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    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Hello all

    To pick up on a variety of points:

    1. Yes, we look at A Levels for graduate applicants - you will need BBB at A Level and a 2:1 (specific subject requirements vary between A100 and A101 and there are details on our webpages at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...ve_ug/applying

    2. NOWPAS turns out to be the National Online Widening Participation Access Scheme, which I understand is being piloted. However, it does not alter our entry criteria and we do not consider it as a route of entry.

    3. When you are applying though UCAS it should give you an option to indicate whether you are participating in a widening participation scheme. The two we consider in Sheffield are SOAMS and Realising Opportunities. (We have ways to cross reference and check.) If you are applying for A101 you can either download our WP questionnaire (here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly...airreFinal.pdf) and submit it to the medical school, or we will send it to you when we recieve your application. Otherwise, widening participation criteria are not considered.


    Hope that helps!

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions


    Hi Julian!

    What about IB results for a graduate applying to the undergrad course? I also don't have GCSE grades as I did the MYP middle years programme ... Do you rank us oldies UKCAT differently compared to school leavers?
    Really appreciate you answering our questions!

    Many thanks
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    Hello Julian,

    I’m hoping to apply to Sheffield for 2019 undergrad entry

    For Sheffield, it says :

    “You should have at least five grade A (grade 7) GCSE subjects”
    For an international student, studying British A-Levels without taking GCSE, can we confirm if the below can meet the minimum academic requirements for A100?

    AS : study (4 courses) : Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics
    A Level : Predicted grade (3 courses) : A* for Mathematics, A for Chemistry and A for Biology
    UKCAT : 2730
    IELTS : 8 overall, 7 and above in each component
    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Dear YSSJ

    This will be my last post on this thread - as Intro Week 2018 started today. I am aware that there is a thread for Sheffield A100 Medicine 2019 Undergrad Entry.

    Regarding A Levels - your qualifications meet our requirements (we do not consider AS levels). Your UKCAT and IELTS meet our minimum requirements.

    Regarding GCSEs, I'm going to suggest that you contact the medical school directly ([email protected]) with your question as we would typically expect someone with A Levels to have GCSEs as well. The answer will depend on the specifics as to why you do not have GCSEs or equivalent. (This is normal, for example, for some students on an accelerated programme in Singapore.) When you email, set out why you don't have GCSEs (or equivalent) and we will be able to advise you.

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
    Actually the same applies to me, am doing British Alevels with 3A predictions in bio, chem and math. I have gcse equivalents (5As 2Cs 3 Bs) but I have a 2 year gap between my gcse equivalents and alevels do to an accident, do I need to provide evidence for that. When applying
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    Also applying for a100 as a graduate. Predicted 1st in Biochemistry, 732.5 UKCAT.
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    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Hi all. I am the Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions at Sheffield.

    Having found this thread I will keep an eye on it from time to time, so that I can address any issues and correct any misunderstandings I cannot comment on individual applications here.

    Having looked through the thread so far I've found a few things worth noting.

    i am delighted you found the open days helpful.

    If you are taking or have taken an EPQ we will require AAA at A level or AAB (with an A in Chemistry or Biology) and an A or A* EPQ. If we make you an offer of AAB at A-Level plus A at EPQ and you then attained AAA at A Level and a B (or less) at EPQ, that would be fine. You would be required to meet either the requirements for those who have not taken an EPQ (which are AAA at A Level) OR the requirements for those who have taken an EPQ (AAB + A/A*). Worry not!

    It is correct that we do not consider or read personal statements at Sheffield Medical School.

    I hope that helps! Remember the admissions team in the medical school is always happy to hear from you!

    Good luck!

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions (Sheffield)
    Hi!
    How do u look at SJT.. will a band 3 be considered fir interview?
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    Hello all

    Lots of interesting questions (they all are)! As ever, I'm not going to address individual applications here (as that would not be appropriate) but I can answer your questions in a way that is more generic. I've also spotted a question that was posted on the 2018 thread after I had posted that I was moving my attention to this year's thread, so I will address that here as well. Always happy to try and answer your questions.

