Plymouth A100 2020 Entry Watch
Anyone have any experience of getting in to Plymouth with resits?
My son has BBB in his A-levels (Physics and Biology very close to A grade boundary), so he is resitting them all and adding an EPQ.
His UCAT score is 2730. Is he likely to be considered?
My son applied to Plymouth last year as a resit candidate. However, he had A*/A/B and only had to re-sit the one subject. He was invited for interview with good GCSEs and a reasonable UKCAT score and post I/v was given a conditional offer provided he got an A for the re-sit subject. He got an A* so he got in without a problem in the end. So, although Plymouth do consider re-sit candidates, I'm not sure if that applies for 3 re-sits. Phone and ask them direct. If yes, then your son should certainly go for it. Whether the EPQ will add anything other than dilute his time to revise the 3 subjects, I don't know .... (except of course in widening his general knowledge), but in medicine, it is unlikely to reduce the grade requirement. If he is invited to I/v, then it will all come down to how he scores at interview (MMI), where there is a definite cut-off score.
Is it possible for you to share how son prepared. I'm a reapplying for medicine and since I didn't get any interviews last year cuz of my pathetic ucat n bmat scores this is the first time I'm getting interviews (hopefully). I've been looking at resources to prepare from but it's still nice to get some guidance. My school doesn't give two craps about me as long as I get my place 😂 also do you think it's worth paying for mock interviews?
The Medic Portal has a lot of resources about how to prepare for interviews whether traditional or MMI. I would also certainly apply to do one of the Medic Portal organised MMI courses. My son did one and said it was the best thing he did. Once that's done, just knuckle down and get the A Level grades you need. Good luck.
Thankyou, I already achieved my a level grades and got 3 As. I was a little sceptical about the one day course, I thought the practice mmi mock would be more useful. What do you think? The course helps you get answers for specific questions like why medicine right? If so would you say that it would be better if I prepare the answers and go in to the mock and treat it like a normal university interview? Money is a bit of an issue for my family.