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Hi everyone,
I'm terrified that I will not get into my dream medical school, University of Birmingham. If I get in, I will be the first medical student in my family but I am unsure about how good my chances are of getting in.
At GCSE, I got:
English Lit: 8
English Lang: 7
Maths: 7
Physics: 7
German: 7
Biology: 8
Chemistry: 9
RS: 9
Drama: 8
History: 8
Geography: 8

At A-Level, I take Chemistry, Biology and Economics, with all of my predicted grades being A/A*.

Please help me!!
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The "Which Medical School Should I Apply To?" Uberthread
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Official Undergraduate Medicine 2023 Entry
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A100 Medicine for International Students 2023 Entry
Medicine Interview discussion 2023 Entry
2023 entry A100 / A101 Medicine fastest and slowest offer senders
Index of Individual Medical School Applicants' threads 2023 Entry

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GAMSAT 2024 / 2025 entry discussions megathread
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GCSE Requirements for Medicine
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Reply 2
Hey there,

First of all I would say you have no reason to be worried about your current situation. You have a strong set of GCSEs and your predicted grades meet the requirements. Have you looked at all their entry requirements yourself (?) - they seem quite detailed in explaining weightings and any thresholds.
Interview aside, the last hurdle remaining in your application will be the UCAT. Have you looked at that/ tried any practice questions? There are lots of threads with advice regarding that test.

Let me know if you have any questions :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by Methene
Hey there,
First of all I would say you have no reason to be worried about your current situation. You have a strong set of GCSEs and your predicted grades meet the requirements. Have you looked at all their entry requirements yourself (?) - they seem quite detailed in explaining weightings and any thresholds.
Interview aside, the last hurdle remaining in your application will be the UCAT. Have you looked at that/ tried any practice questions? There are lots of threads with advice regarding that test.
Let me know if you have any questions :smile:

Hi,
Thank you for your response! I have looked at them but I am really aware of the fact that there will be so many more stronger applicants, so I am worried I will be in the lowest band of applicants. I tried to do a UCAT practice test last month but I am not going to start properly revising for the test until next month. No matter what I do, the anxiety of not getting into medical school seems to always linger, do you have any advice on how I could try and manage this?
Reply 4
Original post by MsGurl
Hi,
Thank you for your response! I have looked at them but I am really aware of the fact that there will be so many more stronger applicants, so I am worried I will be in the lowest band of applicants. I tried to do a UCAT practice test last month but I am not going to start properly revising for the test until next month. No matter what I do, the anxiety of not getting into medical school seems to always linger, do you have any advice on how I could try and manage this?

There's always going to be strong applicants, but so far you've put yourself into a competitive position for your upcoming application. It's impossible to judge where you'll be once the time comes, since you haven't done the UCAT yet. With that in mind, take the UCAT as an opportunity to boost your application - but don't worry about it until you've completed any coming school exams.

In terms of dealing with anxiety, it's a tricky one for sure, especially such a course as medicine. For me, it helped to avoid thinking about how you compare to other applicants, and rather approaching the whole ordeal more positively, as a chance to test yourself and develop as a person. Just remember you have every chance of being successful - everyone else is in the same position as you! Whatever the outcome, it does not define you as a person and you should be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished in the first place :biggrin:
Reply 5
Original post by MsGurl
Hi everyone,
I'm terrified that I will not get into my dream medical school, University of Birmingham. If I get in, I will be the first medical student in my family but I am unsure about how good my chances are of getting in.
At GCSE, I got:
English Lit: 8
English Lang: 7
Maths: 7
Physics: 7
German: 7
Biology: 8
Chemistry: 9
RS: 9
Drama: 8
History: 8
Geography: 8
At A-Level, I take Chemistry, Biology and Economics, with all of my predicted grades being A/A*.
Please help me!!

Birmingham currently score GCSEs quite heavily and your 7 in Eng Lang and maths mean you drop marks.
Unless you have contextual points (most applicants do), then even with a top Birmingham decile UCAT, it is unlikely you would be shortlisted, I'm afraid, giving that would score you 7.75 and the cut off has been >8 in recent years
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/medical-school/applying-to-medicine/selection-for-interview
Reply 6
Original post by Methene
There's always going to be strong applicants, but so far you've put yourself into a competitive position for your upcoming application. It's impossible to judge where you'll be once the time comes, since you haven't done the UCAT yet. With that in mind, take the UCAT as an opportunity to boost your application - but don't worry about it until you've completed any coming school exams.
In terms of dealing with anxiety, it's a tricky one for sure, especially such a course as medicine. For me, it helped to avoid thinking about how you compare to other applicants, and rather approaching the whole ordeal more positively, as a chance to test yourself and develop as a person. Just remember you have every chance of being successful - everyone else is in the same position as you! Whatever the outcome, it does not define you as a person and you should be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished in the first place :biggrin:

Thank you!!

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