    In no particular order:

    If you have a gap between your GCSEs (or GCSE equivalent qualifications) and A Levels, for example because your studies were disrupted, then this need not be a problem but you should submit a disrupted studies application to the University alongside your UCAS application. This is because otherwise it will appear that you are studying/have studied your A Levels over more than two years. You can find details of our disrupted studies policy here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly...s2019Entry.pdf

    We consider the UKCAT SJT as a virtual 9th station of the interview and this is the only stage of the selection process in which we consider the SJT. Each MMI station is worth up to 5 points, and you can gain upto another 5 points for the SJT (Band 1 gets 5 points, Band 2 gets 4 points, Band 3 gets 3 points and Band 4 gets 2 points). (Have a look at our webpage: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...ng/whathappens - this is set out in the section on the MMI). The UKCAT score out of 3600 determines whether you are invited to interview, but the UKCAT SJT doesn't.

    Graduates applying with the International Baccalaureate instead of A Levels need a score of 32/45 and 5, 5, 5 in the higher level subjects (same subject requirements apply as for A Levels).

    We don't consider GCSEs for graduates - its A Levels (or equivalent) and your Bachelor's degree that we look at. We don't consider Master's degrees, PhDs or other doctoral degrees in determining whether you meet our entry requirements. Having a higher degree doesn't advantage you in our selection process. (Similarly, having more A Levels than we ask for, or higher grades than we ask for, does not advantage you because we do not rank on academic attainment.)

    How much work experience do you need? I suppose the right answer to that is "just enough"! We set no hard and fast rules on how much (or what) work experience you need. We are interested in what you have learnt from it - so you should be able to talk about what you have learnt from your experiences. Your work experience does not have to have been with a doctor. We are looking to see whether you know what you are letting yourself in for. More on work experience on our webpages at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...workexperience

    Does age matter? Well, applicants have to be at least 18 years old by the first day of the second term. For 2019 entry this means you must be 18 years old on or by Monday 20th January 2020. If you won't be 18 years old by then you can apply but we would defer your entry to the following year. There is no upper age limit to applying. We have certainly had applicants (and entrants) in their late 20s, and, on occasion, 30s and 40s. It doesn't disadvantage you in our selection process. I don't think being >25 years old means you are too old for medicine! Remember though that the older you are the more likely it will be that you will be trained by people who are younger than you (which need not be a problem but some might find that difficult), and that the fewer years you work before retirement has implications on pensions.

    For A100, we rank all Home applicants together (irrespective of whether they are graduates or not). You'll need a score of 2470 or higher to meet the minimum requirement but I do not know, and cannot know, how high a score you will need to survive ranking (as that depends on who applies and how high their UKCAT scores are - and we cannot know that until we have received the applications). UKCAT have published interim statistics (see: https://www.ukcat.ac.uk/ukcat-test/u...st-statistics/ ) which may give you an indication of how your score compares with the world so far this year. We have published the cut points from ranking in previous years on our webpages (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...ng/whathappens - see STAGE 2: UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Ranking) but remmeber that this year we are inviting more people to interview than we did last year.

    For A101 - this is the first year we have offered this programme. Whether we will rank on UKCAT or not will depend on how many applications we receive. I plan to invite 60-100 applicants to interview. If we do have to rank for the A101 programme we will do so on the basis of UKCAT score and we will rank A101 applicants separately to other applicants.

    I do not know whether being from Stoke on Trent automatically means you will meet our Widening Participation criteria!

    Regarding eligibility for finance and bursaries - there is some information on our webpages: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...esandbursaries but it is sensible for you to check directly with Student Finance England and the NHS Bursary scheme.

    I hope that helps! There is a LOT of info available on our webpages and I commend them to you: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine...ve_ug/applying

    I'll keep an eye on this page, probably once or twice a week.

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions
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    Hey guys so here goes -
    A Levels - AAB (achieved) - B in chem so I have to resit
    GCSEs - 9A*s 1A
    UKCAT - 753 Band 1

    Thinking of applying to Sheffield as well as KCL / Plymouth and BSMS
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    Hey guys, Do you guys think 2710 in ukcat is a competitive score for Sheffield? I really liked the uni and course but I'm not sure if it's too risky?
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    Is there a separate tsr page for Sheffield a101?
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    Ukcat 2650 band 3
    BSc biomedical sciences 2.1 MSc blood science merit and PhD cardiovascular sciences pending due to finish in 2018

    Sheffield a101 widening participation ...

