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i was wondering if someone could help me out or give me some advice? i really want to apply to UCL but my school has advised me against it as apparently they’ve had issues in previous years where really highly qualified applicants (with high bmat and all A* pred) were rejected pre interview. they said this has been a recurring issue mainly for med and i’m a little torn. i’m applying for other universities that are quite aspirational as well (oxford imperial and kings) and idk if it’s worth being potentially rejected pre interview from 2 unis (oxford and ucl if what they’re saying abt ucl is true). i don’t mind kings but it’s not really my top choice ygm. i know going for 3 bmat is also a risk but it’s one i don’t really mind taking. they instead advised me to drop ucl and go for manchester but im not sure. i’ve never really thought about applying there and i’ve had my heart set on ucl for so long!

maybe it’s a bit more strategic to go for oxford imperial kings and manchester bc its split between 2 bmat and ucat but i really don’t know if i want to give up on ucl without at least trying
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Original post by babesbabes
i was wondering if someone could help me out or give me some advice? i really want to apply to UCL but my school has advised me against it as apparently they’ve had issues in previous years where really highly qualified applicants (with high bmat and all A* pred) were rejected pre interview. they said this has been a recurring issue mainly for med and i’m a little torn. i’m applying for other universities that are quite aspirational as well (oxford imperial and kings) and idk if it’s worth being potentially rejected pre interview from 2 unis (oxford and ucl if what they’re saying abt ucl is true). i don’t mind kings but it’s not really my top choice ygm. i know going for 3 bmat is also a risk but it’s one i don’t really mind taking. they instead advised me to drop ucl and go for manchester but im not sure. i’ve never really thought about applying there and i’ve had my heart set on ucl for so long!

maybe it’s a bit more strategic to go for oxford imperial kings and manchester bc its split between 2 bmat and ucat but i really don’t know if i want to give up on ucl without at least trying

UCL is a fantastic medical school however all your options currently are very aspirational. Being that you don’t know your bmat score when applying it would better to have a range of choice for unis in case it doesn’t go to plan on exam day, also you know your ucat score now. Unless you didn’t achieve what you wanted to in the ucat it would be best to go for 2 of each, if you aren’t too keen on Manchester look at Bristol or Nottingham or Birmingham but I assume you want to be close to London so maybe Queen Mary. If you love UCL apply there instead of Oxford and then have another option, as the chance of rejection from Oxford is so high. Remember that any med school will make you a doctor and you’ll end up in hospitals with doctors from loads of unis. It’s better to give yourself the best possible shot of gaining an interview and then smashing that interview! Good luck
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Thank you so much. I think you’re right, I did pretty well in my UCAT so honestly it would be a waste not to apply to at least 2 UCAT unis. I’m submitting my application today and will probs go for Oxford, Imperial, Kings and Manchester. Kind of heartbroken that I’m not applying for UCL but honestly I trust my school if they say that applying to UCL is a risk.
Reply 4
Original post by babesbabes
Thank you so much. I think you’re right, I did pretty well in my UCAT so honestly it would be a waste not to apply to at least 2 UCAT unis. I’m submitting my application today and will probs go for Oxford, Imperial, Kings and Manchester. Kind of heartbroken that I’m not applying for UCL but honestly I trust my school if they say that applying to UCL is a risk.

UCL in itself is not a risk, but 3 BMAT unis is, with a good UCAT, as you apply blind and anything could go wrong on the day. UCL now just rank on BMAT and use this to shortlist, if you meet minimum requirements

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