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Should I do medicine?

Hi guys.
I've just finished A-levels, I thought I'd hop on here to get some advice... I got 4/4 rejections this year, 2 pre-interview from Leicester and Nottingham, and 2 post-interview from Birmingham and Cambridge. My predictions were A*A*A, UCAT 2660 B2.
When I applied for medicine last year, I was super passionate, I read so many medical books and dreamed of working as a doctor, especially with how much I love science. But for some reason, after my rejections, all that passion literally disappeared and I've started thinking more pragmatically. My main reason now for wanting to do medicine is because I still genuinely love biology and chemistry, and would love to study that in depth, but the actual patient side does not really interest me anymore. Sure, I could probably manage and would grow to love it I think, but it's not an avid interest anymore, so I'm thinking I'll do academic research after I graduate medicine, but then I might as well do a science degree instead. Like at my Cambridge interview, although I got rejected, it was the most interesting interview and the only interview (out of 2 albeit...) I genuinely enjoyed due to the scientific emphasis. So maybe this is a sign I should just do a scientific degree.
I'm really conflicted, because I'm not sure if pure research would fulfil me and I know this sounds so corny, but my heart will always yearn for medicine.
No matter what I do, I'll have to make a personal sacrifice of something, so I might as well pick medicine, right? By the way, I'm taking a gap year. Also, I'm really struggling to find work experience to help support my decision, so if anyone has any tips, please help!
Thanks :smile:
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Original post by rayamer
Hi guys.
I've just finished A-levels, I thought I'd hop on here to get some advice... I got 4/4 rejections this year, 2 pre-interview from Leicester and Nottingham, and 2 post-interview from Birmingham and Cambridge. My predictions were A*A*A, UCAT 2660 B2.
When I applied for medicine last year, I was super passionate, I read so many medical books and dreamed of working as a doctor, especially with how much I love science. But for some reason, after my rejections, all that passion literally disappeared and I've started thinking more pragmatically. My main reason now for wanting to do medicine is because I still genuinely love biology and chemistry, and would love to study that in depth, but the actual patient side does not really interest me anymore. Sure, I could probably manage and would grow to love it I think, but it's not an avid interest anymore, so I'm thinking I'll do academic research after I graduate medicine, but then I might as well do a science degree instead. Like at my Cambridge interview, although I got rejected, it was the most interesting interview and the only interview (out of 2 albeit...) I genuinely enjoyed due to the scientific emphasis. So maybe this is a sign I should just do a scientific degree.
I'm really conflicted, because I'm not sure if pure research would fulfil me and I know this sounds so corny, but my heart will always yearn for medicine.
No matter what I do, I'll have to make a personal sacrifice of something, so I might as well pick medicine, right? By the way, I'm taking a gap year. Also, I'm really struggling to find work experience to help support my decision, so if anyone has any tips, please help!
Thanks :smile:


You got rejected for A*A*A and a UCAT of 2660 pre-interview from Leicester? See that's very weird to me since their lowest for offer was 2270 (obv diff circumstances) but still and Nottingham too, Both unis are heavy on GCSE results so i was just wondering what you got at GCSE :smile:
whys bro responding to a 1 month old post loll

Original post by 999_raj
You got rejected for A*A*A and a UCAT of 2660 pre-interview from Leicester? See that's very weird to me since their lowest for offer was 2270 (obv diff circumstances) but still and Nottingham too, Both unis are heavy on GCSE results so i was just wondering what you got at GCSE :smile:
Reply 4
Original post by 999_raj
You got rejected for A*A*A and a UCAT of 2660 pre-interview from Leicester? See that's very weird to me since their lowest for offer was 2270 (obv diff circumstances) but still and Nottingham too, Both unis are heavy on GCSE results so i was just wondering what you got at GCSE

Honestly, even my teachers were confused with Leicester rejecting me straight-up lol. For GCSEs, I got six 9s, three 8s, and a 6. I had a friend who got a lower UCAT and GCSEs than me, but had a Notts and Leicester interview, so I still don't get it :/
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What's wrong with that haha

Original post by aneer3wq3wt
whys bro responding to a 1 month old post loll
Reply 6
Original post by rayamer
Honestly, even my teachers were confused with Leicester rejecting me straight-up lol. For GCSEs, I got six 9s, three 8s, and a 6. I had a friend who got a lower UCAT and GCSEs than me, but had a Notts and Leicester interview, so I still don't get it :/


The lowest score guaranteed an interview at Leicester for 2023 entry was 59.5, you scored max 58.5, so are below the cut off.
Leicesger do say "There were some applicants who scored lower than this who were invited to interview. Those applicants were in a borderline group who had their application assessed in a tie-breaker situation."They are clear about all of this on their website

Nottingham cut off was around 132. Anybody applying with less than a B1, when SJT is worth 60 points was highly unlikely to get an interview, even if other stats were perfect. I would estimate you scored around 118 for Nottingham, so well below their cut off. They may lower cut offs for WP flags

Your teachers need to check websites carefully and then extrapolate from previous years, given grade inflation, etc as sadly, neither of those were likely to be good choices, given your stats.

If you do decide to reapply, a strategic application is key to maximising chances, so do ask if you need advice :smile:

Original post by 999_raj
You got rejected for A*A*A and a UCAT of 2660 pre-interview from Leicester? See that's very weird to me since their lowest for offer was 2270 (obv diff circumstances) but still and Nottingham too, Both unis are heavy on GCSE results so i was just wondering what you got at GCSE :smile:


Leicester do not use A levels beyond minimum requirements for shortlisting, so someone could offer A*A*A*A*A* and it would not increase chances of being shortlisted over AAA (last year).
Nottingham use SJT for 60 of their 152 points, and a B2 drops 15 points......

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