    Based on the ukcat and sjt... I'm highly unlikely to get an interview Right?
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    Hi Julian, my older brother had fell into a coma in January and was stuck in hospital till March. I was unable to work during that period as my parents were visiting him and I was put into my nan's house (which has no internet) for that period. Should I put this in my extenuating circumstances form? Or will it not count?
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    Hello Julian

    I'm thinking of applying to Sheffield A100 2019 entry as I loved the open day. On results day if my grades are AAB & A*/A in EPQ, would you accept even if Sheffield is not my 'Firm' choice ?

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by pizza26)
    Hello Julian

    I'm thinking of applying to Sheffield A100 2019 entry as I loved the open day. On results day if my grades are AAB & A*/A in EPQ, would you accept even if Sheffield is not my 'Firm' choice ?

    Thanks in advance
    They cannot answer this at this stage, as it would entirely depend whether their place were filled by people who had put Sheffield down as their firm choice. They cannot decline somebody who has firmed them and made their grades over somebody for who they are an insurance choice (unless that person did not meet their firm grades, in which case Sheffield would become their firm, ie Firm offer A*AA, Sheffield offer AAA and achieved AAA yet Firm turned them down).
    I am sure The Wonderful Julian will confirm, but I suspect they will accept narrowly missed grades from those on their firm list, then move down until places are filled. 2 years ago they took all those with AAB, even off the insurance list, but they cannot make assurances about that at this stage.
    If you really loved it, make it your Firm choice! It is a great med school
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    Would the Sheffield Medical department have any issue with someone applying to another course at Sheffield as a 5th choice (backup)?
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    Hello all

    Well, today has been the first day of term. It has been a busy but enjoyable day!

    Regarding disrupted studies applications - what you should put on the form, and whether you should submit one is entirely up to you. If you do submit a disrupted studies application I urge you to attach evidence to back up your claims. You can read our disrupted studies policy here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly...s2019Entry.pdf

    Firm versus Insurance offers are an interesting offer. If we make you an offer it forms a contract, which if fulfilled if you meet the conditions of the offer. Whether you would be accepted with AAB + A/A* EPQ if you accepted our offer as your insurance choice would depend on whether you met the conditions of your Firm offer. If you met your Firm offer, that is where you go. If you did not meet your Firm offer (and they therefore rejected you) then your Insurance choice then takes over. In that circumstance your Insurance offer effectively converts to Firm.

    You should very much work on the assumption that if you receive an offer you will need to meet the conditions of your offer to gain entry. In 2017 and 2018 we admitted some people with AAB (against an original AAA offer) but there is absolutely no guarantee we will do so in 2019 (and I will be making more offers this year with the hope and intention that this will mean we fill our places with people who meet the offer).

    Whether you apply to other courses (including other medical courses and including a 5th choice at any university and in any subject) has NO bearing on our medicine selection process. It is also worth noting that we take no notice of whether you cite us as your first choice or fifth. Some people list their choices in order of preference, some in alphabetical order. And, of course, some people's order of preference might change through the year. If you apply to us (and we hope you will) we take it that you have chosen us above the 29+ schools that you did not apply to!

    To reiterate - because it cropped up again in a post - we do not use the UKCAT SJT to decide who we invite to interview. This is the first time we have offered the A101 programme (which is exciting!) and I have no idea how many applications we will receive. I hope to invite 60-100 to interview. If we receive more applications than that for A101 then we will rank on UKCAT score. If we don't there will be no need to rank A101 applicants on UKCAT score.

    It is natural to wonder, but I do not know (and neither can anyone else!) how high a UKCAT score A100 applicants will need to survive UKCAT ranking this year. As is stated on our webpages, in the 2017-18 cycle the minimum requirement was 2460 and the cut score was 2690. But this year we are inviting more people to interview - so the cut score could be lower than 2690, it could be 2690 and it could be higher than 2690. It depends on the UKCAT scores of those who apply - and we won't know that until after all of the applications have been received. What can be stated with certainty is that if you do not apply, you will not be invited to interview. I appreciate that uncertainty generates anxiety. Uncertainty is, however, a constant in the practice of medicine.

