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    I understand all medical schools are hard to get into. But are Oxford and Cambridge harder to get into than other medical schools? Just curious.
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    By some criteria yes, by others no. They look for quite different things versus most med schools - the focus on much more on the academics and the performance during academic interviews, as opposed to things like extensive work experience or aptitude for communication. Hence, their academic requirements and required BMAT scores are higher than other unis, but someone who gets into Oxbridge may not necessarily get into their other choices.

    For example, i went to a school that never had someone study medicine before and i entered very ignorant of the process and what was expected from things like the personal statement. I was rejected by 3 of my 4 choices. However, my academics were excellent and that was enough for Oxford, from whom i got my only offer.
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    By some criteria yes, by others no. They look for quite different things versus most med schools - the focus on much more on the academics and the performance during academic interviews, as opposed to things like extensive work experience or aptitude for communication. Hence, their academic requirements and required BMAT scores are higher than other unis, but someone who gets into Oxbridge may not necessarily get into their other choices.

    For example, i went to a school that never had someone study medicine before and i entered very ignorant of the process and what was expected from things like the personal statement. I was rejected by 3 of my 4 choices. However, my academics were excellent and that was enough for Oxford, from whom i got my only offer.
    Interesting, this explains why cambridge ask for grades like A*A*A when other medical schools ask for AAA/AAB. In my situation my work experience will probably be stronger than my grades so I don't think cambridge or oxford would be the best for me.
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    Interesting, this explains why cambridge ask for grades like A*A*A when other medical schools ask for AAA/AAB. In my situation my work experience will probably be stronger than my grades so I don't think cambridge or oxford would be the best for me.
    Well as long as you met the A*A*A (or A*AA plus very high GCSEs for Oxford) there is no reason why you couldn't try.

    But if in doubt then obviously medicine is very competitive and wasting a choice on a university you very likely won't get into is not a sensible option.
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    Well as long as you met the A*A*A (or A*AA plus very high GCSEs for Oxford) there is no reason why you couldn't try.

    But if in doubt then obviously medicine is very competitive and wasting a choice on a university you very likely won't get into is not a sensible option.
    I'm applying as a graduate for 5-year medicine. Gonna be doing a new set of three A-Levels. If I get A*A*A*/A*A*A I'll definitely give Cambridge a shot.
 
 
 

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