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    (Original post by Luca118)
    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!
    You only need a B...

    Not getting a B rules out HYMS, Birmingham and potentially Oxbridge. To the best of my knowledge, that's pretty much it.
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    (Original post by Anthropologist on mars)
    Year of Entry: 2009
    Deferred?: No
    GCSEs: 7 As 3 Bs C
    AS Grades: BBCC (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths)
    A2 Prediction: AAA
    Previous Degree (if applicable): n/a
    UKCAT (if applicable): 710
    BMAT (if applicable): n/a
    Work Experience/Volunteering: 2 weeks in hospital. One week Cardiorespiratory medicine, one week orthopaedic surgery.
    Extra Curricular: Head Boy, part time job, student BMJ, learning russian, own and run my own company.
    Universities applied to and decisions:
    Glasgow - Offer (AAB)
    Barts and the London - Offer (AAA)
    Newcastle -Withdrew before decision.
    UEA - Withdrew before decision.
    Glasgow was my first choice and had the lowest offer/entry requirements. I saw no reason waiting for a possible offer from UEA or Newcastle that i would have rejected anyway.
    What business do you run if you don't mind me asking?
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    (Original post by chelski786)
    What business do you run if you don't mind me asking?
    I do not.

    We plan and run events, mainly for under eighteens. Things like clubnights, discos, private parties. Has sort of fizzled out now mind you, with exams and everything.

    There is also some software design, but i don't do any of that. I can hardly use facebook.
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    (Original post by Asclepius)
    Quoted to provide a post to link to :yy:
    Thankyou for quoting these people who have been deleting and re-posting their profiles. However we've been discussing this in the mod forum and have a more fun way of sorting things out.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...84&postcount=5
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=121

    Their profiles are still up on the site but because the posts are no longer under those users' names they are unable to delete those posts
    For anyone who bothers using this rather petty method of bumping the thread, please be aware that you may end up getting warnings for spamming in addition to some post editing.
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    (Original post by AppleandMangoPie)
    Year of Entry: 2009
    GCSEs: 10A*s 2 Top 5s in the Country
    AS Grades: a (Bio 100%) a (Chem 98%) a (French 98%) + a (GS 100%)
    A2 Grades: A Maths (took early, 92%)
    Predicted: AAA +A in GS
    UKCAT : Average 760
    BMAT: 21.4
    Work Experience/Volunteering:
    7 weeks varied between primary and secondary care
    Medlink/MedSim/ATOM course
    Nursing Home
    Extra Curricular:
    Deputy Head Girl
    Run Primary School Chess Club
    Tennis/Squash
    Drama
    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Newcastle AAA (Firm)

    Nottingham AAB (Insurance)

    Bristol Rejected Pre-Interview (Feedback= generic blah: hard to distinguish, other candidates were stronger)

    Oxford Rejected Post-Interview (Feedback= ranked after interview 1 place away from an offer )
    Wow, thats a real strong application.
    Hurts to see that you were 1 place away from offer. That said, many people here dont have an application as good as yours but still got in :confused: . Thats probably down to other important factors aswell.
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    (Original post by HiBear)
    so this is what a failed application looks like:

    IB 40-41 points HL: Math[7], Chem[7], Bio[7], Econ[6]; SL: English[5], Swedish [6]

    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
    yaay finally some IB marks i can (try) and relate to
    edinburgh is one of the places im thinking of but they seem so hard to get into!

    i really need to start bucking up some ideas on work experience...
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    (Original post by divinelord)
    Wow, thats a real strong application.
    Hurts to see that you were 1 place away from offer. That said, many people here dont have an application as good as yours but still got in :confused: . Thats probably down to other important factors aswell.
    thanks. And yes you're right there was a huge emphasis on interview performance (where i was ranked one away in the highest applied to college for medicine that year) and then later on a very strong BMAT, your school ranking and a strong 2nd college interview performance could help you move up the ranking in this particular college (according to the feedback i received). Overall, my interview just wasn't quite good enough and the college didn't really look at the personal statement and grades post-interivew, presumably because they assume that everyone who has managed to get to interview is already competant enough to do the course. Interesting stuff really. I think my downfall was 1) a poor 2nd college performance then 2) sadly unlucky in my choice of college (one that was very popular that year!). But im very happy that I have a place in Newcastle!
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    (Original post by alwaysandforever)
    yaay finally some IB marks i can (try) and relate to
    edinburgh is one of the places im thinking of but they seem so hard to get into!

    i really need to start bucking up some ideas on work experience...
    yes you do.

    i screwed up interviews... meh. but yes have you seen my lovely table of IB grade requirements?

