Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    Hi there. I applied to study medicine at Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    UKCAT avg. :662.5
    A level predictions:A*A*A*
    GCSEs:6A*s 5As 1B

    In hindsight, applying to the universities I did was a mistake. I've got rejections from Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cardiff. Although I could still get something from Bristol, I'm not hopeful. Any tips on what to do now? I'm going to reapply for next year.
    • TSR Support Team
    • Very Important Poster
    • PS Reviewer
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Very Important Poster
    PS Reviewer
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Hi there. I applied to study medicine at Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    UKCAT avg. :662.5
    A level predictions:A*A*A*
    GCSEs:6A*s 5As 1B

    In hindsight, applying to the universities I did was a mistake. I've got rejections from Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cardiff. Although I could still get something from Bristol, I'm not hopeful. Any tips on what to do now? I'm going to reapply for next year.
    Why was it a mistake? Do you know why you were rejected and if not maybe ask for feedback. There's not much you can do apart from apply through clearing for another course or strengthen your application and try again next year.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alleycat393)
    Why kwas it a mistake? Do you know why you were rejected and if not maybe ask for feedback. There's not much you can do apart from apply through clearing for another course or strengthen your application and try again next year.
    I believe my GCSE results were too low for Cardiff, and my ukcat was too low for Newcastle. Birmingham, their score calculator says I should've gotten an interview.
    • TSR Support Team
    • Very Important Poster
    • PS Reviewer
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Very Important Poster
    PS Reviewer
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    I believe my GCSE results were too low for Cardiff, and my ukcat was too low for Newcastle. Birmingham, their score calculator says I should've gotten an interview.
    I'd ask for feedback. Meeting entry requirements doesn't = getting an interview invite.
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    Your profile is honestly pretty good, you just picked the wrong unis in the end. You would've gotten interviews at St. George's and Plymouth this year and most likely UEA too. Just focus on your A-levels and aim to get even better in the UKCAT and you could get 4 guaranteed interviews next year. You're better off applying to unis that look at both UKCAT and GCSEs rather than just GCSEs as although your GCSEs are very good, the unis that only look at GCSEs attract applicants who usually have at least 8 A*s.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alleycat393)
    I'd ask for feedback. Meeting entry requirements doesn't = getting an interview invite.
    Yeah I understand that. I've asked all the unis that have rejected me for feedback. Any ideas of things to do in a gap year that may strengthen my application?
    • TSR Support Team
    • Very Important Poster
    • PS Reviewer
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Very Important Poster
    PS Reviewer
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Yeah I understand that. I've asked all the unis that have rejected me for feedback. Any ideas of things to do in a gap year that may strengthen my application?
    Really? That's highly unusual as feedback is written into the admissions process of at least two of your unis mentioned above. If you are serious about medicine go through the process of finding out why you were rejected.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mo08)
    Your profile is honestly pretty good, you just picked the wrong unis in the end. You would've gotten interviews at St. George's and Plymouth this year and most likely UEA too. Just focus on your A-levels and aim to get even better in the UKCAT and you could get 4 guaranteed interviews next year. You're better off applying to unis that look at both UKCAT and GCSEs rather than just GCSEs as although your GCSEs are very good, the unis that only look at GCSEs attract applicants who usually have at least 8 A*s.
    Thank you, that's very helpful. I guess if I get A*A*A*, try to get some more work experience, and nail my UKCAT, I should be able to get in next time.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Hi there. I applied to study medicine at Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    UKCAT avg. :662.5
    A level predictions:A*A*A*
    GCSEs:6A*s 5As 1B

    In hindsight, applying to the universities I did was a mistake. I've got rejections from Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cardiff. Although I could still get something from Bristol, I'm not hopeful. Any tips on what to do now? I'm going to reapply for next year.
    Sorry to hear that. You have strong stats, so definitely just take a year out, get more experience and reapply. When you redo your UKCAT, consider the universities which pretty much guarantee shortlisting for interview as long as you meet their cutoff etc.
    Applying to study medicine is all about playing to your strengths. Look into universities which use during systems based on your stats and from here you can gauge your chances of getting an interview.
    Best of luck
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Thank you, that's very helpful. I guess if I get A*A*A*, try to get some more work experience, and nail my UKCAT, I should be able to get in next time.
    your application was fine you applied to the wrong med schools hoewver. Next year go for ukcat/gcse ones or if your a levels are very good those that weight a levels too.
    Offline

    22
    ReputationRep:
    Pretty obvious what you did wrong here. If you had the same stats but applied to different unis you could have potentially gotten 4 interviews. Do your A-levels and take a gap year, they aren’t as bad as you may think of them.
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    •  Official Rep
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    Hi,

    I’m currently a 3rd year medical student at UEA and I was in the exact same situation as you were 4 years ago. I applied to universities without really looking at my own strengths and weaknesses and had to take a gap year but it was definitely a blessing disguise for me!

    For now I’d say to focus on your A-level grades and make sure you get your predicted and from there it’s quite simple. I made a table of all the medical schools and their entry requirements - what each med school looks for in particular and applied to my strengths. Meanwhile on my gap year, I did a bit of volunteering, full-time waitering (a job related to medicine isn’t necessary!) and travelled towards the end of the year.

