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hi, basically in my school we do electives once a week in year twelve. I want to apply for either bio or med at a top uni and the aim is that the elective will contribute to my personal statement etc. The two options I'm currently trying to decide from are the following:

1. scientific writing. Essentially I'll gain the skills to write science based essays and will enter the Newnham essay competition.
pros: newnham essay contest, skills
cons: if I don't succeed in the contest (which, lets face it, obviously few people win), ill have quite little to show for my time.

2. scientific research. (as written by the teacher in charge 'There will be some opportunities for practical work and further development of a medical device created by students in the year above, ably supported by some year 13s, who were involved with creating it last year. we are also aiming to provide opportunities for those hoping to get into journalism – We’d love to share the story of Artios (the name originally given to the product) with the rest of the scientific community. You will have the chance to write articles for peer-reviewed international journals and to gain experience writing blog-posts and interviewing academics.'essentially, there will be some researching, practical work, and possible publication.
cons: its a larger group so idk if any opportunities ie publication would be limited to just a few students?

please let me know which elective you think would give me the best advantage. Thanks in advance xx
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hi, basically in my school we do electives once a week in year twelve. I want to apply for either bio or med at a top uni and the aim is that the elective will contribute to my personal statement etc. The two options I'm currently trying to decide from are the following:...
I can't answer your question, just to let you know that there is no such thing as a "top medical school", because by inference you mean there are "bottom ones" - there aren't.

All med schools are GMC accredited and your degree is the same everywhere you go, for specialty training competition purposes.

Rankings, "prestige" and whether a med school is in the Russell Group or not makes absolutely no difference. So pick your med school according to location, teaching styles, student satisfaction, your own stats (if you got a high UCAT score, or a good GCSE profile etc).

On the other hand, there are definitely "top" and "bottom" unis for biology, because (private) employers care if you graduated from London Met, or Oxbridge. For medical school, it really doesn't matter.
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I can't answer your question, just to let you know that there is no such thing as a "top medical school", because by inference you mean there are "bottom ones" - there aren't.

All med schools are GMC accredited and your degree is the same everywhere you go, for specialty training competition purposes.

Rankings, "prestige" and whether a med school is in the Russell Group or not makes absolutely no difference. So pick your med school according to location, teaching styles, student satisfaction, your own stats (if you got a high UCAT score, or a good GCSE profile etc).

On the other hand, there are definitely "top" and "bottom" unis for biology, because (private) employers care if you graduated from London Met, or Oxbridge. For medical school, it really doesn't matter.
hi, thanks for your response. my school calls them 'top unis', it's not how I think of them but I honestly just thought that was a phrase used everywhere to mean oxbridge/london unis since that is how my school refers to them every chance possible ie we literally have a 'top uni programme'.
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hi, thanks for your response. my school calls them 'top unis', it's not how I think of them but I honestly just thought that was a phrase used everywhere to mean oxbridge/london unis since that is how my school refers to them every chance possible ie we literally have a 'top uni programme'.
For almost all courses that would be a correct description... but it doesn't really apply to medicine / dentistry / vet med.

I mean if we must use rankings, a lot of London unis aren't even in the top 10 for medicine, Cambridge and ICL are both relatively non-competitive for medicine too. Not to say they are "easy to get in", of course!
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I can't answer your question, just to let you know that there is no such thing as a "top medical school", because by inference you mean there are "bottom ones" - there aren't.

All med schools are GMC accredited and your degree is the same everywhere you go, for specialty training competition purposes.

Rankings, "prestige" and whether a med school is in the Russell Group or not makes absolutely no difference. So pick your med school according to location, teaching styles, student satisfaction, your own stats (if you got a high UCAT score, or a good GCSE profile etc).

On the other hand, there are definitely "top" and "bottom" unis for biology, because (private) employers care if you graduated from London Met, or Oxbridge. For medical school, it really doesn't matter.
hi, thanks for your response. my school calls them 'top unis', it's not how I think of them but I honestly just thought that was a phrase used everywhere to mean oxbridge/london unis since that is how my school refers to them every chance possible ie we literally have a 'top uni programme'.
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