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I open this thread for people in the same situation as my son, he has just been rejected by Fitz after pooled. Since he had been rejected by IC due to the low section 3 BMAT (6.7, 5.9, 2.5A) earlier, so he decided to reapply next year immediately after being rejected by Cambridge. We, as parents understand there will be risks and lots of pressure during the process, but fully support his decision, Cambridge has been always his dream uni and he worked hard for it.
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During this process, you will feel confused, self-doubted, lonely, and all sort of negative feelings. I hope this thread can bring people who are in the same situation together, and get support from each other.
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During this process, you will feel confused, self-doubted, lonely, and all sort of negative feelings. I hope this thread can bring people who are in the same situation together, and get support from each other.
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I understand the immediate task is to focus on A Level exam, and then prepare for BMAT. Anybody has any other thoughts/suggestions?
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I understand the immediate task is to focus on A Level exam, and then prepare for BMAT. Anybody has any other thoughts/suggestions?
Has he had any other interviews or got any coming up? Has he got any other offers?
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Has he had any other interviews or got any coming up? Has he got any other offers?
He has been To KCL interview, but no offer yet, still no news from UCL.
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He has been To KCL interview, but no offer yet, still no news from UCL.
And his 4th choice? So he would turn any offer down and reapply to Cambridge next year, that is what your initial post is implying?
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Yes, do you mind I ask what is your situation?
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And his 4th choice? So he would turn any offer down and reapply to Cambridge next year, that is what your initial post is implying?
He applied Cam, IC, UCL and KCL, didn’t take the non-medicine option.
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My son has just been rejected by Cambridge on re-application although he had A*A*A in science/maths subjects, 7.0,6.8 in BMAT, olympiad golds and went to a low-performing non-selective state school. Medicine is REALLY competitive!

My advice is:
- request feedback from the college (most colleges require your school to request it on your behalf). There is likely to be a deadline for submitting the request and they may take 6 weeks or so to get back to you.
- if he gets an offer from UCL or King's, think very carefully before declining them. For medicine it does not matter where you study for your future career.
- if he does not get any offers and gets A*A*A or better in his A levels, then of course he can re-apply. Definitely do the August BMAT as he would know where he stood before submitting the UCAS form.
- general advice is not to re-apply to the same college

Good luck!
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My son has just been rejected by Cambridge on re-application although he had A*A*A in science/maths subjects, 7.0,6.8 in BMAT, olympiad golds and went to a low-performing non-selective state school. Medicine is REALLY competitive!

My advice is:
- request feedback from the college (most colleges require your school to request it on your behalf). There is likely to be a deadline for submitting the request and they may take 6 weeks or so to get back to you.
- if he gets an offer from UCL or King's, think very carefully before declining them. For medicine it does not matter where you study for your future career.
- if he does not get any offers and gets A*A*A or better in his A levels, then of course he can re-apply. Definitely do the August BMAT as he would know where he stood before submitting the UCAS form.
- general advice is not to re-apply to the same college

Good luck!
I don't want to sound condescending but A*A*A is the borderline medicine offer, it's very unlikely a re-applicant will get in with just that. Good interview performance and BMAT is essential for those with borderline grades. I suspect if your son would have achieved 3 or 4 A*s they would have got it.
So to the OP of this thread, your son will need to work really hard and ensure there are no negative parts of his application to have a non risky(ish) application especially considering the gap year.
Best of luck to your son in his future studies.
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My son has just been rejected by Cambridge on re-application although he had A*A*A in science/maths subjects, 7.0,6.8 in BMAT, olympiad golds and went to a low-performing non-selective state school. Medicine is REALLY competitive!

My advice is:
- request feedback from the college (most colleges require your school to request it on your behalf). There is likely to be a deadline for submitting the request and they may take 6 weeks or so to get back to you.
- if he gets an offer from UCL or King's, think very carefully before declining them. For medicine it does not matter where you study for your future career.
- if he does not get any offers and gets A*A*A or better in his A levels, then of course he can re-apply. Definitely do the August BMAT as he would know where he stood before submitting the UCAS form.
- general advice is not to re-apply to the same college

Good luck!
Thank you very much for your advice. I have read your posts in other threads, I am sorry about your son being rejected, he is really competitive, do you know where went wrong in his application? My son has emailed Fitz asking for feedback, but we think more likely, it was his interview letting him down. He was so nervous and felt sick before walking into the interview room.
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I don't want to sound condescending but A*A*A is the borderline medicine offer, it's very unlikely a re-applicant will get in with just that. Good interview performance and BMAT is essential for those with borderline grades. I suspect if your son would have achieved 3 or 4 A*s they would have got it.
So to the OP of this thread, your son will need to work really hard and ensure there are no negative parts of his application to have a non risky(ish) application especially considering the gap year.
Best of luck to your son in his future studies.
Why do you feel A*A*A is bordeline when most med schools including Oxbridge offer on those grades and lower?
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I don't want to sound condescending but A*A*A is the borderline medicine offer, it's very unlikely a re-applicant will get in with just that. Good interview performance and BMAT is essential for those with borderline grades. I suspect if your son would have achieved 3 or 4 A*s they would have got it.
So to the OP of this thread, your son will need to work really hard and ensure there are no negative parts of his application to have a non risky(ish) application especially considering the gap year.
Best of luck to your son in his future studies.
Thank you very much for your information. My son has got 4 A* predicted, but he understands he must get 4 A* in final A Level with high raw marks in order to reapply.
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Thank you very much for your information. My son has got 4 A* predicted, but he understands he must get 4 A* in final A Level with high raw marks in order to reapply.
Reformed A levels do not give out UMS as far as I understand. So all Cambridge would know is your grade and not UMS or the raw mark.
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Why do you feel A*A*A is bordeline when most med schools including Oxbridge offer on those grades and lower?
We know someone got in with lower BMAT and lower A Level, but there must be a reason, for them to be accepted, he/she must be extremely good on some part (or very lucky ), we hope so.
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Reformed A levels do not give out UMS as far as I understand. So all Cambridge would know is your grade and not UMS or the raw mark.
Sounds like a good news , thanks
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We know someone got in with lower BMAT and lower A Level, but there must be a reason, for them to be accepted, he/she must be extremely good on some part (or very lucky ), we hope so.
Two possible factors - great interview and/or possible contextual candidate
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Thank you very much for your information. My son has got 4 A* predicted, but he understands he must get 4 A* in final A Level with high raw marks in order to reapply.
Why reapply though? Cambridge doesn't offer anything 'special' for Medicine - he should accept the best offer he gets this year.
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Why reapply though? Cambridge doesn't offer anything 'special' for Medicine - he should accept the best offer he gets this year.
No, it doesn’t in terms of medicine qualifications. My understanding is that it is just a personal preference, just like somebody likes living in a big city, some others prefer country life. Either way, one can get decent life. No right or wrong.
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