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
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    (Original post by GANFYD)
    They cannot answer this at this stage, as it would entirely depend whether their place were filled by people who had put Sheffield down as their firm choice. They cannot decline somebody who has firmed them and made their grades over somebody for who they are an insurance choice (unless that person did not meet their firm grades, in which case Sheffield would become their firm, ie Firm offer A*AA, Sheffield offer AAA and achieved AAA yet Firm turned them down).
    I am sure The Wonderful Julian will confirm, but I suspect they will accept narrowly missed grades from those on their firm list, then move down until places are filled. 2 years ago they took all those with AAB, even off the insurance list, but they cannot make assurances about that at this stage.
    If you really loved it, make it your Firm choice! It is a great med school
    I think I'll make it my Firm choice !
    thnx
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    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Hello all

    Well, today has been the first day of term. It has been a busy but enjoyable day!

    Regarding disrupted studies applications - what you should put on the form, and whether you should submit one is entirely up to you. If you do submit a disrupted studies application I urge you to attach evidence to back up your claims. You can read our disrupted studies policy here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly...s2019Entry.pdf

    Firm versus Insurance offers are an interesting offer. If we make you an offer it forms a contract, which if fulfilled if you meet the conditions of the offer. Whether you would be accepted with AAB + A/A* EPQ if you accepted our offer as your insurance choice would depend on whether you met the conditions of your Firm offer. If you met your Firm offer, that is where you go. If you did not meet your Firm offer (and they therefore rejected you) then your Insurance choice then takes over. In that circumstance your Insurance offer effectively converts to Firm.

    You should very much work on the assumption that if you receive an offer you will need to meet the conditions of your offer to gain entry. In 2017 and 2018 we admitted some people with AAB (against an original AAA offer) but there is absolutely no guarantee we will do so in 2019 (and I will be making more offers this year with the hope and intention that this will mean we fill our places with people who meet the offer).

    Whether you apply to other courses (including other medical courses and including a 5th choice at any university and in any subject) has NO bearing on our medicine selection process. It is also worth noting that we take no notice of whether you cite us as your first choice or fifth. Some people list their choices in order of preference, some in alphabetical order. And, of course, some people's order of preference might change through the year. If you apply to us (and we hope you will) we take it that you have chosen us above the 29+ schools that you did not apply to!

    To reiterate - because it cropped up again in a post - we do not use the UKCAT SJT to decide who we invite to interview. This is the first time we have offered the A101 programme (which is exciting!) and I have no idea how many applications we will receive. I hope to invite 60-100 to interview. If we receive more applications than that for A101 then we will rank on UKCAT score. If we don't there will be no need to rank A101 applicants on UKCAT score.

    It is natural to wonder, but I do not know (and neither can anyone else!) how high a UKCAT score A100 applicants will need to survive UKCAT ranking this year. As is stated on our webpages, in the 2017-18 cycle the minimum requirement was 2460 and the cut score was 2690. But this year we are inviting more people to interview - so the cut score could be lower than 2690, it could be 2690 and it could be higher than 2690. It depends on the UKCAT scores of those who apply - and we won't know that until after all of the applications have been received. What can be stated with certainty is that if you do not apply, you will not be invited to interview. I appreciate that uncertainty generates anxiety. Uncertainty is, however, a constant in the practice of medicine.

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
    Thanks a lot for ur reply Julian
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    anyone studying medicine at sheffield? hows the campus and the city etc? im working in amsterdam so wont be able to visit before applying !
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    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Hello all

    Well, today has been the first day of term. It has been a busy but enjoyable day!

    Regarding disrupted studies applications - what you should put on the form, and whether you should submit one is entirely up to you. If you do submit a disrupted studies application I urge you to attach evidence to back up your claims. You can read our disrupted studies policy here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly...s2019Entry.pdf

    Firm versus Insurance offers are an interesting offer. If we make you an offer it forms a contract, which if fulfilled if you meet the conditions of the offer. Whether you would be accepted with AAB + A/A* EPQ if you accepted our offer as your insurance choice would depend on whether you met the conditions of your Firm offer. If you met your Firm offer, that is where you go. If you did not meet your Firm offer (and they therefore rejected you) then your Insurance choice then takes over. In that circumstance your Insurance offer effectively converts to Firm.

