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    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    GCSEs: 10 A*s and a distinction
    AS Grades: aaaaa(a) [bracketed a is bio prediction, currently sitting now]
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): nopes
    UKCAT (if applicable): 650
    BMAT (if applicable): 19.6

    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    X a few months doing a few hours weekly at the local hospital generally helping out
    X a week at cardiff's cure for the common cold research centre
    X 2 weeks observing stem cell research at swansea uni
    X a week at morriston hospital shadowing various doctors

    Extra Curricular: headboy, gold d of e, teenage mentor, managing director of a YE company, electrical engineer for EESW team, school council, bursar on charity committee, semipro bass guitarist (grade 8), grade 6 piano (grade 5 jazz) and double bass (play for county) and play electric guitar in a rock band, worked weekends in boots for 2 and a half years, into kiteboarding/mountainboarding for fun.

    Universities applied to and decisions:

    oxford - rejection (post interview)
    edinburgh - rejection (not enough extra curriculars)
    cardiff - rejection (post interview)
    bristol - rejection (for biotechnology)
    UCL - AAB(b) offer

    Year of Entry: 2004
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 3A*s 6A's 1C
    AS Grades: AAAC
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAA (prediction) ABB (achieved)
    Previous Degree (if applicable): N/A
    UKCAT (if applicable): N/A
    BMAT (if applicable): I did it for UCL but I don't remember what I got. I remember being told it was reasonably (it didn't really count for much that year)
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 week in a hospital. Volunteering with children for D of E
    Extra Curricular: Debating soc, young enterprise, Piano/Violin, D of E
    Universities applied to and decisions: Nottingham (rejection), Birmingham (offer), UCL (offer) and BSMS (offer)

    Year of Entry: 2009
    GCSEs: 6.5 A*s, 4 As
    AS Grades: aaaaa (Maths, Further Maths, Chem, Bio, French)
    A2 Grades: AAAAA (subjects as above)
    Previous Degree (if applicable): N/A
    UKCAT: 680, 750, 620, 790. Average: 710.
    BMAT: 7.0, 6.1, 13.5. Total: 26.6.
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    1 week in french pharmacy,
    4 days shadowing vets,
    2 days in GP surgery,
    1 week in elderly care home,
    1 week shadowing in coventry hospital,
    1 day shadowing in wycombe hospital.
    Extra Curricular:
    School prefect
    Tutoring maths
    Grade 6 Piano
    Grade 7 Clarinet
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Cambridge (St. Catz) - Interviewed, Pooled, Rejected
    Nottingham - Interviewed, Offer (AAB with As in Bio and Chem)
    Cardiff - Interviewed, Rejected
    Southampton - Rejected

    Hope this helps somebody :P

    so this is what a failed application looks like:

    Year of Entry: 2009
    IB 40-41 points HL: Math[7], Chem[7], Bio[7], Econ[6]; SL: English[5], Swedish [6]
    UKCAT: 715
    BMAT: 18.3 [5.0,5.8,7.5]
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    4 weeks hospital
    assistant teacher for ESL 10 year olds
    teaching english to orphans [sundays for 3 months]
    [[Ronald McDonald house [play-therapy thing] (wrote about it in PS, but started after application was sent off)]]
    Charity - Make Poverty History
    Extra Curricular:
    10 years flute + orchestra [dont have grades here like you lot do]
    Model United Nations
    First Aid
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    4 rejections
    Imperial - interview
    Notts - interview

    Thought another Scottish one might be helpful =]

    Year of Entry:2009

    Deferred?:Nope =]

    Standard Grades:6x1s 2X2s

    Highers:6As (maths,english,Human biology, Chemistry, Geography and french)

    Advanced Higher Predictions:AAA (biology, Chemistry and English) No way that's gonna happen lmao


    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    1 week in hospital,
    1 week in a GP surgery,
    1 week in an animal research facility
    Several months teaching french in a primary school
    Several months volunteering with the physically disabled
    Paired reader and science tutor in school
    School Dux (it's kinda like the scottish version of the valedictorian thing they have in America)

    Extra Curricular:
    Grade 7 piano
    Grade 4 Clarinet
    Played in school band

    Interest in languages-Can speak French/Spanish/Portuguese at varying levels of fluency
    Studied French at l'alliance francaise de Glasgow
    Gained a 6 in the TEF French proficiency test (highest possible grade)

    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Dundee-Unconditional :love:
    Edinburgh-Conditional on CRB
    Glasgow-Conditional BCC in advanced highers

    God you guys make me feel old!

