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Hi Folks- I need your advice about unis for my daughter. She completed her A levels this summer and her UCAT today. She applied last year , but was not successful at the interviews at two unis

GCSEs- 12 subjects including triple sciences- All 9s
A Levels- Biology-A* ; Math-A* ;Chemistry-A ;Economics-A; EPQ-A
UCAT- 3020- VR-580; DM-760; QR-850; AR-830; SJT-B2

Extras:biggrin:ofE-Gold award
Olympiad Gold in Chem, Bio & Math

6 months virtual shadow experience at GP
6 months virtual care home guidance experience
3 months Care worker paid experience

Is Kings an option to consider?

Thanks a lot in advance
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Hello Sir/Madam,

I have had a quick glance at your daughter's results and achievements: her GCSE results are exemplary, so she could apply to unis that place emphasis on GCSEs or otherwise; the A level results are well within the requirements of almost any uni - I definitely think Kings is an option [certain student polls suggest that the teaching at GKT is sub-optimal, but then in my experience, that might [paradoxically] turn out to be an advantage for a brilliant student like your daughter [remember that Kings has been the "liver centre" for the country for decades and that Guys has always been the national tertiary renal centre; also a GP anywhere in the country who might be presented with an enigmatic patient often refers to Guy's, so teaching alone per se may not be the prime criterion to consider - centres of clinical excellence can only be locations for a medical student to pick up "clinical pearls" readily.

Having said that, more highly qualified medics than myself here on TSR believe that all medical schools are equivalent, and that it is immaterial where one gets one's MB BS OR MBBCh.

In view of the above, and bearing in mind that the reasons your daughter did not get into medicine last year might include less-than-ideal performance at interview [I assume with her A level results that she did not have any offers], possibly not a super-impressive PS, and/or less-than-impressive school predictions for A levels [???} - what were they? Other reasons might include a personality that the admissions teams considered not ideal for a doctor, or just a deleterious chance finding that she was not at her best on interview day:undefined:.

Looking at her qualifications & achievements, my impression would be that she should pursue principally non-academic criteria in her choice of unis. These might be sport (I played hockey for my med school - it is big in medicine, particularly at and at Loughborough, & a couple of classmates of mine were v good rugby players; others were into rowing!); distance from your home town [parental trips back & forth + train journeys can be taxing]; social life [which will be virtually non-existent during the later stages of the course] so having some fun early on is important for a balanced lifestyle]; girls:boys ration at the med sch [more than half of medical students these days are girls: your daughter might prefer a trend in either direction]; accommodation: price, quality and convenience; generally which locations she likes, etc etc.

Good luck!
M [specialist biology tutor and specialist for entry into medicine]

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