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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
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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)
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Year of Entry: 2009
Deferred?:No
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
Basketball
Swimming
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
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so this is what a failed application looks like:

Year of Entry: 2009
Deferred?:No
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
UCL
Edinburgh
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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

UKCAT:735

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:

Aberdeen-Unconditional
Dundee-Unconditional :love:
Edinburgh-Conditional on CRB
Glasgow-Conditional BCC in advanced highers
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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!)
Medlink
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.
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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
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Year of Entry:
2009

Deferred?:
No

GCSEs:
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):

n/a

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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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graduate entry....

Year of Entry: 2009
Deferred?:no
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)
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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:
-Prefect
-Mentor and running a group for vulnerable children
-Guides
-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!
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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
Debating
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).
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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
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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!
Medlink?
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
Basketball
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!
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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...)
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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)
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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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