    Year of Entry: 2003
    Deferred?: Yes
    GCSEs: 10 A*s, 2½ As
    AS Grades: AAAA (Maths, Chem, Bio, German)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAA (predicted and achieved)
    Previous Degree (if applicable): None
    UKCAT (if applicable): Not invented. :redface:
    BMAT (if applicable): Took the MVAT (its precursor) and got As for both papers (A=top 20%)
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    2 weeks in GP, mostly reception/admin, with a couple of clinics.
    1 week A&E shadowing various SHOs (and fainting on a nurse!)
    Volunteering - 3ish years as a Young Leader with Brownies (plus work in regional youth council and taking Queen's Guide award), several weeks here and there at a local nursery.
    Extra Curricular: School choir - head chorister. Grade 7 cello, grade 6 piano, played in county youth orchestra. House prefect. On various school teams for netball, hockey and swimming, but not outstanding.
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Cambridge - interview and offer AAA in Maths, Chemistry and Biology (accepted)
    Nottingham - interview and offer AAB, with As in Chemistry and Biology (declined)
    Southampton - offer AAB (declined)
    Newcastle - rejected.

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 4A, 3B, C, D (back 5/6 years ago when i was a naughty boy)
    AS Grades: AABC
    A2 Results: AAAb
    UKCAT (if applicable): 735
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 week in paediatrics. 9 months volunteering in A&E

    Extra Curricular: bartender, child care worker, college rep, motorcycle mechanic and some sports bullsshhheeet

    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Manchester - Interview - Offer
    HYMS - Interview - Offer
    Barts - Interview - Offer
    UEA - Interview - Reject

    Year of Entry:


    4A*'s, 5.5 As

    AS Grades:
    AAAAAA (Chem, Bio, PE, Maths, F. Maths, GS)

    A2 Results:
    AAABBC (Bio, PE, Maths, Chem, GS, F. Maths)

    UKCAT (if applicable):
    VR: 620, QR: 670, AR: 790, DA: 810 (Average: 722.5)

    BMAT (if applicable):


    Work Experience/Volunteering:

    1 week shadowing Orthopedics Consultants, 1 week shadowing SHO, 1 month volunteering at home for dementia sufferers, 6 months (still going) part time work at same home.

    Extra Curricular:

    Rugby (club U9s - 2XV, school yr 7 - 1st XV, district, county trials), Swimming (competitive for club, last 4 years), Kayaking, Squash, Senior Prefect, Qualified First Aid

    Universities applied to and decisions:

    St Andrews - Offer (AAB)
    Edinburgh - Rejected (top 500 though), average extra curricular (offered bio instead)
    Bristol - Rejected w/o interview, no feedback
    Leicester - Rejected after interview, no feedback (offered bio instead)

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    GCSEs: 8A*s 4As
    AS Grades: ABBB
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAa
    Previous Degree (if applicable): Nope
    UKCAT (if applicable): 677.5
    BMAT (if applicable): Nope
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Pakistan Hospital - One Week
    Lewisham Hospital - One Week
    Demelza House Childrens Hospice
    Extra Curricular: Reading, Guitar and i said the wii in one of my interviews!
    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Kings - Conditional AAA <3<3
    Barts - Conditional AAA
    St Georges - Rejected after interview
    Bristol - Rejected before interview

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    GCSEs: A* A* A* A* A* A A A A
    AS Grades: A A A A
    A2 Predictions: A A A A
    UKCAT: 605 ~ (540, 690, 560, 630)
    BMAT: 18.4 ~ (5.0, 4.4, 9.0)
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    - Almost a year with Age Concern (volunteering at a residential care home and afternoon club)
    - Over a year volunteering at Oxfam
    - 1 week voluntary placement on a Care of the Elderly ward
    - 1 week shadowing a Consultant Ophthalmologist at two hospitals
    - 1 week observing and working alongside Radiographers & Physiotherapists
    Extra Curricular:
    - Oxjam fundraising (don't really know where this one fits?)
    - Workshop mentor at school (mentor a student for a year)
    - Tennis
    - Photography
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    - UCL: unsuccessful without interview
    - King's: unsuccessful without interview
    - BSMS: unsuccessful without interview
    - SGUL: interviewed ~ waiting list

    Year of Entry: 2003
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 9A*s + 1B
    AS Grades: aaaaa - Physics just to AS
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAAA - Biology, Chemistry, History, English, Literature & General Studies
    Previous Degree (if applicable): NA

    UKCAT (if applicable): NA
    BMAT (if applicable): 'OMAT' - approx top 1/3rd of my specific college's applicants

    Work Experience/Volunteering: Hospital - various departments over 2 weeks; Children & people with disabilities - over a term + long term weekends/holidays over approx 5 years; Employment - summer full time in hospital admin.
    Extra Curricular: Senior Prefect; Sports - county & senior colours; Creative writing