    Don’t let this get you do and concentrate on your studies!

    Good luck - feel free to message me if you have any more questions!

    Task UEA Official UG Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by University of East Anglia UG Student Rep)
    Hi,

    I’m currently a 3rd year medical student at UEA and I was in the exact same situation as you were 4 years ago. I applied to universities without really looking at my own strengths and weaknesses and had to take a gap year but it was definitely a blessing disguise for me!

    For now I’d say to focus on your A-level grades and make sure you get your predicted and from there it’s quite simple. I made a table of all the medical schools and their entry requirements - what each med school looks for in particular and applied to my strengths. Meanwhile on my gap year, I did a bit of volunteering, full-time waitering (a job related to medicine isn’t necessary!) and travelled towards the end of the year.

    Don’t let this get you do and concentrate on your studies!

    Good luck - feel free to message me if you have any more questions!

    Task UEA Official UG Rep
    Thanks for the response! Where did you travel in your gap year?
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    •  Official Rep
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Thanks for the response! Where did you travel in your gap year?
    No problem! I travelled to America, Fiji, Australia and South East Asia for 4 months before starting at medical school
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by University of East Anglia UG Student Rep)
    No problem! I travelled to America, Fiji, Australia and South East Asia for 4 months before starting at medical school
    Wow! Was that through companies or on your own? I'm definitely looking to travel if I have to take a gap year, which I likely will
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    Just apply smart next year and apply to unis you're more likely to get interviews at. It worked for me and I have a poor academic profile for a medical applicant

    I had 2.5A*, 5A, 1 B,1C at GCSE and a 612.5 UKCAT average but I had 3 interviews and have two offers because I applied to places I feel like I could get it

    Places I recommend:
    Plymouth - their UKCAT cut off this year was 600

    Liverpool - you meet their GCSE cut off and their UKCAT cut off was around 620

    Cardiff - I know you got rejected this time around but if you get 3As, they will add that score to you're GCSEs

    Manchester and St George's - I can't remember completely but their UKCAT cut off tends to be around the 650 mark
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Omarmanutd)
    Just apply smart next year and apply to unis you're more likely to get interviews at. It worked for me and I have a poor academic profile for a medical applicant

    I had 2.5A*, 5A, 1 B,1C at GCSE and a 612.5 UKCAT average but I had 3 interviews and have two offers because I applied to places I feel like I could get it

    Places I recommend:
    Plymouth - their UKCAT cut off this year was 600

    Liverpool - you meet their GCSE cut off and their UKCAT cut off was around 620

    Cardiff - I know you got rejected this time around but if you get 3As, they will add that score to you're GCSEs

    Manchester and St George's - I can't remember completely but their UKCAT cut off tends to be around the 650 mark
    Manchester tends to have a higher UKCAT cut off
    •  Official Rep
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Hi there. I applied to study medicine at Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    UKCAT avg. :662.5
    A level predictions:A*A*A*
    GCSEs:6A*s 5As 1B

    In hindsight, applying to the universities I did was a mistake. I've got rejections from Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cardiff. Although I could still get something from Bristol, I'm not hopeful. Any tips on what to do now? I'm going to reapply for next year.
    Hi Thizzumri,

    Sorry to hear you didn't get offers from your chosen universities.

    As you noted that your choices weren't right for you, you might find our comparison tool helpful for figuring out which medical school requirements best match your grades!

    It would be a good idea to take a step back and consider where you can improve (with the help of feedback from universities). Comb through your application to review what might be lacking. It might also be worth asking your parent or teacher to help you with that!

    If you need help with performing better in the UKCAT, we have a free question bank which can give you more practice.

    If you're set on taking a gap year, it's important to make sure you line up a lot of work experience opportunities to make it count and demonstrate your continued commitment to medicine.

    Good luck!

    Hope this helps
    The Medic Portal
    •  Official Rep
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by Thizzumri)
    Wow! Was that through companies or on your own? I'm definitely looking to travel if I have to take a gap year, which I likely will
    I initially planned to do it through companies but then realised with good organisation skills you can do it yourself for cheaper and be more free!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by University of East Anglia UG Student Rep)
    I initially planned to do it through companies but then realised with good organisation skills you can do it yourself for cheaper and be more free!
    I'd love to travel to the exact places you've said tbh! Southeast Asia seems cheap and exciting, Fiji looks beautiful, and I'd love to explore Australia. Any tips you can give me? I was hoping you'd say do it alone, since I like to be free!
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: February 23, 2018
The home of Results and Clearing

1,017

people online now

1,567,000

students helped last year

University open days

  1. Sheffield Hallam University
    City Campus Undergraduate
    Tue, 21 Aug '18
  2. Bournemouth University
    Clearing Open Day Undergraduate
    Wed, 22 Aug '18
  3. University of Buckingham
    Postgraduate Open Evening Postgraduate
    Thu, 23 Aug '18
Poll
A-level students - how do you feel about your results?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.