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lets do this y'all...cause y'know, I'm curious

Comment GCSE grades, A-Level predicted and subject, College, Work Experience and any personal statement stuff
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Very good - I'm stuck between oxford and cambridge (like you I believe)
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GCSE - 9999999998
A level predicted - haven't been given but I would say bio, maths and physics A* and chem A/A* (because grade boundaries are so high!)
college - not sure yet like emmanuel + jesus but may not even apply to cambridge
work exp - 1 week cardiology, 1 day paed oncology, 1 day geriatrics (3 hours), 1 week GP, 4 months volunteering + 2 weeks (full) at a SEN school
Read a fair amount of medicine books - Fragile Lives my favourite
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Very good - I'm stuck between oxford and cambridge (like you I believe)
But here goes:
GCSE - 9999999998
A level predicted - haven't been given but I would say bio, maths and physics A* and chem A/A* (because grade boundaries are so high!)
college - grammar school since y7 (can't say for confidentiality)
work exp - 1 week cardiology, 1 day paed oncology, 1 day geriatrics (3 hours), 1 week GP, 4 months volunteering + 2 weeks (full) at a SEN school
Read a fair amount of medicine books - Fragile Lives my favourite
I think by 'college' they mean the one you intend on applying to study medicine at, rather than the one you're currently studying a levels with
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Very good - I'm stuck between oxford and cambridge (like you I believe)
But here goes:
GCSE - 9999999998
A level predicted - haven't been given but I would say bio, maths and physics A* and chem A/A* (because grade boundaries are so high!)
college - not sure yet like emmanuel + jesus but may not even apply to cambridge
work exp - 1 week cardiology, 1 day paed oncology, 1 day geriatrics (3 hours), 1 week GP, 4 months volunteering + 2 weeks (full) at a SEN school
Read a fair amount of medicine books - Fragile Lives my favourite
Woah you have amazing stats mate! Which Oxbridge uni are you leaning towards? I feel like with your GCSEs you have a shot for both
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Woah you have amazing stats mate! Which Oxbridge uni are you leaning towards? I feel like with your GCSEs you have a shot for both
honestly i don't know - GCSEs aren't considered for Cambridge and I think that their application process is honestly a lot better than Oxford's (they look at everything whereas oxford single you out immediately based on GCSEs and BMAT.)
That being said, Oxford's closer to home (1 hr drive), prosection over dissection and their clinical school is really amazing.

I also was leaning towards September BMAT (so Cambridge) but the exams for our predicted grades will now take place 2 days after September BMAT, so the chances of that happening are near 0.
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Hi Everyone!

I am glad to see this Med thread has finally been set up. I empathise with the situation you guys are finding yourself in right now - school closure, worries about work experience, and perhaps increased competition due to current Year 13s deferring. Applying for medicine anywhere is hard enough on its own and I know that this COVID-19 Pandemic just won't help but I would like to give you all as much help as possible.

If you don't know me/haven't seen me here before, I am New Wonder and I set up the 2020 Cambridge Thread. During this admissions cycle, I was incredibly lucky and blessed to be given an offer by Cambridge University for Medicine. I know how you must all be feeling right now because I was in the same shoes as you are a year ago. If you ever need any help or have any questions about anything please feel free to drop me a PM and I will do my best to help you all out!

I will try and tag other offer holders in here so that they can help out too.

Keep Safe & Stay Happy!
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Hi Everyone!

I am glad to see this Med thread has finally been set up. I empathise with the situation you guys are finding yourself in right now - school closure, worries about work experience, and perhaps increased competition due to current Year 13s deferring. Applying for medicine anywhere is hard enough on its own and I know that this COVID-19 Pandemic just won't help but I would like to give you all as much help as possible.

If you don't know me/haven't seen me here before, I am New Wonder and I set up the 2020 Cambridge Thread. During this admissions cycle, I was incredibly lucky and blessed to be given an offer by Cambridge University for Medicine. I know how you must all be feeling right now because I was in the same shoes as you are a year ago. If you ever need any help or have any questions about anything please feel free to drop me a PM and I will do my best to help you all out!

I will try and tag other offer holders in here so that they can help out too.

Keep Safe & Stay Happy!
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Hi! Thanks so much for tagging me here I have a short question, what other unis, besides Cambridge, did you apply to/got offers from?
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Hi! Thanks so much for tagging me here I have a short question, what other unis, besides Cambridge, did you apply to/got offers from?
In addition to Cambridge, I applied to and got offers from Imperial College London, Edinburgh, and UCL.
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In addition to Cambridge, I applied to and got offers from Imperial College London, Edinburgh, and UCL.
Nice work well done! Seeing as you gave 3 bmat unis, did you do BMAT in August? And how was your score?
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Nice work well done! Seeing as you gave 3 bmat unis, did you do BMAT in August? And how was your score?
Hi forbearne,

Thank you! No, I choose to sit my BMAT in October because I was too busy with the UCAT during July and August. Although my BMAT score was relatively well, in particularly section 2, I think I could have done better in the other section, especially section 3 where I got a 3A. Not everyone's standards are the same - for instance, my idea of a great result would have been 7.0, 9.0, 4.5 A) and my results were a bit lower than this but, ultimately, I was happy with my BMAT score! However, it's worth pointing out that Cambridge's admission system is holistic and the BMAT is one of many aspects that are taken into consideration by the admission tutors. I will elaborate on this below.