    CLICKY

    (:
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    (Original post by annread)
    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.
    How do you know though? I've been looking on the uni sites, but none of them actually state where their emphasis is, just that it's a requirement for any medical applicants to take either UKCAT or BMAT (depending on which Uni) and if UCAS application successful you'll be offered an interview and they elaborate a bit more on what they're looking for in an interview. I haven't really seen any divulge in to aspects of an application that are most important though.
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    (Original post by ACDC)
    How do you know though? I've been looking on the uni sites, but none of them actually state where their emphasis is, just that it's a requirement for any medical applicants to take either UKCAT or BMAT (depending on which Uni) and if UCAS application successful you'll be offered an interview and they elaborate a bit more on what they're looking for in an interview. I haven't really seen any divulge in to aspects of an application that are most important though.

    well when i did my research i didn't just look at their websites. I phoned the admission tutors up, i attended open days, i emailed unis, i looked on forums . . . The unis are not going to state in detail on their websites their admissions process, they do expect prospectus students to use a bit of initiative. Ok maybe you can't attend the open days but there is no harm in ringing up or simply emailing them. I did that for all my uni choices- by ringing up Leeds i found out that the UKCAT didnt play a significant role. Each uni has a different selection process, you just have to research a little more to find out. I believe the main reason i got 4 offeres is purely because i chose the unis bested suited to my application.

    Anyway if you cant be bothered to look further then the websites, then at least look on this forum; there is loads of advice on unis selection process
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    (Original post by pianofingers)
    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...)
    :rofl:
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    (Original post by saab_101)
    Year of Entry:2009
    Deferred?:Nope
    GCSEs:1A* 6.5 A 2 B 1.5 C
    AS Grades: AABCD
    A2 Prediction/Results: ABB
    Previous Degree (if applicable):N/A
    UKCAT (if applicable):610 =[
    BMAT (if applicable):N/A
    Work Experience/Volunteering:1 week cardiac unit at local hospital, one week local gp surgery, 2 months voluntary work at local hospital, first aid qualified, experience applying first aid in real situations.
    Extra Curricular: Martial arts, Gym prefect
    Universities applied to and decisions:

    Kings College London: Rejected w/o interview
    Barts: Rejected w/o interview - UKCAT
    St George's: Rejected w/o interview - Grades
    Peninsula: Rejected w/o interview - grades & ukcat :s

    taking a gap year to reapply 2010
    Why did you apply with A2 predictions lower than the entry requirements?
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    (Original post by t3h_y0u553f)
    Why did you apply with A2 predictions lower than the entry requirements?
    :rolleyes:

    because i'd already decided on a gap year, but for many long and convoluted reasons, needed to put an application in anyway.
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    (Original post by saab_101)
    :rolleyes:

    because i'd already decided on a gap year, but for many long and convoluted reasons, needed to put an application in anyway.
    Ok. Are you resitting or doing graduate entry?
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    (Original post by t3h_y0u553f)
    Ok. Are you resitting or doing graduate entry?
    This thread is not for discussion of peoples grades/plans - please use PMs or one of the discussion threads for that. Any further off topic posts will be moved.
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    (Original post by t3h_y0u553f)
    Ok. Are you resitting or doing graduate entry?
    Won't know till i get my results :s. I managed to pull my Chemistry up to an A from a C with resits in january and my english from a B to an A in january, so it's all resting on how I did in june :s
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    (Original post by HiBear)
    yes you do.

    i screwed up interviews... meh. but yes have you seen my lovely table of IB grade requirements?

    CLICKY

    (:
    thanks for that link, it's really helpful
    and i'm getting there on the work experience, i'm signed up for a week on an RRV/ambulance. strictly speaking it's not working with a doctor, but it's all experience right
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    (Original post by MHMQ786)
    [SIZE="3]
    Profile of a less-than-average student with a low UKCAT, 4 days of work observation (not experience!) and predicted grades of ABB at the time of applying to study Medicine!
    [/SIZE]
    [/SIZE]

    One thing that you need to understand, this is a FAR from AVERAGE medicine applicant profile, average applicants don't receive offers, the top 40% receive offers.

    Nothing about your application is average or mediocre, (ill allow the AS results, but the UKCAT was higher than many applicants)
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    yeah it rather annoys me when people shout about their average grades then go on to state they recieved A's and B's
 
 
 
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