Thread: Please help!!
02-09-2011, 12:20 AM #1
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- Sep 2011
Hi, well i'm currently in year 12, hoping to do medicine for 2012 entry. Recently took my UKCAT and got 615 avg. really gutted!
On top of that I was really disappointed with my AS's AABC - although hoping my B&C go up a grade from the remark as even my teachers say the grades do not justify my ability. My GCSE's were not that great either 5A*'s, 4A's & 2B's. I've already started my personal statement and it is shaping up nicely. Had some really good work experience and have extra-curricular activities. The dilemma is what universities can I/will I have a better chance of getting into to study medicine? I really wanted to apply to King's, but I feel I will be throwing away an option, what are my chances at King's? And at Leicester? Where should I apply to in my situation? To be honest, I don't care where the location is, or how the university is ranked, I just want to study medicine!
Any help will be greatly appreciated! I'm feeling really down at the moment as I really want to study medicine and can't imagine myself doing anything else!
Thanks in advance.
02-09-2011, 02:10 AM #2
Do not worry that you didn't get that many A's for your AS as universities only care about your A Levels overall. I would suggest resisting the subject you got your C in, other than that I think as long as you don't apply to birmmingham (as they require all As in AS) then you can apply to pretty much every university to study medicine, especially Kings!! if you feel that you cannot get your grades up then you can do a degree in a science related subject as an undergradute course and then pick medicine as a postgrad choice.
You could also apply to a 6 year medicine course as it is only 1 additional year to the 5 year course!!
02-09-2011, 02:42 AM #3
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- Dec 2010
I would agree with regard to A levels.
I would be careful though with your UKCAT score. It's by no means bad - in fact it's almost bang on last year's average but I have got the impression (based on this forum) that Kings are quite big on UKCAT. I'd certainly email them or explore the forum to investigate. If you have your heart set on it then you could always put it down regardless but then potentially be more tactical with your other 3.
There are plenty of really good unis that don't care or at least don't put much weight on the UKCAT. The wiki from TSR gives an invaluable summary.
UKCAT - The Student Room
I may be biased as I've already been to university once and went for a "brand" university but medicine is medicine. It's all regulated by the GMC so I think your attitude is a sensible one. The most important things are student satisfaction, whether you want to spend 5 years there and the structure of the course. Rankings are heavily influenced by research and in my experience excellent research doesn't lead to excellent teaching - potentially even the opposite.
Sorry that descended into a bit of a rant!
03-09-2011, 01:51 PM #4
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- Sep 2011
Hi, don't know if it's changed but when I applied through UCAS you didn't have to input your AS level results if you didn't want to. I pulled a B at AS up to an A at A2 so I wouldn't worry about that too much.
As for UKCAT 615 is not bad. There are always rumours about how uni's use UKCAT best thing to do is contact them, read the websites ect.
When I applied I was more interested in the place I would be living and the type of teaching eg traditional vs PBL than the rankings ect.