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Offers from: Oxford (AAA non tagged but excluding GS)
    Imperial (ABBD non tagged but excluding GS)
    Bristol (I think AAB to include Chemistry and Biology)
    Rejection: Southampton (without interview)

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 5A*, 2A, 3B, 1 Merit GNVQ
    AS Grades: AAAA In Maths, Physics, Biology and Philosophy and Ethics (2006)
    A2 Results: AAAA In Maths, Physics Biology and Philosophy and Ethics (2007), then A in Chemistry (done over one year 2008)
    UKCAT (if applicable): 660, 650, 650, 730, Average 662.5
    BMAT (if applicable): 7.9, 3.5, 12.0 Total 23.4
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 2 days GP, 2 days nursing home, full time job HCA (elderly ward) from September 08 until I leave for uni this September
    Extra Curricular: Volunteering at local school, volunteering at music festivals (for free tickets!), playing in a band
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    King's College London (Interview - Offer unconditional)
    Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall, Interview - rejection)
    Bristol (Interview - rejection)
    Southampton (rejection)

    graduate entry....

    Year of Entry: 2009
    GCSEs: 6A* 5A
    AS Grades: aaaaaaa (3 sciences, maths, f maths, music, GS)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAAAA (as above but no music)
    Previous Degree (if applicable): First
    UKCAT (if applicable): 730-740 ish (can't remember exactly)
    BMAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering:Approx 1 year on ward, 3 weeks shadowing, 3 years childrens club
    Extra Curricular: mainly music (one instrument at diploma, one at grade 4), running and gym, helping at holiday camps for families/children
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Newcastle (GEP & 5yr) - both unconditional
    Durham (5yr) - unconditional
    Sheffield (5yr) - interviewed then withdrawn (got the GEP offer)

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    Standard Grades: 11111111AA (AA at Int 2)
    Higher Grades: AAAAA (English, Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics)
    Advanced Higher Predictions: AAA (Chemistry, Physics and Biology)
    UKCAT: 630 (can't remember the breakdown)
    BMAT: N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    -1 week hospital (1 day surgical skills with med students, 2 days gen surgery shadowing a consultant and 2 days cardiology shadowing a FY1)
    -1 week GP (sitting in on consultations and clinics, shadowing nurses, going on home visits, admin)
    -1 week care of elderly hospital
    Extra Curricular:
    -Mentor and running a group for vulnerable children
    -Worked part time
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    -Aberdeen, Unconditional!
    -Dundee, Rejected after interview (interview let me down I think)
    -Edinburgh, Rejected (made it in to the top 500, they give offers to the top 300)
    -Newcastle, Unconditional!

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No.
    GCSEs: 9 A*s, 1 A
    AS Grades: AAAA
    A2 Predictions: AAA
    UKCAT: 693 average (can't remember what it split into!)
    BMAT: 4.7, 5.3, 10.5 (20.5)
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    1 year in a school for disabled children
    10 months in a nursing home
    2 weeks in South Africa
    1 week in Paediatrics
    1 week in Surgery
    1 week in GP.
    Extra Curricular:
    Flute and piano, grade 6 for both
    St John Ambulance
    Young Enterprise
    Jobs: waitress and then McDonalds.
    Head of Charity at school.
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    UCL (AAB), Birmingham (AAB), Newcastle (AAA), Leicester (AAB).

    I like this idea :yep:

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: no
    GCSEs: 6A*s, 3As and half a C
    AS Grades: AAAA (also A in level 3 extended project, and A in perspectives on science)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAA
    UKCAT (if applicable): (V570, Q650, A510, DA610) average 585
    Work Experience/Volunteering: Volunteering: at a care home and Barnardos charity shop for about 3 months at time of application but i am still volunteering their. Work experience:4 days at a hospital observing clinics and surgery, 4 days in a medical physics department helping with research
    Extra Curricular: Playing Badminton for over 3 years and have played for college as well as a social club, House captain for a college house
    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Manchester: rejection
    Bristol: rejection
    Nottingham: rejection
    Leicester: rejection after interview

    planning to go onto a gap year and reapply

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No.
    GCSEs: 5A* 6A 1B
    AS Grades: AAAAA (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Religious Studies, General Studies)
    A2 Predictions: AAAA (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, General Studies)
    UKCAT: 610 average
    BMAT: 5.9, 5.0, 9.0
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    Volunteering in a charity shop - almost a year now
    Volunteering in a care home - 6 months
    Hospital work experience- two weeks, was going to be next week or so!
    Talked to loads of doctors and nurses as mum is a midwife
    Subscribed to the Student BMJ (does that count haha)
    Extra Curricular:
    County netball first team (for two years)
    Club netball captain
    School netball team captain
    Badminton once a week for two years
    Young Enterprise
    School Council Rep
    Founded my school's Medics Society
    Speak Cantonese Chinese fluently and almost fluent and reading and writing
    Run my own web design business
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Cambridge (Clare College) - Rejection without interview
    Kings College London - Rejection without interview
    St. Georges University of London - Rejection after interview
    Imperial College London - Rejection after interview

