researching with the teenager
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Birmingham Admission Criteria changed last year. Weighted 70% GCSE max mark 7 and UKCAT 30% max mark 3. Last years lowest interview score was around 6.2 i believe. They also if i am not mistaken require A* A A in A'Levels. They now mark against 6 or 7 GCSE's including sciences both English and best 1 or 2 others cant remember top of my head.

    Daddy has been researching with the teenager
    Manchester don't look at the PS they actually require you to fill out a non-academic form, what extra curriculars does she have?
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    Would stand a very good chance of interview at both Nottingham and leicester
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    (Original post by WhoDaresWins)
    Manchester don't look at the PS they actually require you to fill out a non-academic form, what extra curriculars does she have?
    Extra curriculear is as follows

    7 months rehab centre. 2 week GP. 1 week at a teaching hospital, nursery 6 months helping out, DOE bronze

    Academic tutor, prefect, subject champion and lead chemistry club. Outside of school tutor and a little bit of running i think thats it
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Extra curriculear is as follows

    7 months rehab centre. 2 week GP. 1 week at a teaching hospital, nursery 6 months helping out, DOE bronze

    Academic tutor, prefect, subject champion and lead chemistry club. Outside of school tutor and a little bit of running i think thats it
    What do you mean by subject champion?
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    (Original post by WhoDaresWins)
    What do you mean by subject champion?
    Subject champion in chemistry so leads chemistry classes.
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Subject champion in chemistry so leads chemistry classes.
    Hmmm I'd say Nottingham, Newcastle, Leicester and Birmingham are great choices for her, Manchester too.

    Nottingham, Newcastle, Leicester and Birmingham all do integrated learning, Manchester do PBL btw, so that may be a deciding factor.
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    (Original post by WhoDaresWins)
    Hmmm I'd say Nottingham, Newcastle, Leicester and Birmingham are great choices for her, Manchester too.

    Nottingham, Newcastle, Leicester and Birmingham all do integrated learning, Manchester do PBL btw, so that may be a deciding factor.
    Thank you very much. Matter of deciding which one to take off. Wanted to ask all learned ones on here who are going through this the 4 most logical choices to gain an interview.

    As daddys time many moons ago was way simplier when applying uni
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Thank you very much. Matter of deciding which one to take off. Wanted to ask all learned ones on here who are going through this the 4 most logical choices to gain an interview.

    As daddys time many moons ago was way simplier when applying uni
    Absolutely, your daughter is in a great position, good luck!
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    Playing to your strengths is wise but I honestly think your daughter has a fair shot at getting an interview at any of them and after all nobody needs 4 offers, just 1! I'd really recommend her narrowing it down now on where she most wants to live for the next 5/6 years, what course style best suits her, anything that particular interests or appeals to her about the uni etc. Do any of the med schools/ hospitals/ top lecturers specialise in something she finds interesting? These are the sort of things she'll need to know anyway when (hopefully) she gets to interview! All of my interviews (2 traditional and 1 MMI back in the day!) asked "Why do you want to come to this university?" and I don't think "because I thought it was my best chance at getting in" would have cut it!

    Some things off the top of my head that may or may not be accurate/ helpful:
    Manchester is PBL style rather than integrated.
    Birmingham doesn't do dissection.
    Nottingham is a 5 year course combining both BMedSci and medical degree (rather than taking a year out to intercalate as at other med schools)
    Birmingham and Nottingham are campus based.
    Leicester is the only one that's not Russell group (although I honestly don't think this means anything it might matter to your daughter!)
    Birmingham and Manchester are more "big city" than Nottingham, Newcastle and Leicester

    Something like this website http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid.../universities/ might give her some ideas to start with.

    All the best to your daughter!

    P.S. So this is just my personal experience/ opinion-- feel free to ignore! I had similar (if not slightly worse!) stats when I was applying and got an interview (and offer) from Nottingham When I was applying I had what I felt were disappointing AS results so I decided not to apply to my "dream" universities. I knew that as long as I ended up studying medicine somewhere I'd be happy. In the end I picked 3 sensible choices and one mildly risky one. I ended up getting 3 offers from my sensible ones and a disappointing but not unexpected rejection from my risky one. It wasn't nice at the time but I'm glad I tried. If I had played it safe with all 4 and got 3/4 offers I would have always wondered "what if?". Sometimes it's best not to play it completely safe (of course this is easy to say 5 years down the line and I do understand where you are coming from. Good luck!)
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    Playing to your strengths is wise but I honestly think your daughter has a fair shot at getting an interview at any of them and after all nobody needs 4 offers, just 1! I'd really recommend her narrowing it down now on where she most wants to live for the next 5/6 years, what course style best suits her, anything that particular interests or appeals to her about the uni etc. Do any of the med schools/ hospitals/ top lecturers specialise in something she finds interesting? These are the sort of things she'll need to know anyway when (hopefully) she gets to interview! All of my interviews (2 traditional and 1 MMI back in the day!) asked "Why do you want to come to this university?" and I don't think "because I thought it was my best chance at getting in" would have cut it!

