I really think you ought to take this into consideration. Just as background, I have a 2.2 in biomedicine from UEA and am on course for a distinction in my St. George’s MSc.
What Nagromicous is saying is completely logically and probably true, to a degree. A lot of GEM universities prefer higher grades, understandably. As stated, Birmingham are BIG on your BSc grade- this is explicitly stated by them. However, many universities do not give much indication to how heavily they weight it. Swansea, St. George’s, Plymouth, Nottingham, Warwick are all far more concerned with their relevant aptitude test scores, personal statement and interview scores etc. This is also true for graduates to applying to some 5 year standard entry courses.
This isn’t to say that degree classification isn’t a factor, but it most certainly isn’t as definitive as Nagro is suggesting - GEM is competitive, but nowhere near as competitive as people think. I think it’s right that about 5-10% of people applying get offers, but when you consider that for GAMSAT universities (a graduate aptitude test) interviews only go to the top 10-20% GAMSAT scorers. This, again, isn’t hugely off-putting as many people who do the GAMSAT haven’t revised/ haven’t revised properly/ are just trying their luck/ simply aren’t good enough. If you are doing well at uni and are able to think logically, and you prepare effectively you will do well in the GAMSAT. Those who meet the GAMSAT cut-offs get an interview, simply as, your degree classification is only considered as part of their entry requirements - there is no preference to higher grades, that’s what the GAMSAT is for. Interviews offers are based on GAMSAT score distribution.
Sure, many GEM offers go to people with a 1st, but that could be for a number of reasons other than “the universities prefer it”. Firstly, 1st class students are usually just that, first class - the best in other important aspects, too- better at lateral thinking, better preparation and organisational skills, better at writing, better at doing interviews, perhaps - equally, by the time you get to the interview stage they will likely make up a greater proportion of the pool. Because, again, they are quite likely to be the best of the original applicants. I don’t have evidence for this, but it’s an equally logical assumption to make, maybe more so, than “because universities prefer it”. If you think you’re on par with 1st class students in this respect, the it shouldn’t be a concern.
For most universities 2:1 is the average offer - is this because 2:1s are the best? Probably not, it’s the most common grade and just the result of standard distribution - if anything, the fact that the average offers goes to the average results is evidence that your grade has very little bearing once you get to the interview - and believe me, if your capable of doing the GAMSAT, it’s very easy to get interviews, so please don’t be discouraged.
As I said, I have a 2:2 and I don’t have an offer (yet, hopefully), but I have 4 interviews at St. George’s, Notts, Swansea and Kings(5 year). I will report back when I get responses, although, this will obviously be anecdotal. I got a 2.2 because I didn’t try hard enough in my BSc - however, I know I’d be capable of doing perfectly well in GEM - if you honestly think you are good enough, and have the entry requirements, then go for it. Simple as. Be smart when applying (ie avoid the Birmingham’s), but do not be discouraged overall. A lot of universities are very holistic (Swansea have actually said they are holistic), as you would hope for from this type of degree.
You are in a very good position to go for GEM - good luck.
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