Applying for medicine at Newcastle/Southampton with a low UCAT score

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I am a year 13 student applying for medicine at uni for 2020 entry. I just did my UCAT (previously UKCAT) exam over the summer and got really bad exam nerves and ended up with a sub par score of 2640. I really want to go to Newcastle/ Southampton but I don’t think my UCAT score is high enough. I have extremely strong predicted grades and GCSEs, as well as a lot of work experience and extra curricular things to say. (I am predicted 3 A*s at A level and got all 9s at GCSEs). Is it worth applying to Newcastle or is my UCAT score just too low. Will they take into account my grades?
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(Original post by theodora101)
I am a year 13 student applying for medicine at uni for 2020 entry. I just did my UCAT (previously UKCAT) exam over the summer and got really bad exam nerves and ended up with a sub par score of 2640. I really want to go to Newcastle/ Southampton but I don’t think my UCAT score is high enough. I have extremely strong predicted grades and GCSEs, as well as a lot of work experience and extra curricular things to say. (I am predicted 3 A*s at A level and got all 9s at GCSEs). Is it worth applying to Newcastle or is my UCAT score just too low. Will they take into account my grades?
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclac...ers%202019.pdf These are the official ucat cutoffs for Newcastle in previous years
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so if the threshold was 2720 last year I don’t stand a chance?
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so if the threshold was 2720 last year I don’t stand a chance?
I think it would be risky. Also with straight 9’s at GCSE and 3A* predictions you would be able to apply to safer options like Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds if you do the bmat
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(Original post by theodora101)
I am a year 13 student applying for medicine at uni for 2020 entry. I just did my UCAT (previously UKCAT) exam over the summer and got really bad exam nerves and ended up with a sub par score of 2640. I really want to go to Newcastle/ Southampton but I don’t think my UCAT score is high enough. I have extremely strong predicted grades and GCSEs, as well as a lot of work experience and extra curricular things to say. (I am predicted 3 A*s at A level and got all 9s at GCSEs). Is it worth applying to Newcastle or is my UCAT score just too low. Will they take into account my grades?
Newcastle check academics to see you have met the minimum and then don’t care about them beyond that and solely rank by using UCAT so your grades wouldn’t make up for it. As Sososnake said there are many other options in a similar sort of style to Newcastle that use grades more so your UCAT would be fine
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Newcastle check academics to see you have met the minimum and then don’t care about them beyond that and solely rank by using UCAT so your grades wouldn’t make up for it. As Sososnake said there are many other options in a similar sort of style to Newcastle that use grades more so your UCAT would be fine
What about Exeter? Their website says 'Applicants will be tiered according to their predicted or achieved A level or equivalent qualifications. The UCAT score will be used to determine who, within a particular tier, will be invited to attend an interview', so as I have a low UCAT score but high grades, does this mean I will be put into a high tier, but then not selected because of my low score?
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What about Exeter? Their website says 'Applicants will be tiered according to their predicted or achieved A level or equivalent qualifications. The UCAT score will be used to determine who, within a particular tier, will be invited to attend an interview', so as I have a low UCAT score but high grades, does this mean I will be put into a high tier, but then not selected because of my low score?
You would have been fine the last two years
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