    My message to everyone is: make sure you're going into medicine for the right reasons and make sure that it REALLY is for you.
    I made a mistake applying for medicine in the first place and I'm just glad I have something to fall back on.
    If you have any doubts, erase those doubts or confirm them through work experience and the like! And be honest with yourself. I wasn't that I think that showed through in the interviews I had as my motivation wasn't there!

    Year of Entry: 2008
    Deferred?: Yes, applied in 2006 during 06-07 cycle
    GCSEs: 4A*, 7A, 1B
    AS Grades:
    A2 Prediction/Results:

    IB Prediction/Results: 38 points.
    Previous Degree (if applicable):
    UKCAT (if applicable): 570, 670, 680, 870 (I think...)
    BMAT (if applicable): 5.0, 4.1, 10.5
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    * 4 months weekend caring for elderly in hospital.
    * 1 week hospital (A&E, orthopedics, surgery)

    Extra Curricular:
    * Deputy Head Boy
    * Piano grade 7
    * St. John Ambulance
    * Athletics

    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Cambridge: Rejection post-interview (feedback: second interview much stronger than first; needed stronger performance in first one)
    Imperial College London: Rejection without interview (feedback: BMAT too low)
    St. George's, London: Conditional offer, 32 points.
    Nottingham: Rejection post-interview (should not have cracked a joke about a surgeon not needing good communication skills as he/she's not being able to talk to a patient when he/she's under anaesthetic...)

    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: Nope
    GCSEs: 7.5A*, 4A, 0.5B
    AS Grades: AABBD (in Biology, English Literature, Chemistry, Latin and French respectively)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAA (in Biology, Chemistry and English Literature)

    UKCAT: 635 average (VR: 620; QR: 650; AR: 590; DA: 680)
    BMAT: 18.1 (5.1, 3.8, 9)

    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    * 9 months voluntary work in charity shop
    * 1 week shadowing in a hospital

    Extra Curricular:
    * Senior Prefect
    * Drama (Acting, Directing and Stage-management) in and out of school for 5 years.
    * Teaching (Drama, Sport and French) for 3 years - including Sports & Community Language Leadership Award.
    * Sport (Rowing and kayaking: including recreational, competitions and expeditions) I didn't put this in my personal statement, however, it could have been mentioned in my reference.
    * Debating
    * Peer mentor
    * Chairperson of school's Med Soc

    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Nottingham - offer AAB (including As in Biology and Chemistry)
    Leicester - offer AAB (including A in Chemistry)

    UCL - Rejection without interview (Section 2 BMAT too low)
    Birmingham - Rejection without interview (Only interviewed applicants with 8A*+ this year)

    Year of Entry: 2006
    Deferred?: no
    GCSEs: 9A*s, 2As
    AS Grades: AAAAA (Bio, Chem, Maths, F. Maths, Psychology self taught)
    A2 Prediction/Results: AAAAb (not psych, plus AS french for fun)
    UKCAT (if applicable): N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 year volunteer on dialysis unit, one year volunteer on orthopaedics ward, medisix, 2 weeks GP practice, including practice nurse, physio, occupational health shadowing, reception work, helped organise a medical ethics day to chat to some very special people.
    Extra Curricular: Cello, debating, DoE, sixth form treasurer + council member, knitting (I swear this got me into Notts, and my PhD!), exchange to Czech to teach kids english, taught myself my psychology AS for fun (I swear this got me my interviews/place at the 3 PBL unis), piano, orchestra, school plays, dressmaking, some other stuff came up at interview I can't remember.
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Edinburgh: AAB to include chemistry and biology
    Notts: AAB to include chemistry and biology
    Liverpool: AAB to include chemistry, biology and maths
    Manc: Rejected after interview (2 days after my boyfriend dumped me - he gets the blame!! No feedback, it was a terrible interview so didn't seem necessary, plus I had the liverpool offer very early, my ethical debate was about someone from corrie's undiagnosed cancer when I've never seen the programme. My request to change topic was thoroughly ignored.)

    Edit: To echo Lostphotobooth, even though I spent all this time doing work experience and volunteering, it took me until the beginning of my intercalated year to realise medicine just isn't for me. I appreciate that if you are as stubborn as I was, you'll ignore this, but i feel I have to stress how important it is to see work experience as a chance for you to figure out if medicine is what you want to do, not just a way to get into medical school!
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