I spy some errors here!
First of all - I am planning to invite approx 100 overseas applicants to interview this year. Success rate of course depends on the number of applicants, but in the last cycle, when we had 256 places in total (including our 18 international places) we had 246 overseas applicants, of whom 49 received an offer - that meant we had 13.7 applicants per place and approx one fifth received an offer. That's a success rate of approx 20%, not 0.008%! We have 18 international places available again this year.
When it comes to UKCAT ranking, International applicants are ranked separately to Home applicants. Coincidentally the cut point was the same for both groups last year, but this was coincidence. It can be different. The minimum requirement (2470/3600) is the same for all applicants.
Sheffield does NOT require a minimum of 8 GCSEs! We require a minimum of five A grades. If these five A grades include Maths, English Language and (a) Science that's all you need to meet our GCSE requirement. If you do not have A grades in those subjects, you'll need a grade B in them.
We do not consider AS grades at all - we just ignore them.
We accept resits. If your progression has been non-standard, then it might be advisable to submit a disrupted studies application alongside your UCAS application to explain what happened. However, provided the subject requirements have been met, A*A*AAAA at GCSE and A*AA at A level exceeds our academic entry requirements. This is, of course, generic advice and it is sensible if you are unsure to contact [email protected]
, setting out in detail your qualifications, and asking whether that meets our requirements.
Regarding AAB+EPQ: This is the first time we have considered the EPQ as part of our academic entry criteria. We did not consider the EPQ last year. (Our requirement is AAB at A Level plus an A or A* EPQ taken in the same 2 years as A Levels. Chemistry or Biology should be at grade A)
Regarding interviews - what interviewers are really looking for is for you to be yourself. You will likely do much better at the MMI if you are yourself and tell us what you actually think than if you recite answers (I hate that) that you think we want to hear. The point of the interview (be it MMI or panel) is to allow the university a chance to get to know the candidate better. Your job is not to try to guess what we are thinking, or what you think we want to hear. You are allowed your own opinions, and they do not have to be the same as ours!
It is normal to be nervous at interview. We are not trying to make you nervous - and we will make allowance for nerves.
I hope that helps (and calms a few nerves!)
Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions