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Finding entry requirements online confusing

Universities tend to vaguely just mention their GCSE/UCAT/ALEVEL weightings or not mention their cut offs...the averages are insanely different to the lowest UCAT interviewed and even the way WP and contextual offers are determined is v vague. I am not sure what to do as emailing them only gives them an opportunity to tell u that they will accept ur application...just so you apply. Feeling disheartened and confused!
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Hi Hannah.
I quite agree it is very confusing and there is a lot to wade through.

The Medschools.ac.uk is a good first step for screening.

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/making-an-application/entry-requirements

Then move to the individual websites. I find the individual medical school websites can be quite clear on entry requirements but it can take some digging around sometimes. If it’s not clear or if you have particular circumstances you can always contact them.

I see GANFYD has answered your other question on TAGs and resits. The link she has provided will give you some additional steers.

Then the next problem is knowing what each medical school does with that information and where best to apply. You can do the next bit in parallel - read the first post in this thread do a bit of thinking and then post in the thread in the format suggested.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7102578

There are some excellent advisors on there, if you read through the thread you will soon pick it up. Can also look to see what they are suggesting broadly for others with your UCAT etc and use it as a starter for ten. But, whatever you are told do your own checking and research.

I would then find and read the actual admissions policy for that course on the website and read it in detail. Every university is required to have an admissions policy, this is normally a .pdf document published somewhere on their website. Some give clear links to it via their course webpage, although might call it a scoring document (Leicester) or a departmental supplement (Liverpool). Others seem to hide it away (Sunderland it is annex G of an obscure document published in a quiet corner of their website which isn’t that helpful). Google is your friend here. I have found googling “le.ac.uk (or whatever it is) a100 (or whatever the course code if different) medicine application policy 2023” will bring most of them up. Plymouth is still evading me though so

Read and learn them. The course webpage is unlikely be incorrect but will likely be summarised and it is the policy which is going to be the thing which they are challenged against.

Also click around every link on their websites as stuff is hidden.

Long ramble, and you may well be a long way down this route already, but I thought no harm in sharing what I have done and if it helps you all to the better.

You’ve got this. Good luck with your application.
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Hi Hannah,
It can be really confusing when it comes to what the universities are looking for! Sometimes they don't publicise much information in terms of what they score or prioritise in an applicant. You've already had some great advice so far regarding how to find the information, so something you might want to look at is matching the strengths of your application to what the universities score e.g. Newcastle only score you on your UCAT, so if your UCAT is the strongest part of your application, that might be a school you consider. Our Medical School Comparison Tool is a really helpful way of checking some of the ways that the universities score your application.

What universities have you considered applying to? Do you have any other questions regarding your application? Let us know what we can do to help you!

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind
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Original post by MedicMind
Hi Hannah,
It can be really confusing when it comes to what the universities are looking for! Sometimes they don't publicise much information in terms of what they score or prioritise in an applicant. You've already had some great advice so far regarding how to find the information, so something you might want to look at is matching the strengths of your application to what the universities score e.g. Newcastle only score you on your UCAT, so if your UCAT is the strongest part of your application, that might be a school you consider. Our Medical School Comparison Tool is a really helpful way of checking some of the ways that the universities score your application.

What universities have you considered applying to? Do you have any other questions regarding your application? Let us know what we can do to help you!

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind


@hannah112444 do bear in mind a lot of the info given in this link is wrong, and carefully check websites, as advised by @George&Mary44! above

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