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    Hey guys,
    At the mo I have BBC at A level and am planning on applying to Peninsula and UEA for medicine, retaking and getting AAA. Then I was going to use the other spaces for biomed. My question is, do I have a higher chance to get into medicine if I go to unis such as Queen Marys and St Georges who have about 10/20 places on the medicine 5 year, and 10 on 4 year, or not, because I really want to go to Birmingham, Kings and Sheffield, but these don't have transfers. Also, what would I need to get in my degree to stand a high chance of getting an offer. And finally, do you think I should just apply to all medicine or all biomed or do a mixture?
    Thanks
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    Do you want to do biomed?
    Thing is if you dont get into medicine, im guessing your back up plan would involve some kind of biomed.
    Im not usually a person who thinks about back up plans - but recently its been completely on my mind. I HATED biomed which was the degree i wanted originally.
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    No, I don't want to do it, but I'm already taking 1 gap year, and I don't want to take another, so I have to aim for graduate medicine. But if I'm not even going to be considered for an interview for medicine I dont want to waste 2 spaces and risk not getting an offer for anything.
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    Newcastle offer an opportunity to get onto their medicine course via biomed, iirc.
    You've got to remember that getting a 2:i depends on how much you enjoy, are interested in and how good the teaching is at the course you do, and so it's much more complicated than saying "oh, these unis save places for their own biomed students"
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    Why do people bank so much on the biomed transfer at Newcastle?

    Has anyone actually looked at the statistics?

    It annoys me because ive told people on open days until in blue in the face and no one listens. And then when it doesnt happen people just get upset and dissappointed and stuck doing a degree they might not necessarily be happy on!!

    By all means go and get a degree just make sure its the one for you and that its not because people with biomed do get in. I wanted to do biomed it blew up in my face i decided it wasnt for me and chose something else.

    I mean i know people with english degrees from 10 years ago who are here!!

    Forgot to write - thepenguinmafia - your so right about that comment people have completely the wrong perception!!
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    I did my undergrad. degree at kcl, and although kcl doesnt do a transfer scheme for their undegrads to their medical course, they have an internal selection process for their 5 year medical course called the graduate screening scheme.

    you bascially apply by submitting a form at the end of your second year, with a pretty similar format to ucas, listing previous grades, module grades, reference and a personal statement. They then assess your GSS application; if succesful you will be given a guaranteed interview for the 5 year medical course, and automatic consideration for their 4 year course when you apply for their 5 year.

    the gss is open to all sciency undergrads at kcl, so not only biomeds, but also biochem, pharmacology etc (i did biochemistry).
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    Oh cool, thanks for that McDull. Is it very competitive, and what A level grades do they expect you to have?
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    I have ABB at a-levels, but i think what mattered most is the module grades in first and second year, and of course the ps.

    Approximatley 30% of people applying through GSS will get a guaranteed interview, and then its all up to you to perform well at interview...
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    Oh OK, thanks a lot for that, defo think will apply to Kings now as like the biomed course and the uni, and will have an opportunity to do medicine.
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    I personally reckon that, unless you do have a favourable look on doing biomedical science, consider other biological science disciplines that you'd find a little bit more interesting (e.g. neuroscience, anatomy, pharmacology). The myth that you need to do biomed to get onto a grad course is simply that; a myth.

    But the Kings thing mentioned earlier does sound good. Still, give it some thought before you do something you may regret for 3 years
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    Thanks, I have been considering neuroscience and anatomy, but they seemed more specialised than biomed, and I did love the look of the course when I went to Birmingham 'interview day' last year. The problem I have is my A level grades are poor to get into medicine, that I feel my only choice is to do a science degree and then transfer. I had planned to apply to UEA foundation year, but then I read the website carefully and it seems you have to fulfil other requirements too e.g. low income, been in care. However, I'm not sure wether to just apply to this anyway?! Ahhhhhh, so stressed and confused as want to do medicine so badly.
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    (Original post by 1mhward)
    but I'm already taking 1 gap year, and I don't want to take another, so I have to aim for graduate medicine.
    You don't want to take two gap years but you're happy with three gap years where you actually have to work doing something you really don't want to do? :rolleyes:

    However;
    1. Resits are not gaps.
    2. If you got BBC at A-level are you going to get a first or high 2:1 in a biomed degree?
    3. Why do you think that biomed sets you apart from the thousands of wannabe GEPs who all have biomed?
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    Good point renal, however, I would feel like I was doing something if I did a degree course, and have an option if I didn't suceed to get into medicine. If I take another gap year, which I was considering and don't get AAA on resits, then I will have another year, where I won't be doing a degree and just doing a job, and then I'm worried I'll forget how to learn etc. Also, if I do take another gap year, I will have to pay the prices when the fee caps come off, and I don't think I can afford this, whereas if I have a degree and change my mind about medicine then I won't have had to pay the 10,000 fees and I will have a degree. I'm so unsure about what to do. I think I can get a 2:1 or first at uni as I had reasons for my lower grades during my school years, that now no longer exist, however, they are not serious enough for me to appeal to the unis, I have asked them.
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    Just a quick question, you know on some sites they say for grad medicine that resit applicants are not accepted.
    What do they class a resit applicant? As i want to resit a module in my maths to bring it up to a B. Can I do that?
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    (Original post by Renal)
    You don't want to take two gap years but you're happy with three gap years where you actually have to work doing something you really don't want to do? :rolleyes:

    However;
    1. Resits are not gaps.
    2. If you got BBC at A-level are you going to get a first or high 2:1 in a biomed degree?3. Why do you think that biomed sets you apart from the thousands of wannabe GEPs who all have biomed?
    I got CCC U at A level
    Still got a high 2.1(hons)
    Then again i was a lazy git at A level
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    (Original post by fairy spangles)
    I got CCC U at A level
    Still got a high 2.1(hons)
    Then again i was a lazy git at A level
    QFT. I got BCE at a levels and i got a 2:1 (hons) in my degree.
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    i had a friend ABB at alevel and graduated with a 2.2... so to be honest.. its all up to the person, and whether they are willing to work hard, and to a lesser extent possibly also dependent on the uni you go to. As i guess achieving a 2.1 at oxbridge will be a lot harder than kcl for example.
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    (Original post by fairy spangles)
    I got CCC U at A level
    Still got a high 2.1(hons)
    Then again i was a lazy git at A level
    I got END the first time round :eek: :eek: :eek: with a high 2i (73% av - go figure :mad: ). I've got the equivalent to a first for each year at med school so far too...

    I HATED school, but loved college and uni...


    One of my first degree friends had AAA at A-Level and got a Desmond...
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    (Original post by fairy spangles)
    I got CCC U at A level
    Still got a high 2.1(hons)
    Then again i was a lazy git at A level
    Perhaps true, but are you the rule? It's a question that each person who thinks about going straight to degree in this situation really needs to consider.
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    I can contribute to this too. I got ABBCC in my Scottish Highers, and still got a high 2.1 and an MSc with Merit (2% off a distinction, balls).

    But Renal's right in a sense, statistically speaking people with better A-Levels tend to do better in their degrees. Well, either that or they go to more challenging universities and as a result do not so well but in a tougher degree.

    Also, none of this matters, basically OP if you want to go the graduate route then get that 2.1, it's not impossible but a lot of work. I spent night after night before exams in the library with plenty of tea Viel Glueck!
 
 
 
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