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The typical conditional offer for veterinary medicine at Cambridge is A*AA but I'm wondering if there would be an advantage of being predicted A*A*A (to increase my chances of being interviewed)? I am fairly certain I've read that they don't look at predicted grades much but I'm still worried.
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(Original post by OrangeArcher)
The typical conditional offer for veterinary medicine at Cambridge is A*AA but I'm wondering if there would be an advantage of being predicted A*A*A (to increase my chances of being interviewed)? I am fairly certain I've read that they don't look at predicted grades much but I'm still worried.
As you've said their typical offer is A*AA. Be aware this will be one of the most competitive courses in the country, and so a higher prediction (if realistic) wouldn't do your case any harm - but isn't by any means essential. With no AS Grades to go off now, predicted grades are becoming more important - even more so if your GCSEs are below average. A good score in the Natural Sciences admissions test that you'll be required to sit will be, arguably, more important than that extra A* prediction in securing that interview. Relevant work experience, while not a requirement for Cambridge, looks great on your application too.

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(Original post by OrangeArcher)
The typical conditional offer for veterinary medicine at Cambridge is A*AA but I'm wondering if there would be an advantage of being predicted A*A*A (to increase my chances of being interviewed)? I am fairly certain I've read that they don't look at predicted grades much but I'm still worried.
The only potential worry is that if you are predicted A*A*A then your offer will also be A*A*A instead of A*AA
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As you've said their typical offer is A*AA. Be aware this will be one of the most competitive courses in the country, and so a higher prediction (if realistic) wouldn't do your case any harm - but isn't by any means essential. With no AS Grades to go off now, predicted grades are becoming more important - even more so if your GCSEs are below average. A good score in the Natural Sciences admissions test that you'll be required to sit will be, arguably, more important than that extra A* prediction in securing that interview. Relevant work experience, while not a requirement for Cambridge, looks great on your application too.

All the best!
Thank you for all the help. I achieved 4A*s, 6As, 1B and 1C at GCSE (so not brilliant) and I have a variety of work experience (making up 40 weeks) so I'm hoping I stand a chance if I perform well in the NSAA (like you said) .

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The only potential worry is that if you are predicted A*A*A then your offer will also be A*A*A instead of A*AA
I would hate to be given an A*A*A offer as I find chemistry challenging at times and I'm uncertain as to whether I would achieve an A* in that (bio should be my other A* prediction)
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No it is the other way round. The predicted grades become less increasingly important as it is no longer an official external exam. This means that your GCSE grades and BMAT/UKCAT grades will be ever so increasingly important.
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No university asks for the BMAT/UKCAT for veterinary medicine any longer.


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No it is the other way round. The predicted grades become less increasingly important as it is no longer an official external exam. This means that your GCSE grades and BMAT/UKCAT grades will be ever so increasingly important.
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The typical conditional offer for veterinary medicine at Cambridge is A*AA but I'm wondering if there would be an advantage of being predicted A*A*A (to increase my chances of being interviewed)? I am fairly certain I've read that they don't look at predicted grades much but I'm still worried.
They are only concerned with predicted grades if they are below the requirements. Having A*AA or better won't make much difference.

Most applicants (about 70-80%) are interviewed.

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No it is the other way round. The predicted grades become less increasingly important as it is no longer an official external exam. This means that your GCSE grades and BMAT/UKCAT grades will be ever so increasingly important.
Cambridge used the NSAA for VetMed not BMAT.

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They are only concerned with predicted grades if they are below the requirements. Having A*AA or better won't make much difference.

Most applicants (about 70-80%) are interviewed.

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Ah, that makes sense. I knew a large percentage were interviewed but I'm still terrified of applying as I think I will get rejected pre-interview.
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Ah, that makes sense. I knew a large percentage were interviewed but I'm still terrified of applying as I think I will get rejected pre-interview.
You 100% won't get an interview unless you apply........
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You 100% won't get an interview unless you apply........
That's very true
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