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(Original post by Democracy)
No they're not, you can apply for both.
Can you? On UCAS I'm pretty sure you have the choice of one or the other or "Either," since the two unis merge in 3rd year?
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Can you? On UCAS I'm pretty sure you have the choice of one or the other or "Either," since the two unis merge in 3rd year?

Nah that's the Stockton Campus thing for Newcastle. You can apply to both, but as two separate choices.
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(Original post by OriginofSymmetry)
Nah that's the Stockton Campus thing for Newcastle. You can apply to both, but as two separate choices.
Ahhh OK. I never looked at Durham. Who in their right mind would choose purely to go to Stockton...
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Ahhh OK. I never looked at Durham. Who in their right mind would choose purely to go to Stockton...
Someone who really wanted to get a medical degree from somewhere, and figured 2 years of their life spent there would be worth it in the end?
Durham was my backup choice, kind of, because they tend to have fewer applicants per place. I'd rather have gone there and had a Newcastle degree at the end of it than not got a place at all...Saying that, it's not my favourite place in the world, though the uni campus is nice.
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This thread is worrying me now - I've got so much less extra curricular activities
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This thread is worrying me now - I've got so much less extra curricular activities
People do use hyperbole alot :p:
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This thread is worrying me now - I've got so much less extra curricular activities
Quality and reflection is more important than sheer volume.
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(Original post by Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly.)
This thread is worrying me now - I've got so much less extra curricular activities
I agree with crazylemon.

I didn't do that many extra curriculars but I still found there was too little space to talk about them all at the volumes I wanted to.
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(Original post by Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly.)
This thread is worrying me now - I've got so much less extra curricular activities
Quality over quantity, remember that. I couldn't talk about everything that I did do for work experience and extra curriculars in my Personal Statement, so don't worry too much. What you gain from it and how this is going to make you a good medical student and eventually doctor is the most important thing.
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just look at how each uni selects their applicants then you will have a good chance.
I think that this is a hugely important point. People need to stop treating medical applications as one big homogenous "am I good enough for medicine" and look at the nitty gritty. Whoes getting in, whoes getting rejected (TSR excellent place to do this) at each university. Select the four based on your chances of success there and build your application towards that medical school.
Hope people take that on board!
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I think that this is a hugely important point. People need to stop treating medical applications as one big homogenous "am I good enough for medicine" and look at the nitty gritty. Whoes getting in, whoes getting rejected (TSR excellent place to do this) at each university. Select the four based on your chances of success there and build your application towards that medical school.
Hope people take that on board!
yes i agree- i see so many people who lets face it dont have a good UKCAT- and apply to places like Nottingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh. There is no point saying 'you still stand a good chance, its still an avergae score'- people have to face reality. Thats what i did, my UKCAT was poor so i specifically did not select those unis eventhough i loved Edinburgh. My AS weren't amazing so i selected unis that didn't put a hige emphasis on them.I think people just fall in love with a place so much they forget that 1000s of other people are applying and then dont understand why they have been rejected.
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(Original post by ADREAM)
Year of Entry: 2009

Deferred: No

GCSE's: 10A*, 2A (+2 top fives in Eng Lit + Bio)

AS Grades: 7A's (Bio, Chem, Maths, English, Hist, Critical Thinking + GS)

A2: Predicted AAAAAAA

UKCAT: ~625

BMAT: 19.6

Work Experience/Volunteering: 1 month volunteering as an assistant nurse in a Kenyan hospital, . 2 weeks at a local GP, 2 years at Cancer Research UK (shop + lab), 6 months at a nursing home, week placement in radiology, academic year at a specialist disabled primary school

Extra Curricular: 1 month volunteering as a general assistant at an orphanage in Nairobi, 4week Raleigh trip to Costa Rica/Nicaragua (volunteering in the local community, working on small projects/ providing clean water, etc), School hockey captain, school senior prefect, badminton/tennis clubs, written a book :awesome:

Uni's Applied to and Decisions:

Oxford: Interview/Rejection
Imperial: Rejection
KCL: Interview/Offer AAA
SGUL: Interview/Offer AAA/Withdrew

*Remember it's not all about grades prospective medics*
its none of my business, but why did you take so many A levels?
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Absolutely shocking that this post isnt a sticky - what is the point??!?!
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Absolutely shocking that this post isnt a sticky - what is the point??!?!
I think it was due to the fact that they were trying to cut down on the amount of stickied topics. It will be pretty easy for it to fade into obscurity though. :s:
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I think it was due to the fact that they were trying to cut down on the amount of stickied topics. It will be pretty easy for it to fade into obscurity though. :s:
If people were to actually use the FAQ, they'd find it in the first section...

Now to go promote FAQ usage :getmecoat:
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This really is so confusing, people with like 4 A*'s getting 3 offers and people with 7+ getting 1 and rejected without even an interview?!

I swear it seems like a random lottery to me!
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This really is so confusing, people with like 4 A*'s getting 3 offers and people with 7+ getting 1 and rejected without even an interview?!

I swear it seems like a random lottery to me!
There's more to an application than just grades.....
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This really is so confusing, people with like 4 A*'s getting 3 offers and people with 7+ getting 1 and rejected without even an interview?!

I swear it seems like a random lottery to me!
Thats because GCSE arent the only thing in determining whether you get an offer or not.
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This really is so confusing, people with like 4 A*'s getting 3 offers and people with 7+ getting 1 and rejected without even an interview?!

I swear it seems like a random lottery to me!
It does seem a bit random - though it IS true that grades aren't everything
I mean take my profile for eg....a few posts up - I had pretty mediocre grades compared to a lot of people! I know scores of people with better grades than mine who got nothing - so luck does play a part; though if you're an well rounded candidate then you should be fine...

But it does go to show that not all medical schools are out looking for brainboxes...but are looking for people who could be successful and responsible doctors of the future.
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This thread has done no end for me to be honest, not that sure I will get my A's in English GCSE, (My first exam is tomorrow!) but I'm confident in getting a B.

Great thread for putting those fears to bed about how well you need to do in your GCSE's, thanks everyone!
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