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    Firstly I apologise if this is in the wrong area or is v spammy but I feel as though I need either some reassurance or to be brought down to earth.

    I'm currently scraping a 1st at St Andrews in chemistry. I've done what I think is sufficient work experience (2 months worth in GP/Wards/Theatre), a couple months worth of volunteering at a charity shop & I've held a few 'leadership positions' in my time between school & uni. I've also got a spread of extra curricular activities but I'm concerned that my choices are way above my ability.

    If BMAT is a large factor in past papers I've roughly been getting 6s.

    Currently applying to:

    Oxford (Mags) A101
    Camb (Hughes) A101
    ICL A109
    UCl A100

    Please let me know if I'm obviously missing a key element or just being overly optimistic.

    [https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...the-same-time]
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    (Original post by Paroxy)
    Firstly I apologise if this is in the wrong area or is v spammy but I feel as though I need either some reassurance or to be brought down to earth.

    I'm currently scraping a 1st at St Andrews in chemistry. I've done what I think is sufficient work experience (2 months worth in GP/Wards/Theatre), a couple months worth of volunteering at a charity shop & I've held a few 'leadership positions' in my time between school & uni. I've also got a spread of extra curricular activities but I'm concerned that my choices are way above my ability.

    If BMAT is a large factor in past papers I've roughly been getting 6s.

    Currently applying to:

    Oxford (Mags) A101
    Camb (Hughes) A101
    ICL A109
    UCl A100

    Please let me know if I'm obviously missing a key element or just being overly optimistic.

    [https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...the-same-time]
    Hey,

    I suggest getting a couple more months of volunteering? The universities you've listed are highly competitive! Can you apply for both Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round ( I was under the assumption that it wasn't possible)?
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    (Original post by games211)
    Hey,

    I suggest getting a couple more months of volunteering? The universities you've listed are highly competitive! Can you apply for both Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round ( I was under the assumption that it wasn't possible)?
    Thanks for the reply, I'll be sure to but it will be difficult to get it in time for applications. Might have to slave away during the first couple weeks back at uni haha!

    Yeah check the link provided at the bottom of my post, if you apply to graduate entry for both it's ok.
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    (Original post by Paroxy)
    Thanks for the reply, I'll be sure to but it will be difficult to get it in time for applications. Might have to slave away during the first couple weeks back at uni haha!

    Yeah check the link provided at the bottom of my post, if you apply to graduate entry for both it's ok.
    Ah-thanks, you learn something new everyday!!. And, yeah that's understandable. I wish you the very best! I am rooting for you, ahah
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    (Original post by Paroxy)
    Firstly I apologise if this is in the wrong area or is v spammy but I feel as though I need either some reassurance or to be brought down to earth.

    I'm currently scraping a 1st at St Andrews in chemistry. I've done what I think is sufficient work experience (2 months worth in GP/Wards/Theatre), a couple months worth of volunteering at a charity shop & I've held a few 'leadership positions' in my time between school & uni. I've also got a spread of extra curricular activities but I'm concerned that my choices are way above my ability.

    If BMAT is a large factor in past papers I've roughly been getting 6s.

    Currently applying to:

    Oxford (Mags) A101
    Camb (Hughes) A101
    ICL A109
    UCl A100

    Please let me know if I'm obviously missing a key element or just being overly optimistic.

    [https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...the-same-time]
    Sounds like you're in a good position! I say absolutely go for it, and maybe if anything just try to get some more experience that's not just shadowing because they like to see you can be more hands on, particularly at Graduate Entry Level.
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    (Original post by medblrintraining)
    Sounds like you're in a good position! I say absolutely go for it, and maybe if anything just try to get some more experience that's not just shadowing because they like to see you can be more hands on, particularly at Graduate Entry Level.
    Thanks for the reply, I'm currently trying to get some research experience to boost the academic side of things, if that would count? I figure it's a bit late to get any HCA work, unless there are ways in which I could volunteer just for a couple of weeks?
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    I mean it would be good for your personal statement but wouldn't count towards their work experience quotas. Try finding volunteering in a nursing home - or basically anything that allows you direct contact with patients. Probably is a little late for HCA assistant work if I'm completely honest. Hope this helps!


    (Original post by Paroxy)
    Thanks for the reply, I'm currently trying to get some research experience to boost the academic side of things, if that would count? I figure it's a bit late to get any HCA work, unless there are ways in which I could volunteer just for a couple of weeks?
 
 
 
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