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    (Original post by erinls2)
    Hi everyone, I'm about to start my second year studying medicine at Birmingham. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to help out!
    Do you think I have a chance of an interview with 11A*s and 665 Band 2 UKCAT? My school is also on the contextual list although I doubt this will make much of a difference.
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    (Original post by Samanthaplague)
    Do you think I have a chance of an interview with 11A*s and 665 Band 2 UKCAT? My school is also on the contextual list although I doubt this will make much of a difference.
    Yeah I would have thought so! The wrighting on GCSEs is much higher than UKCAT (70% compared to 30%) so I reckon you'd have a good shot, and your UKCAT is decent as well the contextual thing will be used when making an offer mostly i.e. you'll get a lower offer than standard, although it may be used with GCSEs as I'm guessing you've done pretty well for your school?
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    (Original post by erinls2)
    Yeah I would have thought so! The wrighting on GCSEs is much higher than UKCAT (70% compared to 30%) so I reckon you'd have a good shot, and your UKCAT is decent as well the contextual thing will be used when making an offer mostly i.e. you'll get a lower offer than standard, although it may be used with GCSEs as I'm guessing you've done pretty well for your school?
    Birmingham have changed their weightings for assessment this year to 60% GCSEs 40% UKCAT, so it is now unlikely people will get an interview just based on GCSE results as in previous years, but need a strong UKCAT too
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    (Original post by GANFYD)
    Birmingham have changed their weightings for assessment this year to 60% GCSEs 40% UKCAT, so it is now unlikely people will get an interview just based on GCSE results as in previous years, but need a strong UKCAT too
    Ah ok my bad, that's how it was for me. Either way more emphasis on GCSEs, you should be fine
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    (Original post by erinls2)
    Ah ok my bad, that's how it was for me. Either way more emphasis on GCSEs, you should be fine
    There is less emphasis on GCSEs this year, more on UKCAT
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    (Original post by GANFYD)
    There is less emphasis on GCSEs this year, more on UKCAT
    Yeah I meant in total there is more emphasis on GCSEs than UKCAT still
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    (Original post by Laboromniavincit)
    What constitutes this score I mean breakup
    .. sorry for butting in

    Birmingham A*AA

    Birmingham apply a weighting of 40/60 against UKCAT and GCSE performance this year, a slight change from last year which was 30/70. A strong performance in one aspect can compensate for a weaker performance in the other. Birmingham gives you access to a calculator to see if your UKCAT and GCSE scores are likely to achieve an invitation to interview. That can be found here:

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/personal-page/faq.aspx

    Scoring here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergr...urseDetailsTab

    Make sure that you access the correct calculator because last year’s out of date one is also still accessible on the internet.

    Birmingham's calculator seems to suggest that a score of 7.8 offers a good chance of an interview. This seems much more realistic than the guidance issued last year which indicated a score of 7.0 may be enough, when the actual cut off was marginally above 8.0.
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    (Original post by meddad)
    The lowest offers WITHOUT contextual points in the past two years have been marginally above 8.0 (from memory 8.056 and 8.125). On that basis your score of 9.0 looks very safe. The scoring process has changed slightly this year from 70/30 gcse/ukcat to 60/40. My gut instinct is that would bring the cut off down slightly rather than up, but that very much depends whether the profile of applicants changes since last year.
    Thank you so much!

    Do you know why some applicants with high scores have not been offered interviews? Is the personal statement read at this stage?
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    (Original post by unsomberal)
    Thank you so much!

    Do you know why some applicants with high scores have not been offered interviews? Is the personal statement read at this stage?
    Not as far as I know - there's certainly no hint in their selection processes which says that it's looked at. I would be surprised if that was the case.

    Where are you getting your information from? Are these definitely school leaver scores? Do we know that these people satisfied the minimum academic criteria eg: minimum B grade in the 5 core GCSES they score on, they haven't taken resits etc? Have they calculated their scores correctly?

    Not saying any of those apply, but if it's just one or two references on TSR, then it could be for a number of reasons.
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    (Original post by Samanthaplague)
    Do you think I have a chance of an interview with 11A*s and 665 Band 2 UKCAT? My school is also on the contextual list although I doubt this will make much of a difference.
    Check out your score on the Birmingham point system. 7+ is good, but ofc the higher the better. Your score may differ tho becasue the website uses the 2017/8 deciles
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    Hello,

    I’m thinking of applying to Birmingham, will be going to the open day this weekend to have a look at the city etc
    My stats are:
    GCSEs: 10A*s, 1 A (German)
    A-Level predictions: A*, A*, A
    EPQ: no grade as yet
    UKCAT: 675 band 2
    Work experience: 3 days in hospital, local charity volunteering with disabled children, NHS Foundation Trust volunteering with the elderly. Family business - various tasks, flu jab clinic, stable yard management
    Extra curricular: Biology year prize, 1st in school essay competition, Cambridge masterclass, cricket, horse riding, school choir
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    (Original post by MontyMedic)
    Hello,

    I’m thinking of applying to Birmingham, will be going to the open day this weekend to have a look at the city etc
    My stats are:
    GCSEs: 10A*s, 1 A (German)
    A-Level predictions: A*, A*, A
    EPQ: no grade as yet
    UKCAT: 675 band 2
    Work experience: 3 days in hospital, local charity volunteering with disabled children, NHS Foundation Trust volunteering with the elderly. Family business - various tasks, flu jab clinic, stable yard management
    Extra curricular: Biology year prize, 1st in school essay competition, Cambridge masterclass, cricket, horse riding, school choir
    Hi, glad you're coming to look at Bham! If you want to talk to a current student at the open day I'm back in Bham and living near to campus - hope you enjoy the open day!
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    (Original post by erinls2)
    Hi, glad you're coming to look at Bham! If you want to talk to a current student at the open day I'm back in Bham and living near to campus - hope you enjoy the open day!
    Hi,
    Do Birmingham read personal statements? Also, where else did you apply? And do you have any tips for the interview process and personal statement writing?

    Any advice would help
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    (Original post by priyanka_84)
    Hi,
    Do Birmingham read personal statements? Also, where else did you apply? And do you have any tips for the interview process and personal statement writing?

    Any advice would help
    They only check for relevent work experience and possibly evidence of other extra cuuriculars.
    But mainly you need to score well above 8 in their calculator.
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    I don’t get it .. why wd anyone with high gcse and ukcat not get an invite for interview?
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    I tried the calculator tonight and it did not give me a score but said unlikely for interview. Really gutted and it looks like I best not apply now.
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    Hi guys! I'm starting my first year medicine at UoB soon. Still familiar with the whole application process- feel free to ask any questions!
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    (Original post by medicine4688)
    Hi guys! I'm starting my first year medicine at UoB soon. Still familiar with the whole application process- feel free to ask any questions!
    What was your application profile?
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    (Original post by Samanthaplague)
    What was your application profile?
    In terms of my grades etc ?
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    In terms of my grades etc ?
    Yeah and UKCAT
 
 
 
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