    You should very much work on the assumption that if you receive an offer you will need to meet the conditions of your offer to gain entry. In 2017 and 2018 we admitted some people with AAB (against an original AAA offer) but there is absolutely no guarantee we will do so in 2019 (and I will be making more offers this year with the hope and intention that this will mean we fill our places with people who meet the offer).

    Whether you apply to other courses (including other medical courses and including a 5th choice at any university and in any subject) has NO bearing on our medicine selection process. It is also worth noting that we take no notice of whether you cite us as your first choice or fifth. Some people list their choices in order of preference, some in alphabetical order. And, of course, some people's order of preference might change through the year. If you apply to us (and we hope you will) we take it that you have chosen us above the 29+ schools that you did not apply to!

    To reiterate - because it cropped up again in a post - we do not use the UKCAT SJT to decide who we invite to interview. This is the first time we have offered the A101 programme (which is exciting!) and I have no idea how many applications we will receive. I hope to invite 60-100 to interview. If we receive more applications than that for A101 then we will rank on UKCAT score. If we don't there will be no need to rank A101 applicants on UKCAT score.

    It is natural to wonder, but I do not know (and neither can anyone else!) how high a UKCAT score A100 applicants will need to survive UKCAT ranking this year. As is stated on our webpages, in the 2017-18 cycle the minimum requirement was 2460 and the cut score was 2690. But this year we are inviting more people to interview - so the cut score could be lower than 2690, it could be 2690 and it could be higher than 2690. It depends on the UKCAT scores of those who apply - and we won't know that until after all of the applications have been received. What can be stated with certainty is that if you do not apply, you will not be invited to interview. I appreciate that uncertainty generates anxiety. Uncertainty is, however, a constant in the practice of medicine.

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
    Thank you Julian. May I ask the reason why youre inviting more people for interview this year? Is it due to an increase in places? Also, how many approximately are you wanting to interview and give offers to for this years entry?

    Thanks.
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    Hello all!

    Well, we have reached the end of the first week of term, and I am pleased to note that, after a morning of teaching the first year's, that people seem to be settling in well. I just love seeing our new students start their studies!

    Why are we inviting more people to interview for 2019 entry? For very simple reasons. We have significantly more places available for 2019 entry. And I would like us to be able to interview as many applicants as we can. We cannot interview everyone, but (and I hope you agree this is a good thing), I am pleased that we can interview more people this year. It brings us in line with other schools of similar size. We look forward to finding out what you have to say about yourselves. Remember that interviews (including multiple mini-interviews) are conversations and the point is that we want to get to know more about you. There is no secret to this - the way to do well is to be yourself and tell us about you. We are not looking for rehearsed answers (these make you sound like robots). You will do best if you are prepared but fluid and be yourself. We are NOT trying to catch you out.

    We look forward to receiving your application, and seeing you join our programmes

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
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    (Original post by The University of Sheffield)
    Hello all!

    Well, we have reached the end of the first week of term, and I am pleased to note that, after a morning of teaching the first year's, that people seem to be settling in well. I just love seeing our new students start their studies!

    Why are we inviting more people to interview for 2019 entry? For very simple reasons. We have significantly more places available for 2019 entry. And I would like us to be able to interview as many applicants as we can. We cannot interview everyone, but (and I hope you agree this is a good thing), I am pleased that we can interview more people this year. It brings us in line with other schools of similar size. We look forward to finding out what you have to say about yourselves. Remember that interviews (including multiple mini-interviews) are conversations and the point is that we want to get to know more about you. There is no secret to this - the way to do well is to be yourself and tell us about you. We are not looking for rehearsed answers (these make you sound like robots). You will do best if you are prepared but fluid and be yourself. We are NOT trying to catch you out.

    We look forward to receiving your application, and seeing you join our programmes

    Best wishes

    Julian
    Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions.
    Hi Julian,
    Thanks a lot for helps and support. Please let us know how many applicants school want to interview and how many they want to issue offer. This information will help many of us to make a clear decision.
 
 
 
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