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Hey just wondering if there are any trainee GCs that we’re successful on direct entry that could give any advice in writing the specialism specific application questions? I heard that there are ‘buzzwords’ they may be looking for like ‘empathy’ ‘patients in crisis’ etc compassion? Feel free to drop me a dm!
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I am trying to register for the Open Day for genetic counselling in Sheffield 9th January. When I click the link there is nothing to register, does this mean all the places are gone? Im not sure who to contact to ask about it, Ive tried emailing the event organiser but Ive had no response. Is anyone else going to the open days?
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Hi everyone!
I am in the process of applying for the first time. I feel like I don't have much experience compared to many on here, but it's worth a shot right?!
I am currently a Science Teacher and have some volunteering and counselling experience, but not much at all.

I was disappointed to see that there wont be a role available in Leeds this year, which means it would have to be quite the relocation for me if I did get a place. Which location is everyone else hoping for?
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(Original post by ard535)
I am trying to register for the Open Day for genetic counselling in Sheffield 9th January. When I click the link there is nothing to register, does this mean all the places are gone? Im not sure who to contact to ask about it, Ive tried emailing the event organiser but Ive had no response. Is anyone else going to the open days?
I tried to register early in December and it said it was 'sold out' so I put my email address in for them to contact me if someone cancelled and luckily someone did and I got a place - only found out last week. I'm not sure what the message of 'nothing to register' means but I would assume that by now, if they were sold out in December, that there are none left. But there might be some people pulling out so if I were you I'd try again and if it doesn't let you, use a different email address and try and get on the reserve list - you might catch a spot.
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Does anyone know anything about when the deadline dates are for the aptitude test? On the applicants website, it says that we should check the relevant test deadline dates for direct entry posts and in-service posts, but where do we check these dates? I'd assume it would tell you once you get access to it but you only get access to it once you have completed the application? Is it the same as the application closing date on the 20th Jan? I'm so confused.
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(Original post by L-K)
Hi everyone!
I am in the process of applying for the first time. I feel like I don't have much experience compared to many on here, but it's worth a shot right?!
I am currently a Science Teacher and have some volunteering and counselling experience, but not much at all.

I was disappointed to see that there wont be a role available in Leeds this year, which means it would have to be quite the relocation for me if I did get a place. Which location is everyone else hoping for?
Hey just wondering how did you know there won’t be a post in Leeds? Have the locations been released?
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Hey just wondering how did you know there won’t be a post in Leeds? Have the locations been released?
Hi there,

The locations are on this page : https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/programmes/...life-sciences/

I'm hoping (praying) for somewhere South - either Bristol, Exeter or Southampton But I think I would take anywhere!
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For anyone that hasn't already seen, I just noticed that they've now updated the interview information page to give specific days for each specialism - so I guess we all need to remain positive and keep Wednesday 25th March free! (All other dates are listed in the link below if you're also applying for another subject area).

How is everyone getting on with the application questions?

https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/programmes/...iew-timetable/
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Does anyone know anything about when the deadline dates are for the aptitude test? On the applicants website, it says that we should check the relevant test deadline dates for direct entry posts and in-service posts, but where do we check these dates? I'd assume it would tell you once you get access to it but you only get access to it once you have completed the application? Is it the same as the application closing date on the 20th Jan? I'm so confused.
I believe on the website it says the tests have to be completed by the 22nd of Jan.
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Does anyone know if the aptitude tests count towards your score? or is it just to screen out the bottom 30% and it doesnt get added to your score?
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Does anyone know if the aptitude tests count towards your score? or is it just to screen out the bottom 30% and it doesnt get added to your score?
It doesn’t count towards your application score, it’s literally just to sift out the bottom 30% of performers as you say.
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Hi,

Does anyone know if the aptitude tests are timed? I know the practice ones are but wondering if the real thing was too.
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Hi,

Does anyone know if the aptitude tests are timed? I know the practice ones are but wondering if the real thing was too.
Yes they are x
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Hey everyone,
Hope the applications are going well!
Just wanted to offer some advice on the aptitude tests!
I was really nervous about doing these and admittedly i practiced ALOT before hand, this was mainly because I had been out of education for about 7 years so had to wipe the dust off my calculator!
In terms of practice, i did the ones that the STP offers, i then proceeded to google aptitude tests, or logical/ numerical tests and did as many of them as i could until i felt like I had a decent chance!
I did my aptitude tests on a Saturday morning where i knew I wouldn’t be interrupted, i also made sure i had everything i needed next to me, as the tests are timed so you do not have any time to get paper/calculator!
I agree that the test was harder in the real thing than the practice ones, but practicing being timed and getting more familiar with the logical sequences definitely helped me.
So like people have said, you do not get a mark for your test, just a pass or fail and this came back last year about a day after the applications closed, so you don’t have to wait very long.
Apparently the bottom 30% lowest fail and do not get their application read, so essentially you do not get judged on your actual abilities, just the test!
Hope this helps, any other questions, just let me know

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Hey everyone, hope applications are going okay.

I was just wondering if anyone who went through the process last year knows how similar the real aptitude tests are to the practice ones? I've done some other practice ones online but the question content seems to vary wildly so I'm not sure what to focus on.
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Hi guys!

Bit of a hopeful question here, but do you know if you are still technically a student when on the programme??
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Yes, you definitely are, genomic counselling is run at the University of Manchester so you will be registered there as an official student for the duration of the MSc.
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Did anyone else have an existential crisis doing the aptitude tests?................WTF.
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Did anyone else have an existential crisis doing the aptitude tests?................WTF.
And yes, I did practice...
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Did anyone else have an existential crisis doing the aptitude tests?................WTF.
I haven't done them yet, but I'm sure I'll be in the same boat when I do! When you're doing well and getting the answers correct they make the questions increasingly more difficult. They're designed to push you beyond your limits, which inevitably makes you feel like it went badly. If you practised doing them then I'm sure it went better than you think - stay positive
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