In hindsight, I would advise anyone who applies to more than two BMAT unis, to take the August BMAT because the level of difficulty between the two sittings is exactly the same but having your results before you apply is always an advantage as it allows you to apply to colleges and universities more strategically so that you can enhance your chances of an offer. Perhaps you could do a trade-off and sit the UCAT at the beginning of October (between 1st and 2nd of October which is the deadline) and sit the early BMAT at the end of August/beginning of September so that you can use the entire summer to practice for the BMAT if you are applying to more BMAT unis than UCAT ones. If not the choice is yours. But be aware that applying to more BMAT unis than UCAT ones and vice versa is associated with greater risk because if your UCAT/BMAT score is less than average then that could seriously hurt your chances of getting an offer. Additionally, past performance (e.g. GCSE grades, olympiads, competitions) is no indicator of how you will perform in the BMAT. I have heard of individuals who had 9s across the board for GCSEs during the current admissions cycle and they had BMAT scores of 4.3 and less in both section 1 and section 2. The BMAT and UCAT are very different exams to anything you have and probably will ever sit. However, it is imperative to point out that even the BMAT is just one part of the application and most universities (except for Oxford and perhaps Imperial) will view your application holistically and will consider ALL parts of it including the interview which might perhaps be of greater importance or could make up for a weaker BMAT performance so if you are having a bad day and your BMAT score is not what you would hope it would be don't despair - your chances might have been hurt a little but that is just one more obstacle to jump through. The same applies to the UCAT.

Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,
New Wonder!
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Hi New Wonder,I was hoping I could ask you a few questions about the interview process. Which college did you apply for if you don’t mind me asking? Also were your interview questions mainly biology/medicine based or chemistry?Many thanks
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Hi Everyone!

I am glad to see this Med thread has finally been set up. I empathise with the situation you guys are finding yourself in right now - school closure, worries about work experience, and perhaps increased competition due to current Year 13s deferring. Applying for medicine anywhere is hard enough on its own and I know that this COVID-19 Pandemic just won't help but I would like to give you all as much help as possible.

If you don't know me/haven't seen me here before, I am New Wonder and I set up the 2020 Cambridge Thread. During this admissions cycle, I was incredibly lucky and blessed to be given an offer by Cambridge University for Medicine. I know how you must all be feeling right now because I was in the same shoes as you are a year ago. If you ever need any help or have any questions about anything please feel free to drop me a PM and I will do my best to help you all out!

I will try and tag other offer holders in here so that they can help out too.

Keep Safe & Stay Happy!
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Thank you so much for this! And congrats on your offer! I'm sure all your hard work has paid off!

Is there any general medicine app advice you can give? Interview prep or BMAT? I personally am more freaked out about the UCAT than the BMAT, but it does scare me nonetheless.

I'm writing my personal statement right now and apparently my introduction is too "dark" (oop- i love dark and twisted horror stories too much!). I'm struggling to think of another opening, one that isn't too cliche. Are there any tips you can give about writing PS to make it engaging for admissions tutors whilst getting my point across?
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GCSE- A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*

A level predicted - A* A* A* A* A* (chemistry, biology mathematics, english literature, welsh bacc------------- I'm dropping English lit next yr tho)
college - quite like Churchill
work exp - just done 6 months volunteering care home, but I am an unofficial carer for my mum, she has neuro illnesses which make her unable to walk for longer than 10 mins

read loads of books and write some pieces for essay comps and medical journals/blogs
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GSCE-99988887766A*B (kinda worried about this)
A Level Predicted - Biology A*
Chemistry A*
Maths A*
EPQ -idk yet
College-don't know yet but jesus looks good
Work Experience- 7 months at local care home, 1 week at histopathology, 1 week at cytology, 2 days at GP practice, a year and a bit at my local oxfam shop
Personal Statement stuff- wider reading, olympiads (Intermediate Biology and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge) and just keeping up with healthcare news
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GSCE-99988887766A*B (kinda worried about this)
A Level Predicted - Biology A*
Chemistry A*
Maths A*
EPQ -idk yet
College-don't know yet but jesus looks good
Work Experience- 7 months at local care home, 1 week at histopathology, 1 week at cytology, 2 days at GP practice, a year and a bit at my local oxfam shop
Personal Statement stuff- wider reading, olympiads (Intermediate Biology and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge) and just keeping up with healthcare news
your gcses look fine, i wouldnt worry
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your gcses look fine, i wouldnt worry
thanks for the reassurance
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xsowmix, do you know how they're running Cambridge chemistry challenge this yr
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xsowmix, do you know how they're running Cambridge chemistry challenge this yr
yes they are but you have to do it through school so if your school doesn't do it just send an email to you head of chemistry (that's what i did)
http://www.c3l6.org/
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yes they are but you have to do it through school so if your school doesn't do it just send an email to you head of chemistry (that's what i did)
http://www.c3l6.org/
sorry, no i meant do you know how they're doing it (like is it online)
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