    Some things off the top of my head that may or may not be accurate/ helpful:
    Manchester is PBL style rather than integrated.
    Birmingham doesn't do dissection.
    Nottingham is a 5 year course combining both BMedSci and medical degree (rather than taking a year out to intercalate as at other med schools)
    Birmingham and Nottingham are campus based.
    Leicester is the only one that's not Russell group (although I honestly don't think this means anything it might matter to your daughter!)
    Birmingham and Manchester are more "big city" than Nottingham, Newcastle and Leicester

    Something like this website http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid.../universities/ might give her some ideas to start with.

    All the best to your daughter!

    P.S. So this is just my personal experience/ opinion-- feel free to ignore! I had similar (if not slightly worse!) stats when I was applying and got an interview (and offer) from Nottingham When I was applying I had what I felt were disappointing AS results so I decided not to apply to my "dream" universities. I knew that as long as I ended up studying medicine somewhere I'd be happy. In the end I picked 3 sensible choices and one mildly risky one. I ended up getting 3 offers from my sensible ones and a disappointing but not unexpected rejection from my risky one. It wasn't nice at the time but I'm glad I tried. If I had played it safe with all 4 and got 3/4 offers I would have always wondered "what if?". Sometimes it's best not to play it completely safe (of course this is easy to say 5 years down the line and I do understand where you are coming from. Good luck!)
    Thank you very very much for your informative reply. I will discuss this with my daughter tomorrow. A fool is one who does not listen to ones advice and opinion.

    She does not favour birmingham much as its her home town. I was the same lol but will be cheaper for daddy as no accom cost.

    I believe she has a good chance in all. But the additional info you given is invaluable and hopefully this will help her to make the choices she wants.

    As a parent i have been trying to put her off this field but she is adamant and wants to.
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    (Original post by Advice4Daughter)
    Thank you very very much for your informative reply. I will discuss this with my daughter tomorrow. A fool is one who does not listen to ones advice and opinion.

    She does not favour birmingham much as its her home town. I was the same lol but will be cheaper for daddy as no accom cost.

    I believe she has a good chance in all. But the additional info you given is invaluable and hopefully this will help her to make the choices she wants.

    As a parent i have been trying to put her off this field but she is adamant and wants to.
    No worries Glad I could be of some help.

    More personal waffle: When I was first looking at unis I was sure I wanted to stay fairly close to home (Kent) so wanted to apply to UCL, King's, BSMS and Southampton. When the AS results scuppered those plans I played to my strengths and applied to Sheffield and Nottingham without ever having been to them. Going to Sheffield was actually one of the best things to happen to me. Being that bit further away has helped me grow as an individual and have experiences that wouldn't have happened if I'd been going home every weekend (as I had hoped). Also, I love being able to have visitors and show them around my "home" city. On the other hand, my bank balance would agree with your daughter's dad! It's certainly an important consideration and if I'd had the option of a commutable uni the temptation might have proved too much.
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    From the advice from this site. Birmingham is out a she does not want be to close to home gulp!
    So now choices are Newcastle , manchester, Nottingham Leicester and from advice on here Sheffield. Current consensus is choose between Leicester and Sheffield on daughter and dad says Newcastle or Sheffield.. Hopefully make decision tonight. She is looking at UKCAT heavy ones dad is saying have a good chance at Leicester as well., Her PS statement is i believe very strong was not last week
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    Further advice what is the exact enterance requirement in manchester. Basically when does the online ps come into force
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    All done and dusted and shock horror on 2 points as i gave up on one., She decided does not want Birmingham at all as we live in Birmingham and the other biggie is she took Newcastle off and changed to Sheffield., Both look at UKCAT with her 753 she is guaranteed an interview., The other choices are Leicester which i want changed to Birmingham. Nottingham which i am happy with as my sister lives there and has food to eat when she needs it. Manchester which is most riskiest as there online PS is subjective but this is her one 'what if' as her heart set on the place.So final 4 are Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Manchester. Newcastle was taken off as distance from home. So switched to sheffield.

    Thank you for everyone's advice.
 
 
 
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